June 20, 2008

Going Five Hole's Live Draft Blog

Welcome everyone and this should be an interesting draft. The internet is shaky, but it is what it is.

Secondly, the Flames, Kings, and Ducks made a three-way deal, which sent Mike Cammalleri to the Flames. Details are sketchy, but we’re working on getting them.

7:17 PM: Gary Bettman has walked onto the stage….and subsequently gets booed. He’s having some fun with it, and why shouldn’t he—he’s making some phat cash on it.

7:19 PM: The Tampa Bay Lightning are up. Oren Koules, the new owner of the Bolts makes the no-brainer and picks Steve Stamkos as their first pick. It was going to be tough to deny this, as many believe Stamkos as a franchise player. Wazz’s Pick Score: 1/1

7:24 PM: Breaking news, as Olli Jokinen has been sent to the Phoenix Coyotes from the Panthers for Keith Ballard, Nick Boynton, and the 49th pick in this year’s draft. Jokinen has been player who was traded about 50 times at the deadline and during the off-season, but now it’s reality. The Panthers get two great young blueliners and really beef up their talent back there. Whether or not it turns into results, we’ll have to see.

7:28 PM: The Kings are up now, and they go ahead and pick Drew Doughty. Doughty was interchangeable with some of the defensemen out there, but his ability to step into a uniform now is what helped the Kings make the decision easier. Wazz’s Pick Score: 2/2

7:33 PM: The trade was just made official, which could tell the end for Jay Bouwmeester's tenure in Florida.

7:37 PM: The final parts of the Flames Kings trade is pick #17 and next year's second round for Calgary to LA for Cammalleri and pick #48 this year. Anaheim and LA traded picks, but didn't get the details on it. I stink

7:38 PM: Atlanta is up and they pick Zach Bogosian. Bogosian is another one who was interchangeable, but should develop into the defenseman that the Thrashers need to have to be any good down the road and not have to pay a lot for. Wazz's Pick Score: 2/3 (Luke Scheen was my prediction for this one, kids)

7:43 PM: Yet another trade as Montreal trades pick #25 and second round pick in 2009 to Calgary for Alex Tanguay and their fifth round pick, #138. Tanguay was rumored to go to Montreal for the longest time and now it’s reality.

7:48 PM: The Blues are up and they pick Alex Pietrangelo. Pietrangelo makes the third defenseman in four picks. Though he had a rough start, his ability to work through the trying times got the Blues attentions. It should be interesting to see how he pans out and if he’ll need time before getting to the big club. Wazz's Pick Score: 2/4 (Kyle Beach).

7:59 PM: We have a trade, as the Toronto Maple Leafs acquire the 5th pick from the Islanders for pick #7 and either pick #60 this year and third round next year, or #68 this year second round pick next year.

8:03 PM: The Leafs go with Kelowna Rockets’ d-man, Luke Schenn. Schenn has been compared to former teammate Shea Weber and is very-level headed defender. With the issues the Leafs have had on the back-line, this will be a welcome addition to the Buds’ roster. Wazz’s Pick Score: 2/5 (Zach Bogosian)

8:08 PM: Columbus trades #19 and #67 for RJ Umberger and #118. Umberger heads back to Columbus, where he played for THE Ohio State in his college days. Umberger’s performance in the playoffs should help the Blue Jackets in the future.

8:12 PM: The Jackets are up and they pick the first international by going with Nikita Filatov. It seems odd, especially considering the history with Russian picks (Nikolai Zherdev), but in a deep draft like this, you have to go with what you need—and Filatov is as a complete player as they come. Wazz’s Pick Score: 2/6 (Tyler Myers)

8:17 PM: These vignette's they play of the picks inbetween picks-- really, really.....interesting; to say the least.

8:20 PM: Another trade, the Islanders trade pick #7 to Nashville for picks #9 and #40. SHOCKING!!!

8:21 PM
: The Preds are up and they select Colin Wilson from Boston University. A tight pivot, Wilson will need to work on his skating ability to make an impact for the Preds. Though, his hockey sense put him over the top at #7. Wazz’s Pick Score: 2/7 (Alex Pietrangelo)

8:26 PM: The Coyotes are up and Wayne Gretzky gets a nice hand from the Ottawa fateful. The Desert Dogs pick Mikkel Boedker, who I didn’t even have in the top-30. Boedker has explosive speed and is able to get back into the play. Also, with a nose for the net, he helped the Kitchner Rangers get to the Memorial Cup Finals. Wazz's Pick Score: 2/8 (Nikita Filatov)

8:30 PM: Myself and Face Off Hockey Show PR gal Laura have made Mikkel Boedker the winner of the Draft for having the sweetest mullet. Those crazy Danes.

8:33 PM: The Islanders are up and Garth Snow, sans the 16-year-olds, and they pick Josh Bailey. Bailey had a quiet 96 points this season and has been a reliable cornerstone for the Windsor Spitfires club. Wazz’s Pick Score: 2/9 (Mattias Tedenby)

8:39 PM: The Canucks are up and assistant GM Steve Tambellini talks about the support of the Canucks with the Luc Bourdon incident. Tambellini then takes Cody Hodgson with the 10th pick. Hodgson doubled his point output from a season ago and was voted the OHL’s smartest player in a coaches poll. Wazz’s Pick Score: 2/10 (Colin Wilson)

8:46 PM: The Blackhawks are up, and they will take a chance on Kyle Beach. A lot has been said about Beach’s temper, but the Hawks will try their best. An agitator and scorer, Beach could be lethal if he can use his focus his temper and not get carried away with it. Wazz’s Pick Score: 2/11 (Kirill Petrov)

8:54 PM: Another trade, the LA Kings trade pick #12 to Buffalo for pick #13 and a third round pick in 2009.

8:55 PM: The Sabres pick at #12 Tyler Myers from Kelowna. A big boy at 6’7, Myers should be the cornerstone for the rebuilding defense. How much time he’ll need to adjust to the NHL game remains to be seen. Wazz’s Pick Score: 2/12 (Colten Teubert)

9:00 PM: The Kings make the 13th pick Colten Teubert. Teubert is a big defenseman and should be a sturdy addition to the youth movement in LA. Coupled with Drew Doughty and Jack Johnson, the Kings could be a force to be reckoned with in years to come. Wazz’s Pick Score: 2/13 (Cody Hodgson)

9:05 PM: The Hurricanes go ahead with their pick and get Zach Boychuk. Boychuk was a huge factor in the Lethbridge Hurricanes deep playoff run in the WHL and should prove to be a steal. Boychuk also had the best combine out of all the prospects. Wazz’s Pick Score: 3/14

9:12 PM: Another trade, Nashville traded #15 to the host Senators for pick #18 and a third round pick in 2009.

9:14 PM: Fan favorite Daniel Alfredsson is on the mic and has selected Erik Karlsson from Frolunda in Sweden, going off the board. Karlsson was rated 71st by the Hockey News, but could be a diamond in the rough for the Senators. On the smaller side at 157 pounds, Karlsson was selected the best defenseman at the Under-18 tournament. Wazz’s Pick Score: 3/15 (Josh Bailey)

9:21 PM: The Bruins go a little off the beaten path selecting Joe Colborne from the Camrose Kodiaks. Many thought that playing Junior A would hurt Colborne, but the Bruins will take their chances. Once he fills out his 6’5 frame, Colborne should be a big power forward for the Bs. Wazz’s Pick Score: 3/16 (Michael Del Zotto)

9:28 PM: The Ducks are up and Brian Burke goes ahead and gets really off the board to select Jake Gardiner from Minnitonka high school in Minnesota. A smooth handed defenseman, Gardiner will be a work in progress for the Ducks. Wazz’s Pick Score: 3/17 (Jordan Eberle)

9:36 PM: The Predators are up and they go with a goalie in Chet Pickard. Pickard is from the new goalie factory that is the Tri-City Americans and should help along the Predators. Though the development of Pekka Rinne has become in question, Pickard could very well push both Rinne and himself to challenge for the back-up spot behind the newly re-signed Dan Ellis. Wazz’s Pick Score: 3/18 (Colby Robak)

9:42 PM: The Philadelphia Flyers picked Luca Sbisa. Sbisa’s first year in North America was a decent one after playing in the Swiss Elite League. He didn’t take too long to adapt, and much like Boychuk, was a integral part of the Lethbridge Hurricanes’ run in the WHL Playoffs. Wazz's Pick Score: 4/19

9:47 PM: The Rangers are up with the 20th pick and go out and pick Michael Del Zotto. An offensive defenseman, Del Zotto can be very responsible with the puck and make things happen, while being able to catch up if he makes a mistake. Wazz’s Pick Score: 4/20 (Mikhail Stefanovich)

9:52 PM: A trade, the Devils trade pick #21 to Washington for picks #23 and #54.

9:55 PM: The Caps make it quick and dirty and go with lineage by picking Anton Gustafsson. Gustafsson has had injury problems, but when healthy—is a deadly center. Though, I have to say—I got the number pick wrong, but got Gustafsson going to the Capitals at #23. Wazz’s Pick Score: 4/21 (John Carlson)

10:01 PM: The Oilers are up and pick Jordan Eberle from Regina in the WHL. The small center will bring good fortune for the Oilers, who are going with a quicker, compact line-up. Wazz’s Pick Score: 4/22 (Yann Sauve)

10:12 PM: The Wild are up and they pick Tyler Cuma. Cuma grew into his own in his second season and will be able to help rebuild the Wild’s cabinet when it comes to the blue line. Wazz’s Pick Score: 4/23 (Anton Gustafsson)

10:16 PM: The Devils are up and they go ahead and pick Mattias Tedenby. The Swedish left winger has a quick first step and top rated puck control. Wazz’s Pick Score: 4/24 (AJ Jenks)

10:23 PM: The Flames are up and pick Greg Nemisz. He’ll need time, but Nemisz could become a solid power forward in the league, once he fills out. Wazz’s Pick Score: 4/25 (Daultan Leveille)

10:30 PM: The Sabres are up again they the pick Tyler Ennis. Ennis grew as a player, doubling his output from last season and showed tremendous upside from his rookie campaign. Wazz’s Pick Score: 4/26 (Jacob Markstrom)

10:38 PM: The Flyers traded their pick to the Washington Capitals and the Caps picked John Carlson of the USHL. Carlson is a solid defender and should fit well into the defensive scheme the Caps are building up. Wazz’s Pick Score: 4/27 (Joe Colborne)

10:44 PM: Another trade, Anaheim trades the 28th pick for 39th and 48th pick. The Coyotes picked Viktor Tikhonov. Tikhonov is the grandson of the legendary USSR coach Viktor Tikhonov. He plays in the super league and should be a star for Phoenix. Wazz’s Pick Score: 4/28 (Greg Nemisz)

10:49 PM: The Thrashers are up and they pick Daultan Leveille. The young speedster got a lot of press late in the season due to his emergence from the OHA. Of course, he’ll be attending Michigan State in the fall, but should be able to grow there and learn more aspects of the pro game. Wazz’s Pick Score: 4/29 (Tyler Cuma)

10: 52PM: The Cup Champion Red Wings are up to finish the first round and they decided on Thomas McCollum. The depth of the Wings goaltending needs help and McCollum should helpt that. Wazz’s Pick Score: 4/30 (Chet Pickard)

And that’s a wrap for the first round. There were plenty of trades and plenty of drama and it took a long enough time to do it. More analysis later on this weekend, but now—it’s time to drink.

Ballhype: hype it up!

1 comment:

Stevens8204 said...

With so many trades it was next to impossible to gauge where things were going to go...great insight though!