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Last Word on Hockey

The Philly Sports Podcast: Philadelphia Flyers Draft Preview

YWT #25- NHL Draft Preview The Philadelphia Flyers draft preview. The team currently holds the 14th and 19th overall picks in the first round of the upcoming 2018 NHL Entry Draft. The key word there is currently. Flyers GM Ron Hextall has shown no hesitation when it comes to making big splashes on Draft Day. Remember the Brayden Schenn trade last year? This year could be more of the same. The Flyers definitely have the assets to move up if they so desire to do so. Possibly moving as high as number three or four. They could also stand pat, and add two top-twenty talents to their already...

Winging It In Motown

Quick Hits: The 1989 Edition

In Red Wings Land Red Wings draft picks: 10 biggest hits | Detroit News This right here is just a reminder of how amazing the Red Wings 1989 draft class was. My only argument with Ted’s list here are his choices at #8 and #9. I would’ve gone with Slava Kozlov over both of them. Around the League Kotkaniemi surges into top five of TSN Draft Ranking I’m still #TeamHughes all the way, but I think I’ve come around on the idea of drafting Jesperi Kotkaniemi if he’s there at #6 and Hughes is gone. You can never have too many good centers. How things fell apart between Barry Trotz,...

Broad Street Hockey

Tuesday Morning Fly By: Getting closer to things happening

Today’s open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Philadelphia Flyers news and notes… *You’re coming to our draft party right? In case you missed them, here are the deets. [BSH] *Meltzer breaks down the five things that make a draft successful. [Flyers] *And as we get ever closer to Friday’s draft, the profiles of potential draftees continue, like this big center with a cool name who could be a nice second round pickup. [NBC Sports Philly] *And until we actually get to pick number 14, we’re going to wonder if he’ll package one or both of his first round picks to...

Pension Plan Puppets

Tuesday’s FTB: More Marlies love

The Marlies are signing all the players. With only four days until the NHL Draft, talk is heating up about who will pick whom, and who will instead make trades. Meanwhile Kyle Dubas and Laurence Gilman have been busy bolsterint he rosters of their minor leag affiliates. Marlies add a half-dozen players, proving an ATO can lead to a contract - KatyaThey also found a centre the Habs passed over. [Species: LOLHABS!] The signings and trades are only getting started before the draft which is on Friday at 7:00 p.m. ICYMI We’ve had some great draft coverage in the past 24 Hours. Make sure to...


31 Thoughts Podcast: Canadiens eye centre Jesperi Kotkaniemi at NHL Draft

The Montreal Canadiens are targeting centre Jesperi Kotkaniemi in the first round of the NHL Draft. But whether they take him with pick No. 3 is still up in the air. The post 31 Thoughts Podcast: Canadiens eye centre Jesperi Kotkaniemi at NHL Draft appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.


How Jim Montgomery could bring some old-school Cowboys draft strategy to the Dallas Stars

FRISCO -- Will new Stars coach Jim Montgomery bring the Jimmy Johnson Effect to the Stars' work in the NHL draft?Johnson moved from a championship run at the University of Miami to take over as the Cowboys' head coach in 1989. Johnson gave the Cowboys an extra asset in their drafts early in his tenure with his fresh and in-depth knowledge of college players.Montgomery comes from a similar background: coaching powerful University of Denver for the last five seasons, winning an NCAA title in 2017. Montgomery knows the college game.The NHL draft, which begins Friday, differs from the NFL because...

Tip of the Tower

Toronto Maple Leafs: 2018 NHL Mock Draft Post-Playoff Edition

Embed from With Rasmus Dahlin going first overall to the Buffalo Sabres, we break down where the other chips may fall in the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft, including who the Toronto Maple Leafs will select. It’s the most wonderful time of the year for scouts and hockey executives. On Friday, […] Toronto Maple Leafs: 2018 NHL Mock Draft Post-Playoff Edition - Tip of the Tower - Tip of the Tower - A Toronto Sports Site - Maple Leafs, Blue Jays, Raptors, Toronto FC, Raptors and Argonauts


Stars mock draft roundup: Experts think Dallas will pick a center, but which one?

Need some mock drafts? You've come to the right place. We've got more than 10 all in one spot.The Stars will pick 13th overall in the first round this year after missing the playoffs. This will be the ninth time in the last 10 years that Dallas has a pick in the top 15. Here's a quick breakdown of whom draft experts have going to the Stars in the first round.[Updated June 18]Joe Veleno, C, QMJHLChicago Sun-Times' Mark Lazerus [June 17]: "A playmaking center with terrific speed, Veleno also brings a solid defensive game and the intangible leadership skills scouts love."NBC Sports' Joe Haggerty...


