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Posted On Monday, 06.16.2014 / 9:00 AM

By Staff -  / - 2014 NHL Draft blog

2014 NHL Draft order now complete

With the Stanley Cup Final complete and the Los Angeles Kings winning the Stanley Cup for the second time in three seasons, the order for the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft has been finalized.

The first 13 slots were set by the NHL Draft Lottery, which was held April 15 and won by the Florida Panthers.

In addition, the New Jersey Devils were awarded pick No. 30 as relief from an earlier penalty for circumventing the salary cap when they signed Ilya Kovalchuk in 2010.

Among teams that made the Stanley Cup Playoffs, non-division winners eliminated in the first two rounds were placed in inverse order of regular-season points, followed by division winners in inverse order of regular-season points.

The teams eliminated in the conference finals, the Montreal Canadiens and Chicago Blackhawks, will choose 26th and 27th, respectively.

The New York Rangers' pick will be No. 28 and the Cup champion Kings will pick 29th.

Posted On Friday, 06.13.2014 / 3:18 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014 NHL Draft blog

Canes hope for repeat of good fortune at No. 7 in draft

The last time the Carolina Hurricanes had the seventh pick in the draft was 2010, and it worked out OK for them when they selected forward Jeff Skinner.

"If we come up with another guy like that, we'll be OK," Hurricanes director of amateur scouting Tony MacDonald told the team's website.

The quest to find a player in the 2014 NHL Draft who can make the same kind of impact as Skinner won't be as easy. MacDonald said his assessment of this year's draft crop has made the job for him and his scouts that much tougher.

Posted On Thursday, 06.12.2014 / 2:17 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014 NHL Draft blog

Blues happy to hold nine picks in NHL Draft

After having four picks last year, St. Louis Blues scouts are excited to go into the 2014 NHL Draft with nine selections.

"It's a good thing for our staff, because you travel all year and you get to this point and you want to pick," Blues director of amateur scouting Bill Armstrong told the team website. "The more picks you have, the more excited you get. Our staff is well-prepared. They've traveled the world and they're excited about, as we say in the business, taking a swing."

Posted On Wednesday, 06.11.2014 / 12:28 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014 NHL Draft blog

Maple Leafs looking to move up in first round

The Toronto Maple Leafs have the eighth pick in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft. They do right now, at least.

Maple Leafs general manager David Nonis told the Toronto Sun he has had discussions with other teams about moving up in the first round.

"It's a deep draft," Nonis said. "That's why you have four teams at the top open to trading down."

Posted On Tuesday, 06.10.2014 / 10:46 AM

By Staff -  / - 2014 NHL Draft blog

Panthers could take Ekblad with No. 1 pick: report

If the Florida Panthers retain the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, they likely will select Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad out of the Ontario Hockey League, according to a report in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

The 6-foot-3, 213-pound defenseman is No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of the top North American skaters for the 2014 draft.

"Ekblad is this year's player most likely ready to step in and play in the NHL," Panthers director of scouting Scott Luce told the Sun Sentinel last week. "He's physically mature and has got lots of mileage underneath him at the OHL level.''

Posted On Friday, 06.06.2014 / 3:32 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

Devils' Schneider praises former coach Vigneault

New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault continues to receive praise from former players on his success during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider, who played as part of Vigneault's goaltending tandem with the Vancouver Canucks for several seasons, told The Star-Ledger he thinks Vigneault is "a great coach."

"We went to a Cup Final and we won two Presidents' Trophies and a bunch of division titles with him, so he was clearly a great coach," Schneider told the newspaper. "I'm not surprised at all that they're there. It was unfortunate the way it ended in Vancouver for him. I don't think it was a knock on him as a coach. I just think it was a change with the ownership."

Posted On Wednesday, 06.04.2014 / 10:40 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

Celebrities, players, NYC react to start of Cup Final

New York's state of mind revolved around its hockey team Wednesday night.

Thousands gathered in New York City's Bryant Park for a viewing party to watch the New York Rangers play the Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center, roughly 3,000 miles to the west.

The Rangers were back on the ice after having nearly a week off; they eliminated the Montreal Canadiens last Thursday in a 1-0 victory in Game 6 at Madison Square Garden. Los Angeles went the distance in each of its series, becoming the first team in history to win three Game 7s in the same postseason. The Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 in overtime Sunday night.

Celebrities and NHL players took to Twitter before and during the game to share their excitement in what is primed to be a pulsating best-of-7 series.

"After all the Game 7 dramas in the @NHL playoffs, a Game 1 is almost relaxing," Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak tweeted.

Posted On Wednesday, 06.04.2014 / 9:57 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

Doughty breaks Kings playoff mark for defensemen

Drew Doughty set the Los Angeles Kings' record for most points by a defenseman in one playoff year when he scored a second-period goal against the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday at Staples Center.

It was Doughty's 17th point in 22 games this spring. He broke his own record of 16 points, set during the Kings' run to the Stanley Cup in 2012.

Posted On Wednesday, 06.04.2014 / 5:20 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

Mayors, governors make Stanley Cup Final wagers

The mayors of New York and Los Angeles are gambling their ability to sing in front of millions of people on the outcome of the Stanley Cup Final.

In a wager made public Wednesday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said he will appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on ABC and sing the classic Frank Sinatra song, "New York, New York" if the New York Rangers win the Cup.

If the Los Angeles Kings win, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio will go on Kimmel's show and sing the Randy Newman song, "I Love L.A."

Posted On Tuesday, 06.03.2014 / 9:07 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

Lombardi, Sutter discuss Kings' run to Final

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter and general manager Dean Lombardi met with writers and broadcasters Tuesday as part of Stanley Cup Final Media Day. The topics they discussed included the team's run to its second Final in three years, the growth of defenseman Drew Doughty and the deal that brought sniper Marian Gaborik to the Kings at the NHL Trade Deadline.

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