From Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated: As much as Tampa Bay improved, top marks go to the Phoenix Coyotes, a team that last week lost Blake Wheeler, its 2004 first-rounder, and desperately needed some positive news. They got it by adding a veteran No. 1 center, Olli Jokinen, in a swap with the Panthers, and [...]
From John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Two pieces of paper with names scribbled on them are the highlight of Darcy Regier’s 2008 NHL draft. The Buffalo Sabres general manager coveted defenseman Tyler Myers, the 6-foot-7 defenseman who could fill several needs with one large appearance. But the Los Angeles Kings wanted a defenseman, too, [...]
9:55 p.m.- The first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft is over. And it only took 3 hours and 55 minutes. Good night everyone. 9:52 p.m.- Detroit Red Wings vice-president Steve Yzerman announces that the Detroit Red Wings select American goalie Thomas McCollum (Sanborn, New York), who played for the Guelph Storm of the [...]
Starting at 7pm EST Illegal Curve’s Ezra Ginsburg will be live blogging the 1st round of the NHL Entry Draft.
1. Tampa Bay Lightning: Steven Stamkos (OHL) This is clearly the easiest selection of the draft. Stamkos can do it all. He has the ability to skate, shoot, pass, play in big situations and is charismatic. The Lightning traded Brad Richards in February and now are lucky enough to add another potential MVP candidate to [...]
ROUND 1 1-Tampa Bay 2-Los Angeles 3-Atlanta 4-St. Louis 5-NY Islanders 6-Columbus 7-Toronto 8-Phoenix 9-Nashville (from FLA) 10-Vancouver 11-Chicago 12-Anaheim (from EDM) 13-Buffalo 14-Carolina 15-Nashville 16-Boston 17-Calgary 18-Ottawa 19-Columbus (from COL) 20-NY Rangers 21-New Jersey 22-Edmonton (from ANA) 23-Washington 24-Minnesota 25-Montreal 26-Buffalo (from S.J.) 27-Philadelphia 28-Los Angeles (from DAL) 29-Atlanta (from PIT) 30-Detroit **draft order [...]
From Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald: The netminder impressed U-18 coach John Hynes enough to be offered a spot – and quickly nail down the No. 1 job this past season. Cannata went from facing high school kids to wearing a USA jersey and facing top Division 1 college teams including Maine, Minnesota, Boston [...]
From Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune: His hockey skills have come a long way since those early days, as the talented Stamkos sits on the verge of being selected by the Lightning with the first pick in Friday’s NHL entry draft at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa. Yet the 18-year-old center from the Sarnia Sting [...]