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Nolan Patrick was not upset about going No. 2 overall and he thought he would heading to the Flyers.

"I kind of had a feeling I was going to end up in Philly, and I'm real excited about the chance to go there," said Patrick. "It's a special day for me and my family." He feels he didn't play at all like himself in 2016-17 and is confident that a good summer will get him back to performing at 100 percent. Patrick's size and maturity could make him ready to make the jump to the NHL as early as next season.
Jun 24 - 10:06 AM

Flyers GM Ron Hextall likes Jori Lehtera's versatility.

Lehtera can play center or the wing and he can kill penalties. He was acquired from the Blues on Friday night in a deal that sent Brayden Schenn to St. Louis. Lehtera registered just seven goals and 22 points in 64 games last season. His production has dropped each year since he had 14 goals and 44 points in 75 contests in 2014-15.
Jun 24 - 9:55 AM

Urho Vaakanaienen admitted that he wasn't expecting to be drafted by the Boston Bruins.

"I think I’m a great skater…good with the puck," said Vaakenainen. "I have a great first pass. I’m a complete package and a two-way defenseman, steady guy. My expectation was to go in the first round. I wasn’t expecting to go Boston, but the first round was my expectation. I met them at the combine, but that was it. That was the only meeting in person." His offensive upside has been called into question, but the Bruins have enough young blue liners coming up that they can be patient with Vaakanainen.
Jun 24 - 9:48 AM

The Rangers will be in the market for a center this off-season.

New York has Kevin Hayes and Mika Zibanejad as their most experienced players in the middle following the trade of Derek Stepan. The deal severely cuts into their depth at the position, but the team feels the holes can be filled via free agency or trades. It seems like Hayes and Zibanejad could be primed for larger roles in 2017-18 depending on who the Rangers add to the roster.
Jun 24 - 9:44 AM

The Ottawa Senators were "really excited" to land Shane Bowers in the first round of he 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

The Sens got Bowers 28th overall on Friday night. "We’re really excited to get the kid. He’s a quality kid and he’s a character kid and that’s the first thing. As soon as you watch him for a couple of shifts, you already know that," chief scout Trent Mann said. "He’s a kid that competes at both ends of the rink so we’re excited about that. He scored (22) goals in the USHL and that’s not an easy feat. It gives us another centre that has lots of upside."
Jun 24 - 9:42 AM

Rangers GM Jeff Gorton isn't concerned by Anthony DeAngelo's past issues.

DeAngelo was suspended for three games for abuse of an official in January and he got into trouble in the OHL for use of homophobic, racist and sexist language. "Anthony is a player we've liked. He's a puck-moving, right-handed defenseman who can run a power play," Gorton said. "We were asking for him. I know there are some questions about Anthony and his past and we looked into every scenario, talked to a lot of people, have done a lot of work regarding him and his maturity. We are really comfortable with our player development and coaching staff and our team that we can really help him and get the most out of him." He has a shot to be a regular with the Rangers in 2017-18.
Jun 24 - 9:38 AM

Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman believes first-rounder Henri Jokiharju has a "great skill set".

"Henri is a player we've really been high on all year," Bowman said. "He's a right-handed shot defensemen, those are a commodity in today's game, it's hard to find them. He plays a modern style of hockey. Great skill set, good skater, can handle the puck, make plays. ... He's a big asset. Just looking around the league, it's really hard to find defensemen, particularly right-handed, so we're really thrilled." He's still a couple of years away from being NHL-ready.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jun 24 - 9:37 AM

Brandon Saad says he's excited to be reunited with Jonathan Toews.

Saad was acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets as part of a trade that saw Artemi Panarin head the other way. Toews and Saad did some damage together during Saad's first tenure in Chicago, so they're hoping they'll be able to leave right where they left off. "(Toews) is someone I talked to shortly after it happened. He’s a guy I’ve always kept in touch with, great friend," Saad said. "To be reunited, getting that chance to play with him again, he’s an incredible player and his resume speaks for itself. I look forward to trying to rekindle that."
Source: CSN Chicago
Jun 24 - 9:35 AM

Robert Thomas is a coach's dream, according to Blues director of amateur scouting Bill Armstrong.

The Blues used the 20th overall pick on Thomas, so you know they feel strongly about his upside. "He’s going to add to our skating," Bill Armstrong said. "He’s going to make us a better-skating, smarter hockey club. He’s just a coach’s dream, does everything well. He’s got a great competitive game that he plays in all areas." The 17-year-old has solid two-way ability, which should allow him to carve out a nice NHL career.
Jun 24 - 9:31 AM

The St. Louis Blues believe there's some similarities between Klim Kostin and former captain David Backes.

The Blues made Kostin the 31st overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. They clearly believe he has some intriguing upside. "He’s got some potential," Blues director of amateur scouting Bill Armstrong said. "He’s a big man that plays a power forward game. Almost similar to like a David Backes game. He’s got the ability to score and he plays a North American style of game. Obviously he’s a little ways away, but you guys will get a look at him at prospect camp. You’re going to see a big man with skill."
Jun 24 - 9:29 AM

The Rangers selected a pair of European centers in the first round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Lias Andersson was picked seventh overall and Filip Chytil was the 21st selection. "We needed centers," said Rangers director of player personnel Gordie Clark. "Especially the way they play." They are both expected to play in Europe next season, but they have the skill to be contributors at the NHL level down the road.
Jun 24 - 9:27 AM

Blues GM Doug Armstrong admitted that it was difficult to trade Ryan Reaves away on Friday night.

Reaves was drafted by the Blues in 2005 and he had become the longest-tenured player on the roster. "That was a real difficult deal for myself and the organization," Armstrong said. "Ryan is a leader and someone that everyone really respected. He is a real good player and we’re certainly going to miss what he brings to the team. But he’s going to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of next season. But it was the ability to get a first-round pick, walk out of this draft with two first-round picks and a player that we have on our roster next year." The trade allowed the Blues to move up 20 spots (from the second to the first round) to select Russian forward Klim Kostin.
Jun 24 - 9:27 AM

The Dallas Stars felt like they just had to trade up in the first round to draft a "great" prospect like Jake Oettinger.

Dallas gave up the 29th and 70th overall picks to Chicago to move up to 26. That's when they made Oettinger the first goalie selected in 2017. "Goalies, especially, take time to develop, so you want to feed that pipeline," GM Jim Nill said. "When you get a chance to add a great one, you have to jump at it." Expect Oettinger to be at least three to four years away from becoming a regular at the NHL level. He has the potential to become a starter one day.
Jun 24 - 9:22 AM

The Dallas Stars believe third-overall pick Miro Heiskanen has the chance to be a complete defenseman.

"Miro is a big, rangy guy who just doesn't make many mistakes," said Joe McDonnell, director of amateur scouting. "He's very complete, plays a 200-foot game and makes a very smart first pass." He has the ability to to develop into the number one defenseman Dallas has been craving for years. It'll be interesting to see how quickly he can make the jump to the NHL.
Jun 24 - 9:19 AM

Travis Hamonic is attracting plenty of interest in the trade market, but teams have been unwilling to meet GM Garth Snow's asking price.

Reports and league sources confirmed that Snow was seeking two first-round picks in exchange for Hamonic. The price will probably change on the second day of the NHL Entry Draft and it still seems likely that Hamonic will get moved.
Jun 24 - 9:16 AM



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