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NHL Short Notes From The NHL Draft

PHILADELPHIA (June 28, 2014) – A total of 210 players from 12 countries were selected at the 2014 NHL Draft, which concluded today at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. That includes 67 U.S.-born players, representing the country's highest percentage (32%) of selections.

Following is a breakdown of draft selections by birthplace:

Canada 77
United States 67
Sweden 27
Russia 13
Finland 9
Czech Republic 8
Latvia 2
Switzerland 2
United Kingdom 2
Denmark 1
Germany 1
Slovakia 1
TOTAL 210

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Lou Lamoriello Not A Fan Of The UFA Open-Talk Period

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

"It was a distraction, to be perfectly honest," Lamoriello said Saturday. "It distracted everything you had to do."

Lamoriello said he wasn't surprised that there were fewer trades than expected.

"If there was anything that was going to happen, it was going to happen right away," he said. "This has been a very peculiar week, as far as free agency, the draft and then the signings of your own players. You're divided in so many different directions. I think everybody said, 'Let's focus on the draft.' "

The GM said the discussion period, which ends Monday, will inflate free agent prices.

Asked if the Devils will be active in signing free agents beginning noon on Tuesday, Lamoriello said: "We'll talk. As far as what the results will bring, I couldn't tell you."

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Will Alex Ovechkin Stop Gliding?

from Jason Brough of ProHockeyTalk,

...  Trotz believes Ovechkin has to “grow his game if we’re going to win a championship.” And while that goes for everyone on the team — he was by no means trying to single out his captain — he did share one specific critique with reporters.

“Alex has got a bit too much glide in his game,” said Trotz. “When you’re standing still you’re really easy to cover.”

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added 3:48pm, Watch Trotz speaking about the Capitals in this E.J. Hradek interview below...

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Jason Spezza Vetoed A Trade To Nashville

I wonder how many deals Bryan Murray turned down because he did not like the suggested trade?

Spezza has a right to say no to certain teams, just like Murray has a right to turn down trades.

 

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No ‘C’ In San Jose?

from Craig Custance of ESPN,

Right now, Thornton is the captain of the Sharks. But Sharks head coach Todd McLellan proposed another idea for next season.

“What would happen if nobody wore a letter on our team this year? Not a single guy?” McLellan said during a conversation early Saturday. “What if nobody wore a letter? We’d still be the San Jose Sharks and we’d be a leadership group. What would happen?”

Is that something the Sharks would consider?

“I don’t know,” McLellan answered. 

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Claude Lemieux Says Son Brendan “Crushed” He Did Not Go In The First Round

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

 Claude Lemieux thinks the Devils made a bad decision by failing to take his son, Brendan, with the 30th overall pick at the end of the first round of the NHL entry draft Friday night.

The Buffalo Sabres made the younger Lemieux the first pick of the second round Saturday morning at No. 31.

“You’ve got to respect their view and their choice,” Claude Lemieux said of the Devils. “I think they made a mistake, but it’s good for Buffalo and time will tell.”

He said Brendan was hoping to be a first-rounder.

“He was definitely disappointed. He was crushed last night,” Claude said. “It wasn’t from what I said but from all the interviews the do at the combine. Sometimes they are misleading for a lot of kids, who think, ‘This team told me they'd take me in the first round if I’m there.’ ”

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added 12:38pm, Below, Watch Claude Lemieux talk about his son and being drafted by the Sabres...

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Morning Line

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Calgary/Chicago Trade

 

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Toronto/St. Louis Trade

via TSN,

The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired defenceman Roman Polak from the St. Louis Blues for Carl Gunnarsson and the 94th overall pick.

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Live Stream- NHL 2014 Draft, Rounds 2-7

The draft starts at 10:00am ET.

You can watch the live stream at the following link or after the jump cut, plus the draft is on the NHL Network in the US and Canada.

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