2010 NHL Draft Results, Grades: Live Blogging and Grading the Picks
Welcome to day two of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Today, Bleacher Report will be live blogging insight, analysis and entertainment from rounds two through seven of the draft.
Rounds two through seven can be viewed live on the NHL Network beginning at 1pm Eastern, 12pm Central and 10am Pacific. This blog is intended to be interactive, please comment below and I will reply to your questions or comments. Enjoy the draft!
5:00pm- That's All for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft
The 2010 edition of the NHL Entry Draft is now in the books. There was a great deal of intrigue in regards to potential trading activity before the draft. However the real thing did not live up to the hype. Mostly picks were swapped by various teams throughout the draft.
There are rumours flying around that we may see a big trade coming through later tonight or in the next couple of days. The Boston Bruins are most likely to be a part of this with the rumours of goalie Tim Thomas waiving his no trade clause and Marc Savard waiving his no trade clause for two teams. Will will watch with interest in the coming hours.
Let us not forget the great young talent that has been selected yesterday and today. Some teams have set themselves up well for the future. The two Sunshine State franchises, the Panthers and Lightning, both have new GM's (Dave Tallon and Steve Yzerman respectively). They both appear to have stockpiled talent at all positions and the future looks bright for hockey fans in the state of Florida.
Some very talented defencemen also fell deeper into the first round than expected. Most noteable of these players were Cam Fowler and Brandon Gormley. The teams that selected these players should count their lucky stars that they were able to get them so low in the draft.
Another big story was the record 11 American-trained players that were drafted in the first round this year. These are mostly members of the best U.S. National Developmental Program team in a long time.
Another fitting story for this draft was the emergence of prospects from the state of California. Beau Bennett of Gardena, California become the highest drafted player from that state ever when the Pittsburgh Penguins drafted him 20th overall.
There were two California dreamers, if you will, selected in the first round. The second was Emerson Etem from Long Beach, California. He was elated to be selected by the local Anaheim Ducks franchise at 29th overall in this years draft.
This just goes to show that the NHL can penetrate "non-traditional" hockey markets given time and effort. I for one have been quick to be critical about placing teams in these types of markets. However the reality is slowing starting to make me change my tune on that particular subject matter.
In any case, the draft is always an exciting time for every NHL franchise and their fanbase. I have enjoyed bringing you anaylsis, insight, trade talk, and other news from around the NHL in this blog. Please comment below with your comments or further questions on this draft as I will be checking in regularly to respond. This is the Bleacher Report signing off, enjoy your night!
The 29th pick of the seventh round belonged to the Flyers. They selected 5'10" 182lb left winger from Edmonton, Alberta Brendan Ranford. He played for the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL this past season in 72 games he scored 29 goals for 65 points, with 83 penalty minutes. Does this name sound familiar? Well it should be, he is the nephew of Bill Ranford who played 647 NHL games between 1987 and 2000, while winning two Stanley Cups.
The New Jersey Devils selected a Swiss player at the 24th pick in the seventh round. Mauro Jorg is a 6'0" 192lb right winger that has already finished his second season playing for HC Lugano in the top hockey league in Switzerland. He has good hands but tends to pass the puck more often than shooting. He will be a long term project player after recording only eight points in 44 games this past season.
At the 20th pick in the final round of the draft the Sharks picked Christopher Crane. He is a 6'0" 189lb right winger that currently plays for the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL. He is a limited player and is best known as a fighter and grinder. His skating is terrible, while his fists may get him to the NHL he will need to improve his overall game if he plans of staying more than a game or two.
Nashville drafted Joonas Rask with the 18th pick in the seventh round of the draft. He is a 5'11" 167lb center from Finland. He is also the younger brother of Boston Bruins goaltender Tuuka Rask, so the NHL pedigree is there in his family. He is a skilled player but his lack of size may keep him from becoming an NHL player.
With the 17th pick of the seventh round the Colorado Avalanche picked 6'1" 187lb center Luke Moffat. He is a native of Scottsdale, Arizona and plays for the USA Under 18 National Development Team. He is a strong player than his size lets on, but he is thought to be an inconsistent player. He does the little things right on the ice, but as a goal scorer he seems to has lost his swagger. He will need to get this back in order to be a succesful pro player. He grew up playing roller hockey and watching the Phoenix Coyotes, he is scheduled to attend the University of Michigan in the fall.
