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.
: The final parts of the Flames Kings trade is pick #17 and next year's second round for
: Yet another trade as
: 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).
: 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)
: 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
: The Preds are up and they select Colin Wilson from
: The Coyotes are up and Wayne Gretzky gets a nice hand from the
: 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)
: 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)
: 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)
: Another trade, the LA Kings trade pick #12 to
: The Sabres pick at #12 Tyler Myers from
: 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)
: 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
: Another trade,
: Fan favorite Daniel Alfredsson is on the mic and has selected Erik Karlsson from Frolunda in
: 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)
: The Ducks are up and Brian Burke goes ahead and gets really off the board to select Jake Gardiner from Minnitonka high school in
: 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)
: The Philadelphia Flyers picked Luca Sbisa. Sbisa’s first year in
: 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)
: A trade, the Devils trade pick #21 to
: 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)
: The Oilers are up and pick Jordan Eberle from
: 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)
: 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)
: 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)
: 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)
: 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)
: Another trade,
: 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
: 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.