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Oskar Sundqvist has been shipped to the St. Louis Blues.

The Penguins acquired Ryan Reaves and the 51st overall pick in the draft from the Blues for Sundqvist and the 31st pick, which became Klim Kostin. Sundqvist skated in 10 games at the NHL level in 2016-17 and he didn't record a point. He had four points in 28 career appearances with Pittsburgh over the last two seasons.
Jun 23 - 10:13 PM

The St. Louis Blues have taken Klim Kostin with the 31st overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

St. Louis acquired this pick along with Oskar Sundqvist from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Ryan Reaves and the 51st overall selection. Kostin was seen as one of the riskier prospects in this draft, but only because he was projected to go much higher than this. At 31st overall, this could actually be seen as a steal. The 18-year-old has good size (6-foot-3, 195 pounds) and skill, but he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury over in Russia last year and he hasn’t played since. On top of that, whenever he has played in the professional ranks in his country, he hasn’t really been productive. Kostin had just one goal in nine games in Russia’s second division in 2016-17 and no points and 27 penalty minutes in eight games in the KHL. Kostin wore the "C" for his country during the Ivan Hlinka tournament, where he posted seven points in five games.
Jun 23 - 10:09 PM

Ryan Reaves has been traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

He was moved along with the 51st overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft from St. Louis for Oskar Sundqvist and selection No. 31. Reaves has one more season left on a contract that carries a $1.125 million cap hit. He posted 13 points and 104 penalty minutes in 80 games during the 2016-17 campaign.
Jun 23 - 10:09 PM

The Nashville Predators have selected Eeli Tolvanen with the 30th pick overall in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

After growing up playing hockey in Finland, Tolvanen came to North America to play in the USHL in 2015-16. He put up a respectable 38 points in 49 games as a 16-year-old with the Sioux City Musketeers, but last season, he stepped up his production by collecting 54 points in 52 USHL contests. Tolvanen isn’t the biggest prospect in the draft (5-foot-10, 180 pounds), but he doesn’t necessarily play a small game. The 18-year-old has very good speed and a quality shot that he uses a lot (he averaged 4.73 shots-per-game last season, which was tops in the USHL). He’s heading to Boston College next season. Tolvanen will need a few seasons before he will play in Bridgestone Arena, but he could be quite the sniper when he finally lands in the NHL.
Jun 23 - 10:04 PM

Chicago has taken Henri Jokiharju with the 29th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Chicago moved down from the 26th overall pick and added a third-round choice in a deal with Dallas. Jokiharju's move to North America was a successful one as the Finnish defenseman posted nine goals and 39 points in 71 games with the WHL's Portland Winterhawks in 2016-17. The 18-year-old is a capable two-way defenseman with good hockey smarts. He's fully capable of breaking out of his own zone with the puck. The fact that he's a smooth skater doesn’t hurt his game either. Jokiharju will need more time in the junior ranks and minor leagues, but he could eventually turn into a reliable puck-mover at the next level for Chicago's defense corps.
Jun 23 - 9:58 PM

The Ottawa Senators have selected Shane Bowers with the 28th pick of the first round.

The Senators picked up the 16th ranked North American skater and got him late in the first round. Bowers is an intriguing prospect. He has great wheels, a high hockey IQ and plenty of potential, but his production just hasn’t been there during his time in the USHL. Last season, Bowers put up 22 goals and 29 assists in 60 games with Waterloo. On the surface, those aren’t bad numbers, but most top prospects tend to produce more while playing in the USHL. It’ll be interesting to see how his offensive game develops at Boston University next season. Even if he never turns into an incredible point-producer, he still has the tools to develop into a solid NHLer.
Jun 23 - 9:48 PM

The Philadelphia Flyers have selected Morgan Frost with the 27th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

The Flyers acquired this pick from St. Louis along with Jori Lehtera and a conditional pick in 2018 in exchange for Brayden Schenn. After selecting Nolan Patrick second overall, Philadelphia went with another center. He's a pass-first center that took some serious offensive strides in the OHL this season. The 18-year-old went from having seven goals and 27 points in his first season to 20 goals and 62 points in 67 games in 2016-17. He has very good vision and high hockey IQ for a player of his age and his ability to dish the puck to his teammates is quite impressive. The knock on Frost is that he looks to pass too often and that makes him predictable to defend at times. The 5-foot-11, 170-pounder is also capable of playing a sound game without the puck. If his development goes according to plan he could turn into a second-line center, but he’ll need more time in the lower levels to achieve that.
Jun 23 - 9:44 PM

The St. Louis Blues have acquired Brayden Schenn from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Jori Lehtera, the 27th overall pick in 2017, and a conditional first rounder in 2018.

Schenn had 25 goals and 55 points in 79 games last season, making it his second straight campaign where he reached that 55-point mark. While Schenn never developed into an offensive star, he's a solid contributor that should do well for the Blues. It'll be worth keeping an eye on Schenn during training camp to see how he fits into St. Louis' roster. The ideal would obviously be seeing Schenn on a line with Vladimir Tarasenko, but that's far from a certainty.
Jun 23 - 9:43 PM

The Blues have traded centre Jori Lehtera, the 27th pick in the 2017 entry draft and a conditional first-round pick in 2018 to the Flyers for Brayden Schenn.

