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New Jersey winger Ilya Kovalchuk is thrilled to get the opportunity to play alongside Detroit center Pavel Datsyuk for Russia's national team at the Euro Hockey Tour.

"It's an honor to play with a center like Datsyuk," he said. "I personally consider Datsyuk the best center in the world, so there's great satisfaction and experience from playing alongside him." The pair have been training on the same line and there will be plenty of NHL talent on hand for Russia because of the lockout. Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Fedor Tyutin, Nikolai Kulemin, Alexei Emelin and Artem Anisimov will join Kovalchuk and Datsyuk on the team's roster.
Source: R-Sport.ru
Wed, Dec 12, 2012 04:25:00 PM

The Edmonton Oilers have picked Evan Bouchard with the 10th overall selection in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Bouchard is a two-way defender who brings plenty of tools to the table.  He plays with intelligence in all areas of the ice and his skill with the puck makes him a dangerous player when he decides to jump into the rush.  Bouchard generated 25 goals for the OHL's London Knights and he led all blueliners in the league with 87 points in 67 games during the 2017-18 campaign.  He added one goal and four helpers in four playoff contests.  Bouchard isn't a flashy defender and he doesn’t punish the opposition physically, but he still has good size and has the ability to impact the game with his steadiness, passing skills and high hockey sense.  The Knights captain could be NHL-ready as soon as the 2018-19 season.
Jun 22 - 8:44 PM

The Vancouver Canucks have selected Quinn Hughes with the seventh overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Hughes plays a complete game at a high pace.  His creativity and mobility allows him to effortlessly exit the defensive zone and get on the attack on his own or with a quick outlet pass.  Hughes’ confidence with the puck extends to the offensive end, where he contributed five goals and 29 points in 37 games for the University of Michigan during his freshmen season.   The 18-year-old defender represented the United States at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship and the World Hockey Championship.  Hughes’ speed and decision-making are high quality assets that fit today’s NHL game to a tee.  He feels he is NHL-ready, but he may need at least another year in college to develop further, particularly in his own end, and get stronger.  

Jun 22 - 8:27 PM

The Detroit Red Wings selected winger Filip Zadina with the sixth overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Zadina has plenty of offensive flair and game-breaking ability. His speed, hockey IQ and his shot make him a dynamic player in the attacking zone. Zadina also plays well in his own end, which typically leads to chances at the other end of the ice. He shined in his first season with the QMJHL’s Halifax Mooseheads, scoring 44 goals and 82 points in 57 games. He led all rookies in scoring and then produced five goals and 12 points in nine playoff contests. The 18-year-old winger also starred in the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship with seven goals and one assist in seven outings for the Czech Republic. Zadina projects as a well-rounded winger with tremendous goal-scoring upside. The Red Wings lucked out that Zadina slipped to sixth. He could be a steal.
Jun 22 - 8:21 PM

The Arizona Coyotes have selected center Barrett Hayton fifth overall in the 2018 Draft.

Well that's a surprise. It was thought that Filip Zadina's fall would end here but the Coyotes surprised most and took the Soo Greyhound center. That being said, there’s a lot to like with Hayton. He’s got a great shot, is aggressive and effective defensively, and has a high hockey IQ. The Greyhounds were so deep that Hayton was their third-line center, but even in that role he still ended up with 21 goals and 60 points in 63 games. He also has decent size, standing at 6-foot-1, 190 pounds. He’s not the flashiest of forwards, but he could be seen as a Patrice Bergeron-type in the sense that he’s that kind of all-around center that teams love. Don't expect him in Arizona next season as he will gain lots of experience in the OHL.
Jun 22 - 8:16 PM

The Ottawa Senators have chosen Brady Tkachuk with the fourth overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Tkachuk plays a similar style to his father (Keith) and older brother (Matthew).  He can get under the skin of the opposition, while serving contributing offensively as a power forward.  Tkachuk plays a strong 200-foot game, protects the puck well and has the hands to finish off his opportunities.  He produced eight goals and 31 points in 40 games during his freshman season with Boston University in 2017-18.  Tkachuk was also an impact player for the United States at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship with three goals and nine points in seven outings.  He could be in the college ranks next season depending on what team drafts him and what they have planned for him. Tkachuk hasn't decided if he'll turn pro, but if he does then he'll have a chance to crack Ottawa's roster out of training camp.
Jun 22 - 8:10 PM

