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2013 NHL Draft

Seven teams that made noise at 2013 NHL Draft

Monday, 07.01.2013 / 10:03 AM / 2013 NHL Draft

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- There wasn’t quite the flurry of trades Sunday involving big-league players at the 2013 NHL Draft like some pundits might have been predicting, but there was a surprising twist at the top of the draft and, for the second straight year, there was a bold move by the hosts.

The top four players selected were the four every draft expert projected, but very much in an unexpected order. Nathan MacKinnon became the seventh consecutive No. 1 pick to be a forward, and he will join the last top choice that wasn’t a forward, defenseman Erik Johnson, with the Colorado Avalanche.

With 211 selections made in one afternoon and evening at Prudential Center, who were the most intriguing teams on draft day? Here’s seven clubs that, either through picks, trades or contract extensions, delivered the intrigue on a busy day in Newark.

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Rebuilding Flames use first-rounders on forwards

Monday, 07.01.2013 / 9:00 AM / 2013 NHL Draft

Connor Mellas - NHL.com Staff Writer

The Calgary Flames had a busy first round at the 2013 NHL Draft.

With the sixth pick, the Flames selected Sean Monahan of the Ottawa 67's. The 6-foot-2, 187-pound center captained the 67's in 2012-13 and led by example, recording 31 goals and 47 assists in 58 games.

"I'm looking forward to it," Monahan said after being selected. "It's going to be a challenge and I'm always up for a challenge. I think I'm going to be a part of that team and help that team win, so it's going to be a fun time."

The Flames are a rebuilding team, and Monahan is no stranger to playing on a roster in transition. In 2012-13, the 67's won 16 out of 68 games. Monahan said he thinks that tough season made him a better player.

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Avalanche draft MacKinnon No. 1; surprises follow

Monday, 07.01.2013 / 12:11 AM / 2013 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NEWARK, N.J. -- The first pick of the 2013 NHL Draft went as scripted. Everything that followed Sunday came as one surprise after another.

In the deepest draft in at least a decade, the Colorado Avalanche stayed good to their word by making Nathan MacKinnon, a 6-foot, 182-pound center, the No. 1 pick. He is first player from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League taken with the top choice since the Pittsburgh Penguins selected Sidney Crosby at the 2005 NHL Draft.

Coincidentally, MacKinnon and Crosby are from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, and each player spent part of his development at Shattuck-St. Mary's, a prep school in Faribault, Minn.

"This is unbelievable," MacKinnon said. "I've dreamed about this moment for the majority of my life, and for it to finally come true and to be part of an organization like this is definitely surreal."

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Schneider trade signals transition for Devils, Brodeur

Sunday, 06.30.2013 / 11:50 PM / 2013 NHL Draft

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Cory Schneider admits that when the Vancouver Canucks were swept out of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the San Jose Sharks, the goaltender's belief was the team would continue to try to trade his backup, Roberto Luongo.

But that narrative shifted suddenly in the past few days, resulting in Schneider's trade to the New Jersey Devils on Sunday, ending a year's worth of melodrama in Vancouver and beginning the eventual end of an era in New Jersey.

The early moments of the 2013 NHL Draft included the surprise announcement that the Devils had acquired Schneider from Vancouver for the ninth pick, which the Canucks used to select forward Bo Horvat of the London Knights.

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Canucks part with Schneider, turn to Luongo

Sunday, 06.30.2013 / 11:45 PM / 2013 NHL Draft

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Cory Schneider is on the move to the New Jersey Devils, likely to soon supplant Martin Brodeur as their No. 1 goalie, and Roberto Luongo is again the starter for the Vancouver Canucks.

With that, two teams on opposite ends of North America hope they have solved their current and future goaltending issues.

The Devils and Canucks pulled off a trade that electrified the Prudential Center crowd at the 2013 NHL Draft on Sunday when New Jersey sent the No. 9 pick to Vancouver in exchange for Schneider, a 27-year-old goalie who has two years remaining on a contract that pays him $4 million annually.

