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2013 NHL Draft

Hurricanes top pick Lindholm sustains shoulder injury

Friday, 07.19.2013 / 9:10 AM / 2013 NHL Draft

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Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said Friday that 2013 first-round pick Elias Lindholm will be sidelined the remainder of the team's development camp this week with a minor shoulder injury.

Rutherford told Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer that Lindholm, the No. 5 choice by the Hurricanes on June 30 at the NHL Draft, sustained his shoulder injury during a drill Thursday evening.

"He'll be OK. It's not serious," Rutherford said. "We will hold him off (ice) the rest of the week, but he should be able to return to his normal workouts in a week to 10 days. We're being cautious with it."

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Canadiens sign third-round pick Andrighetto

Monday, 07.15.2013 / 3:35 PM / 2013 NHL Draft

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The Montreal Canadiens on Monday signed forward Sven Andrighetto, a 2013 third-round pick (No. 86), to a three-year, entry-level contract.

The 20-year-old Andrighetto was passed over twice in the NHL draft before the Canadiens selected him after he finished sixth in scoring in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season with 98 points in 53 games with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. He was fourth in scoring in the postseason with 30 points in 14 games.

The 5-foot-10, 181-pound right wing also had eight points in six games for Switzerland at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.

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Rutherford: 'shocked' if Lindholm doesn't start season

Monday, 07.15.2013 / 2:22 PM / 2013 NHL Draft

Connor Mellas - NHL.com Staff Writer

The Carolina Hurricanes on Monday signed their top 2013 NHL Draft pick, 18-year-old forward Elias Lindholm, to a three-year, entry-level contract during a news conference to introduce him to the local media.

Along with the deal come high hopes for the 6-foot, 181-pound forward taken by the Hurricanes with the fifth pick of the draft.

"The opportunity is there for him to start with the Hurricanes," Carolina general manager Jim Rutherford said. "I will be shocked if he doesn't based on all of the reports we have and what I've seen."

Lindholm was the youngest player on Brynas in the Swedish Hockey League last season, but had 11 goals and 19 assists in 48 games. A skilled two-way center, Lindholm was No. 3 in NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of European skaters for this year's draft.

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Coyotes sign top pick Domi to entry-level deal

Sunday, 07.14.2013 / 12:34 PM / 2013 NHL Draft

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The Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday signed 2013 first-round pick Max Domi to a three-year, entry-level contract.

"We are very pleased to sign Max to an entry-level contract," Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said in a statement announcing the signing. "Max is a very talented young player with a bright future. He had an impressive prospect development camp and we look forward to watching his progress."

Domi, the 12th pick of the draft, had 39 goals, 87 points and a plus-33 rating in 64 games last season with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League. He also finished second in scoring in the OHL playoffs with 32 points in 21 games to help London win a second-straight league title and advance to the Memorial Cup.

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Seth Jones signs entry-level contract with Predators

Wednesday, 07.10.2013 / 7:00 PM / 2013 NHL Draft

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The Nashville Predators on Wednesday signed defenseman Seth Jones, their top pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, to a three-year, entry-level contract.

The contract has a base salary of $925,000 with maximum rookie contract signing bonuses giving him a salary-cap number of $3.225 million, the team said on its website.

"This is one of the best days of my life and career, so far," Jones said. "Hopefully there are a lot of good days to come, but this is surreal still. I am very happy to be here right now."

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Canadiens trying to follow Blackhawks' blueprint

Tuesday, 07.02.2013 / 6:27 PM / 2013 NHL Draft

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

It's been nearly 14 months since Marc Bergevin left the Chicago Blackhawks to become the general manager of the Montreal Canadiens, and Sunday he began to shape his new team a lot like his old one.

Bergevin and the Canadiens entered the 2013 NHL Draft with a clear mission: add size, toughness and grit to an organization where those qualities are lacking at the NHL level and among its prospects.

From their first-round pick of 6-foot-5, 228-pound right wing Michael McCarron of the U.S. National Team Development Program at No. 25, the Canadiens' intentions were laid bare for everyone to see.

"We had a message," Bergevin said. "Time will tell, but we felt there was a need to be addressed and we did that [Sunday]."

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Avalanche looking to start slow with MacKinnon

Tuesday, 07.02.2013 / 4:43 PM / 2013 NHL Draft

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Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said he can't wait to see Nathan MacKinnon, the top pick of the 2013 NHL Draft, skating for his team. But Monday in Denver, at MacKinnon's introductory press conference, Roy preached patience with his newest star.

"We're going to have to be patient at the start, give him a chance to adapt," Roy said. "I'm not going to compare junior [hockey] to the NHL. Just give him time to feel good."

Shortly after MacKinnon was drafted by Colorado on Sunday, Roy penciled the 17-year-old into a third-line center spot between Jamie McGinn and Steve Downie. Roy said he expects his top two lines to be centered by Paul Stastny and Matt Duchene, with Ryan O'Reilly shifting to left wing from his usual center position.

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Draft recap: Breaking down eventful day by teams

Monday, 07.01.2013 / 2:56 PM / 2013 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The dust has settled on the 2013 NHL Draft, and the teams and scouts have returned home for some well-deserved time off.

It was an eventful day that saw 211 prospects join NHL organizations and eight players switch teams in 16 trades.

Each team arrived at Prudential Center with a plan in place and certain goals it wanted to accomplish. Here's a quick look at all 30 teams, what it was thought they would do, and what they left New Jersey with:

ANAANAHEIM DUCKS

The thought: They've invested heavily in young forwards recently, but with a draft deep in skilled forwards, would they look for another? Or would one of the rich crop of young blueliners be too much to pass on?

The results: The Ducks got a little of both. With their first-round pick they selected solid two-way blueliner Shea Theodore from the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League, and in the second round got skilled Danish forward Nick Sorensen, who got stuck in a numbers crunch in 2012-13 with Quebec in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Finnish center Miro Aaltonen could turn into a steal in the sixth round if he recovers from a broken ankle.

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Justin Bailey thrilled to land with hometown Sabres

Monday, 07.01.2013 / 11:46 AM / 2013 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Justin Bailey can vividly recall the days sitting on his couch as a young teen with his mom and grandparents in Williamsville, N.Y., passionately rooting for the Buffalo Sabres.

Williamsville, of course, is only a 20-minute drive from downtown Buffalo, where Bailey spent many days of his life.

It's no wonder he had to pinch himself on Sunday when his hometown team selected him in the second round (No. 52) of the 2013 NHL Draft at Prudential Center.

"I remember watching Danny Briere … that was a turning point for me," Bailey said. "He was playing when I was 11 and 12 years old, and watching him made me want to play the sport of hockey."

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Questions linger in wake of Schneider-to-Devils deal

Monday, 07.01.2013 / 11:21 AM / 2013 NHL Draft

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

With one trade early in the 2013 NHL Draft on Sunday, it appears the Vancouver Canucks solved an immediate problem and the New Jersey Devils finally put in motion a real transition plan out of the Martin Brodeur Era.

Or did they?

Though it looks like the trade that shipped Cory Schneider from Vancouver to New Jersey in exchange for the No. 9 pick (Bo Horvat) erased pressing concerns for each team, there are still several questions that need to be answered before either side can accurately call it a success.

Here are three that must be answered soon:

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