Defenseman Chris Pronger
was the only active player to change teams at the NHL Entry Draft on Friday night, but that doesn't mean there wasn't a flurry of activity.
Anaheim kicked off the draft by dealing Pronger to the Philadelphia Flyers
minutes before the New York Islanders
selected John Tavares
with the first pick. Pronger, who brings the Flyers a physical presence they lacked on the blue line this past season, didn't come cheap -- Philadelphia sent forward Joffrey Lupul
, rookie defenseman Luca Sbisa
, their first-round pick in 2008, plus first-rounders in 2009 (No. 21) and 2010. Anaheim will also receive a conditional third-round pick in one of the next two drafts, while Philadelphia received 25-year-old minor-league forward Ryan Dingle
While there wasn't much player movement, draft picks were flying around the Bell Centre.
One of the busiest traders was Islanders' General Manager Garth Snow
, who owned an extra first-round pick (No. 26), picks No. 31, 37 and 56 in the second round, No. 62 and No. 91 in the third round, and the 92nd pick -- the first selection in the fourth round.
After taking Tavares, Snow wheeled the 26th pick, which originally belonged to San Jose but came to the Islanders in a trade with Ottawa, plus the 37th, 62nd and 92nd selections to Columbus to get the 16th selection in the first round and the 77th selection, a third-round choice. He then sent both of those picks and a seventh-rounder (No. 182) to Minnesota to move up four more spots to No. 12 -- where he selected defenseman Calvin de Haan
, a defenseman from the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League with that pick.
De Haan played with Tavares before a midseason deal that sent the OHL's leading scorer to the London Knights. He's looking forward to a reunion.
"It's going to be great," he said. "We had good chemistry going on before his trade, and hopefully that can translate into the NHL one day."
The Wild used the 16th pick to take Nick Leddy
of Eden Prairie, Minn., a defenseman who was Minnesota's Mr. Hockey this past season.
Columbus flipped the 26th and 37th picks to Anaheim in a deal that gave the Blue Jackets the 21st selection -- which they used to select John Moore, an American-born defenseman from the Chicago Steel of the USHL. Moore was chosen one pick after New Jersey traded with Calgary to move up from 23rd to 20th in order to select Jacob Josefson
, a two-way forward from Sweden. Calgary used the 23rd pick to select Tim Erixon
, a Swedish defenseman who's the son of former NHL forward Jan Erixon
. The Flames also got a third-rounder in the deal with New Jersey.
Anaheim, which took junior center Peter Holland
with its own pick at No. 15, was the sixth team to own the 26th pick. The Ducks used it to select forward Kyle Palmieri
from the U.S. National Team Development Program.
Tampa Bay, which picked Victor Hedman
with the No. 2 pick, got a second first-rounder by trading the 32nd pick and a third-rounder (No. 75) to Detroit for the No. 29 pick. The Lightning used that choice to select Carter Ashton
, a big forward from Lethbridge of the Western Hockey League and the son of former NHL forward Brent Ashton