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The New York Rangers have obtained Nick Holden from Colorado in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick in 2017.

In 82 games with the Avalanche in 2015-16, Holden generated six goals and 22 points.
Jun 25 - 2:37 PM

Trevor Lewis has inked a four-year deal with Los Angeles worth $8 million.

The Kings were not able to come to terms with Milan Lucic, so they turned their attention to another pending UFA in Lewis. He notched just eight goals and 16 points in 75 games last season.
Jun 25 - 2:33 PM

Scott Harrington has been traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Leafs obtained Kerby Rychel in the deal and the Blue Jackets will get a fifth-round draft pick if Harrington is put on waivers and he is claimed by another team. If he clears then the condition isn't fulfilled. Harrington played in 15 games with the Maple Leafs in 2015-16 and 17 with the team's AHL affiliate.
Jun 25 - 2:25 PM

Toronto has acquired Kerby Rychel from Columbus in exchange for Scott Harrington and a conditional fifth-round draft pick.

Rychel was the 19th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He recorded six goals and 27 points in 37 games with Lake Erie of the AHL in 2015-16. Rychel also had nine points in 32 appearances with Columbus.
Jun 25 - 2:19 PM

The Calgary Flames have taken Tyler Parsons with the 54th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Tyler Parsons is one of the most accomplished netminders in the whole draft after winning the Memorial Cup with London (OHL). He posted an impressive .921 save percentage, 2.33 GAA, and 37-9-3 record during the regular season before leading the Knights to the championship with a .925 save percentage and a 2.15 GAA in the playoffs. The 18-year-old has been lauded for his elite athleticism, excellent reflexes, and strong poise in the face of danger. However he's still prone to "soft" goals, can be made to over-commit on shots, and struggles with rebound control. All in all, Parsons is highly regarded and is expected to have a future in the NHL despite being considered undersized in the face of the new stature standards. 

Jun 25 - 2:12 PM

Evan Fitzpatrick went to the St. Louis Blues with the 59th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Already with a man's frame, Evan Fitzpatrick has been favorably compared to Roberto Luongo and given full marks for his impressive lateral skills. But he's posted a sub-.900 save percentage over 86 games for Sherbrooke of the notably weaker QMJHL. The 18-year-old is seen as someone who has the physical skills but needs to work on consistency and the mental skills to make the leap. He'll certainly need seasoning in the AHL as well. At 6'3" and 210 lbs already, Fitzpatrick has the baseline skillsets to succeed and will simply need time and experience to put it all together.
Jun 25 - 2:06 PM

Carter Hart was the first goaltender taken in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft at pick No. 48 by the Philadelphia Flyers.

Carter Hart is the CHL's 2016 Goaltender of the Year after leading Everett from the crease with a 35-23-4 record. He had six shutouts, a .918 save percentage and a 2.14 GAA as a 17-year-old. Seen now as undersized given the new stature standards in the NHL, Hart comes in at 6'0" and 180 lbs with high levels of athleticism, and is expected to both grow and fill out in his 20s. Hart is considered to be a well-rounded netminder already who still needs to work on his puck-handling skills, which speaks volumes about his potential as an NHL netminder.
Jun 25 - 1:59 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins have chosen Filip Gustavsson with the 55th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Gustavsson is one of the top ranking goalies according to the NHL Central Scouting, and for good reason. He fills the net well at 6'2" and 185 lbs, while staying poised and square to the shooters with great footwork. The 18-year-old played well in his six games with Lulea HF of the Swedish league, posting a .910 save percentage with just 13 goals against and a 4-2 record. He has the potential to be the steal of the draft once his game fully forms.
Jun 25 - 1:55 PM

The Winnipeg Jets took Luke Green with the 79th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Luke Green's promise as the first overall pick as a 16-year-old in the QMJHL never quite materialized. He had nearly identical seasons in his two with Saint John, where he totaled 16 goals and 71 points in 121 games, which look additionally underwhelming when you add in his ineffective defensive play and poor pinching instincts. What spares Green, among many things, is his handedness. Righties are rare at the next level, and if he can mature both on and off the ice, he has the offensive toolbox to build a bridge to the NHL with.
Jun 25 - 1:49 PM

