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NHL draft stats: Recapping the first round


CHL preferred: Of the 30 first-round picks, 22 were products of the Canadian Hockey League (8 OHL, 8 WHL, 6 QMJHL).

O Canada: 17 Canadian-born players were chosen, by far the most of any country. The United States was second, with four. (Sweden 2; Russia 2; Finland 2; Austria 2; Switzerland 1)

Highest climber: Philadelphia selected Samuel Morin with its 11th pick. The Rimouski defenseman was ranked 76th among North American skaters at the mid-term by NHL Central Scouting. His final ranking was 23rd.

Longest faller: Vancouver got Hunter Shinkaruk with its 24th pick. The high-scoring Medicine Hat forward went into the draft ranked sixth among North American skaters.

Size matters: 22 of the 30 selections were listed at six feet or taller. The biggest, in terms of weight, was Montreal pick Michael McCarron, a 6-foot-5, 228-pound winger.

Position breakdown: 21 forwards, nine defensemen, no goalies.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

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Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.

Kassian suspended without pay, placed in Stage 2 of Substance Abuse Program

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Zack Kassian may have avoided major injuries stemming from his Sunday car accident, but it likely sent the signal that he may need help.

The response: he was placed in Stage Two of the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program (SABH) of the NHL and NHLPA on Monday.

According to the league’s release, Kassian “will be suspended without pay until cleared for on-ice competition by the program administrators.”

Speaking of being suspended without pay, here’s a key detail:

The 24-year-old ended up with a broken nose and broken foot from that accident. The 2015-16 season was set to be his first campaign in the Montreal Canadiens organization after a tumultuous time with the Vancouver Canucks.

Kassian spoke of becoming more mature heading to Montreal, but the Canadiens were critical of his actions, wondering how many wake-up calls someone can get.

In case you’re wondering about the difference between stage one and two: