Draft Notes: Florida Panthers Use First Pick on Ekblad

The Florida Panthers used their first pick to select Barrie Colts blueliner Aaron Ekblad first overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, marking the first time a defenceman has been the first selection since the Blues took Erik Johnson in 2006. Interestingly, he’s the first Canadian defenceman to go in the top spot since ChrisContinue reading “Draft Notes: Florida Panthers Use First Pick on Ekblad”

Canucks Trade Schneider to New Jersey

The Vancouver Canucks have traded goalie Cory Schneider to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for their ninth overall draft pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. No, that’s not a misprint. Vancouver used the pick to select Bo Horvat of the London Knights. After all the calamity during the trade deadline over moving RobertoContinue reading “Canucks Trade Schneider to New Jersey”

Avalanche Draft MacKinnon with Top Pick, Barkov Goes Second

If you’ve been tapping into hockey news today, you already know it’s a strange one. The 2013 NHL Entry Draft has been clicking along in Newark. The Colorado Avalanche drafted Nathan MacKinnon of the Halifax Mooseheads, which was pretty much a given for anyone following the news out of Denver. But the fact that theContinue reading “Avalanche Draft MacKinnon with Top Pick, Barkov Goes Second”

Colorado Wins Draft Lottery: Will They Go For Jones?

The Colorado Avalanche have won the NHL draft lottery and will have the first overall pick at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. They had an 18.8 percent winning the lottery and will now have first crack at Portland Winterhawks defenceman Seth Jones. Colorado finished the regular season with a 16-25-7 record, but it was theContinue reading “Colorado Wins Draft Lottery: Will They Go For Jones?”

Oilers Kick Off Draft Day and Select Nail Yakupov

The Edmonton Oilers have kicked off the 2012 NHL Entry Draft festivities by selecting Nail Yakupov first overall. The pick was the Oilers’ third first overall draft pick in a row. Yakupov will join a young Oilers team that includes other first round picks like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Taylor Hall. The Columbus Blue Jackets hadContinue reading “Oilers Kick Off Draft Day and Select Nail Yakupov”