Rumours floating around that Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins has waived his no trade clause. If this is true we could have a blockbuster trade pending here.
The Nashville Predators selected David Elsner with the 14th pick of the seventh round. He is a 6'0" 185lb winger from Germany. He currently plays for Landsut Cann in the second tier German league. He is said to have a big mean streak and backs it up with checks and strength on the ice. However he can be easily put off his game and this leads to many penalty minutes. Although he also has a heavy shot, which is a big assest for him. In order to potentially see himself on an NHL roster someday he will have to work on the mental side of his game. Solid project prospect for the Predators.
One player that fell far from being ranked at number six amongst European skaters was Maxim Kitsyn. He fell to the 8th pick of the sixth round where he was selected by the Los Angeles Kings. He is a 6'2" 194lb left winger from Russia and currently plays for Novokuznetsk there. He has good size and good hands in close to the net. He can play in front of the net with his size and he can also beat you with his skill. Once thought to be a top ten pick in this draft he slipped due to the "Russian Factor" and his physical growth was not as expected. He could be a very good NHL player in a couple years though, good pick by the Kings.
With the 27th pick of the sixth round the Anaheim Ducks picked 6'3" 202lb defenceman Kevin Lind. He is a native of Homer Glen, Ilinois and plays for the Chicago Steel of the USHL. He is a physical defenseman that skates very well and has adequate puck moving skills. Although he is not likely to put up much in terms of offense in the pro ranks. He is commited to play for Notre Dame this coming fall.
At the 24th pick of the sixth round the New Jersey Devils selected another goaltender in 6'0" 190lb Maxime Clermont. He is a native of Montreal, Quebec and currently plays for Gatineau in the QMJHL. He is noted to be a aggressive goaltender that has a good glove, plays angles well and controls rebounds well. One of the knocks on him is that he has had trouble tracking pucks through traffic in front of the net and there have been questions in regards to his motivation to improve. But we all know goalies are a different breed!
The Boston Bruins selected 6'1" 177lb goaltender Zane Gothberg with the 15th pick in the sixth round. He is an American currently playing for Theif River Falls High School in Minnesota. He is quick, strong and is able to anticipate plays very well. NHL Central Scouting's Al Jensen believes he will be a very good NHL goaltender in the years to come.
With the 12th pick in the sixth round the Edmonton Oilers selected 6'1" 190lb defenceman from Lethbridge, Alberta. This past season he played for Regina of the WHL. He is not a player that catches your eye on the ice, there is nothing that he does that is exceptional. But he is a solid positional player that moves the puck out of his own zone well and is effective on offense and defence. A potential third pairing defenceman in a few years.
Key defenceman for the New York Rangers Marc Staal is said to be far apart from GM Glen Sather in terms of a new contract for the restricted free agent. If he is not signed before July 1st you would have to believe a team with cap space would put in an offer sheet for this young defenceman.
Pierre LeBrun indicates rumours that Tampa Bay have made a trade for the rights to Chris Mason. Would seem to be a good fit in a Detroit like system, solid but unspectactular. Although nothing has been confirmed yet at this time.
With the second pick in the fourth round Florida selected 6'3" 215lb Sam Brittain. He is a native of Calgary, Alberta and currently plays for Canmore in the AJHL. He has been compared in style to J.S. Giguere. He is not overly athletic, but his positioning and angles are exceptional. He also has good rebound control.
Kings GM Dean Lombardi has been seen talking to Toronto GM Brian Burke on the draft floor once again. He is rumoured to be interested in acquiring Tomas Kaberle, no word on what would come back to Toronto. Anze Koptiar is likely high on Burke's list.
With the 18th pick in the fourth round the Flames selected 6'0" 218lb center Bill Arnold. He currently plays for the USA Under 18 team in the USHL. He is noted to be a solid player in both the offensive zone and defensive zone. Look for him to become a solid third line center. He has committed to play for Boston College in September 2010. His childhood hockey idol was former Boston Bruin Terry O'Reilly, whom he watched with his Dad on tape. His favorite thing about O'Reilly was his hard working nature on the ice.
