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Options At The Draft For The Wings

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Defenseman or forward? Size or speed?

The 2018 NHL entry draft starts Friday with the first round, and the Detroit Red Wings have two selections to make. They have the sixth overall pick, and given the depth of talent available within the top 10 projected picks, should get a player who will be key to the rebuilding effort. They pick again at 30th, where they have Vegas’ pick stemming from the Tomas Tatar trade.

Rasmus Dahlin is the consensus to go first overall, and Andrei Svechnikov, Filip Zadina and Brady Tkachuk are all expected to be gone by the time the Wings make their first pick.

The Wings might move back if Vancouver (seventh overall), Chicago (eighth) or the New York Rangers (ninth) provide an incentive to swap picks — for example, if the Rangers offered their second-round pick, a scenario could have the Wings pick ninth and gain the 39th pick. The Wings are not moving out of the top 10.

Here is a look at candidates for the Wings’ first-round picks. The first six are projected top-10 picks. 


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Happy Fathers Day 2018

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To all the dads who visit KK, enjoy your day, kick back and relax and remember, stay hydrated.


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Noah Dobson May Be The First Canadian Chosen In the NHL Draft

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from Daniel Nugent-Bowman of Sportsnet,

Now a star prospect for the 2018 NHL Draft, Dobson took a calculated chance the year before he joined the QMJHL’s Acadie-Bathurst Titan. He left a country where hockey reigns supreme for a place where it’s much lower in the pecking order. Dobson lived in Salzburg, Austria for the 2015–16 season after being recruited to join Red Bull Akademie, a hockey and soccer development program then in its second year as a hothouse for promising 14-to-20-year-olds from around the world. It meant moving five time zones away from his family when he was just 15, but it helped get him to where he is today. “I take a lot of pride in where I’m from. It’s where I fell in love with the game,” Dobson says. “[But] as you get older, you have to make sacrifices to help your career and move away from home and get off the Island a bit.”

Dobson has since returned to the Maritimes, suiting up for the Titan — a team in a community that’s near and dear to his family’s heart. With the Titan, he’s improved the skills he developed overseas and helped the team capture 2018 QMJHL and Mastercard Memorial Cup titles.

Now 18, Dobson is a six-foot-three, 178-pound, all-around defenceman. A right-handed shot, he’s a projected top-10 NHL pick and may be the first Canadian chosen. He’ll also be the highest-drafted born-and-raised Islander if he’s nabbed by the 12th selection. (Blueliner Brandon Gormley was picked 13th by the Phoenix Coyotes in 2010.)

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Notes On The New York Rangers

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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- Chances are that if the Rangers make a substantial move leading into Friday’s first round of the entry draft in Dallas, it will involve Kevin Hayes. Multiple sources report the 26-year-old impending Group II free-agent center has attracted significant interest from around the league as general manager Jeff Gorton sifts through various scenarios both connected to and independent of improving the club’s ninth-overall position.

- The Blueshirts have talked with Carolina about moving up to second overall, where the team would jump all over right wing Andrei Svechnikov, but though the dynamic could change through the week, such a deal seems extremely unlikely.

- Brendan Smith, meanwhile, has remained in New York following the season in order to work on his fitness with Ben Prentiss. The Rangers expect him to not only be in the mix for a job, but to be the player to whom they awarded that four-year, $17.4 million deal last June.

- Ilya Kovalchuk has not eliminated the Rangers from his list, but we’re told that the dynamic free agent winger would only come to Broadway if the Blueshirts acquire a player or two who would vault the club into contending status. In other words, probably not.


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At Least The Intended Message Is Right

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from Mark Madden at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Nick Boynton is a retired NHL goon. Daniel Carcillo also skated in the NHL. He was a dirty, sadistic hack. Carcillo played like a criminal.

Boynton recently wrote a piece for The Players' Tribune web site. Carcillo did a video. Each talked about issues that stem from head trauma. Each decried the NHL's laissez-faire attitude in dealing with that problem.

The message is correct.

The problem just needs better messengers.

Tom Wilson's path of rage through the NHL playoffs ultimately led him and his Washington Capitals to the Stanley Cup. Wilson handed out head shots like candy on Halloween and only got suspended once.

