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NHL News – Draft: 6/22/19

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This year’s draft will be held at Rogers Arena, home of the Vancouver Canucks, in Vancouver, British Columbia. It marks the first time Vancouver has hosted the event since 2006, and the 36th straight year of a different host city following a two-decade run in Montreal, Quebec. This year’s draft begins Friday, June 21, at 8 p.m. ET, and resumes Saturday, June 22, at 11 a.m. ET. The first round will be broadcast by itself Friday, with rounds 2-7 taking place Saturday.

Rounds 2-7:

No. 32 Senators — C Shane Pinto, Tri-City (USHL)
No. 33 Kings — RW Arthur Kaliyev, Hamilton, (OHL)
No. 34 Flyers (from Devils, through Predators) — RW Bobby Brink, Sioux City (USHL)
No. 35 Red Wings — D Antti Tuomisto, Porin Assat Jr. (Finland)
No. 36 Hurricanes (from Sabres) — G Pyotr Kochetkov, Ryazan (Russia)
No. 37 Senators (from Rangers, through Hurricanes) — G Mads Sogaard, Medicine Hat (WHL)
No. 38 Oilers — C Raphael Lavoie, Halifax (QMJHL)
No. 39 Ducks — D Jackson Lacombe, Shattuck-St. Mary’s Prep (USA)
No. 40 Canucks — LW Nils Hoglander, Rogle (Sweden)
No. 41 Golden Knights (from Sharks, through Flyers) — D Kaedan Korczak, Kelowna (WHL)
No. 42 Wild — LW Vladislav Firstov, Waterloo (USHL)
No. 43 Blackhawks — D Alex Vlasic, NTDP (USA)
No. 44 Hurricanes (from Senators, through Panthers) — C Jamieson Rees, Sarnia (OHL)
No. 45 Predators (from Coyotes) — LW Egor Afanasyev, Muskegon (USHL)
No. 46 Canadiens — D Jayden Struble, St. Sebastian’s School (USA)
No. 47 Avalanche — D Drew Helleson, NTDP (USA)

To see all rounds and picks, go to:  https://www.cbssports.com/nhl/news/2019-nhl-draft-results-tracker-rounds-2-7-as-u-s-star-jack-hughes-is-picked-no-1-overall-by-the-new-jersey-devils/

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  Predators Trade All-Star D Subban To Devils – Nashville Predators All-Star defenseman P.K. Subban has been traded to the New Jersey Devils for defenseman Steven Santini, prospect Jeremy Davies and two second-round picks, one in 2019 and one in 2020, the team announced. Subban, 30, spent the past three seasons with the Predators. This is the second time in three years Subban has been traded. He spent the first seven years of his career with the Montreal Canadiens before he was shipped to Nashville in a blockbuster deal for Shea Weber in 2016. It has been a big draft weekend for New Jersey, which selected American-born center Jack Hughes with the No. 1 pick on Friday night. Subban, the 2013 Norris Trophy winner, was limited to 63 games last season, and saw his ice time reduced to 22:40 a night (he averaged more than 26 minutes a night between 2014 and 2016). Subban’s offensive numbers dipped last season as well, posting only nine goals and 22 assists. Subban carries a $9 million cap hit on his contract, which runs through 2021-22. It is the third-highest cap hit for a defenseman in the NHL, trailing only San Jose’s Erik Karlsson ($11.5 million) and Los Angeles’ Drew Doughty ($11 million). Nashville will not retain any of Subban’s salary, which means it is a huge cost-clearing move for the team. The Predators are now expected to be active in free agency, and should be among the leading contenders for center Matt Duchene, among other high-profile available players.

NHL News – Draft: 6/21/19

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This year’s draft will be held at Rogers Arena, home of the Vancouver Canucks, in Vancouver, British Columbia. It marks the first time Vancouver has hosted the event since 2006, and the 36th straight year of a different host city following a two-decade run in Montreal, Quebec. This year’s draft begins Friday, June 21, at 8 p.m. ET, and resumes Saturday, June 22, at 11 a.m. ET. The first round will be broadcast by itself Friday, with rounds 2-7 taking place Saturday.

Round 1:

1. New Jersey Devils – Jack Hughes, C, USA U-18 (USHL)
2. New York Rangers – Kaapo Kakko, RW, TPS (FIN)
3. Chicago Blackhawks – Kirby Dach, C, Saskatoon (WHL)
4. Colorado Avalanche – Bowen Byram, D, Vancouver (WHL)
5. Los Angeles Kings – Alex Turcotte, C, USA U-18 (USHL)
6. Detroit Red Wings – Moritz Seider, D, Mannheim (GER)
7. Buffalo Sabres – Dylan Cozens, C, Lethbridge (WHL)
8. Edmonton Oilers – Philip Broberg, D, AIK (SWE-2)
9. Anaheim Ducks – Trevor Zegras, C, USA U-18 (USHL)
10. Vancouver Canucks – Vasily Podkolzin, RW, Neva St. Petersburg (RUS-2)
11. Arizona Coyotes – Victor Soderstrom, D, Brynas (SWE)
12. Minnesota Wild – Matthew Boldy, LW, USA U-18 (USHL)
13. Florida Panthers – Spencer Knight, G, USA U-18 (USHL)
14. Philadelphia Flyers – Cameron York, D, USA U-18 (USHL)
15. Montreal Canadiens – Cole Caufield, RW, USA U-18 (USHL)