With the 21st selection in the fourth round the Red Wings selected 5'11" 183lb left winger Teemu Pulkkinen. He currently plays for Jokerit in Finland. He led all scorers at the World Under 18 tournament with 10 goals this past year. He is a gifted offensive player but will need time to round out his game. Luckily being drafted by Detroit means he will be granted paitence and likely will not come over to North America next season.
Toronto GM Brian Burke has made another trade. He has traded the 22nd pick in the fourth round to Anaheim for Mike Brown. The 25-year-old is 5'11" 201lbs and was the 159th overall pick in the 2004 NHL Draft. He saw action in 75 games last year scoring six goals, one assist, with a plus-1 rating and 106 penalty minutes. His true is shown with his 124 hits, 17 blocked shots and nine takeaways.
After Russian prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov was drafted by the Washington Captials he was called by Alex Ovechkin and welcomed to the team. Classy move by the Captials and Ovechkin. I am sure he was thrilled to speak to one of the best players in the world.
With the 17th pick of the fourth round Colorado selected another goaltender, Sami Aittokallio. He is 6'1" 174lbs from Finland and currently plays for Ilves Jr in the Finnish Junior League. He suffered a leg injury which kept him out of the Under 18 World Championships. He has been compared to Pekka Rinne in terms of his skill set.
Looks like the Avalanche are stocking up on goaltending prospects this year.
From Doug Maclean of Sportsnet, former Columbus and Florida GM, Donald Fehr could take over as NHLPA Executive Director within two weeks.
Minor trade for the Leafs, they traded the 112th overall choice to Washington for the 116th and 146th pick.
Chicago GM Stan Bowman and Vancouver GM Mike Gillis are talking together on the draft table. Versteeg and Ladd are those rumoured ot be available in Chicago.
Also with the Leafs up for the 112th overall pick Brian Burke is currently in a conference call.
With the 13th pick of the fourth round the Calgary Flames selected 6'1" 184lb defenseman John Ramage. He is the son of former NHL defender Rob Ramage whom was drafted first overall by the Colorado Rockies in 1979. He played 1044 NHL games posting 139 goals and 564 points. He played for Colorado, St. Louis, Calgary, Toronto, Minnesota, Tampa Bay, Montreal, and Philadelphia between 1979 and 1994.
John is playing for the University of Wisconsin and is noted to be a tough, physical defenseman that plays with an edge. He is limited offensively but should develop into a shutdown defenseman at the NHL level given time to develop.
With the 12th pick in the fourth round the Columbus Blue Jackets selected goaltender Mathieu Corbeil-Theriault. He is a gigantic netminder at 6'6" and 186lbs. He is from the goalie factory of Quebec and currently plays in the OHL for Halifax. He has shown good quickness in the net for a large young man. He exhibts good rebound control and thinks the game well. His coach Cam Russell says he has matured into a team leader this past season.
This young man's size makes him an inticing NHL prospect.
Steven Shipley is selected 8th in the fourth round by the Buffalo Sabres. He is a 6'2" 205 center currently playing for Owen Sound in the OHL. He is a skilled offensive played but a noted concern is his skating. He is from Ilderton, Ontario which is the same town where Canada's Olympic ice dance gold medalists Tessa Virtue adn Scott Moir where first paired.
New Jersey drafts a goaltender with the 24th pick of the third round. He is a 6'1" 195lb goaltender that saw action in 18 games for the Plymouth Whalers in the OHL. He posted a 3.26 goals against average and a .909 save percentage with one shutout. With Brodeur aging and only Jeff Fraaze in the system as a prospet goaltender look for the Devils to draft another goalie.
Looks like the buzz is that Dan Hamhuis has his sights set on signing with the Vancouver Canucks after July 1st. Looks like the Flyers and the Canucks both wasted valuable assets on his negotiating rights.
Toronto traded their third round pick in the 2012 draft for the Kings 19th pick in the third round. With that pick Toronto selected 6'3" 172lb winger Sondre Olden from Oslo, Norway. He currently plays for Modo Jr. in the Swedish Junior League. He scored seven goals, 27 points and 22 penalty minutes in 32 games.
Looks like a player with potential that the Leafs will need to be patient with in his development.
