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2010 Draft Order:
1 (1) Taylor Hall
LW Edmonton Oilers Windsor
2 (2) Tyler Seguin
C Boston Bruins Plymouth
3 (3) Erik Gudbranson
D Florida Panthers Kingston
4 (4) Ryan Johansen
C Columbus Blue Jackets Portland
5 (5) Nino Niederreiter
RW New York Islanders Portland
6 (6) Brett Connolly
RW Tampa Bay Lightning Prince George
7 (7) Jeff Skinner
RW Carolina Hurricanes Kitchener
8 (8) Alexander Burmistrov
C Atlanta Thrashers Barrie
9 (9) Mikael Granlund
C Minnesota Wild HIFK
10 (10) Dylan McIlrath
D New York Rangers Moose Jaw
11 (11) Jack Campbell
G Dallas Stars USA U-18
12 (12) Cam Fowler
D Anaheim Ducks Windsor
13 (13) Brandon Gormley
D Phoenix Coyotes Moncton
14 (14) Jaden Schwartz
C St. Louis Blues Tri-City
15 (15) Derek Forbort
D Los Angeles Kings USA U-18
16 (16) Vladimir Tarasenko
RW St. Louis Blues Novosibirsk
17 (17) Joey Hishon
C Colorado Avalanche Owen Sound
18 (18) Austin Watson
LW Nashville Predators Peterborough
19 (19) Nick Bjugstad
C Florida Panthers Blaine
20 (20) Beau Bennett
RW Pittsburgh Penguins Penticton
21 (21) Riley Sheahan
C Detroit Red Wings U. of Notre Dame
22 (22) Jarred Tinordi
D Montreal Canadiens USA U-18
23 (23) Mark Pysyk
D Buffalo Sabres Edmonton
24 (24) Kevin Hayes
RW Chicago Blackhawks Nobles
25 (25) Quinton Howden
C Florida Panthers Moose Jaw
26 (26) Evgeny Kuznetsov
C Washington Capitals Chelyabinsk
27 (27) Mark Visentin
G Phoenix Coyotes Niagara
28 (28) Charlie Coyle
RW/C San Jose Sharks South Shore
29 (29) Emerson Etem
RW Anaheim Ducks Medicine Hat
30 (30) Brock Nelson
C New York Islanders Warroad
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Dion Phaneuf will serve as the Maple Leafs' captain next season.
Phaneuf is the first Toronto player to wear the C since Mats Sundin and the Maple Leafs parted ways after 2007-08. "Dion represents everything we want a Toronto Maple Leaf player to be," said coach Ron Wilson. "He's someone who plays with passion, comes to the rink day in and day out, works harder than anybody. ... He's difficult to play against (and) a remarkable talent who's getting better every year." Toronto acquired Phaneuf from the Calgary Flames in January. Phaneuf had a disappointing season offensively, but the Leafs were almost immediately impressed by his leadership skills.
Ville Leino will undergo off-season hip surgery.
If Leino was playing through a hip injury in the playoffs, he sure didn't give us much reason to suspect him. Leino was one of Philadelphia's best players in the postseason, scoring seven goals and 21 points in 19 games. He should be fine for the start of training camp.
Daniel Carcillo is expected to undergo sports hernia surgery.
Carcillo only played in two games in the Stanley Cup finals, spending the rest of the series in the press box. GM Paul Holmgren said that Carcillo should recover in time for the start of Philadelphia's 2010-11 training camp.
Doug Weight has all-but signed a one-year deal with the Islanders, according to GM Garth Snow.
"I think he's been a great leader in the locker room. To me, with what he played through having a torn labrum and torn rotator cuff, that's a testament to his commitment to the team and his leadership," Snow said. Weight was hampered by injuries all season and he ended up with just one goal and 17 points in 36 games. Weight has missed a significant amount of playing time in each of his last three seasons. At this point, even if he managed to stay healthy for an entire season, we wouldn't expect him to score more than 15 goals and 40 points.
The Boston Globe thinks the odds of the Bruins acquiring Jason Spezza for the second overall pick in the 2010 entry draft are slim to none.
The Globe points out that the Bruins already have a strong core of centers in Marc Savard, David Krejci, and Patrice Bergeron. Perhaps more importantly, the Bruins have cap concerns as it is and they'd be hard pressed to find a way to acquire Spezza and stay under the cap. The Blue Jackets were also initially mentioned as a possible trading partner for Spezza, but it seems equally unlikely that Columbus would hand Ottawa the fourth overall pick. In the salary cap era, a potential star player who is owed only $900,000 is base salary is just too valuable for most teams to part with.
Alex Burrows underwent shoulder surgery last week to repair a torn labrum and he may miss some time at the start of next season.
"He may not be ready to play until sometime in October or November," said his agent Paul Corbeil. The shoulder of Burrows had reportedly been bothering him since the second half of the regular season, but he wanted to play through it. The injury is thought to be the same as the one that Vancouver teammate Pavol Demitra had this past campaign. The Canucks will have their fingers crossed that the recovery of Burrows goes smoother, as Demitra had to miss the first 47 games after a second surgery was required. Burrows will be evaluated again sometime in the next two weeks to see where he is at in his rehabilitation. Stay tuned.
Rob Blake is slated to announce his retirement at a news conference on Friday.
The Sharks will face two intriguing off-season questions when Blake hangs up his skates. Who will end up succeeding him as captain and who will help soak up his minutes on the back end?
Mike Modano is still mulling over what he will do next season.
However, he has been working out the past couple of weeks like he will be returning to the NHL. "There's just so much going on with everything that you want to be prepared for anything," Modano said. "If the opportunity to continue is there and it's something I would enjoy, then I want to be able to make a good decision and be ready to play." We'll keep you informed.
Maxim Afinogenov and the Atlanta Thrashers are reportedly further apart on a new contract.
The Thrashers offered him a one-year contract several weeks ago. Afinogenov and his agent, Don Meehan, "don't agree at this point in time" with the terms and they aren't sure what the next step will be. The two sides may talk again at the NHL Entry Draft, but Afinogenov may be sampling the open market as a UFA on July 1.