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Audio At The Draft

from NHL Home Ice on XM204,

EXCLUSIVE: NHL DRAFT AUDIO

Here are some hilites from the 2008 NHL Draft in Ottawa. Hear from the Players, General Managers, Head Coaches about being selected, trades, and futures of their clubs.

listen to numerous interviews…

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Wrapping Up The Draft

NHL.com has a great section for all of the stories that came out of the draft in Ottawa.

KK now looks forward to the crazy period of the NHL off-season. The talk will start heating up and we hope to provide you with all the latest and greatest news.

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Drafted From Around the World

From the Canadian Press,

Smiles were the order of the day as NHL teams went through the final 181 picks in about the same time it took them to make the first 30 a night earlier.

It was a good draft overall for Canadian players as 119 players were selected - the most since 2004. Americans were next with 46 selections followed by 17 Swedes, nine Russians and seven Finns.

read on for an overview and quotes from Saturday’s rounds 2-7

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Thoughts From the Draft: Day 2

imageGuest writer Erin Nicks is covering the NHL Entry Draft in Ottawa for Kukla’s Korner this weekend.

By Erin Nicks

Those concerned about Ottawa picking up some grit in this year’s draft will need to dig deep into Round 5, when the club (after much apparent hemming and hawing) selected defenceman Mark Borowiecki with the 139th pick.

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  Tags: derek+stepan, erin+nicks, jared+staal, mark+borowiecki, nhl+entry+draft

Beach Ready To Move On

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

We watched pretty closely and we’re almost positive that when Kyle Beach walked up to the podium shortly before 9 p.m. and pulled on a Chicago Blackhawks jersey, there were no horns sticking out of his head. Neither was there a pointy tail dragging behind him.

Not that you wouldn’t have fully expected to see either the way the 18-year-old from Kelowna, British Columbia, has been demonized in the weeks leading up to the draft. In an interview a few hours before he became the 11th overall selection in the 2008 draft, Beach admitted that in all of the 28 interviews he had, teams were much more interested in his head space than his foot speed.

continued

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Career Comes To A Sudden Stop

from the Anchorage Daily News,

As a coveted young defenseman with pro potential, David Carle enhanced his burgeoning talent with poise and maturity beyond his years. Now, the 18-year-old from Anchorage is leaning on those same virtues to deal with the end of his hockey career.

Carle on Friday said he will no longer play the game after doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., diagnosed a heart condition that puts him at risk for sudden cardiac death if he exerts himself too strenuously.

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OHL Dominates Round 1

from NHL.com,

On the first day of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, the O came first, before the Q and the W—and we’re not just talking alphabetically.

Seven of the top 10 selections in Friday’s first round skated in the Ontario Hockey League last season, and in all, 11 of the 30 players selected in the first round came out of the OHL.

By comparison, nine skaters came from the Western Hockey League, including four straight from picks from No. 11 to No. 14. The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League brought up the rear, as it did not have a single player selected in the first round.

continued and many more NHL bits from Friday night…

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The 2nd Day Of The 2008 NHL Draft

Watch the draft below, the show just started and/or follow the NHL Draft tracker for all of the picks.

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Keep The Draft In Canada

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

Forget all that (though the Internet problems were so bad, league reps came by at the end of the night and apologized), Friday night’s draft reminds that this event should always be held in Canada. No offense to Raleigh or Columbus or Nashville, all cities that recently had the draft, there’s no comparison. Where in Raleigh there were mostly crickets in the seats, In Ottawa, the building was full of fans who just came to watch and cheer and boo.

When the Senators were introduced during the pre-draft role call, the place went wild and chanted Go Sens Go.

read on

In defense of Columbus, the crowd was electric last year and very vocal too.

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First Round Analysis

from Gare Joyce at ESPN,

Gare Joyce says: Lecavalier and Stamkos: Potentially the best one-two punch at center in the league—and more salary-cap headaches down the line.

much more on the first round picks…

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