My 2011 NHL Draft Top-30

Jonathan Willis
June 23 2011 10:03AM

I know the hockey world is swamped with mock drafts and top-30 lists at the moment, but I thought I’d add one more – mine. This is not a mock draft; rather, this is how I rank the players I feel are the top-30 prospects for tomorrow’s draft.

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Harley Norman Hotchkiss AKA Hero
June 23 2011 07:06AM



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Harley Norman Hotchkiss died on Wednesday.

It was a sad day for Calgary, Alberta, and Canada. Our nation lost a true Roman, if you will.

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Draft Bloggin: Chilling at the Holiday Inn

Pat Steinberg
June 22 2011 09:32PM

What you're looking at is the piece de resistance of what I like to call the "Pat Steinberg Super Sex Suite" (stealing from a former radio colleague) at the beautiful Holiday Inn Express in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Actually, this is my sad office in Minny, as I'm staying here for the first night before joining the rest of the media at the Hilton one block away.  Wednesday was fairly vanilla in the Twin Cities, but Thursday will be busy.  A reminder: FlamesNation radio will be on the air on Sportsnet Radio FAN 960 starting at 6 pm Thursday night with Kent and I.  We'll be using live comments on the site to drive the conversation and you can also interact on the phones and on Twitter.

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The Wish List: Part 1

Pat Steinberg
June 22 2011 06:19PM

On the horribly uncomfortable plane ride from Calgary to Minneapolis, I finished up doing my research on prospects for the coming 2011 NHL Entry Draft, and I put together my wish list specific to the Calgary Flames.  With three picks in the top 60 this year, for the first time in what seems like eons, the Flames have a real opportunity when it comes to this draft.  Calgary picks 13th in the first round and then twice more, 45 and 57, in the second round.  Kent's done a great job with potential targets, and here's who I'm hoping Calgary looks at with one or both of their second round picks.

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UFA Profile: Steve Staios

Pat Steinberg
June 22 2011 05:45PM

Steve Staios goes down in history as the first player ever aquired by the Calgary Flames in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers.  Staios took a lot of abuse this past season, without a ton of just cause in my eyes, but it is fair to say one thing: you don't want $2.7 million counting on your cap for a guy who only played 39 games.  There is no way Staios should be back with the team next season, but his time with the Flames wasn't a total waste, even if the cap hit didn't fall in line.

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