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NHL Entry Draft 2008 Liveblog

imageGuest writers Erin Nicks and Patrick Williams are covering the NHL Entry Draft in Ottawa for Kukla’s Korner this weekend. This post will be updated with random news through the evening. Original post-time is 5:26pm. All times EST. Updates will be time-stamped and added below.

5:26pm—Erin:  Zach Bogosian, on his travels to Ottawa and the surrounding areas to train…

“I’ve been coming up here 4-5 days a week – it’s pretty bad on gas, but it’s worked for me for the past couple of years.  Obviously (fitness guru) Lorne Goldenberg has trained some great players like Gary Roberts and Cory Stillman – he helps me out a lot.  That’s one of the main reasons why I’ve succeeded over the past few years – he made my body ready for the rigours of the NHL.”

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Dumb Luck

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

Just days before Henrik Zetterberg skated with both the Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe Trophy, I was talking with a scout about Detroit’s uncanny ability to pluck gems like the stylish Swede from the depths of the draft.

“How do their bloodhounds sniff ‘em out better than anyone else?,” I wondered.

He laughed.

“They don’t,” he said. “They’ve just stumbled across a couple while feeling around in the dark. It’s all dumb luck.”

Sour grapes from a rival? Hardly.

continued with some prospects who may drop down in the draft…

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The Best by Draft Position

From John Kreiser on Canucks.com,

A look at the best picks in the history of the NHL Entry Draft, by where they were selected in the first round. (Up and coming includes players from 2003-07)

No. 1 – Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh, 1984)—If the Penguins had not drafted Lemieux in 1984, the franchise likely would have left Pittsburgh two decades ago. Lemieux was brilliant from the day he arrived, and eventually the Penguins built a supporting cast that helped him lead the franchise to back-to-back Stanley Cups. Had he stayed healthy, it would have been interesting to see whether he could have broken some of Wayne Gretzky’s scoring records. Perhaps the most physically talented player in NHL history.

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KK Interview with Thomas McCollum

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

By Erin Nicks

As the top-ranked North American goaltender in this year’s draft, Thomas McCollum has garnered attention for being a potential franchise backstopper. At yesterday’s media luncheon featuring some of the top prospects, the soft-spoken ‘tender shared a few thoughts on the draft and his future.

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KK Interview with Drew Doughty

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

By Erin Nicks

Blue-chip defenceman Drew Doughty wants to jump immediately into the NHL with both feet—and many think he’s capable of doing so.  After a conversation with him yesterday, you get a pretty clear idea of where he’s hoping to land.

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Morning Line

What’s the NHL Draft all about for the players?  James Duthie asks Steve Stamkos in the Ottawa Citizen:

“Having everyone here to watch is what makes it special.  Your family, your coaches, your friends, I think it’s a moment where they all realize the influence they’ve had on your life. That they’ve been a big part of your success.”

Duthie notes that there have been about 1,300 tickets allotted for families and friends at this draft… which is far short of the 3,000 requests.

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Meet the Press: Patrick Williams

Today is the opening of the NHL Entry Draft, and Erin Nicks and Patrick Williams are covering the event in Ottawa for Kukla’s Korner. Earlier this week we asked Erin a few questions about her life and love of hockey, and today it’s Patrick’s turn. 

Patrick is the ideal journalist to cover the NHL’s draft weekend, given how much time he spends with and writing about the up-and-coming stars.  His beat is the American Hockey League—writing for the likes of Slam! Sports and The Hockey News, among others—and so he’ll be seeing a lot of some of these draft picks in the coming years as they rise into the AHL and beyond.

Patrick, what is the main difference between working in the media in the NHL and AHL?
Everything in the NHL is a lot more tense, and the egos (and not simply those belonging to the players) are decidedly larger.

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Dude’s A Russian

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Perhaps the most compelling and unusual story of the NHL entry draft is unfolding on a Friday afternoon, at a downtown restaurant, as Viktor Tikhonov – the 20-year-old grandson of the legendary Russian hockey coach – is talking about his goals and dreams, in fluent English, without a trace of an accent.

Or if there is an accent, it tends to be from northern California, falling somewhere between Stanford undergrad and radical surfer dude.

This is because the younger Tikhonov – despite his surname and hockey pedigree – is about as American as apple pie.

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Analyzing the Players

From Adam Kimelman at NHL.com,

The latest attempt to analyze players is psychological examinations. The League provided a five-minute test at the 2008 NHL Scouting Combine, coordinated by Dr. Ralph Tarter of EXACT Sports, with the results made available to all 30 teams. [...]

“What we’re using are three normed and validated, and American Psychological Association-approved, psychological tests that measure normal personalities,” [former NHL player Joe] Day said. “We’re not looking at any pathology. … It’s measuring normal adult behavior. Two of the instruments we use measure traits. Are you a dominant or aggressive person? Are you highly assertive? Another one measures emotional intelligence. So while you could be dominant and aggressive in social situations, with a high level of emotional intelligence you should be able to channel those traits appropriately to the context or situation. So it’s a nice blend.”

read on for a look at how the Blackhawks in particular are expanding their use of psych testing

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Canadian Teams on Draft Day

Globe & Mail writers Matthew Sekeres, Eric Duhatschek, Allan Maki and Tim Wharnsby have put to together an assessment of the draft situation for all six Canadian teams.  They take a look at each team’s available picks, specific needs, salary cap space and the progress of their top picks from last year.

Article: What will the Canadian contingent do?

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