2010 NHL Entry Draft: Boston Bruins draft preview


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The Bruins have a problem, albeit a great one to
have. With the second overall pick in the draft the Bruins are going to
get the franchise player they haven’t had since they traded Joe Thornton
to San Jose. While the Bruins are loaded through their organization
with talent up the middle, adding either Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin
gives them someone great to plug into their lineup immediately next
season. Only issue there is that there could be a logjam of centers.
Hello trade rumors! The B’s will also need to add defensive and left
wing depth to the organization and with nine picks overall (5 in the top
100), they’re in good shape to do just that.

2010 draft

Round 1 – 2nd
Round 2 – 32nd
Round 3 – 45th
Round 4 – 97th
Round 5 – 135th
Round 6 – 165th
Round 7 – 195th

Top prospects (per Hockey’s Future):\

Joe Colborne, C
2. Brad Marchand, RW
3. Yuri Alexandrov, D
4. Zach Hamill, C
5. Jordan Caron, RW
6. Tommy Cross, D
7. Jamie Arniel, C
8. Mikko Lehtonen, RW
9. Jeff Penner, D
10. Andrew Bodnarchuk, D

PHT’s mock draft results:

2 – Tyler
Seguin – C – Plymouth (OHL)

Seguin may ultimately
develop into the more complete player between himself and Hall, as he is
certainly the most well-rounded playmaker in this year’s draft. He’s a
center that makes the players around him better, and he’ll get the
chance to make an instant difference next season in Boston.

the blogs are saying:

Cup of Chowder:

According to what I have read and heard, Hall is more of a pure goal
scorer, while Seguin is more of a playmaker, who makes the players
around him better. I think the Bruins need more of what Taylor Hall
brings, but if the Oilers take Hall, the B’s are still getting a
special player in Seguin.

The 6’1″ 172 lb centerman finished first in the OHL with 106 points
this season (48-58-106) and was awarded the Red Tilson Trophy this
season as the OHL Most Outstanding Player.

Getzlaf didn’t love the ‘dead’ atmosphere at Coyotes game

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Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf wasn’t impressed with at least two things last night in Arizona:

1. His team’s performance in a 4-2 loss to the Coyotes.
2. The atmosphere inside Gila River Arena, where the announced attendance was just 11,578.

“It’s hard. When you come into a building … it’s dead,” Getzlaf told the O.C. Register. “Nothing against the fans. It’s hard to fill a big building like this and have the amount of people in it to build your energy. So you have to do it yourself. You have to be ready when you step on the ice. I thought we came out flat.”

Anaheim’s record fell to 8-11-4 with the defeat.

The Coyotes’ average attendance also fell, to 13,144 in eight games.

Jarred Tinordi becomes the latest youngster to be sent to the AHL for ‘conditioning’

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Like Frank Corrado (see here), Tomas Jurco (see here), Stanislav Galiev (see here), and Patrik Nemeth (see here) before him, Canadiens defenseman Jarred Tinordi is off to the AHL for a conditioning stint.

Tinordi, 23, has yet to play a single game for the Habs this season; however, because he’s no longer exempt from waivers, the former first-round pick has remained on Montreal’s roster.

It’s an issue that’s received a good deal of attention lately. Some believe the league should do something about it, lest more young players get “stuck” in the NHL.

Tinordi will only be allowed to spend two weeks in St. John’s, as per the rules of his conditioning loan.

Safe to say, if you’re an NHL general manager who thinks Tinordi still has potential, Marc Bergevin would welcome your best offer.

Stars place Lehtonen on IR, call up Campbell and Nemeth

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Kari Lehtonen will miss at least a few games with the upper-body injury he suffered the other night against Ottawa. The Dallas Stars announced today that they’ve placed the 32-year-old goalie on injured reserve, retroactive to Tuesday.

With Lehtonen out, Jack Campbell has been called up from AHL Texas to be Antti Niemi‘s backup. The Stars host Vancouver Friday, with a game at Minnesota Saturday.

Campbell, the 11th overall pick in the 2010 draft, has struggled in the AHL this season, going 3-3-0 with an .873 save percentage.

The Stars have also recalled defenseman Patrik Nemeth after the 23-year-old completed his 14-day conditioning assignment.

Related: Campbell credits ECHL stint for turning his game around

Gleason ends tryout with ‘Canes

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Tim Gleason has likely played his last NHL game. The 32-year-old defenseman has informed the Carolina Hurricanes that he no longer wishes to continue his professional tryout.

“Tim informed us today he wasn’t going to continue to pursue his tryout,” said GM Ron Francis, per the club’s website. “He looked and felt good physically, but didn’t feel up to the grind of the NHL mentally.”

Gleason started last season with Carolina before he was traded to Washington in February.

In his career, he’s played 727 NHL games, plus 32 more in the playoffs.