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2010 NHL Entry Draft: Boston Bruins draft preview


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The Bruins have a problem, albeit a great one to
have. With the second overall pick in the draft the Bruins are going to
get the franchise player they haven’t had since they traded Joe Thornton
to San Jose. While the Bruins are loaded through their organization
with talent up the middle, adding either Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin
gives them someone great to plug into their lineup immediately next
season. Only issue there is that there could be a logjam of centers.
Hello trade rumors! The B’s will also need to add defensive and left
wing depth to the organization and with nine picks overall (5 in the top
100), they’re in good shape to do just that.

2010 draft

Round 1 – 2nd
Round 2 – 32nd
Round 3 – 45th
Round 4 – 97th
Round 5 – 135th
Round 6 – 165th
Round 7 – 195th

Top prospects (per Hockey’s Future):\

Joe Colborne, C
2. Brad Marchand, RW
3. Yuri Alexandrov, D
4. Zach Hamill, C
5. Jordan Caron, RW
6. Tommy Cross, D
7. Jamie Arniel, C
8. Mikko Lehtonen, RW
9. Jeff Penner, D
10. Andrew Bodnarchuk, D

PHT’s mock draft results:

2 – Tyler
Seguin – C – Plymouth (OHL)

Seguin may ultimately
develop into the more complete player between himself and Hall, as he is
certainly the most well-rounded playmaker in this year’s draft. He’s a
center that makes the players around him better, and he’ll get the
chance to make an instant difference next season in Boston.

the blogs are saying:

Cup of Chowder:

According to what I have read and heard, Hall is more of a pure goal
scorer, while Seguin is more of a playmaker, who makes the players
around him better. I think the Bruins need more of what Taylor Hall
brings, but if the Oilers take Hall, the B’s are still getting a
special player in Seguin.

The 6’1″ 172 lb centerman finished first in the OHL with 106 points
this season (48-58-106) and was awarded the Red Tilson Trophy this
season as the OHL Most Outstanding Player.

2010 NHL Entry Draft: Atlanta Thrashers draft preview

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It didn’t take long for Atlanta to make a splash at the draft as
they shipped their later first round pick to Chicago as part of the
blockbuster trade for Dustin Byfuglien. New general manager Rick
Dudley has made a big opening statement for how he will mold the future
of the Thrashers in shipping out two picks to get guys he wanted to
play in the NHL now. While there may be some criticism to be had in
doing that, preparing for the draft and talking to former GM turned
Thrashers executive Don Waddell might not be a bad idea. Seriously. His
last two first round picks? Zach Bogosian and Evander Kane. Look for
the Thrashers to go for a scoring forward with their top pick.

2010 Draft picks:

Round 1 – 8th
Round 2 – 87th
Round 4 – 101st
Round 5 – 128th
5 – 150th
Round 6 – 158th

Top prospects (per Hockey’s Future):

1. Patrice Cormier, C
2. Carl Klingberg, LW
3. Ivan
Vishnevskiy, D
4. Jeremy Morin, RW
5. Arturs Kulda, C
Spencer Machacek, RW
7. Eric O’Dell, C
8. Paul Postma D
Angelo Esposito, C
10. Daultan Leveille, C

PHT’s Mock
Draft results:

8 – Ryan
Johansen – C – Portland (WHL)

Johansen will need more
time in the WHL to mature, both physically and as a player, but he would
instantly become the most exciting prospect for the Thrashers. He is
praised for his hockey sense and ability to avoid defenders while with
the puck, but is much to lanky to take the step to the next level at
this point – he’d be killed, no matter how “shifty” he is. Still, he’s a
pure scorer and playmaker who is drawing comparisons to Eric Staal.

are the blogs saying:

Bird Watcher’s

While I don’t know which player the Thrashers
will take at #8, I think the odds are very high that they will take one
of three forwards from the WHL (Western Hockey League). I think they
prefer Nino Niederreiter, but in our mock he was off the board by the
time Atlanta picked–I wouldn’t be surprised if the that happened in the
actual draft as well.

That leaves a choice between RW Bret Connolly and C Ryan Johansen
and I went with Connolly (but Johansen would be a fine choice too). The
reason I went with Connolly is that there is widespread agreement that
were it not for a hip injury that wiped out most of his season, Brett
would certainly be picked in the top 5 of the NHL Draft. He has a good
sized frame at 6’2″ and terrific hands. He scored at an impressive rate
as a 16 year old playing in the WHL. When I spoke to Thrashers Director
of Scouting Dan Marr he made the comment that their area scout had
“never seen him have a bad game” which is a pretty strong statement
about the teenagers consistency.

2010 NHL Draft, free agency and trade news/rumor roundup


There’s a lot of news flying around today as we get ready for the
draft tomorrow night in Los Angeles and with the latest blockbuster
trades and contract signings, things are starting to get really

We won’t get into a whole lot of detail here, as
there really isn’t a lot available, but here is a roundup of what’s
floating out there right now. We’re probably missing some as well, but
these are the big points.

– With Patrick Marleau’s contract
extension, the free agent market for first-line centers has dried up.
This has made the market for centers via trade heat up, and it’s likely
we see some trades including big-name centers going down soon. Jason
Spezza is actively being shopped and word has it that Marc Savard is as
well (NTC notwithstanding). The price for these players has gone up
however, as the sellers certainly have the upper hand.

– A trade
involving Mike Ribeiro is looking more and more imminent. The Dallas
Stars aren’t going to just give him away, but there are some defensemen
out there available and more teams need centers than are being made

– Rumors have been flying all day long regarding Tomas
Kaberle, as can be expected. Brian Burke is actively shopping the
defenseman here in LA, although the supposed trade with Edmonton doesn’t
look to be anything more than a loose rumor (perpetuated by the team,
no less).

– The other thing to keep an eye on is the goaltending
position, as Tim Thomas’ agent has been given permission to speak with
teams about a trade. Thomas has a no-movement clause, and the Bruins
need to free up some cap space. You also wonder what they might be able
to get in return, as there are going to be a number of goalies available
in free agency as well.

– It looked like Michael Leighton could
have been on his way out of Philadelpha, but Tim Panaccio is saying that Paul
Holmgren is meeting with Leighton’s agent today. The Flyers aren’t
completely out of the woods yet, salary wise, but certainly have a bit
of room to sign Leighton if they feel that’s a better option than free

– I’m still doubting we see many more trades involving
first round picks, as the price gets more expensive with each trade.
Still, there are persistent murmurs that the Leafs are looking to get
back into the first round and with Tomas Kaberle as a bargaining chip
it’s certainly possible.

Anything we missed? Let us know by
emailing us at prohockeytalk(at)gmail(dot)com.