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2010 NHL Entry Draft: First Round results

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We’ll list all of the first round picks here at the top of the page. Click on the link for each pick for analysis and reaction to each selection.

Here are the results of the first round:

Edmonton Oilers – Taylor Hall, LW

Boston Bruins – Tyler Seguin, C

Florida Panthers – Erik Gudbranson, D

Columbus Blue Jackets – Ryan Johanson, C

New York Islanders – Nino Niederreiter, RW

Tampa Bay Lighting – Brett Connolly, RW

Carolina Hurricans – Jeff Skinner, RW

8. Atlanta Thrashers – Alexander Burmistrov, C

9. Minnesota Wild – Mikael Granlund, C

10. New York Rangers – Dylan McIlrath, D

11. Dallas Stars – Jack Campbell, G

12. Anaheim Ducks – Cam Fowler, D

13. Phoenix Coyotes – Brandon Gormley, D

14. St. Louis Blues – Jaden Schwartz, C

15. Los Angeles Kings (via Florida) – Derek Forbort, D

16. St. Louis Blues – Vladimir Tarasenko, RW

17. Colorado Avalanche – Joey Hishon, C

18. Nashville Predators – Austin Watson, LW

19. Florida Panthers – Nick Bjugstad, C

20. Pittsburgh Penguins – Beau Bennett, RW

21. Detroit Red Wings – Riley Shehan, C

22. Montreal Canadiens – Jared Tinordi

23. Buffalo Sabres – Mark Pysyk, D

24. Chicago Blackhawks – Kevin Hayes, RW

25. Florida Panthers – Quinton Howden, C 

26. Washington Capitals – Evgeny Kuznetsov, C

27. Phoenix Coyotes – Mark Visentin,G

28. San Jose Sharks – Charlie Coyle, C

29. Anaheim Ducks – Emerson Etem, RW

30. New York Islanders – Brock Nelson, C

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.

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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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.

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.