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Summarizing the Red Wings’ 2017 draft haul, with an emphasis on Day 2

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings draft-related note, mostly from Day 2 of the 2017 NHL draft:

For starters, here's the Wings' official press release regarding the team's second-day-of-the-draft haul, a.k.a. Gustav Lindstrom, Kasper Kotkansalo, Lane Zablocki, Zach Gallant, Keith Petruzzelli, Malte Setkov, Cole Fraser, John "Jack" Adams, Reilly Webb and Brady Gilmour:

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Just What The Blue Jackets Needed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets gained 20 assists this weekend. That is no small thing. It is just what they were looking for, and they got it in the form of Artemi Panarin, who may be the most gifted forward to ever pull on a Union Blue jersey.

OK, there was Sergei Fedorov — but he was 35 when he washed up on the shores of the Scioto. And there was Rick Nash, and we can argue about that. It’s a good argument to have right now. Panarin is 25. He was acquired Friday in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks. He is a left wing with elite-level creativity, vision, puck-handling skills and shooting ability.

The Jackets gave up Brandon Saad and prospect goaltender Anton Forsberg in the deal. They exchanged draft picks. They also acquired a bottom-six center in Tyler Motte....

“Look at our series against Pittsburgh,” Tortorella told The Dispatch. “I thought we outplayed Pittsburgh quite a few minutes in that series, but for us to score a goal it took seven or eight chances. Pittsburgh goes down the ice, they make something out of nothing and it’s in the back of our net. That’s what this guy (Panarin) can do. That’s where this changes us. It’s another level offensively for our team.”

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Winnipeg Needs Goaltending

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ted Whyman of the Winnipeg Sun,

General manager Kevin Cheveldayoff was working on a deal on NHL draft weekend and thought he had something hammered out before it fell apart.

There’s no guarantee he was trying to acquire a goaltender but he has never denied that he is shopping for one, so it would make sense.

With no trade completed, the Jets left Chicago with only one new goaltender in the fold — 18-year-old Swede Arvid Holm, whom they drafted in the sixth round, 167th overall.

Something more impactful has to get done in that area between now and next Saturday, which is when the NHL free agency period opens.

“We’re going to be active obviously,” Cheveldayoff said at the conclusion of Saturday’s draft.

“We’re going to a take a look at whatever is available to us and if there’s a good opportunity there that can help us, we’ll jump at it. We can start talking to free agents at midnight tonight. We’ve got a list of names lined up to reach out to their representatives and see if we’re a fit for them as far as they want to consider us.”

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UFAs The Wings Should Have Interest In

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The goal for the Wings next season is to make the playoffs. That won’t happen because of anything the Wings do via free agency. If the Wings make the playoffs, it will be because enough of the players who underperformed last season have bounce-back years.

That list includes Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar (he reached 25 goals, but had nine at the halfway point), Riley Sheahan, Danny DeKeyser, Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader.

Petr Mrazek also is among the underachievers, though he may be the most bankable rebound candidate, as he is entering a contract year and surely was humbled after being exposed to the expansion draft and eliciting no interest.

What makes sense on July 1 is to bring back forward Thomas Vanek on a two-year deal averaging no more than $3 million a season.The Wings took a gamble on the skilled Austrian winger last summer, after he was bought out by Minnesota. He worked out better than expected: Vanek produced 15 goals and 38 points in 48 games, earning a .79 points-per-game average that was second on the team behind Henrik Zetterberg....

The Wings also should consider signing one of defensemen Dan Girardi or Trevor Daley for a year – two at most – to help the back end. Girardi recently was bought out by the New York Rangers, so he may come in as motivated as Vanek was last season.

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Jeff Blashill On Tyler Bertuzzi

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

“Bert to me is somebody that looks like he is on the verge of becoming a real good NHL player,” Blashill said. “He brings a lot of qualities that we don’t have – he’s hard and has skill. We’ve got a lot of guys with skill that might not be hard. We've got some guys that are hard that might not have as much skill. He's got a pretty good package in my opinion, as a fit on our team. I think the playoffs he had certainly puts him in position to grab a spot next year and make our team better.”

