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2010 NHL Entry Draft, Round 1: Ducks select RW Emerson Etem at #29

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.

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    2010 NHL Entry Draft, Round 1: Coyotes select G Mark Visentin at #27

    Round 1 – 27th overall

    Phoenix Coyotes – Mark Visentin

    Niagara (OHL)

    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.

    2010 NHL Entry Draft, Round 1: Flyers trading for Nabokov?

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    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.

    This doesn’t
    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.

    2010 NHL Entry Draft, Round 1: Blackhawks select RW Kevin Hayes at #24

    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.

    2010 NHL Entry Draft, Round 1: Sabres select D Mark Pysyk at #23

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    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.