The Nashville Predators have selected Samuel Girard with the 47th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

It was a banner year for Samuel Girard, who not only took home team-type honors with gold at the Ivan Hlinka, but also was named the QMJHL's Defenceman of the Year, and Sportsman of the Year award (Selke) as he led all defenders with 64 assists and 74 points. In fact, he had more helpers than the next highest defenders' total sum of points. Needless to say Girard's offensive capabilities are well-honed and already elite, which is what makes his defensive game such a disappointment. He thus far lacks the tenacity and willingness to make up for his 5'9" and 160 lbs frame in his own zone and gets eaten up by large forwards, which is why teams may be more interested in the similarly built Victor Mete instead.
Jun 25 - 1:32 PM

Victor Mete has been chosen by the Montreal Canadiens with the 100th selection in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Victor Mete comes in as one of the most accomplished of all draftees with a Memorial Cup and the OHL championship under his belt, which goes along with gold at the Ivan Hlinka. The 18-year-old's statline of eight goals and 38 points in 64 games during the regular season, plus four more goals and 11 points on way to the championship, illustrates his ability to play his best games at the most important times. Mete's tenacity, awareness, poise and speed compliment his quality all-around play, which is only undermined by his 5'10" and 175 lbs frame. Mete won't be a cornerstone piece for any NHL franchise, but he’s exactly the type all successful teams need to fill out their second tier.
Jun 25 - 1:27 PM

Sean Day went to the New York Rangers in the third round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

He was the 81st overall selection. Perhaps the most interesting draftee of all, Sean Day's stock has dropped considerably since being given Exceptional Status to play in the OHL as a 15-year-old. Now at the age of 18, and with the revelation of how distracting his older brother's prison sentencing has been, there's a renewed positive outlook on Day. The 6'2" and 225 lbs "linebacker on skates" possesses every ability to be a premier shutdown defender and push the puck up the ice efficiently as a two-way defender. The question remain closer to his level of motivation and consistency, which, if we're being honest, most teenagers need. Of all the "projects" in this year's draft from the blueline, Day easily has the most upside.
Jun 25 - 1:18 PM

Markus Niemelainen has been drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the third round of the 2016 class.

The Oilers made him the 63rd overall selection. Few have seen their stock plummet like Markus Niemelainen's over the last year, as he was originally expected to be a first rounder. He collected 27 points in 64 games for Saginsaw, but 13 came in the first 16 games, and closed the final 11 games (including four playoff matches) off the scoresheet. That said, the 6'4" 200-pounder already has a man’s body and was experiencing his first taste of life in North America. The Finn has done in all internationally, twice, and perhaps simply needs a new and greater challenge to ease his boredom with the ailing Spirit. Of those who praise Niemelainen, he's seen as a wise, quick-thinking, and well-rounded defender without any weaknesses in his own zone.
Jun 25 - 1:12 PM

The Boston Bruins have taken Ryan Lindgren with the 49th overall pick in the 2016 Draft.

Ryan Lindgren has twice-captained the Americans to medals in World Juniors, capturing six points in 13 games internationally. He's also posted just 25 points in two seasons in the USA's national development program, which aptly states his offensively capabilities. Still, the rugged, tenacious, and wise defender makes up for his lack of a booming shot with the willingness and ability to defender and clear his own zone with a dying brand of angry grit and proficiency. With plenty of NHL experience in the family, Ryan Lindgren appears on track to make his own mark once he's done with the University of Minnesota.
Jun 25 - 1:05 PM

The Detroit Red Wings have chosen Filip Hronek with the 53rd pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Due to his underwhelming prospect comrades Filip Hronek has flown under the radar so to speak, but made waves when he more than held his own against men on HC Hradec Kralove U-20s. Hronek posted 16 points in 13 games on that level, while debilitating top lines and in one-on-one situations mostly thanks to his intelligence. The 18-year-old stands at just 6'0" and 165 lbs, but is expected to fill out to match his defensive prowess, elite mobility, and active stick. Hronek's development, at least for now, appears more closely linked to his level of mass than anything else which makes him an intriguing prospect.
Jun 25 - 1:01 PM



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