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2013 NHL Draft

Flyers could target defenseman with top pick

Wednesday, 06.26.2013 / 3:54 PM / 2013 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

It appears as though Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren would like to bring a little more "Bully" back to "Broad Street" at the 2013 NHL Draft.

With some forwards in the prospect pool prepared to challenge for full-time roles with the club, including centers Scott Laughton and Nick Cousins, as well as left wing Tye McGinn, Holmgren and his scouting staff might seek that ornery-type defenseman the team has been missing since Chris Pronger left the lineup in 2011.

The type of defenseman that will make opposing forwards cringe at his very sight.

At a press conference Wednesday, Holmgren said he's content to stay at No. 11 in the first round, but that if a deal made sense, he certainly would look into it.

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Avalanche top scout believes forward is best option

Wednesday, 06.26.2013 / 3:23 PM / 2013 NHL Draft

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

DENVER -- In keeping with a philosophy of drafting the player they believe to be the best available rather than for need, the Colorado Avalanche likely will select Halifax Mooseheads center Nathan MacKinnon with the first pick in the 2013 NHL Draft on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN), rather than Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones.

Wednesday, Rick Pracey, the Avalanche's director of amateur scouting, reiterated earlier comments by executive vice president of hockey operations Joe Sakic and coach Patrick Roy that the team is leaning toward selecting one of three forwards with the top pick, and that MacKinnon is the front-runner.

The Avalanche haven't ruled out trading the pick and have generated plenty of interest from other teams, but MacKinnon has moved to the top of the team's list if it stays at No. 1. Halifax left wing Jonathan Drouin and Aleksander Barkov, a center with Tappara in Finland, are the other forwards under consideration.

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In person or online, '06 Draft was memorable

Wednesday, 06.26.2013 / 1:39 PM / 2013 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- It has been seven years since all seven rounds of the NHL Draft were held on one day.

That occurred June 24, 2006, at General Motors Place in Vancouver. It will happen again Sunday, when the 2013 NHL Draft is held at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. (3 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN).

It's sure to be a long and strenuous day for the prospects hoping to hear their name called. The prospects waiting in 2006 know how they'll feel.

"I remember waking up that morning knowing what teams were interested, but didn't know where I was going to go," Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic told NHL.com. "The teams I thought were most interested were Los Angeles and Nashville, but I ended up [in Boston]."

Lucic, a native of Vancouver, had about 17 family members supporting him at General Motors Place. He recalled having brunch with his agent at 11 a.m. that morning before heading over for the draft, which started at 1 p.m. local time.

"To be perfectly honest, what I remember most is the Kings having the 48th pick and they took a kid named Joey Ryan in the spot where I thought I would go," Lucic said. "When I didn't go, I didn't really pay attention after that, and then, all of a sudden, my parents and grandparents heard my name called. After all that … I never even heard my name."
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Murray trying, but Sens unlikely to move up in draft

Wednesday, 06.26.2013 / 11:42 AM / 2013 NHL Draft

Connor Mellas - NHL.com Staff Writer

The 2013 NHL Draft is less than a week away, but Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray said he hasn't eliminated the possibility of trading up yet.

The Senators have the 17th pick in the first round, and while Murray stated he'd like to get into the top 10, he says it's not an easy task.

"I think it will be difficult to move up from the indications I've gotten," Murray said in a press conference Tuesday. "I've talked to a number of teams now and they haven't even given me a price to move up."

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These teams had their best days at the draft

Wednesday, 06.26.2013 / 11:42 AM / 2013 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The 2013 NHL Draft will mark the 50th anniversary of the first selection process. This year's event, to be held June 30 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN), is a far cry from the first draft in 1963, when six teams met inside the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal.

However, one thing hasn't changed. The draft is the culmination of a year's worth of effort for the hard-working scouts, who have traveled long hours across two continents in their search to find the next great NHL star.

It's a hard target to hit, and becomes harder every year as the talent pool continues to widen and deepen. But when they do hit, it can be a franchise-changing experience.

With 50 drafts in the book, it seems like a good time to see which teams had the best moments in the history of the draft.

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Hits and misses by Pacific Division teams

Wednesday, 06.26.2013 / 11:19 AM / 2013 NHL Draft

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

If there's one lesson recent Stanley Cup winners have taught the teams trying to dethrone them, it's the value of building from within. The core of championship teams continues to be players who are drafted and developed by that franchise.

But finding the right talent isn't always easy. Every team has had its ups and downs since the draft began in 1963. Here's a look at the hits (and some of the misses) for the five teams in the Pacific Division on Draft Day:

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Ristolainen brings Pronger-like skill set into draft

Wednesday, 06.26.2013 / 11:05 AM / 2013 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Rasmus Ristolainen isn't your typical Finnish defenseman.

He says he models his game after Chris Pronger of the Philadelphia Flyers, while claiming most NHL scouts have compared him to Shea Weber of Nashville Predators.

On top of that, his favorite NHL player not playing defense happens to be hard-hitting Boston Bruins power forward Milan Lucic.

Starting to get the picture?

The 6-foot-4, 207-pound right-handed shot enjoys a physical brand of hockey, something uncommon in European standouts on the verge of making the jump to North America. While you ponder that, consider the fact he also logged between 25 and 30 minutes a game for TPS in SM-liiga, Finland's top professional league, in 2012-13.

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NHL.com draft experts: MacKinnon, Jones top picks

Wednesday, 06.26.2013 / 11:00 AM / 2013 NHL Draft

NHL.com

The months and weeks have turned into days and hours until the start of the 2013 NHL Draft, which will be held Sundayat Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. (3 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN).

How will the first round turn out? NHL.com's draft experts -- Adam Kimelman, Mike G. Morreale and Steven Hoffner -- make their final guesses at which players the teams might take.

The trio remains in agreement on its top two selections from their previous mock draft -- however, the order of players selected has changed.

With Colorado Avalanche executive vice president of hockey operations Joe Sakic saying this week Nathan MacKinnon would be their choice "if we had to do it today, right now," the consensus was the Avalanche would be good on their word and take MacKinnon, the star center from the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, with the top pick.

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Hits and misses by Northeast Division teams

Wednesday, 06.26.2013 / 9:53 AM / 2013 NHL Draft

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

If there's one lesson recent Stanley Cup winners have taught the teams trying to dethrone them, it's the value of building from within. The core of championship teams continues to be players who are drafted and developed by that franchise.

But finding the right talent isn't always easy. Every team has had its ups and downs since the draft began in 1963. Here's a look at the hits (and some of the misses) for the five teams in the Northeast Division on Draft Day:

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Hits and misses by Central Division teams

Wednesday, 06.26.2013 / 9:48 AM / 2013 NHL Draft

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

If there's one lesson recent Stanley Cup winners have taught the teams trying to dethrone them, it's the value of building from within. The core of championship teams continues to be players who are drafted and developed by that franchise.

But finding the right talent isn't always easy. Every team has had its ups and downs since the draft began in 1963. Here's a look at the hits (and some of the misses) for the five teams in the Central Division on Draft Day:

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