2010 NHL Entry Draft: Buffalo Sabres draft preview

A well-oiled machine often just needs tweaking and the Sabres under
GM Darcy Regier have shown they’re great at doing just that. There are
lots of NHL-ready players already in their system but what they’re
missing out on are guys who are big-time goal scorers. While guys like
Tyler Ennis and Tim Kennedy are nice complimentary pieces, they’re
missing out on playmakers at center and goal-scorers on the wing. Expect
them to be shrewd and scope out the best of what they can get at 23rd
overall because they won’t pick again until the third round where
they’ll pick three times.

2010 draft picks:

Round 1 – 23rd
Round 3 – 68th
Round 3 – 75th
Round 3 – 83rd
Round
4 – 98th
Round 5 – 143rd
Round 6 – 173rd
Round 7 – 203rd

Top prospects (per
Hockey’s Future
):

1. Tyler Ennis, C
2. Jhonas Enroth, G
3. Zack Kassian, RW
4.
Luke Adam, C
5. Mike Weber, D
6. Brayden McNabb, D
7. Nathan
Gerbe, LW
8. Corey Tropp, RW
9. T.J. Brennan, D
10. Drew
Schiestel, D

PHT’s mock draft results:

23 –
Riley
Sheahan – C – U. of Notre Dame (CCHA)

An exciting
prospect before last season, his production dropped off with Notre Dame
and he’s fallen a bit. Yet he’s a gritty two-way player that excells in
all areas of the ice, and is more than just a flashy scorer like you see
at the top of the draft.

What the blogs are saying:

Die
By The Blade:

The first option would be to draft a power forward because the team
lacks offensive depth at the AHL level and beyond, while the defensive
corps is stacked with talented, potential NHL-caliber players. While
power-forward as the top of my list, the best player available has to be
the strategy at number 23. It is crap shoot to draft 18 year-old
players and project what type of player they will be when they are 22 or
23.

I had a few power forwards in mind but with players like Austin
Watson and Riley Sheahan off the board, I was forced to look in another
direction. I narrowed down the choices to USNTDP U-18 defenseman Jared
Tinordi and Moose Jaw Warriors defenseman Dylan McIlrath. The final
decision was to select the toughest player in the draft, Dylan McIlrath.

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    Capitals accuse Letang of leaving his feet, hitting Johansson in head

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    Get this: the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins seem divided on the legality of Kris Letang‘s hit on Marcus Johansson.

    (Take a moment to gather your thoughts amid this shocking revelation.)

    You can watch the hit over and over in the video above. This post features some takes on that check, which the NHL’s Department of Player Safety is reportedly reviewing.

    Generally speaking, the three things people discuss regarding the check is how late it might be, if Letang used his feet and if Johansson’s head was the principal point of contact.

    Letang told his side of the story:

    The Capitals disagree:

    While Barry Trotz pleads the Fifth after his previous comments about Brooks Orpik‘s suspension:

    No doubt about it, Letang’s status is the top story to follow in this series between Games 3 and 4. We’ll find out soon enough how it all shakes out.

    Penguins ride Murray’s masterpiece to 2-1 series lead vs. Capitals

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    If Marc-Andre Fleury suiting up bothers Matt Murray, then the rookie goalie channeled those feelings into a masterful performance on Monday.

    The Washington Capitals absolutely dominated Game 3, but Murray was even better, stopping 47 shots as the Penguins stole one 3-2 to take a 2-1 series lead.

    (Capitals fans might see some parallels to Washington’s Game 5 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers; they fell 2-0 despite a 44-11 shots on goal edge thanks to Michal Neuvirth‘s heroics.)

    Murray stopped chance after chance before Alex Ovechkin finally broke through for his first goal of this series. Justin Williams then brought the Penguins’ lead down to 3-2 to make for a hold-your-breath final minute.

    A driven Ovechkin and strong overall play from the Capitals (despite this defeat) aren’t the only reasons why Game 4 might present some twists.

    First things first: Kris Letang might get suspended for Game 4 (if not for more than one game) thanks to this controversial check on Marcus Johansson.

    Beyond that, there could be some bumps and bruises from this contest.

    Bryan Rust left during the first period and didn’t return to the game after blocking a shot. Brian Dumoulin seemed shaken up after an Alex Ovechkin hit in the third period. The Capitals might have a player or two to look at, as well.

    In other words, the Penguins could really lack for quality defensemen with Letang possibly suspended and possible injury absences for Dumoulin and Olli Maatta.

    This series is living up to the hype … and really building up the hate.

    Yes, NHL is reportedly looking at Letang’s hit on Johansson

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    It remains to be seen if Kris Letang will get suspended for his hit on Marcus Johansson … and if he does, for how long.

    (You can read initial reactions and some analysis about the specifics of the check vs. the one that got Brooks Orpik suspended here.)

    There are a few things we do know already.

    For one thing, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety is reportedly looking into it.

    Another factor that could help Letang avoid a suspension or limit the duration of supplemental discipline: Marcus Johansson returned during the second period.

    In fact, Johansson delivered some hits on Letang.

    There have been some nasty moments in Game 3, and more might be coming. The Penguins lead 2-0 with a few minutes remaining in the middle frame.

    Kris Letang may face suspension for hit on Marcus Johansson

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    Update: Reports indicate that the NHL’s Department of Player Safety is indeed looking into the hit.

    ***

    As thrilling as this Pittsburgh Penguins – Washington Capitals series has been, it seems like every game presents another controversial hit.

    Game 3’s most noteworthy entry (so far?) came when Kris Letang was whistled for interference on Marcus Johansson.

    Penguins fans griped that Brooks Orpik didn’t get a major penalty for his hit on Olli Maatta … now Capitals fans likely feel the same about the check Letang delivered.

    Watch it in the video above. Also, Stefanie “My Regular Face” has it in GIF form:

    Things could get ugly in Game 3:

    One factor in a suspension happening – or at least the duration of the suspension – would be what the point of contact was:

    Also, lateness of the check:

    The Penguins ended the first period up 2-0 against the Capitals, even though Washington played one of its best 20 minutes of the series. Expect more drama.

    Update: The Penguins won the game 3-2.

    Read reactions to the check here.