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Vitali Kravtsov has a season remaining on his KHL contract.

It is possible for Kravtsov to get out of it if he and the Rangers feel he would be better off playing in North America in 2018-19. The 18-year-old had four goals and seven points in 35 KHL games last season. He's got a lot of offensive upside, but the Rangers surprised some by taking him with the ninth overall pick.
Source: NY Post
Jun 23 - 4:52 AM

Grigori Denisenko might end up coming to North America next season.

Denisenko was taken with the 15th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft by the Florida Panthers. He played in the Russian Junior League in 2017-18 where he scored nine goals and 22 points in 31 contests. He's signed in Russia for another two seasons, but despite that there's a chance that he'll get out of the contract and play in the Canadian Hockey League instead. He also said he believes that he could compete for a spot with the Panthers in 2018-19, but it be surprising if he ended up as a regular at the NHL level that quickly.
Jun 23 - 4:45 AM

Elias Lindholm and the Carolina Hurricanes are indeed far apart in their contract negotiations, per Hurricanes GM Don Waddell.

"We're a ways apart," Waddell said. "Until we can get a deal done, I guess I'd listen to what people have to say. We'll keep working to try to get a deal done." That reinforces a previous report stating that Waddell and Lindholm's camp met on Friday and had discouraging contract talks. The Hurricanes aren't ready to sign Lindholm to a long-term contract, but perhaps the two sides will eventually see eye-to-eye on a bridge contract.
Jun 23 - 4:23 AM

Hurricanes GM Don Waddell countered the reports that Jeff Skinner is on the brink of being traded.

Based on the trade reports surfacing, it sounded as if a Skinner trade by the end of Friday would be likely, but obviously that didn't happen. In fact, in reality it seems that the trade market is fairly stagnant for now. "Not close," Waddell said of any potential Skinner trade. "It won't happen here, if it ever happens." Of course things can change quickly, but one has to wonder if teams that are potentially interested in SKinner are waiting to see what will happen with Ilya Kovalchuk first.
Jun 23 - 4:20 AM

Barrett Hayton is thrilled that the Arizona Coyotes were the team to draft him.

Arizona took Hayton with the fifth overall pick, which surprised many given that Filip Zadina was still available. "I can't lie," Hayton said. "This was the organization I wanted to go to most. ... It's a dream come true, for sure." He feels the Coyotes have a great future and had a great feeling about the team after going through the interview process. He's probably going to play in the OHL again next season, but the two-way center has a lot of upside.
Jun 23 - 4:15 AM

Steve Konowalchuk has been relieved of his job as an assistant coach with the Anaheim Ducks.

Konowalchuk only spent one season in that role with Anaheim. The Ducks didn't provide a reason for his firing. He spent the previous six campaigns with the WHL's Seattle Thunderbirds as their head coach and before that he was an assistant coach with the Colorado Avalanche.
Jun 23 - 4:11 AM

Samuel Morin has reportedly agreed to a three-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.

According to a source, the annual average value of Morin's deal is $700,000. He missed most of the 2017-18 campaign due to injuries. Morin appeared in two games with Philadelphia and 15 in the minors with the AHL's Lehigh Valley Phantoms. He suffered a torn ACL during the Calder Cup Playoffs and may not be ready until February.
Jun 22 - 11:07 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 Detroit Red Wings selected Joe Veleno with the 30th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Veleno is an intelligent two-way forward who has the ability to make the players around him better. He was granted exceptional status by Hockey Canada to join the CHL as a 15-year-old. Veleno is the fifth player to earn that honor, following in the footsteps of John Tavares, Aaron Ekblad, Connor McDavid, and Sean Day. He posted 22 goals and 79 points in 64 matches with Saint John and Drummondville last season. Veleno had a slow start with the rebuilding Sea Dogs, but he heated up again as a member of the Voltigeurs with 16 goals and 48 points over 33 appearances. He added five goals and 11 points in 10 playoff matches. Veleno also had three helpers in four games for Canada at the World U18 Championship. He is a quick, well-rounded forward who makes responsible plays with the puck and can fill the net. Many hockey experts had Veleno in the top 15 of this draft. The fact the Wings were able to snag him at number 30 is a real coup.
Jun 22 - 10:48 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 New York Rangers have chosen Nils Lundkvist with the 28th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Lundkvist is on the smaller side (5-foot-11, 180 pounds) for a defenseman, but he makes up for his lack of size with strong skating ability and terrific offensive vision. Despite playing just 26 games with Lulea HF in the Swedish Junior League, Lundkvist was still named the defenseman of the year. He was eventually promoted to the senior team, where he had two goals and three points in 28 contests. The 17-year-old also had two helpers in seven games with Team Sweden at the Under-18 World Junior Hockey Championship. He’ll obviously need to continue overcoming his lack of size, but he has the ability to develop into a top-four defenseman at the next level.
Jun 22 - 10:37 PM

The Chicago Blackhawks selected Nicolas Beaudin with the 27th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Beaudin has tremendous offensive skills as evidenced by his 69 points with the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the QMJHL last season. That level of production was good enough for Beaudin to be selected as a second-team All-Star. He is a cunning defender with excellent hockey sense and top-tier mobility. The one concern about Beaudin is his size, as he is rather diminutive at 172 pounds. Beaudin's lack of size has not hurt him to this point in his hockey career, but it remains to be seen if it will be a limitation at the NHL level.
Jun 22 - 10:34 PM

The Ottawa Senators have selected defenseman Jacob Bernard-Docker with the 26th pick of the 2018 Entry Draft.

The Senators traded down from 22nd and picked up a second round pick from the Rangers as they loved Bernard-Docker and figured he would still be around four picks later. He was projected to go late in the second round so the Senators must really love the defenseman from the Alberta Junior League. He was the top defenseman in the league and had 20 goals and 41 points in 49 games. He has huge offensive upside but the competition this season was not top-notch and he really was not a consideration for Canada in international competition. The skilled puck handler is a high-risk, high-reward pick for the Senators.
Jun 22 - 10:27 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

The St. Louis Blues have acquired the 25th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for the 29th and 76th selections.

The trade St. Louis is handing Toronto originally belonged to Winnipeg. The Jets gave it to the Blues as part of the Paul Stastny trade back in February. With this, Toronto now has eight picks, including two in the third round.
Jun 22 - 10:18 PM


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