Why are these guys smiling?
The 2010 NHL Entry Draft could very well become one of the deepest drafts in some time. There are some great prospects available and what is even more exciting is that some teams could drastically re-invent themselves over a two day period.
The draft is not only deep with talent, it's deep with speculation about how it will unfold.
It could be argued that this draft, along with any subsequent deals, could catapult a team forward towards there rebuilding efforts. There will be buyers and sellers here, there will even be GM's swept away in the excitement of this whole thing too and you know what that means.
Where's Mad Mike when you need him!
Peter Chiarelli and Steve Tambellini could very well make out like bandits this June in Los Angeles, both of them hold the keys to the corporate bathroom, as they say, and not only is there a chance that they can improve their clubs, they might also become immortalized on how they handle this draft.
In other words, Peter Chiarelli and Steve Tambellini could make or brake their management careers on how successful they are at the Entry Draft.
Other teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs will be looking to jump into this somewhere. Another club is Florida who has three second-round picks. Carolina has six picks in the first three rounds as well.
Is the draft that deep? Time will tell for sure, but let's look at this in another way.
Both Edmonton and Boston have talent. They are not in any need of a massive purging or re-building. The Bruins are poised to bring in a great return no matter how you look at it, while Edmonton has some young talent that might need a few established players to help them over the hump.
Overall both clubs will make changes and add younger prospects which will add towards there depth. The Bruins are looking to rid themselves some salary as Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder are a few names being rumoured to be on the move out of Bean town. The Oilers could finally be willing to move Ales Hemsky and or Sheldon Souray, but that remains to be seen.
People ask me what is the value of a first-round draft pick. I answer with what is the value of having multiple picks in the first three rounds. I believe that the Boston Bruins and Edmonton Oilers could very well make some big deals to no only add to there clubs, but to do it by making key deals with these teams holding multiple picks.
Like any draft, once it starts game plans go out the window while others are right on aim. Teams have their list of players they are targeting and everyone wants to get there picks at the right time. Think of your fantasy draft at the start of the season, you're going to select a Crosby or Ovechkin before you start to select your third-string goalie... The Draft is no different and this draft will be something worth tuning into.