NHL Draft 2013

PHT Morning Skate: Looking back at the 2013 Draft

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

A collection of notes about the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. (NHL.com)

Do the Pittsburgh Penguins need to start putting a greater emphasis on planning for the future rather than focusing so heavily on the present? (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Robin Press is this year’s Mr. Irrelevant for being taken by Chicago with the last pick in the draft. Before you dismiss him, keep in mind that he shares that distinction with Jonathan Ericsson and Patric Hornqvist. (Puck Daddy)

The Philadelphia Flyers spent four of their six picks on defensemen. (CSN Philly)

Speaking of which, blueliner Robert Hagg was surprised to hear the Flyers call his name in the second round. (CSN Philly)

The Boston Bruins feel they’ve drafted “Bruins-style players” that are “committed to the team game.” (Boston Globe)

Washington Capitals GM George McPhee still hasn’t decided what he’s going to do with his team’s compliance buyouts. (CSN Washington)

Stars GM Jim Nill thinks 10th overall pick Valeri Nichushkin has a shot at making the Dallas Stars out of training camp next season. (Dallas Morning News)

Colorado takes Nathan MacKinnon with the top pick:

After lopsided loss, Julien says it’s ‘not about the young D’

Claude Julien

The Boston Bruins’ young, makeshift defense failed to come through Thursday night as the B’s were thumped, 6-2, on home ice by the Winnipeg Jets.

Without injured veterans Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg, the defensive pairings were as follows:

Torey KrugAdam McQuaid
Joe MorrowKevan Miller
Matt IrwinZach Trotman

And let’s just say, turnovers were a factor:

That was Irwin getting checked off the puck there.

“I had the puck behind the net, and I went to one side of the net, and then I just didn’t use the net to my advantage,” he explained afterwards, per CSN New England. “He got his stick in there, obviously stripped me of the puck, and we all know what happened after that. I take full blame for that one.”

But head coach Claude Julien wasn’t willing to blame inexperience for the poor outing.

“It’s not about youth. It’s not about the young D,” said Julien. “It’s about our game without the puck. I think we might have gotten a little excited here about our offense and forgot about the other part of our game.”

And to be fair, even Boston’s more accomplished d-men had their challenging moments.

Here’s Krug failing to get position on Nicolas Petan in front of the Bruins’ net:

All in all, it was a tough night.

“We’ll correct those [mistakes] tomorrow in practice,” said Irwin. “We’re a confident group in here. We liked our offense. We liked the chances we were getting. All those mistakes, D-zone, are something that we’re going to work on and get better every day.”

The Bruins host their rivals from Montreal on Saturday.

Greene named 11th captain in Devils history

Dion Phaneuf; Andy Greene
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Andy Greene has been named Bryce Salvador’s successor as New Jersey’s team captain.

Greene, an undrafted free agent that’s spent his entire nine-year career with the Devils organization, becomes the 11th captain in the franchise’s history and third American to wear the “C” (Zach Parise and Jamie Langenbrunner were the others).

A former standout at Miami of Ohio, Greene — who served as an alternate captain in each of the last two seasons — has developed into a steady, durable blueliner that hasn’t missed a game in three years. He’s also locked into the Devils long term, having signed a five-year, $25 million extension with the club last summer.

That deal kicks in this season, and runs through 2020.

As for the rest of the leadership group, four players will serve as alternate captains this season: Patrik Elias, Travis Zajac, Mike Cammalleri, and Adam Henrique.

Elias and Zajac both wore an “A” in New Jersey last year, while Cammalleri and Henrique are first-timers.