National Hockey League news: June 21, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
At thein , ' long-anticipated selection first overall by the may have been overshadowed by numerous trades and signings made on the draft floor.
Before even the first pick was made, thehad acquired in a three-way trade. Calgary's pick, 17th overall was traded with the ' pick, 28th overall, to the . The Kings received the Ducks' pick, 12th overall. Later, the Flames shipped forward and fifth-round pick to the for the 25th overall selection and a 2009 second-round pick.
Thealso made a major trade at the draft, moving their captain, to the for two defencemen, and as well as the 49th overall selection. The made a major trade of their own, picking up and the 119th pick overall from the in exchange for the 19th and 67th picks, overall.
Out of the first 30 picks in the draft, 17 had been traded around between teams. The first round was rich in defencemen; out of thirty players picked, half were defencemen. After Stamkos was picked first overall, the next four picks,, , , and were all blueliners.
The hosts,, also made numerous moves. The Senators traded up to the 15th pick overall to draft . Earlier in the day, the had also resigned to a four-year, $8.5 million contract extension. Previously, the Senators also waived goaltender . Emery could be bought out as early as today.
The NHL free-agency season starts July 1.
Round 1 draft breakdown
|#||Player||Nationality||NHL Team||College/Junior/Club Team|
|1||( )||Canada||( )|
|5||(D)||Canada||(from NY Islanders)||( )|
|6||( )||Russia||( )|
|7||(C)||USA||(from Toronto via NY Islanders)||( )|
|9||(C)||Canada||(from Nashville via Florida)||(OHL)|
|12||(D)||Canada||(from Edmonton via Anaheim via Los Angeles)||Kelowna Rockets (WHL)|
|13||(D)||Canada||Los Angeles Kings (from Buffalo)||(WHL)|
|15||(D)||Sweden||(from Nashville)||( )|
|17||(D)||USA||(from Calgary via Los Angeles)||( )|
|18||( )||Canada||(from Ottawa)||(WHL)|
|19||(D)||Switzerland||Philadelphia Flyers (from Colorado via Columbus)||Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)|
|21||(C)||Sweden||(from New Jersey)||Frölunda HC (Elitserien)|
|22||(C)||Canada||(from Anaheim)||Regina Pats (WHL)|
|23||(D)||Canada||(from Washington via New Jersey)||(OHL)|
|25||( )||Canada||Calgary Flames (from Montreal)||Windsor Spitfires (OHL)|
|26||(C)||Canada||Buffalo Sabres (from San Jose)||(WHL)|
|27||(D)||USA||Washington Capitals (from Philadelphia)||( )|
|28||(RW)||Russia||Phoenix Coyotes (from Dallas via Los Angeles via Anaheim)||(RSL)|
|29||(C)||Canada||Atlanta Thrashers (from Pittsburgh)||( )|
|30||(G)||USA||Guelph Storm (OHL)|
- "Sens sign Kelly to 4-year, $8.5 million extension" — , June 20, 2008
- "Major trades grab spotlight at NHL Entry Draft" — , June 20, 2008
- "First Round Tracker" — , June 20, 2008
- Allen Panzeri. "Stamkos leads four defencemen to podium" — , June 21, 2008
- "NHL teams begin to deal" — , June 21, 2008