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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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Notes From The 2018 NHL Draft

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DALLAS (June 23, 2018) – A total of 217 players from 14 countries and 29 leagues were selected in the 2018 NHL Draft presented by adidas, which concluded Saturday at American Airlines Center.

Following is a breakdown of draft picks by position, birth country and league:

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On The Second Day Of The NHL Draft

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DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today drafted eight players during the second day of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. The Red Wings began the day with two picks in the second round, selecting right wing Jonatan Berggren (33rd overall) and defenseman Jared McIsaac (36th overall) before selecting three times in the third round: defenseman Alec Regula (67th overall), defenseman Seth Barton (81st overall) and goaltender Jesper Eliasson (84th overall). With their fourth-round pick, and eighth pick within the top-100 of the draft, Detroit chose right wing Ryan O’Reilly (98th overall). The final two rounds of the draft saw Detroit select goaltender Victor Brattstrom (160th overall) and center Otto Kivenmaki (191st overall).

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Filip Zadina Will Get A Shot To Make The Wing

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Zadina, projected to go as high as third, is a high-end winger who will provide a much-needed scoring dimension. The team’s director of amateur scouting, Tyler Wright, was in disbelief at the Wings’ good fortune.

“Zadina at sixth for us was a little bit of a shock,” he said. “We need to score goals. We need offensive players. Our power play has got to get better. He’s a guy that has the ability to win hockey games because he’s got that offensive ability. He finds a way to score in different ways. His No. 1 attribute that we think that he can bring is high-end skill."

Whether he can help the Wings right away will become clearer at training camp, but Wright said Zadina will get “every opportunity” to do so. Perhaps he could be a fit with Henrik Zetterberg, similar to how the veteran center helped Dylan Larkin flourish in his rookie year. Perhaps Zadina could be a fit with Larkin, creating a high-flying, creative duo. The Wings need somebody who can win games, and that’s in Zadina’s skill set.


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Detroit Draft Picks Rounds 4-7

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from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

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Calgary/Carolina Trade

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added 1:49pm,


added 2:01pm,


added 2:12pm, Calgary and Carolina releases is below.

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The Latest On John Tavares

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via Pierre LeBrun tweets,

Pat Brisson, agent for John Tavares, confirms that his client will use the UFA speaking period to chat with 5 teams

and I know this is obvious thing to say, but just like Steven Stamkos did two years ago, Tavares could still decide to re-sign with the Islanders after hearing out other teams. We'll see.

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