Well all, it has been a pleasure, but I have some research to do. Â I hope you all enjoyed the coverage. Over and out!
11:05 pm EST Anaheim making their way to the stage and with the final selection of the first round the take Rikard Rakell from Sweden, but plays for Plymouth. Â Camera showed Bowman shaking hands with Campbell’s agent. Â TSN guys are saying its all but done. Darren Dreger saying Rostislav Olesz is going to Chicago for Brian Campbell.Â Confirmed by Bowman, just some paperwork and the deal will be final.
11:00 pm EST The final pick in the first round belongs to the Ducks. Talking to Mike Gillis, said he is most concerned with getting his guys signed, this includes Bieksa, who’s name has been mentioned a lot here in Buffalo. Oh, I would love that one!
10:55pm EST Bowman still working on the “Campbell trade,” and the Canucks are hearing the boo-birds. Â The Nuck’s take Nicklas Jensen from Oshawa.
10:52 pm EST And now Bowman is back with Campbell’s agent. Â This is becoming quite the story now isn’t it. Â Canuck’s up next.
10:49 pm EST Minny selecting with the pick they got in the Setoguchi trade and they take Zack Phillips for the Sea Dogs. Good player, but he’s a little slow. Â On a side note, the camera’s are stalking Bowman, just showed him shaking hands with Florida’s Assistant General Manager, WTF is going on!?!
10:45 pm EST Minny up next. Â Camera’s just caught Stan Bowman talking to Brian Campbell’s agent, this deal couldn’t possibly be real, could it?
10:43 pm EST Stevie Y making the selection and they take a Russian, Vladislav Namestnikov. Â Grew up in Michigan and there doesn’t seem to be the KHL worry with him.
10:40 pm EST Duthie saying that Stan couldn’t talk right now because he is trying to get another pick either late in the first round OR early in the second round. Â What is he doing?! Tampa on the clock.
10:36 pm EST Pierre, Bob and Gord are now talking about Brian Campbell again, apparently he has waived hin NTC to go to Florida?! Not so sure on this one, seems like an odd choice. Â Hawks take Phillip Danault with #26. Â They were just saying he lost 6 teeth, had extensive dental surgery and returned 2 games later, sound like someone else we know, Dunc’s perhaps?
10:33 pm EST Chicago up again at #26. Â Duthie is talking to Percy now, he sounds excited/nervous. Â Burke was eyeing this player during the combine and says he is very excited to be able to land him.
10:27 pm EST Burkie picks again, selecting Stuart Percy. Percy wears #5 and patterns his game after Lidstrom, I’d day thats a good role model, you know with all those Stanley Cups and Norris Trophies. Â McKenzie says he needs to work on his shot from the point, Pierre just compared him to the Sabres pick last year Mark Pysyk.
10:23 pm EST Toronto up next, again. Â Duthie talking to Puempel now, says that he models his game after Patrick Sharp and he can only hope to be as good as he is one day. Â Gotta love Sharpie, but since you are now a Senator, I don’t like this idea….
10:20 pm EST Ottawa takes Matt Puempel from the Peterborough Petes. Â TSN’s player comparison is Thomas Vanek, oh boy. Â Vanek is a great skater and has great hands, his consistency is what we Buffalonians worry about, this kid seems to have an issue with getting his feet to move as fast as his hands, not a great comparison in my mind.
10:17 pm EST TSN analysts compared Pittsburgh’s system to Detroit, saying that they give their prospects more than enough time to develop, very nice comparison, but lets not jump the gun yet. Ottawa up again.
10:15 pm EST Pittsburgh takes defenseman Joe Morrow from the Portland Winterhawks with the 23rd pick. Â Morrow is a sound defenseman with quick acceleration, the best part is he’s still growing into his frame and will only get stronger and more physical.
10:10 pm EST Another trade, Detroit trades #24 to Ottawa for #35 and #48. Â How shocking, the Red Wings trade down, have they picked in the first round ever? Â I want a real trade people!!
10:05 pm EST Here come the Leafs, with the pick they just acquired from the Ducks. Â With this pick they select Tyler Biggs, just the type of player Burke loves, gritty, big and not afraid to throw down when necessary. Â TSN comparison is Colby Armstrong, because I am a Sabres fan I really hope not, one Colby Armstrong is bad enough, but my (very small) inner Leaf fan is jumping for joy over this kid.
9:59 pm EST Oohh another trade, but not nearly as exciting as the others, Anaheim trades 22nd pick to Toronto for 30th and 39th picks this year.
9:53 pm EST Bettman confirming the Chicago-Washington trade. Â Official trade reads Troy Brouwer to Washington for the 26th overall selection in the 2011 draft. Â Senators back up on the stage, using the pick they got for Mike Fischer. Â They selected Stefan Noeson from Plymouth.
9:49 pm EST Coyotes up now, this is the latest they have picked in several years. They select Connor Murphy from the USNTDP. Â Pierre says he is a long way away from being NHL ready. Â He will be playing at Miami Ohio in the fall, this should give him some time to develop and get stonger.
9:40 pm EST Edmonton up again, this selection originally belonged to the Kings, but they traded it to the Oilers for Dustin Penner. Â McKenzie is saying that any of the remaining top 50 picks can go at anytime, its very wide open. Â Oilers select Oscar Klefbom. Â Looks like they got their big defenseman too, 6′ 3″. Â He seems to think he can benefit from playing in Sweden for another year, again Tambellini stresses there is no need to rush him. Â He also still will not confirm the Ryan Smyth trade, wonder what holding that up?
9:35 pm EST Stan Bowman announcing the selection, the Hawks select Mark McNeill. Â Big and physical center, just what the Hawks need to play behind Toews. Pierre and Gord seem to think he’s pretty close to being NHL ready.
9:32 pm EST Apparently Beaulieu needs to work on his French, man with that name I would expect him to speak fluently. Giving a shout out to his family and friends, how cute! Bettman finally announcing a trade, Minnesota trade Brent Burns and this years 2nd round pick to San Jose for Devin Setoguchi, Charlie Coyle and the 28th pick this year. Wowza!
9:26 pm EST Blackhawks up next with #18.
9:23 pm EST Dreger finally announcing a trade, Chicago trade Troy Brouwer to Washington for the #26 overall pick, waiting for confirmation from Bettman. Â Montreal selects defenseman Nathan Beaulieu. Â They need some young d-man to fit in with PK, good pick by the Habs. Â Plays good solid defense, but isn’t afraid to jump into the play. Â He’s a very consistent player, they just showed his stats from this season and last season and they are identical except he played one less game two seasons ago.
9:17 pm EST Habs on the clock.
9:15 pm EST Pegula paying tribute to Rico, God I love this man. With the first pick in the Pegula Era, Pegula selects a non-American, Joel Armia. Â Played in the World Junior tourney for team Finland (one of my favorite teams there, especially since they had this awesome candy they kept giving us) in Buffalo and looked pretty comfortable in the confines of HSBC. Â I’m excited!!
9:13 pm EST Finally the pick I’ve been waiting for, LETS GO BUFFALO! Enroth was the last non-north Amercian player taken by the Sabres, yeah, so what, we like the Canadians and Americans.
9:10 pm EST Miller is slated to attend the University of North Dakota in the fall. Gord Miller just said he’s the first for sure American selected since Oleksiak has dual citizenship, I love TSN.
9:08 pm EST Rangers paying tribute to Boogaard and allowing his brother Derek to make the selection. Â Fans in Minny are standing and cheering for this one, very emotional moment. The Rangers select J.T. Miller from the USNDT. Woot for another American being selected!
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