2010 NHL Entry Draft: Carolina Hurricanes draft preview

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The news is good for the Hurricanes as some of the prospects they’ve
been waiting on are showing they can play in the NHL (Zach Boychuk,
Drayson Bowman) and this year they get to to fill up the tank should
they want to as they’ll have 11 picks in this year’s draft, six of
which are in the top 100 and a seventh at 105 overall. This year’s
draft is deep and for a team looking to cut salary and still compete,
let’s just hope their scouting is solid. The Canes will be snooping
around for a big scoring winger early at the seventh pick as giving
Zach Boychuk someone to run with in the future could be dynamic.

2010 draft picks:

Round 1 – 7th
Round 2 – 37th
Round 2 – 46th
Round 2 – 53rd
Round
3 – 67th
Round 3 – 85th
Round 4 – 105th
Round 6 – 157th
Round
6 – 167th
Round 7 – 187th
Round 7 – 206th

Top prospects (per
Hockey’s Future
):

1. Zach Boychuk, C/W
2. Jamie McBain, D
3. Drayson Bowman, LW
4.
Zac Dalpe, C
5. Brett Carson, D
6. Brian Dumoulin, D
7. Mike
Murphy, G
8. Chris Terry, LW
9. Michal Jordan, D
10. Mattias
Lindstrom, LW

PHT’s mock draft results:

7 – Brandon Gormley – D – Moncton (QMJHL)

Gormley is the rare defensemen with all of the tools and he would
instantly improve the Carolina blueline. He’s gifted offensively, he
can move the puck with ease, is a great skater and is more than solid
in his own end. He’s the type of toolsy defenseman all teams wish they
had and can be a top blueliner the Hurricanes can build around moving
forward.

What the blogs are saying:

Canes
Country
(talking with Tony MacDonald, Director of Amateur
Scouting)

“We usually follow the philosophy that we go after the best player,
regardless of position. Drafting to need is something that is sometimes
done, but we have a tendency to go a little more in that direction as
you go deeper into the draft. But for the first pick, we just try to go
for the best player. Good players are good players. They are assets.
Any player that is drafted high and can play in the NHL is a valuable
commodity.”

(MacDonald explained a bit more.)

“If you draft
to need, most of the time the players are not ready to step right in
and fill that void immediately anyway. If your immediate need is for a
defenseman or center, or whatever, you rarely can fill it right away
through the draft.”

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    Lightning re-sign journeyman forward Conacher

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    Cory Conacher has turned an impressive Calder Cup Playoffs run into a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    Per the club, it’s a one-way deal in the first season and a two-way deal in the second, paying $650,000 annually at the NHL level.

    Conacher, 27, had 12 goals and 16 assists in 22 playoff games as the Syracuse Crunch made it all the way to the 2017 Calder Cup Final.

    The undrafted and undersized forward was also productive during the regular season, racking up 60 points (17G, 43A) in 56 games for the Crunch and four points (1G, 3A) in 11 games for the Lightning.

    Conacher has been quite the traveler in recent years, making numerous stops in both NHL and AHL markets. He spent the 2015-16 season in Switzerland, before returning to North America to sign with the Bolts last summer.

    Sens keep Condon with three-year, $7.2 million extension

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    Ottawa was thrilled with the way Mike Condon played last year.

    And so, they’ve rewarded him.

    Condon has signed a three-year, $7.2 million extension, the club announced on Monday. It carries a $2.4 million average annual cap hit, and makes him the only Sens goalie under contract beyond next season. Both Craig Anderson and Andrew Hammond are UFAs in 2018.

    Condon, 27, found stability in Ottawa after a whirlwind start to the year. He was waived by Montreal out of training camp and picked up by Pittsburgh, but only saw 20 minutes of action before the Sens acquired him.

    His acquisition was necessary after news broke that Anderson’s wife, Nicholle, had been diagnosed with cancer. And as Anderson took leaves from the team to be with his wife, Condon got plenty of opportunities to play, and found his groove.

    His first season in Ottawa featured several team records, including playing in a franchise-best 27 consecutive games between Dec. 1, 2016, and Feb. 4, 2017. He became the fastest goaltender in franchise history to record five shutouts, when he did so in his 32nd game on Feb. 16 versus the New Jersey Devils.

    That performance led some to speculate Condon would test the market this summer, possibly for a No. 1 gig somewhere — or, the opportunity to compete for one.

    That said, he and the Sens had started extension talks all the way back in February, suggesting both parties wanted to continue working together.

    This means that another potential UFA goalie is now off the market. With reports that Ryan Miller is on his way to Anaheim, the pool of available guys is now led by Brian Elliott, Steve Mason, Jonathan Bernier, Chad Johnson, Anders Nilsson, Darcy Kuemper and Ondrej Pavelec.

    Rangers reportedly on verge of re-signing Brendan Smith

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    The New York Rangers are “close to finalizing” a contract extension with defenseman Brendan Smith, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

    The deal is expected to be four years long with a cap hit of $4.35 million.

    Smith, 28, was traded from Detroit on Feb. 28, and the Rangers clearly liked what they saw.

    In the playoffs, Smith played all 12 games, averaging 19:41 of ice time while adding four assists and finishing a team-high plus-8.

    It remains to be seen if signing Smith makes it less likely that the Rangers pursue Kevin Shattenkirk in free agency.

    Don’t forget the Blueshirts got Anthony DeAngelo in the Derek Stepan trade, and DeAngelo’s game is quite similar to Shattenkirk’s — albeit far less proven at the NHL level.

    Related: Smith, Rangers still talking

    Report: Kings land Sabres goalie prospect Petersen

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    Sounds like Cal Petersen is headed to Los Angeles.

    Per LA Kings Insider, Petersen — the star Notre Dame goalie taken by Buffalo at the 2013 draft — has decided to sign with the Kings when he becomes an unrestricted free agent on Aug. 16.

    The decision comes just days after Petersen told the Sabres he wouldn’t be signing with them.

    “I’ve spoken to Cal. At this time I think he’s going to probably move to free agency and we’ll go from there,” GM Jason Botterill said, per the Buffalo News. “Disappointed, but we’ll move on.”

    Petersen, 22, is coming off a great junior year for the Fighting Irish. He went 23-12-5 with a .926 save percentage and 2.22 GAA, helping the club advance to the Frozen Four. Petersen was also named a finalist for this year’s Mike Richter Award, given annually to college hockey’s top goalie.

    In April, he was named to the U.S. team at the World Hockey Championships in France and Germany. He was one of three goalies on the squad — along with Connor Hellebuyck and Jimmy Howard — but didn’t appear in any games.

    In late May, Petersen announced he was forgoing his senior year at Notre Dame to turn pro, but declined to say which club he would be signing with. Buffalo’s rights to Petersen expire on Aug. 15.

    With the Kings, Petersen finds himself in a good situation. Jonathan Quick is entrenched as the No. 1, but turns 32 next season and missed most of last year with a groin injury. The backup battle will be between 30-year-old Jeff Zatkoff and 25-year-old Jack Campbell.

    Organizationally, the club doesn’t have a ton of depth. L.A. cut ties with Czech goalie Patrik Bartosak following his assault charges in a domestic violence case in 2015. Jack Flinn, 21, saw a bit of time with AHL Ontario last year, and the club has used draft picks on the likes of Alec Dillon and Matthew Villalta.