It would be shocking if Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel weren’t taken by the Edmonton Oilers and Buffalo Sabres respectively, but after that the 2015 NHL Entry Draft is a tough one to predict. The uncertainty starts with the third overall selection, which the Arizona Coyotes appear to be leaning towards trading, according to Bob McKenzie.
We already knew that Coyotes GM Don Maloney was willing to move that pick, but open to making a move and actually being likely to pull the trigger are two entirely different things. Based on McKenzie’s report though, multiple teams are in the mix to pry that selection from Arizona, including Winnipeg and Columbus.
Then there’s the Bruins, which are in a tough spot with restricted free agent Dougie Hamilton due to their cap situation. That’s led to speculation about the possibility of Boston shipping Hamilton to Arizona in exchange for the pick, per TSN’s Darren Dreger. It would set the stage for Boston to draft highly regarded defensive prospect and Massachusetts-native Noah Hanifin.
It’s worth noting that Coyotes GM Don Maloney previously called the possibility of trading the pick outright for a player that can help them next season “remote” as he felt it was more likely that they’d trade down. He certainly didn’t rule it out though and if he were to make that kind of move, then a young, but already tested player like 22-year-old Hamilton would seem like an ideal return.
This should ultimately be a very eventful day and Arizona moving the pick is just one of the high profile trade possibilities.
Attention agents: Coyotes are at least $18M from cap floor
Sens inquired about Coyotes’ third overall selection
Carl Soderberg won’t be testing the unrestricted free agent market after all. Less than 24 hours after Colorado acquired the negotiating rights to Soderberg from the Boston Bruins in exchange for a 2016 sixth round pick, the Avalanche have locked him up to a five-year, $23.75 million contract, per ESPN’s Craig Custance.
The deal includes a full no-trade clause for the next two seasons and a limited one for the remainder of the deal, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.
Soderberg made the leap to North America after years of being one of Sweden’s top players and as a result the 29-year-old (30 in October) is only entering his third full NHL season. He had 13 goals and 44 points in 82 games while averaging 16:48 minutes per game in 2014-15. He also won just 48.2% of his faceoffs.
This signing will add fuel to the speculation that Ryan O’Reilly will ultimately be traded by Colorado. That’s especially true after a recent report suggested that Colorado felt like it had “no choice” but to move O’Reilly as he’s looking for a contract in the $60 million range.
The Avalanche don’t necessarily have to deal O’Reilly immediately though as he’s still signed for one more year with a $6 million cap hit and even after inking Soderberg, the Avalanche’s cap situation is healthy.
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Before John Scott officially becomes a free agent, he decided to jokingly call out his former San Jose Sharks’ teammates. (CSN Bay Area)
With Jeff Skinner reportedly on the market, is there a chance that he’ll go to Pittsburgh? (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Jack Eichel has something in common with Indiana Jones. (Puck Daddy)
Dylan Strome talks about the nerves that come with draft day. (NHL.com)
The Boston Bruins recent draft history has been less than stellar. (Boston Herald)
Here are 10 players that might mess with people’s draft predictions. (The Hockey Writers)
Pekka Rinne has a new Mad Max inspired mask (Instagram)