Luongo, 34, has nine years remaining on a contract with an average annual value of $5.33 million per year.

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Canucks-Devils trade highlights day of deals at draft

Sunday, 06.30.2013 / 11:38 PM / 2013 NHL Draft

NHL.com

NEWARK, N.J. -- More than a dozen trades were made at the 2013 NHL Draft, none bigger than the one made by the hometown New Jersey Devils, a deal that brought them goaltender Cory Schneider from the Vancouver Canucks.

Here is a list of deals that were consummated at Prudential Center on Sunday:

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2013 NHL Draft full of family connections

Sunday, 06.30.2013 / 11:24 PM / 2013 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NEWARK, N.J. -- Max Domi and his father, Tie, are polar opposites as far as NHL skillsets go, but Max is quick to credit his dad for his success on the ice.

"He played 17 years in the NHL so he was doing something right, and he's probably one of the hardest workers I've ever met," Max said. "I kind of take bits and pieces of what he did in his career and implement them into mine, hoping for the best."

He appears to have taken all the right pieces as Max, a high-skill forward with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League, was taken by the Phoenix Coyotes with the No. 12 pick of the 2013 NHL Draft.

Tie Domi was selected with the No. 27 pick in 1988 by the Toronto Maple Leafs and played parts of six seasons with the New York Rangers and Winnipeg Jets before playing his final 11 seasons with Toronto. He recorded 3,515 penalty minutes in 1,020 career NHL games.

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Notes from the 2013 NHL Draft in New Jersey

Sunday, 06.30.2013 / 10:49 PM / 2013 NHL Draft

NHL.com

NEWARK, N.J. -- A total of 211 players from 12 countries were selected at the 2013 NHL Draft, held today at Prudential Center. Following is a breakdown of draft selections by birthplace:

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A look at the 2013 NHL Draft by the numbers

Sunday, 06.30.2013 / 10:29 PM / 2013 NHL Draft

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

The 2013 NHL Draft is history -- and teams will now begin working to help turn the 211 talented youngsters they've chosen into actual NHL players.

Here are some of the key numbers from this year's selection process:

0 -- Goaltenders selected in the first round -- the second time in three years that none of the top 30 players picked were goalies. Zach Fucale of the Halifax Mooseheads was the first goaltender taken when the Montreal Canadiens selected him in the second round (No. 36). In all, 20 goaltenders were chosen.

1 -- Teams that did not have a pick in the first two rounds. The New York Rangers became the last team to make a selection when they took Adam Tambellini with the fourth pick in the third round (No. 65). The Rangers had traded their first-round pick to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Rick Nash last summer and their second-round choice to the San Jose Sharks for forward Ryane Clowe in April.

2 -- Consecutive years in which players from the same team were taken in the top three picks. Nathan MacKinnon of the Halifax Mooseheads went to the Colorado Avalanche with the first pick in the draft; his teammate, Jonathan Drouin, went to the Tampa Bay Lightning with the third pick. Nail Yakupov (Edmonton) and Alex Galchenyuk (Montreal) of the Sarnia Sting went first and third in 2012.

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Maple Leafs happy to add Cup-winner Bolland

Sunday, 06.30.2013 / 10:02 PM / 2013 NHL Draft

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis was kind enough to let the Stanley Cup champions get off the ice in Boston last Monday before he sent Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman a text message inquiring about the availability of center Dave Bolland.

"We've been going back and forth since then," Nonis said.

Nonis got what he wanted Sunday during the 2013 NHL Draft at Prudential Center. The Blackhawks traded Bolland to the Maple Leafs in exchange for three draft picks: Nos. 51 and 117 this year and a fourth-round pick in 2014.

Bolland, who is from the Toronto suburb of Mimico, Ontario, scored the Stanley Cup-clinching goal for the Blackhawks six days ago. He also won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2010.

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