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James O’Brien

  1. Poll, analysis: Which team 'won' the Keith Ballard trade?

    Jun 26, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    One of the few significant deals (even though there were, by my estimates, a million minor ones) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft saw the Florida Panthers trade Keith Ballard and Victor Oreskovich to the Vancouver Canucks for Steve Bernier, Michael Grabner and the 25th pick. (Florida ended up choosing forward Quinton Howden with that…

  2. 2010 NHL Entry Draft: Florida Panthers go big in this year's draft

    Jun 26, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

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    For about a decade, the Florida Panthers played the role of perennial wallflowers in the NHL (and no, I’m not talking about the pop rock group that featured Bob Dylan’s son). The way I see it, they’ve only been intermittently awful; in most cases, the rats have just been mediocre. In other words, the Florida…

  3. 2010 NHL Entry Draft: Ducks come up 'winners' of 1st round with Fowler, Etem

    Jun 26, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

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    Declaring a winner regarding often-raw 18 and 19-year-old hockey players is almost as absurd as pinning the future of your NHL franchise on them. Still, that being said, if I had to pick a “winner” of the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft it would be the Anaheim Ducks. The team landed much-ballyhooed…

  4. San Jose Sharks re-sign Nichol, Wallin, Desjardins to one-year deals

    Jun 26, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    The San Jose Sharks aren’t waiting until July 1 to build (and in some ways, disband) their roster. While re-signing three depth players isn’t going to light the world on fire like the Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski deals – or conversely, the lack of an Evgeni Nabokov one – it’s still a sign that…

  5. 2010 NHL Entry Draft: Top 5 prospects left

    Jun 26, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Tonight’s draft was full of twists, turns and surprises. Some players made big leaps (such as Ryan Johansen, the fourth overall pick) while others plummeted (Cam Fowler at 12, Emerson Etem at 29). The tomfoolery is far from over, though, news-famished hockey fans. It turns out that Saturday will see six more rounds of increasingly…

  6. 2010 NHL Entry Draft: Ryan Johansen wasn't shocked when Columbus picked him fourth

    Jun 25, 2010, 11:58 PM EDT

    After Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin went 1-2 as expected, it didn’t take long for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft to unravel into odd-ball lunacy. Players and picks were traded like hockey cards in a playground. Seemingly sure-fire top 5 pick Cam Fowler dropped all the way down to the Anaheim Ducks at No. 12.…

  7. 2010 NHL Entry Draft: Taylor Hall reflects on going #1

    Jun 25, 2010, 11:30 PM EDT

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    You won’t find many people in the hockey world who were surprised that Taylor Hall was the number one pick, but he was still shaken up when he heard the announcement. “I was so shocked,” Hall said. “I was shaking in my seat. I got up to the podium, or whatever it is, and I…

  8. 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Round 1: Brock Nelson goes to the Islanders as the last pick

    Jun 25, 2010, 11:05 PM EDT

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    Round 1 – 30th overall New York Islanders – Brock Nelson 6’3″, 203 lbs. center, Warroad (HS) It’s always nice to see a player come through with hockey history in his blood. That’s the case with the awesomely named Brock Nelson*, who is the nephew of “Miracle on Ice” U.S. Olympian Dave Christian. Nelson is…

  9. 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Round 1: Sharks select Charlie Coyle at #28

    Jun 25, 2010, 10:58 PM EDT

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    Round 1 – 28th overall San Jose Sharks – Charlie Coyle 6’1″, 202 lbs., C, South Shore (EJHL) The Sharks drafted Charlie Coyle, nephew of former NHLer Tony Amonte. Coyle can fulfill the sick, twisted dreams of lazy poem writing bloggers if he makes it to the league in time to be on the same…

  10. 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Round 1: Washington Capitals select Evgeny Kuznetsov at #26

    Jun 25, 2010, 10:45 PM EDT

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    Round 1 – 26th overall Washington Capitals – Evgeny Kuznetsov 6’0″, 172 lbs., C, Chelyabinsk Well, the Washington Capitals sure love Russians. Evgeny (or is it Yvgeni) Kuznetsov was the third-ranked European skater by Central Scouting. I was curious if he’d be a risky pick like Vladimir Tarasenko with St. Louis, but he showed up…

  11. 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Round 1: Panthers select Quinton Howden at #25

    Jun 25, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

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    Round 1 – 25th overall Florida Panthers – Quinton Howden 6’1″, 182 lbs., C, Mouse Jaw (OHL) Howden is a lanky player whose size can be a little misleading. In other words, he’s a lot like Jordan Staal, except he doesn’t share Staal’s defensive acumen. He’s a fairly raw player at this point, so the…

  12. 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Round 1: Red Wings take Riley Shehan at #21

    Jun 25, 2010, 10:02 PM EDT

    Round 1 – 21th overall Detroit Red Wings – Riley Shehan 6’1″, 202 lbs., C, Notre Dame(CCHA) His draft stock dropped a little bit after a dip in production at Notre Dame, but Shehan gives the Red Wings a sizable prospect. Being that it’s the Red Wings, chances are fans will have to watch him…

  13. 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Round 1: Panthers take Nick Bjugstad at #19

    Jun 25, 2010, 9:56 PM EDT

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    Round 1 – 19th overall Florida Panthers – Nick Bjugstad 6’3″, 188 lbs., C, Blaine(HS) Bjugstad is on his way to the University of Minnesota this year, which makes sense since he won the Mr. Hockey award thanks to his ridiculous year of high school hockey. The talented forward notched up 60 points in only…

