NHL 2010 Draft: 10 Burning Questions
With the NHL Entry Draft fast approaching, let's take a look at some questions that might pertain to your favorite squad, and if we will get the answers we need by this weekend.
The Phoenix Coyotes had a spectacular regular season, and they currently hold the 13th and 22nd overall picks for Friday night's spectacle.
The question to ask here:
Will the team move either, or even both, of those picks to land bodies that can step in and contribute right now?
Stars owner Tom Hicks is having some financial issues at the moment. It's been mentioned in some reports that the club will have to slash payroll to meet an internal budget, and they will have to move a few bodies that they really don't want to move.
There is no better place than at the draft, when teams will be looking to fill a need.
Will the Dallas Stars trade Brad Richards and/or Mike Ribeiro this weekend?
Although Jaroslav Halak has already been traded, there are still more than a half-dozen jobs out there for the taking. Everything will eventually work itself out by the first week of July.
Now that San Jose has stated that Evgeni Nabokov will not be brought back, it could open the floodgates to a domino effect, and maybe Boston's Tim Thomas will also get moved at the draft.
He is one of the most talented players in the draft, but his antics over the last six months have really caused his stock to drop.
There are obviously questions about his commitment, as well as his work ethic. The question here is:
How far will Kabanov fall in the draft?
Calgary Flames GM Darryl Sutter has mentioned on numerous occasions that he is not a fan of dipping into free agency, and would rather try to make something happen at the draft.
To this day, he has at least kept his word on this topic, as he has been quite active. A few years back, he made a play and picked up Alex Tanguay.
Two years ago, he nabbed Mike Cammalleri from Los Angeles, and last year, he acquired the rights to Jay Bouwmeester, and was able to get him locked up before July 1.
With no picks in the first two rounds, what does Sutter have up his sleeve this time?
The Russian Factor
Ever since the NHL has not had a transfer agreement in place with Russia, teams have been quite cautious about picking Russian-born players.
With the KHL an option, there have been times where a player has dropped considerably in the rankings, simply because a team doesn't want to waste a pick on a kid that is going to pack his bags and go overseas, simply because they don't want to play in the minors in North America.
The most famous defection to date has been Nashville's Alexander Radulov, but Nik Filatov of Columbus kind of put a scare into Jackets fans last season when he left.
The late Alexei Cherapanov is another example of a top 10 talent that slid down, simply because of where he was from.
Will the same happen to talents such as Vladimir Tarasenko and Alexander Burmistrov?
Tomas Kaberle's trade window is officially open. However, it closes on Aug. 15, so teams better move fast.
To be honesthe Kaberle drama has been getting out of hand. He's not going to fetch Jeff Carter, he's not going to fetch Jordan Staal, and he is definitely not going to fetch Bobby Ryan.
But could we please see him be traded so Leaf fans can stop filling the Internet with silly rumors?
Rick Dudley, who was named the new GM of the Atlanta Thrashers just a few months ago, is notorious for trading his picks. He's already made one big move, shipping out a late first-rounder for Dustin Byfuglien.
However, he also has the eighth overall pick, and rumors are flying that he's open to moving that as well.
From his past history, Dudley rarely holds on to his first round picks. Who will be picking in ATL's eight-spot this time?
Everybody knows about Chicago's cap situation, so I don't need to be a broken record and repeat everything.
However, it is worth noting that although GM Stan Bowman made that big deal with the Thrashers the other day, he still isn't done, and Kris Versteeg is the name that has been bandied about.
Could he net the champs another first-rounder?
Taylor or Tyler?
Really, were you expecting something original?
Nobody seems to know the answer to this question, except for one man, OIlers GM Steve Tambellini, and he will make that decision on Friday night.