10 Things to Watch For at the Draft

Domebeers.com
June 25 2010 09:29AM

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 23:  Tyler Seguin, Emerson Etem, Taylor Hall, Cam Fowler and Brett Connolly attend the Top NHL Draft Prospects At The Hollywood Walk of Fame on June 23, 2010 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Maury Phillips/Getty Images for NHL)

 

It's quite an exciting time to be a fan of NHL hockey. The NHL  Awards were just handed out, incorrectly (boy, is Henrik's face going to be red when Bettman tells him 'horribly premature April fools!). There is the anticipatory excitement of the NHL free agency period opening July 1st can be felt in the air (I can't wait for the Flames to sign Dean Mcammond!), and of course,  there is the upcoming 2010 NHL Draft. Calgary Flame fans have a lot to look forward to this year, as the team is drafting 13th overall. The team has not drafted this high since the 2003 draft, and it is expected they will be able to acquire a bona fide NHLer. What's that? Oh no, to the Coyotes? For what? Oh, really? My condolences.

Well then, you'll have some time to watch then, won't you, Calgary Flames fan? Here are a few things to watch for as you wait, wait, and wait for Calgary's first draft selection. In the third round.

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Can They Do It? Will They Do It?

Pat Steinberg
June 24 2010 07:34PM

 

Man standing below question mark

 

The Calgary Flames don't have the greatest prospects here in Los Angeles ahead of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.  With no first or second round pick, many of the top players will have passed the team by before they draft for the first time in the third round.  So will the Calgary Flames make a move to get themselves into the top 60 picks?  Or the better question is, CAN the Flames get themselves into the top 60 picks?

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Darryl Talks

Pat Steinberg
June 24 2010 05:10PM

MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 27: Darryl Sutter of the Calgary Flames speaks with the media  during the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at the Bell Centre on June 27, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Darryl Sutter isn't talking a lot down in Los Angeles, but I did get a few interesting tidbits out of his conversation with The FAN 960 that will run later today. The Flames don’t have a first round draft pick; in fact, they don't have a second round draft pick, so just what do we expect from them down here?

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2010 First Round Preview/Mock Draft

Kent Wilson
June 24 2010 04:35PM

MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 27:  An overview of the draft floor photographed during the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at the Bell Centre on June 27, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

Even though the Flames don't (yet!) own first round selection, day one of the entry draft is typically the most interesting and action packed for those interested. As such, it makes to profile the teams and player who will mostly likely be involved.

1.) Edmonton Oilers - Taylor Hall

Even though David Staples is convinced there's a major push inside the Oilers organization to pick Seguin, I'm going to stick to the consensus for this preview and go with Hall to EDM as the first pick. That said, it wouldn't surprise me to see the Oilers and Bruins broker a deal that would see BOS pick Hall first overall instead.

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NHL News and Notes

Robert Cleave
June 23 2010 06:08PM

                                         

 

With player movement beginning to heat up, it seems like a good time to have a look around the league for a few items of interest. This week, the first significant trades of the off-season are in the books, the players take the escalator, and the HHoF's new class includes one of the Flames' founders.

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