Russian Kirill Kabanov is selected with the New York Islanders fith pick in the third round. He is a 6'2" 173lb left winger that played for Moncton of the QMJHL. His hockey idol is Valeri Kharlamov, a 1972 Summit Series great, and pays tribute to him by wearing number 17 and has XVII tattooed on his left wrist.
Also, it appears that the Flyers and Lightning are in the running for Evgeni Nabokov and there are a couple teams interested in the right to St. Louis Blues goaltender Chris Mason. Mason is on the oustide looking in with the Blues since they acquired Jaroslav Halak from the Canadiens.
With the third pick in the third round Steve Yzerman's Tampa Bay Lightning selected Brock Beukeboom, the son of former NHLer Jeff Beukeboom. He has a good, hard and accurate shot. Seems to be able to find the lanes to get shots through from the point. He is a strong, mobile defenceman that makes good first passes out of the defending zone.
With the second pick in the third round Toronto selected Greg McKegg. He is a 6'0" 191lb center that played for the Erie Otters of the OHL this past season. He is a player that thinks the game well and is skilled offensively. He was named Most Sportsmanlike, Most Improved, Scholastic Award Winner, and Three Star Award winner for the team in 2008-09.
With the 28th pick in the second round Chicago drafted 6'3" 182lb goaltender Kent Simpson. He currently played for Everett of the WHL and is noted to be an exceptional postional goaltender that uses his size to make stops, JS Giguere anyone? He was also named 2009-10 Everett Silvertips Scholastic Player of the Year. In his spare time he likes to play golf and guitar.
Toronto GM Brian Burke and LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi in deep discussing by the draft stage, possibly taking trade? Kaberle would look good alongside Jack Johnson and Drew Doughty on the Kings blueline.
Carolina selected, 23rd in the second round, Mark Alt. He is a 6'3" 199lb defenceman from North Oaks, Minnesota. His father is former NFL tackle, Jon Alt. His father played for the Kansas City Chiefs.
In 2009, Mark quarterbacked the Cretin-Derham Hall football team to a state title and was named Minnesota's Most Outstanding High School Football Player.
Mark passed on the oppourtunity to play football for the University of Iowa for a chance to pursue a hockey career.
Next season he is committed to play for the University of Minnesota Gophers.
The top ranked North American goalie by NHL Central Scouting dropped to the 19th pick in the second round. Colorado picked the 6'1" 195 native of Winnipeg, Manitoba. He currently plays for Seattle in the WHL. He is a big goaltender who relies mostly on this excellent positional play to make saves.
His brother Chet was a the 18th overall pick by the Nashville Predators in the 2008 draft. Currently Chet plays in the AHL for the Milwaukee Admirals.
The unsigned draft choice traded by the Leafs for Chicago's 13th pick of the second round was not named as Brian Burke has yet to call him. Classy move by Mr. Burke.
The Kings trade for Colorado's 17th pick of the second round to select Tyler Toffoli. He was originally rated 16th overall among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting. He has a lethal wrist shot and has been compared to Corey Perry. His favorite book is Twilight, must be excited about the premiere of Eclipse this coming week!
Edmonton trades unsigned draft pick Riley Nash for the 16th pick in the second round, selecting Martin Marincin. He is a 6'4" 187lb defenceman that wants to play in the CHL next season. His favorite television show is Step By SteP (no joke).
Toronto trades unsigned draft choice, name not annouced at this time, for Chicago's second round pick. They selected Brad Ross, a player with energy and grit. The 6'0" 175lb left winger plays for the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL. He is not an overly skilled play but creates room for his teammates. Think Steve Ott and Matt Cookie as comparable NHL players. He had 20 goals and 200 plus penalty minutes.
Sounds like a Brian Burke type player to be sure.
Chicago taking time to make their second round pick, possible trade in the works? Currently talking to Brian Burke.
The New York Ranger select Christian Thomas with the nineth pick in the second round. Christian is a 5'9" 162lb right winger playing for the Oshawa Generals of the OHL. His father Steve "Stumpy" Thomas played over 1200 NHL games with Toronto, Chicago, New York Islanders, New Jersey, Anaheim, and Detriot.
The younger Thomas is said to be a hard-working player. He battles and plays a two way game.
