PHT’s 2014 NHL Entry Draft tracker


PHILADELPHIA — Hello, and welcome to the draft.

Brough and I are on location for what’s going to be a fun night. Below, we’ll keep running track of all the first-round picks as they’re made; we’ll also be updating the site throughout the evening for all the developments, rumors and rumblings from the draft floor.

Round 1

1. Florida Panthers: Aaron Ekblad, D, OHL Barrie (link)

2. Buffalo Sabres: Sam Reinhart, F, WHL Kootenay (link)

3. Edmonton Oilers: Leon Draisaitl, F, WHL Prince Albert (link)

4. Calgary Flames: Sam Bennett, F, OHL Kingston

5. New York Islanders: Michael Dal Colle, F, OHL Oshawa

6. Vancouver Canucks: Jake Virtanen, F, WHL Calgary

7. Carolina Hurricanes: Haydn Fleury, D, WHL Red Deer

8. Toronto Maple Leafs: William Nylander, F, MODO (Sweden)

9. Winnipeg Jets: Nikolaj Ehlers, F, QMJHL Halifax

10. Anaheim Ducks: Nick Ritchie, F, OHL Peterborough

11: Nashville Predators: Kevin Fiala, F, HV71 (Sweden)

12: Arizona Coyotes: Brendan Perlini, F, OHL Niagara

13: Washington Capitals: Jakub Vrana, F, Linkoping (Sweden)

14: Dallas Stars: Julius Honka, D, WHL Swift Current

15: Detroit Red Wings: Dylan Larkin, F, US National Team Development Program

16: Columbus Blue Jackets: Sonny Milano, F, US National Team Development Program

17: Philadelphia Flyers: Travis Sanheim, D, WHL Calgary

18: Minnesota Wild: Alex Tuch, F, US National Team Development Program

19: Tampa Bay Lightning: Anthony DeAngelo, D, OHL Sarnia

20: Chicago Blackhawks (acquired from San Jose): Nick Schmaltz, F, USHL Green Bay

21: St. Louis Blues: Robert Fabbri, F, OHL Guelph

22: Pittsburgh Penguins: Kasperi Kapanen, F, KalPa (Finland)

23: Colorado Avalanche: Conner Bleackley, F, WHL Red Deer

24: Vancouver Canucks: Jared McCann, F, OHL Sault Ste. Marie

25: Boston Bruins: David Pastrnak, F, Södertälje (Sweden)

26. Montreal Canadiens: Nikita Sherbak, F, WHL Saskatoon

27. San Jose Sharks: Nikolay Goldobin, F, OHL Sarnia

28. New York Islanders: Joshua Ho-Sang, F, OHL Windsor

29. Los Angeles: Adrian Kempe, F, MODO (Sweden)

30. New Jersey Devils: John Quenneville, F, WHL Brandon

Good news: Colaiacovo traveling with Sabres

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It was a scary sight.

Carlo Colaiacovo fell to his hands and knees after taking a cross-check to the throat from Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson (above).

Arvidsson received a five-minute major and a game misconduct, while Colaiacovo suffered a dented trachea on the play.

After the game, both Dan Bylsma and Peter Laviolette agreed that there was no malicious intent on Arvidsson’s part.

“I don’t think there was intent there to maliciously cross-check,” Bylsma said. “They kind of lose the puck, turn and his stick is right at that level and delivers a blow. When you look at it, it’s a pretty stiff cross-check to Carlo’s neck.”

“It was tough for Arvidsson,” said Laviolette. “I don’t think he had any bad intentions. He just ran into somebody and the stick got caught a little bit high, but just a tough turn of events.”

The Sabres defenseman left the game and was treated at a nearby hospital, but there is some good news to report.

According to the Buffalo News, Colaiacovo was released from hospital and he was able to travel to Detroit with his teammates.

It’s unclear how long he’ll be out.

Start the Carr: Habs recall another player from the minors

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There’s been a lot of movement between Montreal and Saint John’s lately and that continued on Sunday.

This time, it’s forward Daniel Carr who’ll be getting a stint with the big club.

Carr has no prior NHL experience.

The 24-year-old spent four years at Union College before joining the Canadiens organization as an undrafted free agent.

In his first season as a pro, Carr scored 24 goals (led the team) and 39 points in 76 AHL games with the Hamilton Bulldogs in 2014-15.

This year, Carr has seven goals and 15 points in 20 games.

Montreal is without forwards Torrey Mitchell, Brendan Gallagher and Alexander Semin.

Campbell’s perfect snipe sinks Wings in OT


Brian Campbell doesn’t score as many points as he used to, but he came up with a huge goal against the Red Wings on Sunday afternoon.

With the game tied, 1-1, in overtime, Campbell skated into the slot and beat Petr Mrazek with a perfect wrister to end the game.

It was also a pretty nice passing play between Jussi Jokinen, Jonathan Huberdeau and Campbell.

Dylan Larkin opened the scoring in the second period before Reilly Smith leveled the score with just over five minutes remaining.

The Wings have blown a lead in three straight games.

Detroit was up 2-0 and 3-2 in their last game, against Edmonton, before they finally closed the game out with an overtime goal by Niklas Kronwall.

They weren’t so fortunate against the Bruins on Wednesday, as they lost 3-2 in OT after leading 2-1 with under two minutes remaining in regulation.

This was the first meeting of the season between Detroit and Florida, but they’ll see each other three times between Feb. 4 and Mar. 19.

With Jonathan Bernier sputtering, we’ll meet Garret Sparks

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You can’t blame Mike Babcock for siding with the relatively unknown when the other option is Jonathan Bernier, a goalie who’s 0-8-1 so far in 2015-16.

With that in mind, meet Garret Sparks, the Toronto Maple Leafs’ expected starter for Monday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers.

Sparks was a seventh-round pick (190th overall) in 2011, a guy who was off to a great start in the AHL. That much wasn’t lost on Babcock.

Let’s face it, though; this is as much about the Leafs’ other two goalies as it is about Sparks (whose name inspired a very obscure reference in this post’s headline).

In Bernier’s case, there’s an “enough’s enough” feel:

Meanwhile, James Reimer‘s not quite healthy enough to play yet, so the window of opportunity is open for Sparks … a little bit.

Sparks will get a chance to make an impression, even if it’s just a small one.