Where are they now? Only one true NHL bust to be found in Stars' last 10 first-round draft picks

The Stars struck lottery gold last year moving up from the eighth spot to No. 3 and were able to select defenseman Miro Heiskanen, which made him the highest pick taken by the franchise since Mike Modano in 1988.The team had no such luck this year in the lottery. As of now, they are slated to pick 13th when the draft is in Dallas June 22-23 at the American Airlines Center.Let's take a look at how the Stars' last 10 first-round picks have fared:2017: Miro Heiskanen (No. 3 overall)Position: Defenseman NHL team taken by: Dallas Stars Current NHL team: Dallas StarsThe last year for Heiskanen has...

Toronto Star

Bruce Arthur: Leafs’ Kyle Dubas takes the stage as draft, free agency near

The 32-year-old Maple Leafs GM is smart, but we might soon find out just how smart.


Leafs GM Kyle Dubas on traits he values most in NHL prospects

Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas joined Prime Time Sports on Monday, where he spoke about the Marlies, creating a winning culture, and the upcoming NHL Draft. The post Leafs GM Kyle Dubas on traits he values most in NHL prospects appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.


Capitals coach Barry Trotz walks away after Cup win

Less than two weeks after lifting the Stanley Cup, Barry Trotz is a free agent and the Washington Capitals are looking for a new coach. Trotz stepped down as Capitals coach on Monday after a contract dispute over salary and term that leaves the newly minted Stanley Cup champions without a coach with the draft and free agency fast approaching. General manager Brian MacLellan said the Capitals accepted Trotz’s resignation after they were unable to agree on terms on a new contract.

Tip of the Tower

Toronto Maple Leafs: Under the radar free agent centre targets

With the offseason in full gear, the Toronto Maple Leafs will plan to address some of their needs through free agency with some holes to fill. While most of the attention will be on the NHL draft starting on Jun. 22, not too long after, the Toronto Maple Leafs will look to see what they […] Toronto Maple Leafs: Under the radar free agent centre targets - Tip of the Tower - Tip of the Tower - A Toronto Sports Site - Maple Leafs, Blue Jays, Raptors, Toronto FC, Raptors and Argonauts

The Hockey Writers

2018 NHL Draft: Consensus Mock, Team Results

2018 NHL Mock Draft: Round 1 2018 NHL Mock Draft: Round 2 2018 NHL Mock Draft: Round 3 2018 NHL Mock Draft: Round 4 2018 NHL Mock Draft: Round 5 2018 NHL Mock Draft: Round 6 2018 NHL Mock Draft: Round 7 2018 NHL Mock Draft: Team Results 2018 NHL Draft: Consensus Last Minute Mock […] The post 2018 NHL Draft: Consensus Mock, Team Results appeared first on The Hockey Writers.

Canes Country

Draft Profile: Quinn Hughes

The 2018 draft is heavy on defense even once you get past Rasmus Dahlin, and the undersized Hughes might be the next blueliner off the board. In our 2018 NHL Draft Preview, we look closely at some of the prospects that could be available to the Hurricanes, who hold the second overall pick in the draft beginning June 22 in Dallas. Quinn Hughes DOB: 10/14/1999 Team: University of Michigan (NCAA) Defense | Shoots: L | 5’10”, 180 pounds 2017-18 Stats: 37 GP - 5G, 24A, 29 points, 26 PIM Prospect Breakdown Rasmus Dahlin may have taken all of the headlines when it comes to defensemen at...


Penguins NHL Draft Preview: A potential Wilde card for #53

It’s tough to do a Penguins themed NHL draft preview, but TSN rankings are out and there are some interesting names. Bob McKenzie’s final list of 2018 NHL Draft prospects are out, which is always an interesting list, a consensus of what he hears from several scouts. As a reminder, the Penguins first picks are scheduled for #53 and #64 overall on Saturday. Reading McKenzie’s work, this exchange raised an eyebrow. Like any draft, and like any rankings, there are some wild cards. U.S. defenceman Bode Wilde takes that to a new literal level. Quite aside from the easy pun, Wilde fits the...


Pressure builds for Oilers, Chiarelli ahead of NHL Draft

The pressure is on for Peter Chiarelli and the Edmonton Oilers to get things right in 2018-19. Here is a look at some names that are on Chiarelli’s tongue as he works the phones ahead of this week’s draft. The post Pressure builds for Oilers, Chiarelli ahead of NHL Draft appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.

Mile High Hockey

2018 NHL Entry Draft Final Top-50

With the 2018 NHL Entry Draft less than a week away, here is out final rankings for the top-50 prospects We are now within a week of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. What we know right now is that Ramus Dahlin is going to go first overall, Andrei Svechnikov is going to follow him, and after that, it’s anyone’s guess. With a massive jumble of prospects from three to 31, it has become impossible to come up with a consensus opinion beyond the agreement that Friday night could get wacky. It’s going to be impossible to predict who will round out the top-5 let alone try to guess which prospects...


