June 25 2010 09:41AM
Written by the Nation Network's Special Correspondent at the Draft, Matt Bugg.
LOS ANGELES - As on the ice, the teams that make up the Northwest Division represents both extremes at the draft table. Clubs who do not pick until the 3rd round will attempt to help their teams as much as those with double-digit picks, while emerging and elite teams will attempt to shore up already envious pipelines of talent as others continue to flounder in draft mediocrity. Any given draft can shape a team's future, but just as important as how the Edmonton Oilers do, it's who the other teams in the Northwest select that will shape the vision of future rivalries.
June 25 2010 09:29AM
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.
June 24 2010 07:34PM
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?
June 24 2010 05:10PM
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?
June 24 2010 04:35PM
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.