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I'm a long time KuklasKorner reader/follower, but I've never contributed before via a blog or even message (not really sure why).
Regardless, every year, I love putting together mock drafts. With the draft being on Sunday, I thought you all might enjoy my crack at guessing who will be taken where. Whenever I do a mockdraft, I consult team needs, drafting tendencines (CHL over European leagues, Canadian players only in the first round, etc.), as well as best player available (I consult ISS, Central Scouting, Bob McKenzie and other ratings). Feel free to comment and point out where I'm wrong or need work in my selections
1. Colorado – C Nate MacKinnon
Everyone, including myself was convinced Colorado would opt to take Denver native Seth Jones with this pick. However, after a recent announcement from the Avalanche, they seem to be going in a different direction. The likely choice for the Avalanche with the #1 pick therefore is Nate MacKinnon. MacKinnon has game-breaking speed, an excellent shot, great passing ability and vision. He is a player the Avalanche will be able to build around, a franchise player that will be the face of the Avalanche for years to come.
- The Caps were thinking what exactly trading for Erat? Brooks Laich's "tenure and term" is insanity too.
- I don't believe Philly and Vancouver have any choice but to amnesty Bryzgalov and Luongo. Maybe they'll trade them and their new teams will amnesty them after next year. Unless there's some rule against that.
- I thought I was listening to Chicago radio with all the people picking Chicago over Detroit. It was Detroit radio, though. I'm sure everyone picked the Ducks over the Wings in 2002 too, right? I picked Detroit in 6 immediately after this match-up became official. Frankly I was more worried about Chicago's 2009 team.
Ovie yesterday astutely noted that the ice at MSG is bad. That's pretty obvious and yet never discussed.
The Rangers clearly have a big advantage on the perennial slush vs. the visitors. Does the NHL actually regulate ice conditions? What are the tolerances? Do they allow for slushy conditions.
Granted, the venue in question is a center of many activities that tend to raise the temps, but this should not be an excuse for allowing the ice to deteriorate during an NHL game.
There definitely should be huge fines for failing to meet a minimum that is conducive to player health and parity. Does anyone know if this regulated and, if so, how?
A continent away, Europe's season ending championship is taking place, with teams sourced by the 17th through 30th best teams from the NHL.
One player who is not from an NHL team is gathering some attention, this entry from the NYT Slap Shot Blog discusses John Gibson at the 2013 IIHF World Championships.
It is rare for the United States to use a teenage goalie at the International Ice Hockey Federation world championships, and John Gibson’s performance in his tournament debut was of rare quality.
Gibson, a 19-year-old from Pittsburgh, made 31 saves to backstop the Americans to a 4-1 win over Finland on Wednesday. The Finns are co-hosting the tournament with Sweden this year, but he was unfazed by the boisterous, flag-waving crowd of 12,484 at Helsinki’s Hartwall Arena.
At 19, it is hard to tell how much seasoning he will need before the Anahiem Ducks have a goaltending logjam.
I'm an avid KK reader but rarely a writer.
I only really write anything when I'm fired up or angry about the Wings.
I am brutally honest and never sugarcoat anything. I can say that I watch every single Wings game without fail. I'm a stat and cap geek. I've been ganged up on and called names before for voicing my opinion by so called bigger fans on the DRW than I am.
A goaltending friend shared this Youtube video with me on a social media site.
I DO NOT know much about the Youtube author titled, ShootAllGoalies (I think he means with a camera).
I DO know the video has a playoff feel to it, and I hope the KK community enjoys.
As the eyes of the hockey world rivet themselves to the SC playoffs, a void in the world of amateur coaching has occurred. Two weeks after Yale captured the NCAA D-1 title, former long time Yale coach Tim Taylor lost his battle with cancer. While not an NHL coach, the name should be familiar to anyone who is a part of USA Hockey, particularly those who live in and follow the sport in North Eastern USA.
More on Taylor with additional links.
Although not a major league hockey city, Houston has supported a professional team since the 60's. It appears that this year's Calder Cup Playoff will end that run.
The story further describes the situation, and within that story is a link recounting hockey memories in the U.S.'s fourth most populated city.
A continent away, International championships are well on their way to being determined.
Most notable is the conclusion of the KHL, who yesterday crowned Dynamo Moscow champions for the second year in a row.
Story (in English) and 14 minutes of video highlights (in Russian) found here.
During the trade deadline, I think the Bruins counted Soderberg as part of their playoff run.
Then this occurrred.
It is also curious to me that this occurs at the same time as Olympic participation talks are taking place.
Here's the story from the local CBS station in Boston.
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