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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    Wild must overcome Alex Ovechkin’s 14th career hat trick

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    Death, taxes and Alex Ovechkin winning the Maurice Richard Trophy.

    OK, the third thing on that list isn’t technically inevitable. It just feels that way lately in the NHL.

    It’s unclear if the Washington Capitals can hold on against the Minnesota Wild, but we know for certain that Ovechkin already has a hat trick, the 14th of his high-scoring career.

    This propels Ovechkin to the goals lead as of this writing, as he already has 34. As impressive as Patrick Kane has been, No. 8 is heating up, and may just edge No. 88 if Ovechkin can remain healthy.

    One has to feel a little sympathy for the struggling Wild. They played well but lost against the Dallas Stars earlier this week and now must deal with Ovechkin and the just-as-hot Capitals.

    Bylsma believes league will look at Gudas’ hit on Catenacci

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    Rugged Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas may get in trouble with the league once again.

    At least, it will be that way if Buffalo Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma has his way regarding Gudas’ five-minute charging major hit on Daniel Catenacci.

    “I think there’s no question it’s head hit,” Bylsma said, according to the Buffalo News’ John Vogl. ” … I know the league will look at that hit and deal with it.”

    As far as the injury portion of possible suspension considerations go:

    Marcus Foligno‘s analysis of Gudas was … well just check it out.

    The Flyers ended up winning 5-1. Gudas was a busy man overall, racking up 17 penalty minutes.

    Fight video: Patrice Bergeron vs. Blake Wheeler (seriously)

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    Regular Selke winner Patrice Bergeron can do it all on the ice, it seems. Apparently that means he’ll even drop the gloves.

    That was the unlikely scene during Thursday’s Boston Bruins – Winnipeg Jets skirmish, as Bergeron fought fellow finesse forward Blake Wheeler.

    Perhaps unusual feisty behavior was just in the air, as Tyler Myers squared off with Matt Beleskey.

    (Not as unlikely, but still.)

    Video: Dion Phaneuf’s assist is his first point with Senators

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    Dion Phaneuf‘s first home game as a member of the Ottawa Senators is going more smoothly than his debut did on Wednesday.

    Ottawa fell 3-1 to the Detroit Red Wings last night, and they need another goal to tie up the Colorado Avalanche. Still, Phaneuf’s making a bigger impact on Thursday, collecting two assists … his first two points in a Sens’ sweater.

    You can see his crowd-pleasing first helper above.

    Here’s his second assist for good measure:

    Update: The Avalanche held on, taking a 4-3 edge. Even so, Phaneuf’s getting a warm welcome in his new hockey city.