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No Patrick Marleau. No Olli Jokinen. No puck-moving defensemen. But Howson got a top-six forward in R.J. Umberger (maybe a top nine) and he kept the No. 6 pick, spending it on Russian winger Nikita Filatov….
The trade for Umberger was struck before the draft. There was lots of back-and-forth, with Howson making his way to the Flyers’ table to chat with GM Paul Holmgren on numerous occasions, and vice versa.
Umberger is not a prototypical scoring-line center. Hell, he might not even be a prototypical center. But look at the Blue Jackets’ roster. Suddenly, he’s a sure-fire, scoring-line center.
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.
In defense of Columbus, the crowd was electric last year and very vocal too.
from Stan Fischler at Game On,
Have the Rangers found the second coming of Marc Staal? Did the Devils pull in another Paul Kariya? And with a relatively high seventh selection, do the Islanders have a third-line forward ready to skate with potential sensation Kyle Okposo?
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…
from David J. Neal of the Miami Herald,
Unfortunately, it’s not as if the Panthers get a massive upgrade. Boynton, once a potentially good defensemen, now lays on the second-pair plateau and has missed significant time two of the past three two seasons because of injury. Ballard’s only 25, young for a defenseman, yet don’t expect him to blossom into Scott Niedermayer.
Boynton and Ballard join defenseman Bryan Allen, whom the Panthers got when they traded goalie Roberto Luongo to Vancouver; center prospect Shawn Matthias, whom they got from Detroit for Todd Bertuzzi, the big piece in the Luongo deal from Vancouver who played only eight games for the Panthers; and Vokoun, who came to the Panthers for a package that included the conditional pick the Panthers got from Detroit for Bertuzzi.
That’s what the Panthers have from their Steal to Start the Century.
The 2008 NHL Entry Draft kicked off in Ottawa with a flurry of big trades on Friday night, and the Calgary Flames led the way early with two major deals.
The first move saw general manager Darryl Sutter acquire forward Mike Cammalleri from the Los Angeles Kings in a three-team deal that also involved the Anaheim Ducks. Calgary sent its 17th overall pick to the Kings for Cammalleri, and the Kings then shipped that pick and the 28th overall selection to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for the Ducks’ 12th overall draft pick.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
In some ways, Gainey shares many of the same qualities as Sundin. They are both soft-spoken, resolute and like to do things in orderly fashion.
Accordingly, the first order of business for Sundin is to determine if he’s going to play at all next year. Thus far, he has not provided his agent, J.P. Barry, with any guidance along those lines. Until he does, all the other talk is just a lot of white noise.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
We received permission to talk with him late yesterday and it was even later in Sweden,” said Gainey. “We didn’t talk numbers. We wanted to introduce ourselves and we got to know a little bit about each other and we’ll get to know each other better.”
Gainey said he planned to have additional talks with Sundin tomorrow or Monday.
Sundin would give the Canadiens the impact centre they have been seeking. He’s 6-foot-5 and 231 pounds and has been one of the NHL’s elite players since he arrived from Sweden to join the Quebec Nordiques in 1990. He’s 37 but he’s coming off a 76-point season and has had at least 72 points in each of the past 12 seasons.
We are updating the NHL Draft Live Blog on KK on a very regular basis. All the news coming from the draft will be in that post until it completes tonight.
Also, there seems to be a wifi issue in Ottawa tonight. I am sure it is being worked on and hopefully the writers there will soon be able to update.
Guest 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.”
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.
“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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