NHL Draftapalooza 2009

At last…the 2009 NHL draft day is finally upon us. I went to bed early last night so that today would come sooner!

I’ll be updating this blog throughout the day as any news might break regarding possible player trades leading up to tonight’s festivities in Montreal. You, of course, can continue to speculate on any such moves. Throughout the weekend, as the draft carries on, I’ll return to post the Thrashers’ draft picks as they happen.

I’ll make my way to TJ’s at about 6-is or so and have had thoughts of updating from there as well…although that could prove difficult if I’m just having too good of a time.

However, as we wait for all the fun to begin…let me start the morning off with a question or two for you.

What team do you think will most likely be the first to trade their way up in the draft order? Me…I’ve got my eye on the Toronto Maple Leafs. I just think Brain Burke wants to make a major splash tonight…and he’d just love to get John Taveres into a Leafs jersey.

Also, what about Atlanta’s pair of picks in the second round. How likely is it that Waddell/Dudley use one of them…along with a current player…to land a top-four blueliner or a top-six forward? If I’m a betting man, I would wager that they will try and do just that.

Update – June 26 7:45 am: Per Chris Vivlamore…the Thrashers are eying centers at tonight’s draft.

Update – June 26 8:55am: I keep hearing stories of Brian Burke admitting that there has been an offer made that includes dealing Kaberle in order to move up from the 7th spot. But he’s denying Atlanta is that team…although he has spoken with Waddell about a possible deal.

Also…I heard on HTM that 25,000 fans are expected at Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum. WOW!

Update – June 26 1:35 pm: TSN is reporting that the salary cap will be going up by $100,000.

Update – June 26 8:00 pm: In case you haven’t heard … Don didn’t screw up and he did indeed pick Evander Kane!!!!

Update – June 26 11:40 pm: Just got back in from TJ’s…what an absolutely great draft party…so many people there! It was such a pleasure meeting all the readers who came out for the first time! More in th morning…I’m pooped!

Upadte – June 27 10:45 am: The Thrashers’ second-round pick is Carl Klinsberg, a 6′-3″ 205 pound left-winger from Sweden.

Update – June 27 11:15 am: With their second pick in the second round, (45th overall), Atlanta takes Jeremy Morin, a 6′-1″ 189 pound left winger who has played with team USA’s u-18 squad. He’s from Auburn, NY.

Update – June 27 11:30 am: The Thrashers have traded their 4th round, (95th overall), pick to L.A.

Update June 27 11:51 am: In the 4th round…first with 117th pick, Atlanta get’s a goalie…Edward Pasqual of Saginaw’s OHL team. Then with the 120th overall pick, Atlanta selects Ben Chairot of the Ontario League’s Guelph. He’s a 6′-2″ 211 pound defender.

Update June 27 12:03 pm: The Thrasher take another defender with their 5th-round pick, (125th overall). 6′-4″, 215 pound Cody Sol. He’s a teammate of Pasqual, the netminder we took in the 4th round.

Update June 27 12:34 pm: The 6th round pick by Atlanta is Jimmy Bubnick…a 6′-2″ 194-pound centerman who plays with Kamloop Blazers  of the WHL.

Update June 27 12:50 pm: The Florida Panthers traded the negotiating rights for Jay Bouwmeester to the Calgary Flames for  Jordan Leopold, a UFA, and a 2009 third-round draft pick…with the pick the Panthers chose right wing Josh Birkholz.

Update June 27 1:09 pm: With the 4th selection of the 7th round…185th overall…Levko Koper was the choice of the Thrashers. He’s a six-foot, 180-pound left wing from Edmonton, AB who is playing with Spokan of the WHL. The Thrashers also have the 22nd pick of this round.

:!: Update June 27 1:37 pm: And with the 203rd and final pick for Atlanta, Don Waddell has chosen another left winger…Jordan Samuels-Thomas out of Hartford, CT. He’s 6′-3″, 198 pounds and plays for Waterloo of the USHL.

158 comments Add your comment

dwayne

June 26th, 2009
7:17 am

Bill, DW hit the jackpot with ZB last year, lets hope DW and RD get it right this year too. Have a good time tonight, wish I could be there, but, as much I hate too, I got to go on a cruise, to the bahamas. bummer.

Supes

June 26th, 2009
7:25 am

I don’t care who it is we get at 4, as long as he turnes out to be as good as ZB like dwayne said it’ll be a good draft. Obviously center is our biggest need!

BG33Brown

June 26th, 2009
7:49 am

I just hope we stand pat at number 4. If reports are right, Kane or Scheen will look good in a Thrashers Uniform (Hopefully next year).

PUTTING ON THE FOIL

June 26th, 2009
7:52 am

Just sitting here wondering why I’m thinking optimistically that DW will get it right today. Fool me once, fool me twice, fool me ten times.

Thrasher_Ed

June 26th, 2009
7:55 am

What do you all think of the rumors about Tomas Kaberle and possibly Pavel Kubina to ATL from the Leafs? I am not sure I give up my #4 pick for that!

kracker

June 26th, 2009
8:00 am

hey hey hey…it’s draft day!

World Be Free

June 26th, 2009
8:08 am

Stay at 4-Toronto is desperate to make a deal. Let it be with someone else.

Mr. Heat Miser

June 26th, 2009
8:13 am

With all the crap going on down in Tampon Bay the Lecavalier rumor mill is cranking up again.

