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Hurricanes get goalie Lack from Canucks for picks

Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 6:58 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

The Carolina Hurricanes acquired goaltender Eddie Lack from the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday for two draft picks.

"Carolina really wanted me," Lack told the Hurricanes website. "It's a great opportunity for me, and I'm really excited."

Vancouver received the 66th pick in the 2015 draft and a seventh-round pick in 2016 for Lack, who was 18-13-14 with a 2.45 goals-against average and .921 save percentage this season. He assumed the No. 1 role when Ryan Miller was injured in late February and went 12-6-2 in 21 appearances from Feb. 24-April 9.

"I matured as a person. From a goaltending standpoint, I feel like I've gotten so much better," Lack said. "To be honest, I still feel like I have a lot to give. I feel like I'm two or three years away from my prime. I'm never satisfied. I keep pushing forward, and that's what's going to help me in the long run."

First Chinese player to be drafted chosen by Islanders

Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 6:45 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Andong Song became the first Chinese-born player to be selected in the NHL Draft when the New York Islanders chose him Saturday in the sixth round (No. 172).

The 6-foot, 161-pound defenseman, who plays at the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, had three goals and seven assists in 26 games. He said he patterns his game after former Detroit Red Wings star Nicklas Lidstrom.

Lawrenceville coach Etienne Bilodeau said Song stepped into a major role not long after arriving at the school and was named captain this season.

Oilers get goalie Talbot from Rangers for three picks

Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 6:41 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Edmonton Oilers acquired goaltender Cam Talbot and a seventh-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft from the New York Rangers on Saturday for three picks.

"I feel like I've put myself in a pretty good position," Talbot told the Oilers website. "I feel good physically and mentally where I can come in and play well. It's going to be a battle between Ben [Scrivens] and I, and I'm ready for the opportunity to compete."

The Rangers received picks Nos. 57, 79 and 184 in the 2015 draft. The Oilers got the No. 209 pick from New York.

"Cam has worked hard throughout his whole career and has pushed it," Oilers coach Todd McLellan said. " ... We believe that we’ve got a goaltender that will continue to improve, and it’s our job to make sure we help him do that."

Rangers get Etem from Ducks for Hagelin

Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 6:35 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The New York Rangers acquired left wing Emerson Etem and the No. 41 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft from the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday for left wing Carl Hagelin and the 59th and 179th picks.

Etem and Hagelin can become restricted free agents on July 1.

New York assistant general manager Jeff Gorton told that Etem, who is 6-foot-1, 212 pounds and had 10 points in 45 games this season, could be a top-nine forward right away with the Rangers.

"Etem has a lot of different attributes that Carl has, as far as his skating, his explosive skating, he backs up the D really well," Gorton said.

Rangers acquire goalie Raanta from Blackhawks

Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 6:15 PM / News

The New York Rangers acquired goalie Antti Raanta from the Chicago Blackhawks in a trade for forward prospect Ryan Haggerty on Saturday.

Raanta, 26, is 20-8-5 with a 2.41 goals-against average and .912 save percentage in 39 NHL games, all with Chicago.

"At first you get a little bit excited, because it's a great opportunity," Raanta told the Chicago Sun-Times. "But it's a little sad also. It's a great organization in Chicago, and everybody has been great to me. They gave me an opportunity to play hockey, and to win the Stanley Cup. But I'm looking forward and I'm excited to go to New York and get a fresh start again."

Senators hope Cowen benefits from Gryba trade

Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 5:18 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

SUNRISE, Fla. -- On a day filled with significant trades at the 2015 NHL Draft, it would be easy to overlook a minor one made by the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.

But the decision to trade defenseman Eric Gryba to the Edmonton Oilers for a fourth-round pick and prospect Travis Ewanyk was important for Senators general manager Bryan Murray.

It wasn’t so much the defenseman he let go, but rather the one who stayed behind.

By trading Gryba, Murray said he was creating space in the lineup for defenseman Jared Cowen to play a bigger role next season.

GM Chiarelli puts his stamp on Oilers roster at draft

Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 5:05 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

SUNRISE, Fla. -- In the two months and three days since Peter Chiarelli was hired as general manager to steer the Edmonton Oilers back to relevancy, he has overseen changes across the hockey operations department, including a new coaching staff and scouts.

Chiarelli finally got a chance to put his stamp on Edmonton's roster at the 2015 NHL Draft and he did some serious work.

"You gotta make hay when the sun shines," Chiarelli said, "so this was a good time to do it."

Chiarelli made the obvious selection of forward Connor McDavid with the No. 1 pick. It's a game-changer for the Oilers and could go down as one of the most important moments in their history. It was also the easiest thing Chiarelli may ever do as Edmonton’s general manager.

What Chiarelli did after selecting McDavid was the real chore.

Ducks reshape roster in attempt to get over hump

Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 4:57 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Anaheim Ducks were one win away from reaching the Stanley Cup Final.

General manager Bob Murray spent Saturday at the 2015 NHL Draft reshaping the Ducks roster with a series of trades meant to rectify the one negative thing about their season.

"We didn't win," Murray said. "The object is to win, isn't it?"

It is, and Murray said he feels the moves he made Saturday improved Anaheim's goaltending and speed while increasing his financial flexibility for a looming salary-cap nightmare next summer.

Matthews highlights deep talent pool for 2016 draft

Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 4:45 PM / NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

SUNRISE, Fla . -- The excitement surrounding Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel has subsided, but there could be an even greater collection of future stars at the 2016 NHL Draft in Buffalo, N.Y.

The 2015 draft at BB&T Center saw Erie Otters center McDavid selected by the Edmonton Oilers with the No. 1 choice, and Boston University center Eichel chosen by the Buffalo Sabres with the No. 2 pick. Each is expected to be starring in the NHL in 2015-16 and, perhaps, challenge for the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie.

Meanwhile, NHL scouts are setting their sights on a 2016 draft that will include plenty of blue-chip talent. That group is led by center Auston Matthews, who was born Sept. 17, 1997, and missed the cut for the 2015 draft by two days. If Matthews were eligible, many believe he might have challenged McDavid as the first choice.

Goalie trades drastically alter landscape of NHL

Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 4:35 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

SUNRISE, Fla. -- As disappointing as Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray was to trade goalie Robin Lehner to another team in the Atlantic Division on Friday, he appeared to feel better about doing it after watching the goalie carousel yield smaller results Saturday.

"I did it at the right time, there's no doubt," Murray said. "I thought I had the best goaltender available, and I guess it proved out to be that."

Murray acquired the No. 21 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft from the Buffalo Sabres in a trade involving Lehner on Friday. The Edmonton Oilers, Carolina Hurricanes, Anaheim Ducks and Dallas Stars didn't have to give up an asset as significant as a first-round pick when they jumped into the goalie market Saturday, even though there were rumors heading into the draft that most goalies on the market would fetch that much.

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