Rumours that Marc Savard of the Boston Bruins has waived his no trade clause for the Bruins to trade him to one of two teams. Brian Burke is also active on the phone at this point. Could Toronto be one of those teams?
John McFarland is finally selected 33rd overall by the Florida Panthers. He is projected to become a Brendan Morrow type character player that can put up 30 goals and 60 points and providing leadership in the dressing room.
31st overall Edmonton selects Tyler Pitlick. The 6'2" 192lb center plays for Minnesota State. He is said to have great offensive instincts.
It is being reported that the San Jose Sharks have resigned vetern center Scott Nichol and veteran defenceman and Stanley Cup winner with the Carolina Hurricanes, Niclas Wallin. Both are valuable depth players for the franchise moving forward in their quest for the Stanley Cup.
The top ranked North American skaters still available are John McFarland (ranked 15th by NHL Central Scouting) and Tyler Toffoli (ranked 16th by NHL Central Scouting).Both are Canadian born players with McFarland playing for Sudbury of the OHL and Toffoli playing for Ottawa of the OHL.
The the number one ranked North American goaltender Calvin Pickard from Canada is still available, as is top ranked European goaltender Sami Aittokallio from Finland.
Rumours that Toronto GM Brian Burke was busy on the draft floor with Chicago GM Stan Bowman, possible trade in the works? It has been thrown around in the past the Campbell and Kaberle could be parts of a potential trade there.
On the Marc Savard front, there are rumours that his former team, the Atlanta Thrashers, are in the hunt for his services. New Thrashers GM Rick Dudley has been a busy man with his new squad. Already dealing for Byfuglien and now rumoured to be after Savard.
Thoughts and rumours From The First Round
The question of Taylor or Tyler was answered when the Oilers made Taylor Hall their first overall selection. There were also rumours that the Oilers were pursuing the second overall selection but the Boston Bruins decided to select Tyler Seguin rather than trade the pick.
With the Bruins selection of the centerman Seguin is it rumoured that Marc Savard will be dealt prior to the upcoming 2010-11 NHL season. If Savard was dealt the Bruins would still have Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Gregory Campbell and likely Tyler Seguin as their top four centermen for this coming season.
It has also been reported that the Pittsburgh Penguins and Sergei Gonchar are too far apart on a new contract. The span is one year, the Penguins are offering a two year term with a flexible dollar amount but Gonchar and his agent want three years. The problem with three years is that once a player is over 35 years of age their contract counts against the salary cap even if they retire. With Gonchar currently 36 years old the Penguins do not want to assume that risk.
It appears this impasse has lead the Penguins to deal their third round pick in the 2011 draft to the Philadelphia Flyers for the rights to Dan Hamhuis. The 27-year-old defenceman is rumoured to be seeking a four year deal worth four million dollars per season.
The other note able trade involving players was the Vancouver Canucks sending Steve Bernier, Michael Grabner and their 25th overall pick in the draft to the Florida Panthers. In return the Panthers sent Keith Ballard and right winger Victor Oreskovich to the Canucks and used the 25th overall pick to select Quinton Howden.
The Flyers are likely to be active once again today. They got burned by Nashville by sending former first round pick, defenceman Ryan Parents to them for the rights to Dan Hamhuis. They were unable to agree on contract terms and then shipped his rights to the Penguins for a third round pick in next years draft.
General Manager Paul Holmgren is rumoured to be discussing the trading of Evegeni Nabokov's rights with the San Jose Sharks. As always goaltending is a need of the Flyers franchise.
Of course what would draft day be like without some rumoured trading partners for Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Tomas Kaberle. There are rumours from multiple sources indicating that there are teams sending offers to Brian Burke. Thus far Burke seems to be remaining patient in hopes that a better offer comes along.
Other trades from the first round of the draft included Florida trading their 15th selection for the Kings 19th and 59th picks.
The Senators traded their 16th selection for the Blues first round pick (17th overall) from last season, Swedish defenceman David Rundblad.
The Coyotes traded their 22nd and 113th picks for Montreal's 27th and 57th picks.
The final trade of the first round saw the Blackhawks trade the 30th overall pick to the Islanders for their 35th and 58th picks.
It is now 12:27pm eastern time, so we are nearly 30 minutes away from the beginning of round two. Check back for live updates on this 2010 NHL Entry Draft live blog.
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