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from Doninik Luszczyszyn of The Hockey News,
The draft is an exciting time around the NHL. It’s a day of promise and potential. It’s a day where big moves are made. Mostly, it’s a day where the future is shaped and crafted. We won’t truly know what that future holds until it happens, but we can get a sneak peek of it based on the picks that each team holds in the upcoming draft.
Each pick has a value attached to it, and finding out just how much it’s worth means we can get a brief glimpse into the future and see which teams might see improvements in the upcoming seasons. For this year’s draft, here’s how many players are expected to become NHLers for each team based on the picks they own and each draft pick’s past probability of finding an NHLer (200+ games played) from 1988 to 2007.
Seven teams will likely find at least two NHL players from this draft, while most teams probably end up with just one. Quantity matters a lot here as the more picks a team has, the more chances they’ll have to find NHL talent. At the top is Toronto, who’ll have a legit NHLer in Auston Matthews and then maybe one or two more from their next 10 picks.
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On a side note, Dave Davis of The Sabres Observer at KK will be at the NHL Draft, so make sure to keep an eye on his reports...
from Gare Joyce of Sportsnet,
The television lights will be shining on Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine and others Friday night. The stands will be filled with hopefuls and their families, friends and agents. The first phase of the draft, that first round that rolls through prime time, is an exercise in hockey management, the end product of a season’s worth of legwork. The video highlight packages with each selection are cued up and go to air, like the trailers for coming attractions. And so it goes through pick No. 30, the end of the first round.
Friday night is what people think about when it comes to the draft. Those who come in advertised as franchise-changers are what’s top of mind. People don’t think so much about Day Two—the roll call of picks from No. 31 overall through to the end of the seventh round. Stretching from morning into late afternoon, it’s essentially glamour-free and sort of heartbreaking, really—most players chosen on the second day won’t play in an NHL game or even wind up with a contract from the club that selects them.
While nothing is guaranteed on Friday, that’s true in spades on Saturday. By Day Two everything sort of rates as a longshot. In fact, the only thing on Saturday that’s guaranteed—and the thing that fuels the dreams of all in attendance—is that someone among those down the list is going to have a great NHL career. His name will make no impression at all when it’s called and mounted on the draft board, but he’ll wind up a star, maybe even an All-Star.
Submitted for your examination is the curious case of Jamie Benn.
from Frank Seravalli of TSN,
Saturday marks not only a date of significance for the Steven Stamkos saga in Tampa Bay, but also a date in which we could see some sort of resolution.
Teams can begin the courting process with unrestricted free agents on Saturday, a full five days before they are permitted to sign on July 1.
The next 48 hours will be crucial in the Lightning’s hopes to re-sign Stamkos, who at 26 is on track to become the youngest superstar ever to hit the open market after nearly a year of unfruitful negotiations.
Lightning GM Steve Yzerman hinted to the Tampa Bay Times this week that time is running out to make a deal - maybe even sooner than next week. With so many other pressing needs for the Lightning, it seems entirely possible that the Lightning could make a final “best offer” on Friday before wishing Stamkos well and moving in another direction.
from Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,
Vegas got hockey.
After decades of trying, Las Vegas skated into the major leagues Wednesday with the National Hockey League’s decision to award billionaire businessman Bill Foley an expansion franchise beginning with the 2017-18 season.///
“Well, Las Vegas, we did it!” Foley said at Encore. “We want everyone to be a fan and we’re dedicated to it.
“My obligation is to hold the trust of this team for the community.”
Gavin Maloof, whose family owns 15 percent of the Las Vegas NHL team, said: “We’re so excited. This community deserves it. They’re going to enjoy what this team brings to the city, to the fans and especially the kids.”...
Clark County Commissioners Steve Sisolak and Susan Brager, who attended the news conference, said Las Vegas joining the big leagues was a permanent game-changer.
“People will look at us differently forever,” Sisolak said. “We will be known for more than just gambling and entertainment. We’re a major league city now.”...
“We’re going to establish a culture of winning,” Foley said. “This is a team that will be built to win. And from that, we’ll have a team Las Vegas can be proud of.”
Per ESPN's Pierre LeBrun:
LAS VEGAS (June 22, 2016) – The National Hockey League announced today the 2015-16 NHL All-Rookie Team, including the three players voted as finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the League’s top rookie: forwards Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers and Artemi Panarin of the Chicago Blackhawks as well as defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere of the Philadelphia Flyers.
LAS VEGAS (June 22, 2016) – Center Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, voted to his fourth career berth on the First All-Star Team, heads the list of players on the 2015-16 National Hockey League postseason All-Star Teams. Also a two-time honoree on the Second Team, Crosby’s six career postseason All-Star Team selections are the most among active centers.
Joining Crosby on the First Team is defenseman Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators, voted to the top echelon for the third time. Left wing Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars and right wing Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks have been selected to the First Team for the second time, while defenseman Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings and goaltender Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals are making their first career First Team appearance.
LAS VEGAS (June 22, 2016) – Forward Patrick Kane, who posted career highs in goals (46), assists (60) and points (106) to win the League scoring title and power the Blackhawks to their eighth consecutive playoff appearance, captured the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP at the 2016 NHL Awards, held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Right wing Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks has won the Hart Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team,” as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.
Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals has captured his first Vezina Trophy, awarded to the “goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position,” as selected by NHL General Managers. Prior to 1981-82, the Vezina was awarded to the goaltender(s) whose team allowed the fewest goals during the regular season, the current criterion for the William Jennings Trophy.
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