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Detroit Red Wings place Carlo Colaiacovo on unconditional waivers.

This is the first step in the buyout process, which we knew was coming. The Red Wings will save a little under $3 million in cap space next season once they buy out Colaiacovo by Friday's deadline.
Wed, Jul 3, 2013 12:12:00 PM

Alexander Alexeyev has been chosen with the 31st pick by the Washington Capitals in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Alexeyev has played two seasons in North America since being selected in the CHL Import Draft by the Red Deer Rebels. The Russian blueliner put up seven goals and 37 points in 45 games in the Western League in the regular season before adding five points in three postseason contests. The 18-year-old is a good skater, he’s a strong puck mover and he has good offensive instincts. He still needs a little more polish in the defensive zone, but that's something that might come with more experience. If all goes well with his development, he could turn into a good second-pairing defenseman.
Jun 22 - 10:55 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have selected defenseman Rasmus Sandin with the 29th pick of the 2018 Entry Draft.

The Swedish blueliner left home early in the 2017-18 season and made his way to Sault Ste. Marie where he had 12 goals and 45 points in 51 games. The solid defenseman showed flashes of offensive ability with some end-to-end rushes in the OHL as he has an extra gear, making him an above average rearguard. He is expected to go back to Sweden next season and play in the top division and that will certainly help him progress should the Maple Leafs decide they don't need him to play in the OHL. Despite his lack of height, he does not mind the rough going and does not get rattled in his own zone. Sandin will be a marginal fantasy player to start but could eventually be a nice three-four defenseman in deeper leagues.
Jun 22 - 10:42 PM

The St. Louis Blues have taken Dominik Bokk with the 25th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

The Blues sent pick Nos. 29 and 76 to Toronto for the 25th overall selection. Bokk grew up playing hockey in Germany, but at the age of 16 he scored 34 goals and 71 points in 41 games in their U19 league. Clearly he needed a greater challenge, so in 2017-18, he shifted to Sweden. He had just a goal and an assist in 15 Swedish Hockey League games, but he was far better in Sweden’s top junior level with 14 goals and 41 points in 35 contests. There's a lot of offensive talent here, but it needs refinement. He still doesn’t have much experience playing against competition at his level and consequently would benefit from more time in Sweden or the AHL before testing the waters of the AHL. He particular, he needs to take better advantage of his 6-foot-1, 180-pound frame when it comes to the physical aspect of his game. Bokk dropped a bit further than most expected in Round 1 of the NHL Draft and the Blues made the decision to pounce.
Jun 22 - 10:20 PM

K'Andre Miller has been taken by the New York Rangers with the 22nd overall overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.

The Rangers traded pick Nos. 26 and 48 to the Ottawa Senators to trade Miller. The 18-year-old already has an NHL build at 6-foot-3, 206-pounds. He uses that size to his advantage and ability to move the puck through traffic. On top of that, he’s got good speed. He had nine goals and 29 points in 58 games with the US National U18 Team in 2017-18 and he added another goal and three points while playing for Team USA in the 2018 World Juniors U18 Championship. One factor to consider with Miller is that he grew up as a forward and while he converted a few years ago, he still has habits from his old position and his defensive play could use some work. It might take some time before he’s NHL-ready, but he does have a lot of upside.
Jun 22 - 9:59 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




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