  14. 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Round 1: Avalanche select Joey Hishon at #17

    Jun 25, 2010, 9:50 PM EDT

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    Round 1 – 17th overall Colorado Avalanche – Joey Hishon 5’9″, 170 lbs., C, Owen Sound (OHL) The Colorado Avalanche reached for Hishon, the 45th ranked North American skater according to Central Scouting. Hishon scored 40 points in 36 games for the Attack during the 2009-10 OHL season. He’ll face an uphill battle to make…

  15. 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Round 1: Blues select Vladimir Tarasenko at #16

    Jun 25, 2010, 9:31 PM EDT

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    Round 1 – 16th overall St. Louis Blues – Vladimir Tarasenko 5’11” 202 lbs., RW, Novosibirsk (KHL) After choosing Jaden Schwartz at number 14, the St. Louis Blues decided to move up to make another bold move, selecting Vladimir Tarasenko despite the fact that he is currently under contract with the KHL. If it weren’t…

  16. 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Round 1: Kings trade up for Derek Forbort at #15

    Jun 25, 2010, 9:20 PM EDT

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    Round 1 – 15th overall Los Angeles Kings (via Florida Panthers) – Derek Forbort 6’4″, 198 lbs., defenseman, USA U-18 (USDP) Taking advantage of new GM Dale Tallon’s trade addiction, the Kings moved their 19th and 59th draft picks in exchange for the 15th pick. To the thunderous approval of their fans, Forbort threw on…

  17. 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Round 1: Blues select Jaden Schwartz at #14

    Jun 25, 2010, 9:10 PM EDT

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    Round 1 – 14th overall   St. Louis Blues – Jaden Schwartz 5’10”, 180 lbs. center, Tri-City (USHL) OK, forgive me for the most obvious “Space Balls” pun ever, but … the Schwartz will be with the St. Louis Blues franchise. Predictability, on the other hand, waved goodbye to the Blues much like Keith Tkachuk’s…

  18. 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Round 1: Coyotes nab Brandon Gormley at #13

    Jun 25, 2010, 8:56 PM EDT

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    Round 1 – 13th overall Phoenix Coyotes – Brandon Gormley 6’2″, 185 lbs. defenseman, Moncton (QMJHL) Two bluechip defensemen dropped in the draft – Gormley and Cam Fowler. They went consecutively and to the chagrin of the Kings, Stars and Sharks, both of them also ended up falling to Pacific division teams. Don Maloney received…

  19. 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Round 1: Cam Fowler drops to Ducks at #12

    Jun 25, 2010, 8:50 PM EDT

    Round 1 – 12th overall Anaheim Ducks – Cam Fowler 6’1″, 190 lbs. defenseman, Windsor (OHL) Fans at the Staples Center greeted the Anaheim Ducks – and their first round pick, Cam Fowler – with a cascade of boos. They might want to get used to jeering the talented defenseman, because chances are, he’ll be…

  20. 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Round 1: Stars pick G Jack Campbell at #11

    Jun 25, 2010, 8:45 PM EDT

    Round 1 – 11th overall Dallas Stars – Jack Campbell 6’2, 175 lbs. Goalie, USA U-18 The Dallas Stars are in the process of saying goodbye to their longtime franchise goalie Marty Turco and plan to roll the dice with the flighty but talented Kari Lehtonen for the near future. Either way, the team could…

  21. 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Round 1: Wild select C Mikael Granlund at #9

    Jun 25, 2010, 8:35 PM EDT

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    Round 1 – 9th overall Minnesota Wild – Mikael Granlund 5′ 10″, 180 lbs – center, HIFK (Finland) While Cam Fowler and Brandon Gormley wait for letters of compassion from Brady Quinn, the draft moves on. Mikael Granlund was the top skater ranked by Central Scouting, so it’s not as if the Minnesota Wild ended…

  22. 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Round 1: Lightning select RW Brett Connolly at #6

    Jun 25, 2010, 8:04 PM EDT

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    Round 1 – 6th overall Tampa Bay Lightning – Brett Connolly 6’2″, 181 lbs, Prince George (WHL) Steve Yzerman’s first draft pick as the general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning was a high-risk, high-reward move in the form of Connolly. Much like his (considerably) older brother Tim of the Buffalo Sabres, Brett is a…

  23. Florida Panthers trade Keith Ballard to Vancouver Canucks for Steve Bernier, 25th pick

    Jun 25, 2010, 7:10 PM EDT

    The Florida Panthers traded defenseman Keith Ballard and prospect Victor Oreskovich to the Vancouver Canucks for big forward Steve Bernier, Michael Grabner and the 25th pick, reports George Richards of On Frozen Pond. New Panthers GM Dale Tallon is shuffling a lot of pieces around and this could be a sign of more things to…

  24. NHL provides plenty of fun for hockey fans outside the Staples Center

    Jun 25, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Being the last major event before the NHL goes into spectacle hibernation, it was nice to see that the league rolled out some state fair-like attractions to entertain children (plus man-children) and hockey fans alike. Young hockey fans could play a little street hockey in one spot, 2K Sports displayed its video game wares and…

  25. Report: Dustin Byfuglien shipped to Atlanta in blockbuster trade

    Jun 23, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Note: This isn’t quite confirmed yet. Keep your eye on PHT for the official word … or the possibility that the trade fell through. While the salary cap went up higher than many expected – reportedly all the way up to $59.4 million – the Chicago Blackhawks still were forced to move a huge piece…

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