Lehtera is a decent two-way player, but he clearly doesn't have the offensive upside of Schenn. Lehtera could slot in as Philly's third or fourth-line center behind Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier and possibly Scott Laughton if they want to keep him in the middle. If the Flyers shift him to the wing his fantasy value will be much higher than burried on the team's fourth unit.
Jun 23 - 9:42 PM

The Dallas Stars have taken Jake Oettinger with the 26th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Dallas traded the 29th and 70th overall picks to Chicago in order to trade up to the 26th overall pick. The Stars needed some organizational depth in goal, so it makes sense that they would be eager to claim Oettinger. He had a fantastic freshman season at Boston University, as he had a 21-11-3 record with a 2.11 goals-against-average and a .927 save percentage. He has ideal size (6-foot-4, 212 pounds) and athleticism to be an NHL goalie down the road. Oettinger could stand to work on his puck skills a little, as he doesn’t seem comfortable handling the puck. He’ll head back to BU in the fall, but eventually he could end up being a number one goaltender at the next level. Given that Dallas recently signed Ben Bishop to six-year, $29.5 million contract, so there's no need to rush Oettinger's development.
Jun 23 - 9:37 PM

The Montreal Canadiens selected Ryan Poehling with the 25th overall pick in the 2017 NHL entry draft Friday night.

Poehling shows signs of having good offensive instincts, but that didn’t translate into points at the college level last season. He had seven points and six assists in 35 games at St. Cloud State in 2016-17, but scouts still believe he’s capable enough to develop into solid offensive option at the next level. On the plus side, he produced four goals and two assists in four games for Team USA at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament. It’ll be interesting to see how his offensive game develops over the next few seasons. Look for him to go back to St. Cloud State next year. Eventually, Poehling could be the big centre the Habs have needed for some time.
Jun 23 - 9:32 PM

Winnipeg has taken Kristian Vesalainen with the 24th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

The selection originally belonged to Columbus before it was traded to Vegas and then flipped to the Jets. Vesalainen split last season with Frolunda in the Swedish League and HPK in the Finnish League. His offensive totals were modest with both clubs (six points in 26 games in Sweden, one goal in nine games in Finland), but he opened everyone's eyes with his performance at the 2017 Under-18 World Championship. The 18-year-old was named the MVP of the tournament, as he posted six goals and seven assists in 13 games. He'll have to prove that he can contribute offensively against older competition, but he's on the right track. The fact that he already has NHL-ready size (6-foot-3, 207 pounds) is a bonus.
Jun 23 - 9:26 PM

The Arizona Coyotes have selected defenseman Pierre-Olivier Joseph with the 23rd pick in the first round.

Joseph is still a few years away and needs to fill out as he is only 165 pounds on a 6 foot 2 inch frame but the Coyotes think he can be a top-four defenseman and he loves to play with a physical edge. The 17-year-old’s greatest strengths are his skating and his vision. He made huge strides in the Quebec League this season, as he scored six goals and 39 points in 62 games for Charlottetown after putting up just eight points in 48 contests during his rooking season. He’s the younger brother of Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Mathieu Joseph.
Jun 23 - 9:19 PM

The Edmonton Oilers have selected Kailer Yamamoto with the 22nd pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

The Oilers are set down the middle with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl so adding a winger like Yamamoto makes sense for them. Yamamoto has been relatively productive in each of his first three junior seasons. In each year he’s seen his production increase by a good amount, as he went from 57 points to 71 points to 99 points last season. Yamamoto’s been pushed down the draft board because of his size. He’s listed at just 5-foot-8, 160 pounds, which obviously isn’t seen as ideal for the NHL. Even though he’s smaller, it’s impossible to ignore his offensive flare. On top of the success he had in junior, he also led the Americans to gold at the 2016 under-18 World Hockey Championship with his tournament-leading seven goals in seven games. He’ll very likely head back to the WHL’s Spokane Chiefs next season.
Jun 23 - 9:14 PM

The New York Rangers have taken Filip Chytil with the 21st overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Chytil registered just four goals and four assists in 38 games in the Czech League last season, but it’s important to remember that he’ll only be turning 18 in September. If his Czech Junior League numbers are any indication (50 points in 30 games in 2015-16), Chytil should be able to develop the offensive portion of his game. His style has been compared to Auston Matthews, but don't expect him to take home the Calder for the Rangers next season. He's far more of a long-term project than Matthews ever was. Chytil could benefit from coming over to the CHL, but he may alternatively blossom by playing against older competition in the Czech League next season. He also needs to add some weight to his 6-foot-2, 179-pound frame. In an ideal scenario he might eventually fill the void left by the Derek Stepan trade.
Jun 23 - 9:08 PM


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