Maple Leafs’ Dubas not feeling pressure ahead of NHL draft

This was the off-season before the Toronto Maple Leafs hit the draft lottery jackpot. Dave Nonis and the coaching staff had been fired, Mike Babcock had been hired and Lou Lamoriello was still working in New Jersey. The post Blue Jackets sign Alex Broadhurst to one-year, two-way extension appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.

Ottawa Sun

Senators GM Pierre Dorion must also look ahead to 2019 draft

Considering the craziness surrounding the Ottawa Senators in recent weeks and the potential fireworks of the week to come, the 2019 National Hockey League draft isn’t priority one for general manager Pierre Dorion. To be sure, trying to get the best possible trade returns for Mike Hoffman and/or Erik Karlsson, along with making the most […]


Looking at the final rankings for the top-10 draft prospects

Looking at the final rankings for the top-10 draft prospects

Ottawa Sun

This will be a busy week for the Ottawa Senators

Pierre Dorion will pack his bags to head for the Lone Star State on Tuesday. He might want bring along an extra cellphone battery, maybe two. As the Ottawa Senators prepare for the National Hockey League draft at American Airlines Arena on Friday and Saturday, preparing to make the No. 4 and No. 22 selections in […]


Toronto Marlies re-sign Colin Greening to one-year AHL contract

Fresh off a Calder Cup victory, the Toronto Marlies are already looking towards next season and the team re-signed Colin Greening to a one-year deal. The post There a new projected third-overall NHL draft pick appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.

Ottawa Sun

Filip Zadina simply the latest in a long line of Halifax hockey prospects

When Filip Zadina is chosen among the first five selections at the 2018 National Hockey League draft — yes, he’s very much in play for the Ottawa Senators at No. 4 overall — it will mark yet another success story for the Halifax Mooseheads. Friday night likely won’t end there the Mooseheads, though. Before the […]

Birds' Eye View | Philadelphia Inquirer

Trotz resigns as coach of Stanley Cup-winning Capitals

Barry Trotz abruptly stepped down as coach of the Washington Capitals on Monday after failing to agree to terms on a new contract, a stunning move that left the newly minted Stanley Cup champions without a coach with the draft later this week and with free agency coming up fast at the end of the month.

New York Daily News

Michael Porter Jr., who says media 'exaggerated' sore hip, is high-risk, high-reward potential pick for Knicks

Along with Trae Young, there is another prospect who’d inject exhilaration and anxiety into the Knicks, who can alter plans and expectations and really turn this NBA draft upside down. He’s the wild card, the ultimate high-risk/high-reward choice: Michael Porter Jr. Porter is essentially stepping...

Eyes On The Prize

Claude Ruel had a knack for finding top talent

A look at past Heads of Scouting, and their roles in drafting the next generation of Montreal Canadiens players. The NHL Entry Draft is one of the most important annual events for every team, as it is an opportunity to ensure a successful transition from a current roster to a future, hopefully more successful, version of their franchise. For that reason, being prepared, scouting high and low, and taking risks are a necessity. Over the years, as competition grew fiercer, the scouting radius became bigger, scouting staffs grew, and eventually coordinating the whole operation and making final...

Times Herald

Anything could happen as GM Jason Botterill tries to overhaul Sabres

BUFFALO – Right now, save for young centers Jack Eichel and Casey Mittelstadt, anyone is probably available from the Sabres if you meet their asking price. So for a puck-moving defenseman and a speedy winger capable of scoring 20 goals, perhaps you can pry center Ryan O’Reilly away at the NHL Draft later this week in Dallas or in the near future. Rasmus Ristolainen is clearly beaten down by the Sabres’ constant losing. A ... Read the full article The post Anything could happen as GM Jason Botterill tries to overhaul Sabres appeared first on Buffalo Hockey Beat.

Buffalo Sabres win 2018 NHL Draft Lottery

Watch as the Buffalo Sabres beat out the Montreal Canadiens and Carolina Hurricanes to win the 2018 NHL Draft lottery. ----------------------------------------------

Senators, Sabres most desperate teams in Rasmus Dahlin sweepstakes?

Good show discussion with guest host Matthew Barnaby on why the Ottawa Senators and the Buffalo Sabres are the two most desperate teams for the first overall pick at the 2018 NHL Draft.

Predators salute Neal, Golden Knights' Karlsson scores seconds later

The Nashville Predators gave an ovation to James Neal, who played three seasons with the team before being acquired by the Vegas Golden Knights in the expansion draft. William Karlsson then scores on the power play.