June 25 2015 07:34PM
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This afternoon, Brendan Shanahan said something that made me very happy.
Shanahan wouldn't rule out moving up or down with 4th overall pick, but "Right now we’re expecting to pick fourth."— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) June 25, 2015
I've been told by a lot of different people lately that the Toronto Maple Leafs really like the Brandon Wheat Kings' Ivan Provorov. So much so in fact, that they might trade down a couple spots where they still believe they could get him, and pick up an additional asset. I'm not so sure that's a good idea.
June 25 2015 06:01PM
The draft is just about here and it feels amazing. I don't have to ask if you are nervous and excited because I already know that you are. But put those feelings on hold for just one more minute - we still have a little bit of more work to do.
We've been hammering you with draft content for weeks on end now, but what good would it be if we let you off the hook now? The draft is less than a day away, and to me that means there's still time to explore some prospects.
June 25 2015 04:48PM
The NHL draft starts, as you know, tomorrow.
One of the great things about the draft is that, as you also know, it overlaps with teenage years.
As such, it is almost always fun exercise to look back at old draft photos. While some are photogenic at the age of 17/18, many still haven't quite matured into the look of "NHL player" yet.
June 25 2015 03:30PM
The NHL made it official yesterday that they are starting
the application process for NHL expansion.
Interested parties will have from July 6 until August 10 to apply.
"We will then go through a formal vetting process, and the board ultimately will determine whether or not there's any interest in expanding," Bettman said. "If the conclusion is there is interest from the league's perspective, then there will be focus on what the terms would be and who the likely successful candidates might be."
June 25 2015 02:53PM
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It's just over 24 hours until the start of the draft, and still the NHL hasn't topped the excitement of the McKegg for Hyman trade this week. Not overly surprising as it seems to be tradition to have everything go down the day of the draft in hopes it causes every other team to scramble to react. What really ends up happening is that one big trade you thought would lead to a zillion others winds up being the big trade of the weekend and other than that a few teams are just gonna shuffle the order of the draft.
That's why it's not overly surprising when Brendan Shanahan spoke today it was less than exciting, and purposely designed to remind us that nothing is etched in stone, and nothing is imminent. Of course you can take what he said a number of different ways, and that's what we'll do.