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
3 – 67th
Round 3 – 85th
Round 4 – 105th
Round 6 – 157th
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
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

What the blogs are saying:

(talking with Tony MacDonald, Director of Amateur

“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

(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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    Canucks spoil Ducks’ home opener via shootout

    Adam Cracknell, Ryan Miller
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    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Ryan Miller and the Vancouver Canucks have already found a groove just three games into the regular season. The Anaheim Ducks are still looking for a way to get their offense going.

    Radim Vrbata and Alex Burrows scored in the shootout, and the Canucks spoiled Anaheim’s home opener with a 2-1 victory Monday night.

    Miller made 28 saves and Adam Cracknell scored in regulation for Vancouver, which beat the Ducks for just the third time in their last 12 meetings.

    Vancouver improved to 2-0 on the road in the young season, with Miller yielding just one goal in each game. That’s encouraging to the veteran, who played in only four games after Feb. 22 last season while dealing with a knee injury.

    “I’m just trying to go out there and battle and compete,” said Miller, who stopped a third-period redirection by Carl Hagelin with his mask. “That was my mindset coming off an injury. That’s what it really comes down to, getting back the focus early on. I didn’t play hockey for a while. The technical stuff I worked on this summer and I pay attention to in practice.”

    Even with twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin combining for just one shot, the Canucks won the new season’s first meeting between the Pacific Division’s top two teams last year. Anaheim won its third straight division title, while Vancouver finished a surprising second before losing in the opening round of the playoffs.

    Sami Vatanen scored and Frederik Andersen stopped 24 shots for the Ducks, who have scored just one goal while going winless in the first two games of a season that begins with Stanley Cup aspirations.

    Anaheim was shut out in San Jose on Saturday in its opener before returning to Honda Center for its first real game on home ice since Game 7 of the Western Conference finals, when Chicago advanced to win the Stanley Cup.

    Kevin Bieksa played nearly 24 1/2 minutes in his second game with the Ducks. Anaheim acquired the veteran defenseman from Vancouver last summer after he played 10 years with the Canucks, who drafted him in 2001. Bieksa was reunited with Ryan Kesler, the longtime Vancouver forward who moved to Anaheim before last season.

    “We fought back a lot better than we did in San Jose,” Bieksa said. “So we need to keep building on this in the rest of this homestand here. If we do that, we’re going to be all right.”

    After the Ducks failed to score on a power play during their first official taste of 3-on-3 overtime hockey, Vrbata and Burrows got stuttering, halting shots past Andersen, who stopped Burrows’ shot before watching it trickle under him.

    “I’ve done that move a few times against a few goalies, but I don’t think I’ve ever done it against Freddie,” Burrows said. “So I tried it, and I’m lucky it went in tonight. It hit his stick and trickled in.”

    Jakob Silfverberg scored in the shootout for the Ducks, who lost their home opener for just the second time in six seasons. Anaheim’s talented offensive players aren’t clicking so far, but nobody is panicking yet.

    “I think we’re doing things the right way now,” Vatanen said. “We battled hard. We got some good chances. The season is long, so we’re going the right way.”

    Both teams opened at a furious pace, with end-to-end chances throughout. After a scoreless first period, Vatanen got the Ducks’ first goal of the season when his long, low shot went through Mike Santorelli‘s screen.

    Cracknell evened it later in the period with a sharp-angled shot that somehow deflected off Andersen’s shoulder or stick and landed behind the goalie. The journeyman got his first regular-season NHL goal since April 4, 2013, and just the seventh of his 85-game NHL career.

    “Pretty fortunate goal on their part,” Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said.

    NOTES: A small group of vocal protesters gathered outside Honda Center to call for the suspension of Ducks D Clayton Stoner, who faces charges in Canada related to a 2013 grizzly bear hunt. … Cracknell hadn’t scored a goal in his last 49 regular-season games, although he got a postseason goal in 2014 for St. Louis.

    Coming Tuesday: Dan Boyle, $4.5M healthy scratch

    Brad Marchand, Dan Boyle

    Few things say “Oops, bad signing” quite like putting a really expensive player in street clothes (without an injury being involved).

    The Philadelphia Flyers set quite the high bar in that regard, but the New York Rangers can’t laugh too much. Not with Dan Boyle expected to be a healthy scratch against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday.

    The word from the Bergen Record is that Dylan McIlrath will draw into the Rangers lineup in Boyle’s space, although Kevin Klein will take over Boyle’s role on the power play.

    Let’s face the facts. At 39, Boyle may still boast some zip on offense, but maybe not enough to justify an everyday role.

    It’s not the first time the Rangers have decided to make the difficult, awkward season to phase a big name out as he approaches age 40.

    Even if it’s just a momentary situation, one cannot help but wonder if Boyle’s career is screeching to halt much like Martin St. Louis’ did in 2014-15 (though the latter’s decline was more sudden).

    On the bright side, it sounds like Boyle has a side job lined up with Faith No More.