Round 1 – 29th overall
Anaheim Ducks – Emerson Etem
6′ 0″, 180 – Medicine Hat (WHL)
The Anaheim Ducks have taken advantage of two players falling significantly and unexpectedly this evening, as first they selected Cam Fowler at #12 and then snagged WHL standout Emerson Etem at #29.
Many had Etem going at least in the top 15, and I was surprised to see the Kings pass up on him earlier in the draft when they traded up. Etem is a very talented, very poised player who has the potential to be the face of a franchise.
Round 1 – 27th overall
Phoenix Coyotes – Mark Visentin
The Coyotes were one of the other teams in the draft that seriously needed to upgrade at goaltender (depth wise) and had a lot of interest in Jack Campbell. They settle instead for OHL goaltender Mark Visentin, who put up fairly decent numbers in a league known for it’s inflated offensive stats.
He has a lot of potential, but you wonder about the Coyotes passing up Calvin Pickard when he was available.
with CSNPhilly.com’s Tim Panaccio (who is sitting next to me) we’ve
learned that the Philadelphia Flyers are interested in acquiring the
rights to goaltender Evgeni Nabokov from San Jose.
mean that Nabokov is the next Flyers goaltender as the team is merely
trying to get the rights to negotiate a contract with Nabby before the
July 1 free agency bell rings.
The Sharks have already stated that
they’re moving on without Nabokov, so the Flyers have the upper hand in
these negotiations. They’ll have to send someone back though, in order
to sign Nabokov to a contract.
Round 1 – 24th overall
Chicago Blackhawks – Kevin Hayes
6′ 2″ 201 – Right Wing, Nobles High School
Hayes is a big, burly winger with great scoring ability, who dominated during high school in Massachusetts. He’s a right winger, with a left handed shot who developed into more than just a goal scorer this past year, with 67 points in 28 games at Nobles High. He has flown under the radar a bit this year, although NHL Central Scouting had him ranked in the top 30 for the draft.
It’s going to take some time for him to make it to Chicago, but he’s exactly the type of player the Hawks needed to boost a system that was starting to get a bit thin at forward.
Round 1 – 23rd overall
Buffalo Sabres – Mark Pysyk
6′ 1″, 174 lbs – Defenseman, Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
Mark Pysyk is a great skater, a great player with all of the “tools” to be truly special but he hasn’t exactly reached that point yet. Some feel that he just doesn’t have the mental make up to take his game to the next level and mentally match up to his physical abilities.
At #23 however, Pysyk was a steal for the Sabres who were able to nab one of the top defensemen in the draft and one of the top ranked skaters in North America.