We already know the winners of the NHL draft so far: every team that chose a hockey player Friday night.
There has never been a bad pick on opening night of the draft. Every team was shocked—shocked—that their guy was still around at their pick. Every guy is a darkhorse, hidden gem, a sleeper that will surprise the hockey world.
A few years from now, some of those same general managers who mouthed those exclamatory words will be muttering under their breath about what a mistake they made, probably from a bar stool over a couple of cold ones.
But the draft has evolved into more over time. In today's Twitter world, it has become the equivalent of baseball's winter hot stove meetings, the place where trade talk happens. And it's often more than just talk. We had some deals this week in Philadelphia. We had some deals that didn't happen. We'll still have more of both before everybody gets on a plane and hunkers down for the really Big Enchilada of Twitter Buzz in the NHL, the first day of free agency (Tuesday).
It's not too soon, therefore, to dole out some judgments on what has transpired. Click on the following eight slides to find out who won and who lost in the draft happenings so far.