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Hockey Notes After The NHL Draft

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from Steve Simmons of hte Toronto Sun,

- Nashville needs some help at centre. Word around is the Preds are kicking tires on the ancient free agent, Joe Thornton?

- A former NHL player worries about the pressure that awaits first draft pick Nico Hischier and second pick Nolan Patrick coming in the years directly after McDavid and Matthews. “They’re not those kind of players,” he said. “I had hoped Nolan would drop a few spots, to maybe five. He’s going to be a good player. I just don’t want people expecting too much from him.”

- George McPhee had all the power heading into the NHL expansion draft. Now the Vegas GM has a roster with way too many defenceman. “Now we can hold him hostage the way he held us hostage,” said an NHL GM. “The power has shifted.”

- How important is your backup goaltender in today’s NHL? Consider this: most teams will average 14 back-to-back games this coming season. Most teams don’t play their starter back-to-back. That’s 28 points up for grabs without your starter. “A backup goalie can be the difference between being in the playoffs and missing the playoffs,” said a Western Conference GM just after the draft Saturday. The goalie market is flooded. “There’s too many goalies, not enough jobs.” Former starters who may not get a starting job include: Ryan Miller, Steve Mason Cam Ward, Antti Niemi, Semyon Varlamov, Jonathan Bernier, Kari Lehtonen, Eddie Lack, and Brian Elliott.

- The biggest waste of space: Rating a draft after it has just happened. The truth: Nobody knows which players are going to turn out and which ones aren’t. You want to know who won? Call me in five years.

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Wings Go Big At The NHL Draft

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings, long criticized for being too small and having too many soft players, targeted big bodies in this year's draft, in some cases at the expense of good skaters.

That was evident with their first pick Friday, 6-foot-6 center Michael Rasmussen of Tri City (WHL) and it was apparent again on Saturday, when the Red Wings bulked up during the second day of the draft at the United Center in Chicago.

Of Detroit's 10 selections during Day 2, eight are 6-foot-1 or taller, including defensemen Gustav Lindstrom (6-2, 187) of Sweden and Kasper Kotkansalo (6-2, 196) of Finland, their top two picks.

"We put an emphasis on size, defense," Tyler Wright, the Red Wings director of amateur scouting, said. "I thought we filled a lot of holes."

Detroit drafted five defensemen, two more centers, two wingers and goaltender Keith Petruzelli, who played last season for USHL Muskegon. He was the last of their four third-round picks (88th). Prior to that selection, the Red Wings landed right wing Lane Zablocki of Red Deer (WHL) and center Zach Gallant of Peterborough (OHL).

"We wanted to get bigger and still kind of keep the identity of what we're known for and that's skill and sense," Wright said in a phone interview with MLive. "We wanted to become a harder team to play against."

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Video- Gary Bettman Is Your Host For The 2017 NHL Draft

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via NHL.com,

Hear what Commissioner Gary Bettman has to say to some of the newest members of the NHL, as he's mic'd up for the NHL Draft.

 

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Numbers From The NHL Draft

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

CHICAGO (June 24, 2017) – A total of 217 players from 14 countries and 29 leagues were selected in the 2017 NHL Draft, which concluded Saturday at United Center.

Following is a breakdown of draft selections by birthplace and league:

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Open Post- 2017 NHL Draft

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

update, Sticky has been removed, original post was on 6/23/17 at 3:55pm.

Both NBCSN and Sportsnet starts their coverage at 6:30pm ET and I believe the first round of the draft starts just after 7:00pm.  

Rounds 2-7 will be on the NHL Network and Sporstnet starting at 10:00am tomorrow.

This post will remain at the top of KK thru the NHL Draft.

To help you out for the next day. or so...

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