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1st Round Analysis

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from Fox Sports,

With Sidney Crosby firmly entrenched as the Penguins' top pick in the NHL Entry Draft on Saturday, the intrigue when the day began centered on the No. 2 pick, belonging to the Mighty Ducks. Rumors of a trade for the No. 2 pick ran rampant throughout the league as teams talked back and forth in hopes of jockeying up to a higher position. As the draft began, a collective hush came across the floor, but it appeared that the big trade that was looming was not to be. It was an interesting first round as there were more players taken from the state of Minnesota (five) than the entire country of Russia (zero). We also saw four separate trades as teams moved up and down to find the players that fit them best.

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Recap of Wings Picks

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Of interest to Wings fans. from the CP via Slam,

Defenceman Jakub Kindl of the Kitchener Rangers was the Detroit Red Wings' first pick in the NHL entry draft Saturday. Using the 19th pick, the highest for Detroit since it selected Martin Lapointe 10th overall in 1991, GM Ken Holland opted for Kindl, an excellent skater who moves the puck well but who had only a so-so season with the Rangers. Born in the Czech Republic, the six-foot-two, 199-pound defenceman had three goals, 11 assists and 92 penalty minutes in 62 OHL games.

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Rest Up for 12 More Hours

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per Scott Burnside of ESPN, The NHL has decided to change the deadline for the official start of the free-agency period from midnight ET on Sunday to noon ET on Monday.

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Media Coverage of the Draft

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I'd be interested to know your views on the coverage of the NHL Entry Draft. I watched the TV coverage on Comcast Local here in the Detroit area. They picked up the TSN feed and as usual, was well done. But the show ended before the draft was completed. I hoped there would have been more trade talk, but that was not to be. Website coverage was just ok. Both Sportsnet and TSN had the first round covered well, but after that, it became a crap shoot of what website to hit. I believe nhl.com provided the most thorough coverage. As I mentioned earlier, I visited many of the team websites and most were updating their team status on a regular basis. I am still shocked the Wings official site did not have anything on the draft. As a matter of fact, the last story is "Wings add McLellan to staff". I do hope they were having technical issues instead of just not updating the site.

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Quiet Draft Day

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from the CP via TSN,

What ever happened to the old days when the NHL entry draft hadn't even begun yet and Mike Milbury had already traded half his roster? "This is the deadest it's ever been in the history of this," observed Anaheim Mighty Ducks GM Brian Burke. The eerie silence of an NHL draft without spectators essentially mirrored the action on the trade front Saturday as GMs focused their efforts on the upcoming free-agent market instead of trying to deal. That's because there are very few assets to trade. There are more players hitting free agency Monday at noon EDT than there are players under contract. "Nobody has extra players to move," said Philadelphia Flyers GM Bob Clarke, himself a veteran draft-day dealer. "In the past, there was always extra players in each organization. But now, at least this year, the extra players you had you tried to buy out or didn't qualify to get the payroll down.

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The Last Pick of the Draft

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Patrick Hornquist(sp) by Nashville. By the way, in the last 20 years, 5 of these last pick in the draft, have played in the NHL.

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Mario Wants to Play 3 More Years

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from the NEPA News,

Lemieux is healthy, relaxed and confident that he can play a lot longer. "At least two, maybe three," Lemieux said. "As long as I stay healthy and can still play at a top level." Crosby certainly hopes Lemieux plays that long. Crosby's agent, Pat Brisson, said it was evident when Crosby and Lemieux first met a summer ago while training together in Los Angeles that there was a "karma" between them, despite the age difference. Crosby doesn't turn 18 until Aug. 7. "Mario's been through this and Mark Recchi, too, to a degree, and they can mentor him and walk him through the next stage of his life," Patrick said. "The timing couldn't be better, with the new collective bargaining agreement and the new rules, for Sidney to be coming to us. It's just fantastic. It's a great time to be coming into the league." The Penguins and Crosby have yet to work out as contract but, with the new NHL labor agreement setting most of the standards for a first-year player, Patrick is hopeful a deal can be reached quickly. "I'm keeping my fingers crossed, but I don't see problems," Patrick said.

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Team by Team Picks

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A great source to see your teams picks in today's draft. Individual team picks are on the right side and just be forewarned, the sight takes a little time to load. Also, I have been surfing the NHL team sites and the majoriity of them are keeping up as best as they can, but one team site, that of the Detroit Red Wings, still has a blurb that states catch the draft today....no mention of any picks at all. What gives Wings?

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8 U.S Born Players in the Ist Round

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Eight U.S.-born players were selected in the first round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft today in Ottawa, surpassing the previous record of seven Americans selected in the first round in 1986 and 2003.

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Another Trade

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Todd White traded from Ottawa to the Wild for a 4th rd pick this year. update 6:11pm, Finally, a link to verify the trade.

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