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LA Kings Agree to Terms with Ilya Kovalchuk on…

LA Kings Agree to Terms with Ilya Kovalchuk on 3-Year Contract:

Three-year deal reportedly worth $18.75 million ($6.25 million AAV)

What's your big expectations for the seco…

What's your big expectations for the second day of the draft? What pressing need do you see any teams you have a connection with fulfilling or their draft strategy?

I expect, or hope, to see a couple of player trades. Probably nobody big, but if teams are looking to fill bottom-six/bottom-pairing roles, it could happen today. And I was about to say I expect Montreal to draft a bunch of centres and defenseman, but they just took a winger, so forget that. Outside of that, I think most teams are just going to take the best player. I think the biggest need for most teams, now that we’re outside of the top-end talent, is just getting guys who will actually play for your team or your AHL team at some point in the not-terribly-distant future.


@tensol3 said:

Any players you expected moved that werent? We both expected karlsson to
go, but I thought we’d see Carlson, kessel, or brassard move if their
teams didnt think the d resign/didn’t want to keep them. 

Not really. The window for teams to talk to upcoming free agents has sort of killed the market for trading UFA rights. You’d only get a late round pick for that anyways, but now that they can talk to the players legally before free agency and judge mutual interest, teams don’t even want to give up that. And for the guys who aren’t UFA, this really wasn’t a great draft, with all due respect to the players. Future draft picks and prospects who are already in team systems might be a better target for some trades, and those can happen at any time moving forward. 

Any big first round surprises? Any big snubs (…

Any big first round surprises? Any big snubs (trades that should,have been made, players that should have been,picked?)

Not really. The main surprise is that so many guys were taken who would have probably been available in the second round, but like we said earlier, there wasn’t a whole lot of difference between a ton of these guys. Serron Noel is maybe the one guy I’m surprised slipped out of the first, but not overly so. That Bernard-Docker pick is a weird one, but Ottawa’s a fucking weird team, so it sort of fits.

2018 NHL Entry Draft – Round 1

1. Buffalo Sabres: Rasmus Dahlin, D (Frolunda)
2. Carolina Hurricanes: Andrei Svechnikov, RW (Barrie)
3. Montreal Canadiens:
, C (Assat)

4. Ottawa Senators:
Brady Tkachuk, LW (Boston University)

5. Arizona Coyotes:
, C (Sault Ste. Marie)

6. Detroit Red Wings:
Filip Zadina, RW (Halifax)

7. Vancouver Canucks:
Quinn Hughes, D (Michigan)

8. Chicago Blackhawks:
Adam Boqvist, D (Brynas)

9. New York Rangers:

Vitali Kravtsov, RW (Chelyabinsk)

10. Edmonton Oilers:
Evan Bouchard, D (London)

11. New York Islanders:
Oliver Wahlstrom, RW (US NTDP)

12. New York Islanders:
Noah Dobson, D (Acadie-Bathurst)

13. Dallas Stars:
Ty Dellandrea, C (Flint)

14. Philadelphia Flyers:
Joel Farabee, LW (US NTDP)

15. Florida Panthers:
Grigori Denisenko, LW (Yaroslavl)

16. Colorado Avalanche:

Martin Kaut, RW (Pardubice)

17. New Jersey Devils:
Ty Smith, D

18. Columbus Blue Jackets:
Liam Foudy, C (London)

19. Philadelphia Flyers:
Jay O’Brien, C (Thayer)

20. Los Angeles Kings:
Rasmus Kupari, C (Karpat)

21. San Jose Sharks:
Ryan Merkley, D (Guelph)

22. New York Rangers:
K’Andre Miller, D (US NTDP)

23. Anaheim Ducks:
Isac Lundestrom, C (Lulea)

24. Minnesota Wild:
Filip Johansson, D (Leksands)

25. St. Louis Blues:
Dominik Bokk, RW (Vaxjo)

26. Ottawa Senators:
Jacob Bernard-Docker, D (Okotoks)

27. Chicago Blackhawks:
Nicolas Beaudin, D (Drummondville)

28. New York Rangers:
Nils Lundkvist, D (Lulea)

29. Toronto Maple Leafs:
Rasmus Sandin, D (Sault Ste. Marie)

30. Detroit Red Wings:
Joe Veleno, C (Drummondville)

31. Washington Capitals:
Alexander Alexeyev, D (Red Deer)

I understand the game is moving more towards s…

I understand the game is moving more towards speed and skill, do you think taking these sub six foot kids will,hurt teams in the future and will there be a place for victor hedmans, zdeno charas, and Mattias ekholms? Taller physical d man who can play and,hit?

It won’t hurt them. The size thing has always been blown out of proportion. The list of the best players to ever play, the highest-scoring forwards and defensemen, is littered with guys under six feet. For the big guys, it’s less about size and more about skating. We’ve seen this. Prior to the 05-06 lockout when they could just grab players and toss them around, size meant they automatically had a role in the league. But now, they have to be able to skate/shoot. Look up Boris Valabik. He was the next Chara, ended up playing 80 games. Because there’s so little turnover in NHL management, league-wide, the old style of drafting hulking dude still lingers, but it’s slowly dying. Speed kills, and even the old guys are slowly coming to accept it.

Also, just for the record, if a guy is listed at exactly six feet, he’s probably not lol. That’s just the number everybody felt they had to hit in order to be taken seriously. Gretzky is listed at 6 feet. I’ve met him. I am six feet. He is not lol.

Pick #31 (WSH)

Alexander Alexeyev, D (Red Deer)

Pick #30 (DET)

Joe Veleno, C (Drummondville)

Pick #29 (TML)

Rasmus Sandin, D (Sault Ste. Marie)