See the complete list of first-round results, analysis @ – https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-draft-picks-recap/c-307957722

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  Karlsson Gets 8-Year Deal From Sharks – The San Jose Sharks have kept one of the premier free agents off the market, agreeing with defenseman Erik Karlsson on an eight-year deal for more than $11 million per season, according to multiple reports. The deal makes Karlsson, 29, the league’s highest paid defenseman, barely surpassing the eight-year, $88 million deal for the Kings’ Drew Doughty. Per the NHL CBA, the Sharks were the only team that could offer Karlsson eight years; as an unrestricted free agent, another team could only go as high as seven. The Sharks acquired the six-time All-Star and two-time Norris Trophy winner from the Senators in September. Since he re-signed with San Jose, Ottawa gets a second-round draft pick. Karlsson had a down year offensively as injuries limited him to 54 games this past season. His three goals were the lowest of his career. His 45 points were the lowest since 2012-13, when he only played 17 games for Ottawa. Karlsson had 62 points for the Senators last season, 71 the year before that and a career-high 82 in 2015-16.

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  Blackhawks Trade For Pens Defenseman Maatta – The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired defenseman Olli Maatta in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins for forward Dominik Kahun and a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft. The Blackhawks had been looking to upgrade their blue line after missing the playoffs for the second straight season. The 24-year-old Maatta, who helped Pittsburgh win the Stanley Cup in 2016 and 2017, ranked third on the Penguins with 116 blocked shots in 60 games last season. Kahun, who turns 24 on July 2, played in all 82 games for Chicago in his first NHL season. The Czech-born German finished with 13 goals and 24 assists. The deal was announced Saturday. Maatta’s contract runs through the 2021-22 season with an average annual value of $4,083,333. The Finn was selected by Pittsburgh with the No. 22 overall pick in the 2012 draft.

2019 NHL Stanley Cup Finals: 6/12/19

Image result for 2019 stanley cup finals logoWednesday’s Game:

  • St. Louis Blues 4 – Boston Bruins 1  (STL wins series 4-3)

Highlights:  Blues goalie Jordan Binnington was waiting patiently, as NHL rookies learn to do, while the Stanley Cup was passed from teammate to teammate across the recently conquered ice of the new Boston Garden. Thirteen St. Louis players took their turn with the iconic trophy, raising it above their heads, lowering it for a kiss, posing for a picture. Finally, understudy Jake Allen gave the starter a little shove, and the Game 7 star timidly skated forward to receive the Cup and cap off one of the great rookie runs in NHL history. Binnington stopped 32 shots, and Conn Smythe Trophy winner Ryan O’Reilly scored for the fourth straight game Wednesday night to lead the Blues to a 4-1 victory over Boston in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final and their first NHL championship. O’Reilly added an assist, Alex Pietrangelo had a goal and an assist and Brayden Schenn and Zach Sanford also scored for St. Louis, which had the worst record in the league in early January but won 30 of their final 49 regular-season games. “Once we pulled it together, we were tough to beat,” said coach Craig Berube, who took over when Mike Yeo was fired in November. He is the fourth coach in the past 11 years hired in midseason to lead his team to the NHL title. In a physical series that left Bruins captain Zdeno Chara with a broken jaw and saw two Blues suspended for head hits, the teams took turns winning the first three games, with Binnington getting pulled from a 7-2 loss in Game 3. St. Louis won the next two to move one win from the title, but Boston erupted for five goals in Game 6 on Sunday to force the series to the limit. But it was the rookie Binnington — not the 2014 Vezina Trophy winner Tuukka Rask — who took a shutout into the final minutes Wednesday. The Blues were never really in danger after scoring twice in the final few minutes of the first period. Rask, who had been the favorite for the postseason MVP if the Bruins had won, stopped 16 shots. The Bruins outshot St. Louis 33-20, but Matt Grzelcyk scored Boston’s only goal.

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2019 Stanley Cup Finals: 6/9/19

Image result for 2019 stanley cup finals logoSunday’s Game:

  • Boston Bruins 5 – St. Louis Blues 1  (Series tied 3-3)

Highlights:  Facing elimination in an oh-so-hostile environment, Tuukka Rask and Brad Marchand stepped up for the Boston Bruins once again. The Stanley Cup Final is heading to Game 7 because two of Boston’s biggest stars love the biggest moments. Rask made 28 saves, Marchand had a goal and an assist, and the Bruins beat the St. Louis Blues 5-1 on Sunday night to even the bruising, physical final at three games apiece. David Pastrnak had one of Boston’s four goals in the third period and an assist, helping the Bruins force the 17th Game 7 in Stanley Cup history. Brandon Carlo, Karson Kuhlman and Zdeno Chara also scored. Boston also was involved in the final’s last Game 7, winning the championship at Vancouver in 2011. Rask was a reserve goaltender on that team eight years ago, while Marchand was a key performer. They will go for another championship Wednesday night in Boston after losing to Chicago in the 2013 final. Ryan O’Reilly scored in the third period for St. Louis, which is looking for the franchise’s first Stanley Cup title in its 51st season. Rookie Jordan Binnington finished with 27 stops.