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Videos- Top Prospects Mic’d Up On Draft Day

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First up is Rasmus Dahlin.



Below, Brady Tkachuk and Quinn Hughes...

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Who Is The Prospect?

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Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press provides the scouting report, you provide the name.

Scouting report: Smart, strong skater who can carry the puck and make a good outlet pass.

Scouting report: Very good skater, good size, good puck mover.

Scouting report: Underrated talents, hard worker.


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Reality Is Still Around

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from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

The Red Wings won a lot this weekend.

Some fans said it felt at least a little bit like the days, nearly a decade ago, when they could flip the channel or drive downtown to see the Wings dominating opponents.

The surprising results of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft invigorated many of the faithful. Again, the Red Wings outperformed most of the league.

But the impact on the roster only underlines how long it will take for their next deep run in the playoffs.

With the sustenance of the draft came harsh reinforcement of reality. The Wings are gathering momentum in a rebuilding process that will surely take at least a few years longer.


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KK- A Dark Night

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I am going to settle in the lazy boy for the night, will try to find a good movie or just may doze off.

It should be a slow night in the hockey workd and I will catch up bright and early on Sunday morning.

Remember, all teams at this point are 0-0-0-0!

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52 Americans Chosen At The 2018 NHL Draft

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DALLAS - Fifty-two Americans were selected in this weekend's 2018 NHL Draft at the American Airlines Center, home of the Dallas Stars.

A total of 16 players from USA Hockey's National Team Development Program were chosen, including Ty Emberson (Eau Claire, Wis.), who became the 300th NTDP player drafted all-time.

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Video- The Best From Day 2 Of The NHL Draft

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Just south of 4 1/2 minutes long.


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Video- The New York Islanders Had Two Good Days At The NHL Draft

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Just ask the GM.


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Afternoon Line- Liam Kirk

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"I have to admit it was very emotional and a bit overwhelming when I first heard, it was probably one of the best feelings I've ever experienced. Even when it got to the seventh round and I hadn’t been picked I was getting a bit more nervous and anxious. "But, when it finally happened, it was amazing. I don’t really care what round it came in or which pick it was, I just wanted to be drafted and now it’s all about what I do after the draft."

- Liam Kirk, a 7th round pick by the Arizona Coyotes and the first English-born and trained player to be drafted.  More from Phil Harrison of the Yorkshire Post.

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Colorado Avalanche Announce Three-Year Contract For Philipp Grubauer

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DALLAS – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed goaltender Philipp Grubauer to a three-year contract through the 2020-21 season. Colorado acquired the 26-year-old netminder in a trade with the Washington Capitals on Friday night.

"He just won a Stanley Cup. He's a winner, and that's always important. He knows what it takes," said Avalanche Executive Vice President & General Manager Joe Sakic following Friday’s trade. "He was just in a dressing room that went through a grind. You don't win a Stanley Cup if you're not part of a close team that believes and knows how to win in the playoffs. And he had a huge part in getting them into the playoffs. He's had two really good years in a backup role, and we all feel he's ready to take the next step and become a No. 1. We're excited to have two No. 1 goalies."

Grubauer appeared in 35 regular-season games for the Stanley Cup champion Capitals, posting a 15-10-3 record while leading the team in goals-against average (2.35), save percentage (.923) and shutouts (3).   Grubauer’s 35 games and 15 wins were career highs, while his three shutouts tied a personal best from 2016-17.   He led all NHL goaltenders in both goals-against average (1.93) and save percentage (.937%) from Nov. 24 until the end of the season (min. 20 games).  The 6-foot-1, 191-pound netminder went on to start Washington’s first two games of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs (0-1-0, 4.57 GAA).

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Video- Tyler Wright After The Draft

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added 5:05pm,

Hakan Andersson met with the media too, watch below....

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