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The NHL Draft is set to start momentarily. We’ll be posting the picks live on this post, through the first round. (Other developing news will be provided on separate posts, though.)
Ready, set, DRAFT!
1. New York Islanders: John Tavares (video with NHL.com)
2. Tampa Bay Lightning: Victor Hedman
3. Colorado Avalanche: Matt Duchene
4. Atlanta Thrashers: Evander Kane
5. Los Angeles Kings: Brayden Schenn
(Note: A pick trade—#16 and #77 for #26, #37, 62 and #92—between Columbus Blue Jackets and the NYI.)
6. Phoenix Coyotes: Oliver Ekman-Larsson
7. Toronto Maple Leafs: Nazem Kadri
8. Dallas Stars: Scott Glennie
9. Ottawa Senators: Jared Cowen
10. Edmonton Oilers: Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson
11. Nashville Predators: Ryan Ellis
(Note: A pick trade—Minnesota Wild trades #12 to NYI for #16, #77, #182.)
12. New York Islanders: Calvin DeHaan
13. Buffalo Sabres: Zack Kassian
14. Florida Panthers: Dmitry Kulikov
15. Anaheim Ducks: Peter Holland
16. Minnesota Wild: Nick Leddy
17. St. Louis Blues: David Rundblad
18. Montreal Canadiens: Louis Leblanc
19. New York Rangers: Chris Kreider
(Note: A pick trade—Calgary trades #20 for #23 and #84 from New Jersey Devils.)
20. New Jersey Devils: Jacob Josefson
21. Columbus Blue Jackets: John Moore
22. Vancouver Canucks: Jordan Schroeder
23. Calgary Flames: Tim Erixon
24. Washington Capitals: Marcus Johansson
25. Boston Bruins: Jordan Caron
26. Anaheim Ducks: Kyle Palmieri
27. Carolina Hurricanes: Philippe Paradis
28. Chicago Blackhawks: Dylan Olsen
(Note: A pick trade—Detroit trades #29 for #32 and #75 from Tampa.)
29. Tampa Bay Lightning: Carter Ashton
30. Pittsburgh Penguins: Simon Despres
*original post time 7:02pm et
Scuttlebutt is Duchene goes 1 to Isles, meaning Hedman goes 2 to Tampa and the Colorado Avalanche - rivals Avs - luck into Tavares at 3
added 6:12pm (Paul), from Greg Logan of Newsday,
The Islanders will ignore the pleas from the majority of their fan base and bypass center John Tavares in favor of Brampton center Matt Duchene in tonight’s NHL Draft, according to sources familiar with the Colorado Avalanche, who hold the No. 3 pick in the draft.
A well-informed NHL source also told Newsday the Islanders received what was described as a “significant offer” for the No. 1 pick, but general manager Garth Snow turned it down. The team making the offer was not identified.
Kukla’s Korner will again be covering the NHL Entry Draft live this year, and we’re lucky to be featuring the interviews and observations of three excellent writers.
First up, SensHobo will be blogging from Montreal, posting his work on his own blog feed, SENSHobo. Additionally, we’re also being graced with talents of two of our favorite hockey writers, Erin Nicks and Patrick Williams, who will be posting here on KK Hockey over the next few days. (Last year I interviewed both Erin and Patrick prior to the 2008 Draft, so you can find out more about them at those links.)
As always, the KK Hockey Twitter @kuklaskorner will update you with headlines from this site 24/7, including all NHL Draft posts. Also, Erin has her own Twitter account @emnicks that she’ll be updating frequently from Montreal with extra odds-and-ends behind the scenes.
Our thanks to all these guys for contributing their hard work to the site. (Let’s just hope they don’t indulge too much in the magic of poutine...!)
From Michael Traikos at the National Post:
“What have I gotten myself into?”
This is what I’m thinking as lab assistants duct tape my feet to the pedals of a stationary bike, block my nasal cavity with a nose plug and force a breathing tube inside my mouth.
Strapped in, I realize there is no turning back. I am at York University where I am about to undergo the dreaded VO2 max test as part of the standardized fitness evaluation that all NHL draftees are subjected to at the league’s draft combine today and tomorrow. While a player’s physical sacrifice might lead to a professional contract, I am told there are two ways in which this day will end for me: either in tears or hunched over a bucket.
continued… with more on how the players are evaluated
The NHL Draft Lottery 2009 has been drawn and the top-5 picks came out as the odds predicted. Via TSN television:
1. New York Islanders
2. Tampa Bay Lightning
3. Colorado Avalanche
4. Atlanta Thrashers
5. Los Angeles Kings
As a reminder, the top-10 prospects are featured here.
Update 8:27pm ET: From TSN, the updated draft order.
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
To say John Tavares’ star has fallen would be a stretch, but it seems he’s no longer the consensus No. 1 pick.
A little more than a year ago, there was a push to change the NHL entry draft rules to accommodate Tavares as a 17-year-old, while the Leafs were examining whether they could fast-track him on a minor-league contract, amid talk that an all-out rebuild could see a last-place Toronto team pick him first overall.
Now, some NHL scouts contacted by Sun Media are wondering if his No. 1 ranking will be challenged in the coming season.
From Elena Bergeron and Sarah Turcotte at ESPN Magazine,
9. If it weren’t for silly trades, the draft would last 10 minutes. The first round took 90 million hours, because GMs insisted on brushing by tables like a chesty cocktail waitress.[...]
10. We need to start calling ourselves The Worldwide Leader, Except in Canada. No one knows what ESPN is in Ottawa. We had to tell people we were “the TSN of America.” They probably thought we were making it up to meet Mike Fisher.
11. Canadiens are nice to everyone—except Ray Emery. The Sens’ decision to place Ray Emery on waivers during the draft kind of soured things for us.
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…
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.
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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