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Pick-by-pick look at the first-round selections

Friday, 06.26.2015 / 10:25 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The first round of the 2015 NHL Draft was held at BB&T Center on Friday.

The draft resumes Saturday with rounds 2-7 (10 a.m. ET; NHLN, TVA Sports).

Here is a pick-by-pick look at the first round:

1) Edmonton Oilers
Connor McDavid, Center
NHL Central Scouting final ranking: 1
2014-15: Erie Otters (OHL); Stats: 47 games, 44-76-120

Summary: An exceptional skater capable of making split-second decisions on the fly. The projected generational-type player is effective on every shift in whatever role given. Named the Canadian Hockey League Sportsnet player of the year, McDavid had 97 goals, 285 points in 166 career regular season games (1.71 points-per game) in three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League.

Profile: McDavid deserves all the comparisons to Crosby

Avalanche deal O'Reilly to ease cap, help power play

Friday, 06.26.2015 / 10:14 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Colorado Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said he felt Ryan O'Reilly was going to be too expensive to keep on a long-term basis, so Sakic traded the 24-year-old center who has one year remaining on his contract to the Buffalo Sabres during the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft on Friday.

The Avalanche acquired defenseman Nikita Zadorov, forwards Mikhail Grigorenko and J.T. Compher, and the No. 31 pick in the draft from the Sabres for O'Reilly and forward Jamie McGinn.

O'Reilly will carry an NHL salary-cap charge of $6 million in the 2015-16 season, according to He reportedly is seeking a raise in a contract extension, which he can't sign until July 1.

Jack Eichel drafted No. 2 by Buffalo Sabres

Friday, 06.26.2015 / 8:59 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray minced few words and left little doubt when choosing Boston University center Jack Eichel with the No. 2 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft on Friday at BB&T Center.

After stepping to the podium, Murray looked straight ahead and announced "Buffalo selects Jack Eichel" before dropping the microphone and stepping aside while awaiting his projected star to make his way to the stage.

"It's tough to put into words right now," Eichel said. "Looking back on entire year, it's been the best year of my life, but until you hear your name called and you go on that stage and put a jersey on, there's nothing like it. It's an unbelievable feeling."

Connor McDavid drafted No. 1 by Edmonton Oilers

Friday, 06.26.2015 / 8:33 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Connor McDavid was selected by the Edmonton Oilers with the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft on Friday.

After a full season of hearing he would be the first pick, McDavid had to wait a few minutes longer than expected to hear his name called at BB&T Arena.

"They had to introduce everyone, and all the teams with the roll call," McDavid said. "Felt like it was going by so slowly. I just wanted to have that pick called."

It turned out to be worth the wait.

"I think it was even better than I expected," McDavid said. "I didn't know how it would feel. I wasn't too nervous; I was just anxious. Just so excited to hear your name called and go through all that."

Lehner trade difficult but necessary for Senators GM

Friday, 06.26.2015 / 3:50 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray was convinced he would not be satisfied once he traded away one of his goaltenders.

He was right, in a way.

The Senators traded Robin Lehner and center David Legwand to the Buffalo Sabres on Friday for the No. 21 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Though Murray was happy with the return and being able to shed Legwand's $3.5 million salary for the 2015-16 season, he did not like the idea of handing a promising, young goaltender to an Atlantic Division rival. But in order to get the return he wanted, that was the compromise Murray had to make.

Predators sign center Fisher to two-year contract

Friday, 06.26.2015 / 1:52 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

Robby Stanley - Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- Veteran center Mike Fisher's plan all along was to re-sign with the Nashville Predators. It was just a matter of putting together a contract that worked for both sides.

Fisher signed a two-year, $8.8 million contract with the Predators on Friday, five days before he was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent. He will make $4.8 million next season and $4 million in 2016-17, the Predators said.

Fisher finished the 2014-15 season with 19 goals and 39 points in 59 games.

"I'm happy to be here," Fisher said. "I'm thrilled that I'm going to be part of this great organization for a couple more years. No better place to be than here for me. I'm excited."

Avalanche sign Soderberg to five-year contract

Friday, 06.26.2015 / 12:12 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

The Colorado Avalanche signed forward Carl Soderberg to a five-year contract on Friday, one day after acquiring the pending unrestricted free agent in a trade with the Boston Bruins.

The contract is worth $23.75 million; it includes a full no-trade clause for the first two years and a limited no-trade clause afterward, reported.

"We are pleased to have Carl signed to a long-term deal," Avalanche president and general manager Joe Sakic said. "He is a solid two-way forward who is big and strong on the puck. He is versatile, can play center or wing, and his addition will also benefit our power play."

College hockey's impact on NHL continues to grow

Thursday, 06.25.2015 / 8:27 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- There's an underlying theme to college hockey players becoming a more attractive option in recent years for NHL scouts and general managers.

New Jersey Devils forward Mike Cammalleri, who played three seasons at the University of Michigan, isn't surprised by the fact that 30 percent of NHL players developed in the NCAA, or that all 30 NHL teams had at least one prospect enrolled in college during the 2014-15 season, with the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks' 13 leading the way.

"College hockey not only allows for a readiness on the ice in terms of skill, but there's a social and outside-the-classroom aspect to developing a personality and comfort within your own skin enabling players to enter the NHL and be successful," Cammalleri said. "I think that's an important development stage for an adolescent person regardless of athletics and why some players are able to come in and do well out of college."

There's a chance college hockey will break new ground at the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., on Friday, when Boston University center Jack Eichel, Boston College defenseman Noah Hanifin and University of Michigan defenseman Zachary Werenski each might be selected in the top 10. No draft has ever had three top-10 picks from the college ranks.

Rantanen, top prospects anxious for draft night

Thursday, 06.25.2015 / 7:23 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Mikko Rantanen, No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of the top European skaters eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, said Thursday it won't be easy to fall asleep knowing the biggest moment of his life will occur in less than 24 hours.

"It's pretty weird knowing that [Friday] we'll know what team you will play for and begin work," Rantanen said. "I know this is just the first step. We'll have to keep working to be an NHL player. But I'll be pretty nervous tomorrow. They say it'll be hard to get sleep because it's such a big day. It's once in a lifetime, so I'm excited."

Rantanen, who was an alternate captain for TPS in Finland in 2014-15, was one of 10 top prospects in the spotlight at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort in the last pre-draft media availability before NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announces the Edmonton Oilers are on the clock with the No. 1 pick at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.

Capitals' MacLellan hasn't closed door on Green, Fehr

Thursday, 06.25.2015 / 3:40 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan didn't completely rule out re-signing any unrestricted free agent Thursday, including defenseman Mike Green and forward Eric Fehr.

"We're in contact with our UFAs and we're going to have to see what the contract demands are in the end for them and what's going to work for us," MacLellan said. "We're trying to balance all of our priorities here."

However, Green and Fehr's agent told that the pair will not return to the Capitals next season.

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