2010 NHL Entry Draft: Calgary Flames draft preview

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The Flames will certainly be focusing on offense this season, as
their system is flush with defensive prospects and severely lacking any
“wow” forwards. The Flames have traded away a number of their top
offensive prospects and haven’t had the top picks needed to really
bolster their system; which is unfortunate as the franchise is facing a
number of questions, especially on offense, heading into the next few
seasons.Unfortunately, because of the same reasons their lacking
offensive talent in the system, the Flames don’t pick until the third
round and will be hard pressed to find “can’t miss” talent this year.

2010 draft picks

Round 3 – 64th
Round 3 – 73rd
Round 4 – 103rd
Round 4 –
Round 5 – 133rd
Round 6 – 163rd
Round 7 – 193rd

Top prospects (per Hockey’s

1. Mikael Backlund, C
2. Greg Nemisz, RW
3. Tim Erixon, D
John Negrin, D
5. T.J. Brodie, D
6. Ryan Howse, LW
7. Mitch
Wahl, C
8. Matt Pelech, D
9. Leland Irving, G
10. Matt Keetley,

What the blogs are saying:


Of course, guessing picks in rounds three or later is several orders
of magnitude more difficult. Draft boards tend to diverge wildly outside
of the top 30 of any given draft, with some teams rating players that
others wouldn’t touch. The consensus ranks developed by groups such as
NHL central scouting are merely a sketchy roadmap for any wannabe draft
day prophet as well – each team has it’s own scouts, preferences and

So while the Flames have easily identifiable
needs and draft habits, the fact that they don’t currently own a choice
in the top 60 means we’re throwing darts in the dark here. Doesn’t mean
that this isn’t a worthwhile exercise, but just don’t be surprised if
the Flames pick someone not mentioned (and perhaps, no one has ever
heard of) at #64.

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    GM says Blue Jackets are ‘off the rails’ right now

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    On Monday, PHT discussed the Columbus Blue Jackets’ troubling start, even if it felt like it may be too early to raise concerns.

    Apparently Blue Jackets management is a little shaken by the second 0-3-0 start in franchise history, however.

    Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen shared his shock and dismay with the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline on Tuesday.

    “I’m surprised how, in just five days, we’ve gone from a very confident group to something that’s the opposite of that,” Kekalainen told The Dispatch on Tuesday. “Our confidence, our game … it’s off the rails right now.

    Maybe losing to the Buffalo Sabres stings a little bit extra?

    Kekalainen said “there’s no excuse for how we played in Buffalo,” pointing out that every team in the NHL is a “good team.”

    Indeed, just about every squad boasts some dangerous weapons if they catch an opponent sleeping.

    Portzline goes deeper on Columbus’ recent history of stumbling out of the gate, but consider the foreboding stretch coming up.

    Next four games: Three out of four at home
    Eight games following that: Seven out of eight on the road.

    As you can see, winter is coming for Columbus, so they best get things together. All things considered, this is the right time for a wake-up call.

    For bonus chuckles, here’s a photo of Kekalainen on a railing.

    via AP

    Personal reasons: No Ovechkin for Caps tonight

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    Alex Ovechkin won’t play for the Washington Capitals on Tuesday because of personal reasons, the team confirmed.

    He entered the building considerably later than usual, but his presence at least opened the door for the possibility of No. 8 suiting up against the San Jose Sharks.

    Instead, the Capitals will face the hot-starting Sharks without Ovechkin (personal reasons) and Nicklas Backstrom (injury).

    That’s a tall order, yet it’s also an opportunity for Barry Trotz to prove his system is a difference-maker … and that the Capitals have the young players to take up the mantle when the big stars are out

    This is how Washington’s forward lines may look tonight:

    No, the Capitals have not shared details regarding what his “personal reasons” might be, by the way.