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Avalanche open to trading first-round draft pick

Thursday, 06.18.2015 / 4:05 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

DENVER -- Colorado Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said Thursday he would consider trading the No. 10 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

"We wouldn't rule anything out," Sakic said. "When you get to the draft, a lot of things happen, a lot of different opportunities. If any opportunity comes, whether you're going up or down, we'd have to look at that for sure. But if we stay at 10, we'll be content at 10."

Barring a trade, the Avalanche will have six selections in the June 26-27 draft at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. They have a top-10 pick for the fourth time since arriving to Denver in 1995.
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Senators taking offers for goalies Anderson, Lehner

Thursday, 06.18.2015 / 3:55 PM / NHL Insider

Chris Stevenson - NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray is trying to trade a goaltender and perhaps clear some room under the NHL salary cap. The Senators have Craig Anderson, Robin Lehner and late-season hero Andrew Hammond under contract for next season.

In a marketplace where there are other teams trying to move goaltenders, it looks like Murray will have his work cut out for him.

"I think what's happening at the moment is teams are going team-to-team and kind of seeing what the price is to get a goaltender," Murray said. "All I've said to each one of them is, 'If you want the best one, you better call Ottawa because we have the best guy to trade.' I sincerely believe that.

"We certainly are open for business and we do have a few moves we'd like to make, an upgrade or two on the team if we could, and obviously moving a couple of contracts would have to be a part of that deal."

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Sabres face tough decisions after likely pick of Eichel

Thursday, 06.18.2015 / 3:02 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent

BUFFALO -- The Buffalo Sabres have one decision to make that figures to be easy at the 2015 NHL Draft, but the rest is up for debate.

General manager Tim Murray spoke Thursday about what the Sabres' plans are after they likely select Boston University center Jack Eichel with the No. 2 pick at the draft at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., next week. The Sabres also have a second first-round pick (No. 21) and two selections in the second round (Nos. 31 and 51).

"If you've been through enough drafts, you can read a draft," Murray said. "I want to sit there at the table and I want to see which way the draft is going, and a lot of drafts a certain [defenseman] starts to fall. We may pick up on that and move up from 21 for a certain guy. In past drafts, goaltenders have not been a high priority in the first round. At 21 we may have a decision to make on a guy there, and the way the draft has gone or depending on who's left on the board or what position is left on the board, we may feel we can get that same guy at 31.

"It's reading the draft as the draft's going on, it's not reading the draft today. We have a fair idea where a lot of the players are going to go today, but you have to sit at that table and kind of read the tea leaves and catch the direction of where it's going."

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Panthers seek help on wings in first round of draft

Thursday, 06.18.2015 / 3:00 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Alain Poupart - NHL.com Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said he embraces his reputation as someone not afraid to make bold moves. As he said Thursday, "I like to think outside the box."

Although Tallon said he's excited that the Panthers are hosting the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center, he said it doesn't mean he'll be looking to make a headline-grabbing move at the draft.

The first round of the draft is June 26 (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports); rounds 2-7 are June 27 (10 a.m. ET; NHLN, TVA Sports).

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Order of selection for the 2015 NHL Draft

Thursday, 06.18.2015 / 3:00 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League announced today the order of selection for the 2015 NHL Draft, June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. The first round will be conducted on Friday, June 26 and broadcast live by NBCSN in the United States and Sportsnet and TVA in Canada, beginning at 7 p.m., ET. Rounds 2-7 will be held on Saturday, June 27, beginning at 10 a.m., ET, with NHL Network providing live coverage to viewers throughout North America.

Visit NHL.com/draft for comprehensive Draft coverage, including prospect profiles, scouting reports, rankings and video.

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Top prospects highlight USA junior camp roster

Thursday, 06.18.2015 / 12:19 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

NHL.com

Boston University center Jack Eichel, who is expected to be a top-two pick at the 2015 NHL Draft, highlights the list of 39 invites to the United States National Junior Evaluation Camp to be held Aug. 1-8 in Lake Placid, N.Y.

USA Hockey made the announcement Thursday.

The camp will help determine parts of the final U.S. roster for the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, which will be played in Helsinki, Finland, from Dec. 26-Jan. 5.

Eichel, who served as captain for the 2015 U.S. National Junior Team, is one of 18 invited players eligible for the 2015 draft at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., on June 26-27.

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Juulsen's late-season play earned scouts' attention

Thursday, 06.18.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL Draft

Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent

Thanks in part to strong late-season play, defenseman Noah Juulsen of the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League could be a first-round pick at the 2015 NHL Draft, which will be held June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.

In the NHL Central Scouting midterm rankings Juulsen was No. 38 among North American skaters. In the final rankings he jumped 16 spots to No. 22. That climb up the charts was an attention-grabber, as was the strong late-season play that got him that recognition.

"He had a year where he creeped up and got better as the year went on and made us put him in our first round with the second half that he had," NHL Central Scouting's David Gregory said. "That kind of trending is a nice thing as well. You want someone that has games that were important, and these were important games for draft-eligible kids all year-round. He didn't let that put pressure on him and affect his game the wrong way; it actually helped his game and made him a better player."

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Hanifin, Werenski among top defensemen for '15 draft

Thursday, 06.18.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

For the first time in 24 years, two college defensemen could be drafted among the top 10 picks of the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft on June 26 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.

The probable candidates are Noah Hanifin of Boston College and Zachary Werenski of the University of Michigan. The previous time it happened was 1991, when Boston University's Scott Lachance went No. 4 to the New York Islanders and the University of Michigan's Aaron Ward went one pick later to the Winnipeg Jets.

The last time as many as two college defensemen were selected at any point in the first round was 2002, when Boston University's Ryan Whitney went No. 5 to the Pittsburgh Penguins and the University of Minnesota's Keith Ballard went No. 11 to the Buffalo Sabres.

Hanifin (6-foot-3, 203 pounds), No. 3 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2015 draft, has been projected as the best defenseman on the board since the start of the season. Werenski (6-2, 206), No. 9 on Central Scouting's final ranking, was named to the All-Big Ten Hockey First Team, and the All-Big Ten Freshman Team.

There are differences between the two college standouts.

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Crouse highlights top left wings available in draft

Wednesday, 06.17.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

There is no shortage of power forwards available in the 2015 NHL Draft, to be held June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.

At the top of the list is left wing Lawson Crouse of the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League.

Crouse had an impressive season, which included helping Canada win a gold medal at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship. But uncertainty looms on where he might be selected.

In NHL.com's post-NHL Draft Lottery mock drafts, one writer had him going as high as No. 5 and the other at No. 10. The 6-foot-4, 211-pound left-shot forward is No. 5 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of the top draft-eligible North American skaters.

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Fans greet Lightning back home after Final loss

Tuesday, 06.16.2015 / 6:46 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

NHL.com

The Tampa Bay Lightning were greeted by hundreds of fans upon at Tampa International Jet Center on Tuesday afternoon, less than a day after losing Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final to the Chicago Blackhawks, 2-0 at United Center, and failing to win the championship.

The Lightning remained in Chicago on Monday night and arrived home around 2:30 p.m. ET.

"It's tough not being able to come back with the Cup," captain Steven Stamkos said, according to the Tampa Bay Times. "To see the turnout here and to see the turnout [Monday at the watch party at Amalie Arena] is pretty remarkable."

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— Sabres forward Jack Eichel on transitioning from college hockey to the NHL