The Montreal Canadiens selected center Jesperi Kotkaniemi with third overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Coming off one of the best seasons ever for an Under-18 player in the Finnish league, there’s plenty to like about Kotkaniemi. The center has size at 6-foot-2, 188-pounds and strength to go along with it, which he uses to his advantage whenever he has the puck. That’s far from his only advantage though as he’s a great playmaker with a good shot and can often be credited for good decision making. That all helped him score 10 goals and 29 points in 57 Liiga games with Assat Pori. The main knock on him is his skating and that’s something, but if he can address that then he should develop into a great top-six forward at the NHL level. Kotkaniemi is unlikely to crack the Habs' lineup in 2018-19 as he needs further development.
Jun 22 - 8:02 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes have selected Andrei Svechnikov with the second pick of the 2018 Draft.

Svechnikov is a dynamic winger who possesses great skating and finishing ability. He honed his skills in the OHL during the 2017-18 campaign with the Barrie Colts. Svechnikov led all rookies with 40 goals and 72 points in just 44 games. He missed a large chunk of the year early due to a hand injury, but it didn’t hold him back when he returned. Svechnikov, who is the younger brother of Detroit prospect Evgeny Svechnikov, can play a hard-nosed style as well with his 6-foot-3, 187-pound frame. The 18-year-old forward added five goals and 11 points in eight playoff outings. He also collected five assists in five matches for Russia at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship. Svechnikov has the potential to be an impact player at the NHL level thanks to his skating, puck skills and hockey sense. The Hurricanes have themselves an impact player who will have plenty of fantasy value.
Jun 22 - 7:56 PM

Rasmus Dahlin has been taken first overall in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres.

Dahlin has been the consensus top pick for the 2018 NHL Draft all year long. He has the potential to be a generational talent on the back end and could immediately step into the NHL next season. The 18-year rearguard had seven goals and 20 points in 41 appearances with Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League in 2017-18.  He was also named the top defenseman at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship when Sweden took home the silver medal. He collected six assists in seven contests at the tournament. Dahlin is an all-round defender who possesses excellent skating and puck handling skills. He is great in transition, whether he is leading the rush himself or distributing the puck to someone else. He can play a physical game as well and has a strong frame that he can build upon further. Dahlin also has a high hockey IQ, so adjusting to the NHL game shouldn't be a problem for him. He has the potential to make an immediate impact and should be a cornerstone player for years to come.
Jun 22 - 7:50 PM

The Colorado Avalanche have acquired Brooks Orpik and Philipp Grubauer from the Washington Capitals in exchange for the 47th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Orpik had 10 assists in 81 games in 2017-18. While the Avalanche are getting a solid defensive defenseman, the big deal for Washington is getting out from under his $5.5 million cap hit for the 2018-19 campaign. Washington can then use that added cap space to help sign John Carlson, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Jun 22 - 7:16 PM

The Colorado Avalanche have acquired Philipp Grubauer and Brooks Orpik from the Washington Capitals in exchange for the 47th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Grubauer is a restricted free agent and wanted to be moved so that he would get an opportunity to be a starting goaltender. The Avalanche do have Semyon Varlamov, but he's only signed for one more season, so if Grubauer has a strong 2018-19 campaign then there's a good chance he'll end up as the Avalanche's long-term option. He had a 2.35 GAA and .923 save percentage in 35 games last season.
Jun 22 - 7:04 PM

Stephen Johns has signed a three-year, $7.05 million contract extension with the Dallas Stars.

Johns eight goals and 15 points in 75 games last season. The blueliner also averaged 17:33 minutes per game and accumulated 201 hits and 155 blocked shots. The 26-year-old is coming off a two-year, $1.45 million contract.
Jun 22 - 6:47 PM




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