2010 NHL Entry Draft: Columbus Blue Jackets draft preview

Here’s an interesting team headed into the draft. The Blue Jackets’
biggest need is for a first-line center and scoring talent up forward,
while also needing some new talent in net. It would be nice if the Blue
Jackets can get instant help, picking this high in the draft, and there
are certainly players in the first round who fit that bill. Yet Columbus
is picking 4th, and many believe the best option at that spot is going
to be on defense. The Blue Jackets are deep on the blue line, but could
use a puck-moving defenseman; unless Cam Fowler slips to #4, there’s a
good chance this pick is traded away.

2010 draft picks:

Round 1 – 4th
Round 2 – 34th
Round 2 – 55th
Round 4 – 94th
Round
4 – 102nd
Round 5 – 124th
Round 6 – 154th
Round 7 – 184th

Top prospects (per Hockey’s
Future)
:

1. Nikita Filatov, LW
2. John Moore, D
3. Cody Goloubef, D
4.
Maksim Mayorov, LW
5. Matt Calvert, LW
6. Kevin Lynch, C
7.
Brent Regner, D
8. David Savard, D
9. Kevin Lalande, G
10. Dan
LaCosta, G

PHT’s mock draft results:

4 – Eric
Gudbranson – D – Kingston (OHL)

Thank you Tyler
Myers. His emergence as a top defenseman in the NHL as a large, solid
blueliner has considerably raised Gudbranson’s stock. The defenseman out
of the OHL is said to be the very next Chris Pronger, although
hopefully without the bad attitude. He’s already a large fellow (6-4,
195) but at 18 years old is likely not going to make the jump to the NHL
right away.

What the blogs are saying:

The
Cannon:

1st Round (4th Overall): D Cam Fowler- Windsor Spitfires OHL

We’ve discussed Fowler here at The Cannon many times. The lack of
defense in Fowler’s game at this point isn’t a much of a concern, given
his high level of offensive talent. I mean, Mike Green was a Norris nominee so obviously
being a fourth forward on the ice isn’t all bad?

2nd Round (34th Overall): C Ryan Martindale- Ottawa 67’s OHL

Martindale is a guy who if he ever fills out his frame, has the
potential to be a power center. There have been knocks on his work
ethic, but coaching can remedy that very quickly. He’s a playmaker, a
pass-first center who will pile up the assists.

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    Schwartz (hand) suffers scare at Blues practice, but Hitch says ‘he’ll be fine’

    St. Louis Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz celebrates after scoring during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
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    You couldn’t blame the Blues for freaking out a bit today when Jaden Schwartz left practice after an apparent hand injury, and didn’t return.

    It was last October, of course, when Schwartz fractured his ankle during practice, an injury that required surgery and sidelined him for 49 games.

    Thankfully for St. Louis, it won’t be deja vu.

    From the Post-Dispatch:

    Coach Ken Hitchcock said Schwartz was fine but would miss some practice.

    “He’ll need a couple days off, but he’s a lot like Fabbri,” Hitchcock said. “He’s probably not going to skate this weekend in any of the games but he’ll be ready to go next weekend.

    “He’s day to day. He’ll be fine.”

    Signed to a five-year, $26.75 million extension this summer, Schwartz will be a big piece of the Blues moving forward.

    He’s coming off a good playoff run — 14 points in 20 games — and the club is hopeful he can build on the goalscoring form shown in ’13-14 (25 tallies) and ’14-15 (a career-high 28).

     

    Kucherov won’t report to Bolts until he’s signed

    TAMPA, FL - APRIL 16: Nikita Kucherov #86 of the Tampa Bay Lightning is checked by Danny DeKeyser #65 of the Detroit Red Wings in front of Petr Mrazek #34 in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena on April 16, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)
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    Nikita Kucherov will not report to Tampa Bay Lightning training camp until he’s signed. The 23-year-old winger is not currently under contract, though as a restricted free agent he is partially under club control.

    From the Tampa Bay Times, which confirmed through GM Steve Yzerman that Kucherov would not be reporting:

    Kucherov, the team’s leading scorer last season, could warrant $6 million or more annually. And that makes it difficult for the Lightning, which has between $5-5.5 million of cap space remaining, per CapFriendly.com. It begs the question whether Tampa Bay may need to make another move to create room. With the season opening two weeks from today, no deal appears imminent.

    Yzerman said earlier in the month that he can get Kucherov signed without making a trade, but as mentioned, no deal has been reached yet.

    Kucherov is one of a handful of high-profile RFAs who remain unsigned as the regular season approaches. The others are Johnny Gaudreau, Rasmus Ristolainen, Jacob Trouba, Hampus Lindholm, Rickard Rakell, and Tobias Rieder, the latter of whom requested a trade yesterday.

    Trouba has also requested a trade.

    Related: Ristolainen, still without a contract, makes ‘good will’ gesture towards Sabres

    Another — yes, another — blow for Dallas as Janmark spotted on crutches

    PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 22: Mattias Janmark #13 of the Dallas Stars looks on against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on October 22, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Matt Kincaid/Getty Images)
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    This has been a forgettable month for the Stars.

    To say the least.

    Having already lost Tyler Seguin (heel), Cody Eakin (knee) and Ales Hemsky (groin) to injury — and Valeri Nichushkin to the KHL — Dallas could now be without versatile Swedish forward Mattias Janmark, who was spotted on crutches Thursday at the club’s practice facility.

    Janmark missed Wednesday’s game against Colorado, and was held out of today’s training session.

    After surprising onlookers by making the Stars out of camp last year — a “great story,” according to GM Jim Nill — Janmark, 23, went on to have a pretty successful rookie campaign, scoring 15 goals and 29 points in 73 games.

    He also fared well in the playoffs, with five points in 12 contests.

    If there’s a silver lining to any of this, it’s that Dallas has arguably the NHL’s deepest forward group. Even with Seguin, Eakin, Hemsky, Nichushkin and Janmark out of action, the Stars can still roll the likes of Jamie Benn, Jason Spezza, Patrick Sharp and Jiri Hudler, and still have one of the league’s premier point producers on defense in John Klingberg.

    That said, the team really can’t afford any more guys getting hurt.

    Ristolainen, still without a contract, makes ‘good will’ gesture towards Sabres

    BUFFALO, NY - JANUARY 22: Rasmus Ristolainen #55 of the Buffalo Sabres makes a pass during the game against the Detroit Red Wings on January 22, 2016 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Tom Brenner/Getty Images)
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    Rasmus Ristolainen doesn’t have a contract yet, and he’s not particularly close to getting one either.

    But the Sabres defenseman, a restricted free agent, doesn’t want to burn any bridges, so he arrived at KeyBank Center on Thursday as a “good will” gesture, reports The Buffalo News. He’ll practice with his teammates, head coach Dan Bylsma confirmed.

    “Everyone knows how dedicated he is to his training, and he wanted to continue to build on the gains he made this summer,” Ristolainen’s agent, Mike Liut, wrote in an email to the News. “In the end, this made sense to him, at least in the short term.”

    The eighth overall pick in the 2013 draft, Ristolainen had nine goals and 32 assists in 82 games for the Sabres last season.

    “I still trust that we will make that contract happen,” Ristolainen told reporters a couple of weeks ago at the World Cup in Toronto, where he was representing Finland. “I like Buffalo. I want to be there as long as I can and I feel they feel the same way about me. I trust it’s going to be taken care of.”

    Related: Rieder’s agent thinks trade from Coyotes is best for both parties