Archive for June, 2010

2010 NHL Entry Draft: Grading the Philadelphia Flyers

June 30th, 2010 No Comments

The Philadelphia Flyers made a total of six selections in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, all of which were taken in the third round and beyond. As is the case with many player that go in the later rounds, there really isn’t a ton of information on such players, but with the help of the internet and draft reports, we can reasonably make a grade for each player and the Flyers overall draft results. Looking at the Flyers overall depth in the system it was easy to deduce that the Flyers were in need of some forward depth and, to a lesser extent in need of defense. With that in mind, it was no surprise to learn that the Flyers selected a total of five forwards and one defenseman at the draft. First up, the Flyers selected Michael Chaput with

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2010 NHL Draft First Round Recap: Surprise Picks and Plunges Highlight Night

June 27th, 2010 No Comments

The first player selected at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft in Los Angeles last night was right wing Taylor Hall, the newest player to receive their Edmonton Oilers jersey. That pick, at least, was expected. The second player selected at the draft, this time by the Boston Bruins, was center Tyler Seguin. That choice was also relatively easy to predict. The third player chosen was Erik Gudbranson, who’s now a member of the rebuilding Florida Panthers. Gudbranson’s selection, while not as much of a certainty as the first two, was also a fairly assured choice. …and then the mock drafts began to be not only proven wrong, but completely jumbled, pick after pick after pick. Following those three, the draft entered a stretch where six consecutive forwards were chosen, despite having the options of fourth- and fifth-ranked players Cam Fowler and

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2010 NHL Draft Results: Carolina Hurricanes Analysis and Recap

June 27th, 2010 6 Comments

We knew that the 2010 NHL Entry Draft was going to be a busy one for the Carolina Hurricanes, who held a league-high 11 draft picks going in. And, when it was all said and done, through picks and trades and hours of negotiating, the Hurricanes can come away from Los Angeles with high hopes for the future. General Manager Jim Rutherford had a busy weekend, as the Hurricanes were the seventh team up in the first round Friday night and then continued to have selections all through Saturday as well. Despite having the option of going with Cam Fowler or Brandon Gormley, both of whom were expected to go earlier and both of whom could be a great addition to the ‘Canes’ needy defensive unit, the Hurricanes decided to go with center Jeff Skinner with the seventh pick. Center

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The Canucks Load up on Defense and Size

June 27th, 2010 No Comments

Well, there were no first through third round entry draft picks for the Canucks this year, but they did get a player in Keith Ballard who can play top minutes on the one through four D-group and step in right away. That’s more than you would have gotten with the No. 25 pick. This trade was precipitated due to the fact that the 25th pick that they did have and the players that they liked (Beau Bennett and Jarred Tinordi), were not available having been selected earlier. The rest is now history, so we move on to the rest of the picks chosen the next day. With the fourth (Peter McNally), fifth (Adam Polaske), and seventh (Sawyer Hannay – pictured) picks the ‘Nucks loaded up on D-men that had one thing in common. They are all big and physical. Yes, we know

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Evgeni Nabokov A Philadelphia Flyer? Does This Mean The End For Jeff Carter?

June 27th, 2010 No Comments

With news hitting various sources around the internet that the Philadelphia Flyers have acquired former San Jose Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov’s negotiating rights one has to think that, in order to do so, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren will need to slash some salary. Clearly, given Nabokov’s three successive 40 plus win seasons and his overall pedigree I think the Flyers will be looking to sign Nabokov for as much as $5 million per season. At this point, it doesn’t matter how long the term of the contract is, it’s how a potential Nabokov contract will impact the Flyers 2010-11 salary cap. As it sits right now, the Flyers have a total of $49,409,762 committed to 17 roster players. Of those players, Daniel Briere, Mike Richards, Simon Gagne, Scott Hartnell, Kimmo Timonen and Chris Pronger (35+) all have no trade clauses,

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Leafs Select Promising Centre Greg McKegg In Third Round

June 26th, 2010 No Comments

The Toronto Maple Leafs have selected highly-touted centre Greg McKegg with their third round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. McKegg, who stands 6’0 and weighs in at 185 pounds, brings a ton of speed to the Leafs lineup and is very versatile as he is able to play both centre and wing. The native of St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada, is known as a goal scorer who uses his speed to avoid defenders. He is a very crisp/quick skater with a tremendous first stride and a decent hockey IQ. Through 67 games, McKegg scored 37 goals and added 48 assists for a total of 85 points with the OHL’s Erie Otters. His 85 points were good enough for 11th overall in regular season scoring amongst OHL players, while his 37 goals ranked him 16th overall. McKegg has watched his

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