Too many “old-school” TV types said it was just “playoff hockey,” and the NHL nodded in silent agreement.


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Notes On Hockey

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- ... Controversial owner Eugene Melnyk says in one breath he’s not selling the club and in the other he hasn’t had an offer that would interest him. But there may come a point, a result of the unravelling of the hockey team, that selling or moving are his only options. Ottawa played to just 85% capacity this past season, worse than all NHL teams except Florida, Carolina, Arizona and the Islanders.

This may well be the beginning of the end of the Ottawa Senators. Where does hope come from now?

- If John Tavares signs with the Islanders, which now seems likely, and John Carlson stays in Washington, which is less likely, how dull is NHL free agency going to be. I don’t know if tracking where Tyler Bozak and Mike Green are going to sign is going to keep me up at night.

- As NHL official was playing in the opening rounds of the U.S. Open, he heard from the gallery: “Call more slashing on Pittsburgh.”

more on the Senators plus a few more hockey topics...

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What Team Could John Tavares Sign With?

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

...there will be serious bidders, perhaps as close by as the Rangers and Devils, both of whom have cap space. Of the two, the resurgent Devils might be the most appealing to Tavares, what with MVP candidate Taylor Hall (39 goals, 93 points) in his prime and under contract for two more seasons. Step No. 2 for Devils GM Ray Shero, if able to get Tavares signed, would be to figure how quickly he could add five or more years to Hall’s pact — at a price equal to Tavares.

The Rangers don’t have a winger of Hall’s ilk to partner with him. There isn’t a more exciting place to play than Madison Square Garden when the Rangers are cooking, but it could be a while before that happens and Tavares has waited a long time for something good to happen — the very thing that could keep him from extending his tour with the Fish Sticks.

Elsewhere, the Blues want to make a splash and have the dollars to do it, and with young flashy wingers Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko in residence. With Tavares slotted between the two, it’s a line that could generate 200 or more points per season (since you asked, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and David Pastrnak rolled up 228 points last season). It’s probably his best fit.

In San Jose, the Sharks are still deciding whether to bring Jumbo Joe Thornton (39 on July 2) back for another tour. They recently rolled out crazy money (seven years/$49 million) for Evander Kane and the ex-Jet/ex-Sabre likely would be Tavares’s left winger much of the time. That in itself probably will keep Tavares away.

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A Two-Year Contract Extension For Max Domi In Montreal

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MONTREAL - The Canadiens announced on Saturday they had agreed to terms with forward Max Domi on a two-year contract (2018-19 to 2019-20).

The deal has an average annual value of $3.15 million for the Canadiens, who acquired Domi from the Arizona Coyotes on Friday in exchange for Alex Galchenyuk.

Domi, 23, was Arizona's first-round pick (12th overall) at the 2013 Draft. Last season, he recorded 45 points (9G, 36A) in 82 contests. In 222 NHL games to date - all with the Coyotes - Domi has 36 goals and 135 assists.

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5 Tips to Choosing a Bodybuilding Supplement

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People from different parts of the world enroll in a gym or develop personal programs to achieve the best stamina or muscular results. There are various products to aid in bodybuilding. It is important to understand your bodybuilding program and goals to pick out the right supplement. The supplements are intended to work alongside a good nutritional diet. Selecting the right product that will work for your muscles requires research. Here are a few crucial pointers that will help you make the right decision:

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Why The Wings Would Be Interested In Prospect Noah Dobson

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Noah Dobson

Position: Defenseman

Height/Weight: 6-3/177

Shoots: Right

2017-18 team: Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL)

2017-18 stats: 67 games, 17 goals, 52 assists, 69 points, 52 penalty minutes....

Why Red Wings would be interested: He would fill the Red Wings' biggest need in their system - a big, skilled, right-shooting defenseman who can man the point on the power play. Most of the team's defensive prospects are average in size or smaller. And while bigger isn't necessarily better, the team has placed an emphasis on size.

NHL Central Scouting says: "A very effective two-way defenseman with good puck distribution and a strong shot from the point on the power play. He is a point-producer with size who defends well and utilizes strong positioning and a good stick in the defensive zone."

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