NHL Draft 2013

PHT’s Live NHL Draft Tracker 2013


Welcome to the 2013 NHL Draft! PHT is right here on the floor of the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Below you’ll find the rundown of all 30 first-round picks.

1. Colorado Avalanche  — Nathan MacKinnon (Center, Halifax, QMJHL)

2. Florida Panthers — Aleksander Barkov (Center, Tappara, Finland)

3. Tampa Bay Lightning — Jonathan Drouin (Left Wing, Halifax, QMJHL)

4. Nashville Predators — Seth Jones (Defense, Portland, WHL)

5. Carolina Hurricanes — Elias Lindholm (Center, Brynas, Sweden)

6. Calgary Flames — Sean Monahan (Center, Ottawa, OHL)

7. Edmonton Oilers — Darnell Nurse (Defense, Sault Ste. Marie, OHL)

8. Buffalo Sabres — Rasmus Ristolainen (Defense, TPS, Finland)

9. Vancouver Canucks (from New Jersey) — Bo Horvat (Center, London, OHL)

10. Dallas Stars — Valeri Nichushkin (Right Wing, Chelyabinsk, Russia)

11. Philadelphia Flyers — Samuel Morin (Defense, Rimouski, QMJHL)

12. Phoenix Coyotes — Max Domi (Center, London, OHL)

13. Winnipeg Jets — Joshua Morrissey (Defense, Prince Albert, WHL)

14. Columbus Blue Jackets — Alexander Wennberg (Center, Djurgarden, Sweden)

15. New York Islanders — Ryan Pulock (Defense, Brandon, WHL)

16. Buffalo Sabres (from Minnesota) — Nikita Zadorov (Defense, London, OHL)

17. Ottawa Senators — Curtis Lazar (Right Wing/Center, Edmonton, WHL)

18. San Jose Sharks (from Detroit) — Mirco Mueller (Defense, Everett, WHL)

19. Columbus Blue Jackets (from NY Rangers) — Kerby Rychel (Left Wing, Windsor, OHL)

20. Detroit Red Wings (from San Jose) — Anthony Mantha (Right Wing, Val d’Or, QMJHL)

21. Toronto Maple Leafs — Frederik Gauthier (Center, Rimouski, QMJHL)

22. Calgary Flames (from St. Louis) — Emile Poirier (Left Wing, Gatineau, QMJHL)

23. Washington Capitals — Andre Burakovsky (Left Wing, Malmo, Sweden)

24. Vancouver Canucks — Hunter Shinkaruk (Left Wing/Center, Medicine Hat, WHL)

25. Montreal Canadiens — Michael McCarron (Right Wing, USA U-18, USHL)

26. Anaheim Ducks — Shea Théodore (Defense, Seattle, WHL)

27. Columbus Blue Jackets (from Los Angeles) — Marko Dano (Center, Bratislava, Russia)

28. Calgary Flames (from Pittsburgh) — Morgan Klimchuk (Left Wing, Regina, WHL)

29. Dallas Stars (from Boston) — Jason Dickinson (Center, Guelph, OHL)

30. Chicago Blackhawks — Ryan Hartman (Right Wing, Plymouth, OHL)

As a reminder, NBC Sports Network will present live coverage of the draft from 3-8 p.m. ET. To live stream, sign up for NBC Sports Live Extra.

Latest report leaves Carey Price’s injury timeline fuzzy

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There’s one thing we seem to know about Carey Price‘s injury situation: he first got hurt stepping on a puck on Oct. 29, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

Contrary to earlier reports about him missing about a month, it sounds like his window of recovery is still up in the air (which, to be fair, could mean that he’ll still miss about a month when it’s all said and done).

ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reports that Price underwent testing with Montreal’s team doctor on Saturday and is expected to go through more; we may not know more about his expected injury timeline until early this coming week.

So, basically, Price’s situation is fuzzier than his mustache right now.

Leg injuries can be tricky anyway, so we shouldn’t be too surprised that there are mixed signals regarding Price, and this may remain a fluid situation for some time.

(But we’ll hopefully know more soon enough.)

Lightning lament life as a .500 team

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have plenty of time to rise above mediocrity, yet it still must be deserving to finish at .500 for two straight months.

After last night’s 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders, that’s exactly where they find themselves:

Record at the end of October: 5-5-2

Record at the end of November: 11-11-3

As of this writing, the Lightning found themselves on the outside looking in at the playoff picture. It all stands as a pretty tough thing for the reigning Eastern Conference champs to swallow.

The uncomfortable-yet-vital question is: can the Lightning break out of this funk?

Looking at their schedule, it won’t be easy, at least not right away.

They crawl through California during a three-game road trip to start December, and they also face six of eight on the road from Dec. 2 – 18.

The Lightning soak up home dates to finish 2015 after that, but what damage will be done by then?

Frankly, the Bolts will need to dig deep to break this pattern. If nothing else, they’ve fought with their backs against the wall before.

Dubinsky won’t change, and he won’t go easy on Crosby


Sometimes a suspension will shame a player, or at least inspire him to change the way he plays.

That apparently won’t happen regarding Brandon Dubinsky‘s one-game timeout session for cross-checking Sidney Crosby.

Dubinsky told Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch that he won’t alter his style, whether it’s against Crosby or someone else.

“Nope,” Dubinsky said. “You know, I’ve played the same way my whole career and I’m not going to change. The next time I have an opportunity to play (Crosby), I’m going to play him hard.”

In case you’re wondering, that next opportunity comes on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh, assuming that both players are healthy and not suspended.

One can understand Dubinsky’s perspective, although such honesty would be that much more interesting if there’s another incident with Crosby. His initial reaction to the hit was interestingly candid, admitting that his “stick rode up” on his adversary.

Would that stance – which, from a harsher view, might seem flippant to Dubinsky’s critics – open the door for a bigger future bit of a discipline?

Maybe, maybe not … but at least his comments aren’t as inflammatory as what John Tortorella said (at least on the record).

Bad news for Boedker: Coyotes won’t face Sens again in 2015-16


Sorry Mikkel Boedker, you won’t get to face the Ottawa Senators again this season.

OK, it could happen if the speedster is traded from the Arizona Coyotes. He could also face the Senators in the unlikely instance that the two teams fight it out in the 2016 Stanley Cup Final.

Beyond those two possibilities, Saturday night was it, and Boedker must have been licking his chops much like an actual coyote.

For the second straight game, Boedker managed a hat trick against the Senators, helping Arizona beat Ottawa 4-3 last night. His third tally stood as the game-winner in a 4-3 victory.

You can watch all three goals in the video above.

It’s oddly fitting that Boedker has three goals this season … against teams not named the Ottawa Senators.