2010 NHL Entry Draft: Detroit Red Wings draft preview

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This may sound odd, but the biggest need for the Red Wings is another
Nicklas Lidstrom. Obviously, they’re not looking to strike gold with
another player just like him, but Detroit is certainly facing a need for
big, burly defenseman that can help boost the blue line in a few years
when and if Lidstrom ever does retire and the defensemen in the system
start going to the next level. The Red Wings are also in need of a
talented, playmaking center; sure they have good talent at the NHL-level
but are needing more of the same organizationally.

2010 draft picks:

Round 1 – 21st
Round 2 – 51st
Round 3 – 81st
Round 4 – 111th
Round
5 – 141st
Round 6 – 171st
Round 7 – 201st

Top prospects (per Hockey’s
Future
):

1. Jakub Kindl, D
2. Brendan Smith, D
3. Daniel Larsson, G
4.
Tomas Tatar, LW
5. Justin Abdelkader, C
6. Landon Ferraro, RW
7.
Thomas McCollum, G
8. Jan Mursak, RW
9. Gustav Nyquist, C
10.
Cory Emmerton, C

PHT’s mock draft results:

21 – Vladimir Tarasenko – RW –
Novosibirsk (KHL)

This kid can score and every team would
want him on their roster in a heartbeat and many have him as a top-10
pick. But there’s no guarantee he leaves the KHL to come across the pond
to play with the team that drafts him; otherwise he’d go much higher
and a team late in the first round may find him falling to them. It’s a
risk, but later in the first round it’s a worthwhile one to take.

What
the blogs are saying:

Winging
It In Motown

As a freshman this past season, Riley Sheahan stepped onto Notre
Dame’s squad and made an impact. His play has been described as “man
among boys,” with good two-way skill. Sound familiar? 

Assistant General Manager Jim Nill, who runs the draft for the Wings,
has made it clear that they’ll be selecting the best player available
at 21, and it’s hard to imagine a better player falls. ISS has him
listed as the 22nd best player available, but some mock drafts have him
going in the top dozen. Having just turned 18 in December, it’s fair to
assume he may add a few more pounds to his 6’2″, 200 pound frame — and
if he improves on his finishing ability, he could develop into a big
bodied scoring threat with defensive prowess. Not bad for the 21st
pick…

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    Antti Niemi had to make a save with his bare hand

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    Antti Niemi made 31 saves in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night, and 30 of them were pretty standard.

    The one that wasn’t came in the third period when he lost his glove during a scramble around the net and still managed to instinctively make a save on the puck. With his bare hand.

    Niemi said after the game, via the Tribune Review, that he thought the referees would stop the play after his glove came off, and when they didn’t “I just kept playing.”

    You can watch the play by clicking here.

    Probably not the type of thing you want to see happening because that looks like a great way to break a bone (or the entire hand) and get sidelined for extended period of time. Niemi said the officials told him there will no longer be an automatic whistle for goalies losing a glove or a blocker, but that one will remain for when they lose their helmet.

    The Penguins signed Niemi to a one-year contract this summer as a replacement for Marc-Andre Fleury after they lost him in the expansion draft to the Vegas Golden Knights. Niemi is looking to rebound from a tough year in Dallas. He will serve as Matt Murray‘s backup for the season.

    ‘A good start’ — Stamkos stands out in preseason debut

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    The Tampa Bay Lightning and National Hockey League unveiled the 2018 All-Star Game logo Friday.

    Far more importantly for the Bolts this evening was the return of their all-star center Steven Stamkos, as he made his preseason debut in what was his first game in 10 months.

    His 2016-17 season was abruptly ended in the middle of November because of a knee injury and subsequent surgery, making it the second time in four years his regular season had been disrupted by a major injury.

    It may still take a while before Stamkos feels truly comfortable coming back from this injury.But his performance on Friday proved to be a very promising start for No. 91, the Bolts and their fans in Tampa Bay.

    He didn’t score, but he assisted on two first period goals, including a nice set-up to linemate Nikita Kucherov, and the Lightning beat the Nashville Predators by a score of 3-1. Stamkos also received a healthy dose of ice time, playing more than 19 minutes, including 5:32 on the power play.

    His pass to Kucherov resulted in a power play goal.

    “It was exciting to get out there, I was pretty anxious about it… It was a good start, something to build on,” said Stamkos afterward, per the Lightning. “It was nice to just go through a game day, I haven’t done it in a long time… I was glad with how the first one went.”

    Golden Knights assign 2017 first-round picks Glass, Suzuki to junior

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    The Vegas Golden Knights continue to make roster moves during their inaugural training camp.

    On Friday, the expansion club assigned four players to junior. That includes 2017 first-round picks Cody Glass of the Portland Winterhawks and Nick Suzuki of the Owen Sound Attack.

    The Golden Knights made franchise history by taking Glass with the sixth overall pick and then selected Suzuki at 13th overall. Both players appeared in two preseason games for Vegas, each recording two points in the exhibition opener versus the Vancouver Canucks.

    “Nobody is going to rush (the rookies), that’s for sure,” Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant told the Las Vegas Sun following the club’s 9-4 win over Vancouver on Sunday.

    “We are in a position where we want to make sure they are ready to play. They are going to be good players when they’re healthy and strong enough to play in the league.”

    Vegas has all three 2017 first-round picks — Glass, Suzuki and Erik Brannstrom — signed to three-year entry-level contracts.

    Mitchell signed PTO with Blue Jackets — shortly after getting cut by Blackhawks

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    When the Chicago Blackhawks announced their roster moves yesterday, John Mitchell was among the cuts.

    His professional tryout with the Blackhawks had come to an end, as it did for veterans Mark Stuart and Drew Miller.

    It can be an uphill battle to make an NHL roster for veterans on professional tryouts. But for Mitchell, he quickly received another opportunity to attend a camp and try to land a spot, signing a PTO with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

    Mitchell, 32, has appeared in 548 NHL regular season games with 70 goals and 177 points.

    Meanwhile, the Blue Jackets are still without forward and restricted free agent Josh Anderson, as the two sides are stuck in a contract impasse right now. It was reported on Thursday that his representatives have been in contact with Hockey Canada about the 2018 Olympics.