Toby

June 26th, 2009
8:25 am

It’s Draft day!!! Yes!!! Let’s get this going… We don’t need another puck moving D…but…If Toronto offers #7 + Kaberle ($4.25) for #4…take it and run. He’s an all-star. Assuming Phoenix takes a D (Cowen or Kuklikov etc…) then we end up with either Schenn, Kane, or MPS. Here’s what TFP has on this…

The Atlanta Thrashers are believed to be among the teams interested in Toronto Maple Leafs All-Star defenseman Tomas Kaberle.

Five teams are believed to be interested in acquiring Kaberle, with one having stepped up with a “significant proposal,” Kaberle’s agent Rick Curran told TFP.

It’s uncertain if the Leafs plan on trading Kaberle, but it’s been widely reported that the Thrashers are one of the teams quite interested.

Thrashers GM Don Waddell confirmed having trade talks with Leafs GM Brian Burke about the fourth-overall pick in the NHL Entry Draft, and it’s possible the two teams are discussing a large swap.

The Thrashers are also believed to be interested in another Leafs defenseman, Pavel Kubina.

English Teacher

June 26th, 2009
8:27 am

Have fun at TJs! Were I not taking my son who really wants to go to Gillian’s and meet Bogo, I’d be there, too.

Wow, the draft already? Maybe this summer won’t be as interminable as the last.

PUTTING ON THE FOIL

June 26th, 2009
8:30 am

No way in hell I’d do that deal. Stay with Kane unless the deal is really sweet.

J.B.

June 26th, 2009
8:34 am

when my alarm clock went off early this morning, the first thing I heard was the “WOOOO Hooooo” of hash pipe playing on the radio. That’s got to be a good omen on draft day right? Here’s to hoping DW keeps the 4th pick though… Love to have the aforementioned leafs in thrasher blue, but not at that expense especially considering our ‘youth movement’…

B. Thenet

June 26th, 2009
8:36 am

I still doubt whether or not the first 3 picks go as planned, I have little faith in the abilities of the GMs in Long Island, Tampa, and Colorado. I think we may luck into Duchene, Tavares, or Hedman at #4.

PUTTING ON THE FOIL

June 26th, 2009
8:39 am

B. Thenet- Now that’s great thinking. The GM’s for those three clubs along with DW are at the top of the draft order for a reason.

Jimbo

June 26th, 2009
8:39 am

Defenseman hit their peak years in the 27-30 range. Kaberle is on the downside of that but still good. Getting him and #7 for #4 and a prospect is an OK deal.

Sean

June 26th, 2009
9:13 am

Unless DW wants to take Kaberle and trade him or another defenseman to another team who wants him, I don’t get it. How many quarterbacks does a team need? We already have Kovy, Enstrom, Hainsey, Bogosian and Salmella who can play the point.

I’m hoping we draft Kane. The kid is going to be a stud.

JB

June 26th, 2009
9:26 am

Rawhide, TSN is reporting that the MAJOR deal that the Leafs received was from Boston.

To Toronto:
Phil Kessel

To Boston:
#7
Tomas Kaberle
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=282921

I honestly don’t think we need another offensive defenseman, we have enough at this point. I’d rather see us go after someone like a Mike Komisarek next Wednesday. As for the draft tonight, I don’t think we could go wrong with either one of Kane or Schenn.

BUT……..

What if the Isles take Duschene? Tampa undoubtedly take Victor Hedman at 2 regardless(unless they trade Lecavilier in which they’ll probably draft Tavaras.) So do you move up a spot with Colorado to take JT if he’s there?

RS

June 26th, 2009
9:27 am

For reasons unknown, Ilya Kovalchuk seems to hate Pavel Kubina’s guts. He was the player that Ilya boarded to get kicked out of the Olympic game in Torino. They also have gotten into it a couple of times in the NHL.

kracker

June 26th, 2009
9:28 am

Agree. If Kaberle comes here, somebody has to go, probably Hainsey. I don’t see anyone coveting Ron that much.

GaVaHokie

June 26th, 2009
9:31 am

Prices are definitely getting steep… Phil Kessel for Kaberle AND the #7 pick.

I’d say Lehtonen or Pavelec to Colorado to swap picks… otherwise, I say we’re drafting at #4.

I would not give up the #4 pick AND a player for Phil Kessel, Jack Johnson or Cam Barker or whoever.

LAC

June 26th, 2009
9:38 am

I hope we do NOT trade with Toronto,we need to keep #4 and try to pull off something with Colorado to get #3, then we would have our malkin/crotchby combo here…

But to trade it to Toronto for an aging defensman or two NO NO NO !

dwayne

June 26th, 2009
9:39 am

draft at 4, that person would have some loyalty to the Thrashers. They would also know that Rick Dudley loves to rebuild, so they know by year 2(not DW’s 5 year plan)they will be in the playoffs and part of something special. I feel it in my bones!!!
I know some of you bloggers like to look stuff up, so, is there anyone in Chicago that might want to come to Atl. since RD is here. UFA’s? RFA’s??

Alan

June 26th, 2009
9:43 am

Why trade for Kaberle? We don’t need anymore offensive types here. We need defensive types. We are absolutely stacked with offensive D. As a matter of fact, the sheer idea that we would make a move for Kaberle is offensive.

Don’t screw up, D-Wad. I asked for snow on my birthday, and the heavens denied me. Now I’m asking for a one of either Kane, MPS, or Cowen to be drafted by this club.

Sara

June 26th, 2009
9:49 am

Now that Boston deal looks like an interesting wrinkle. Think about it…what is Burke’s desired end result? #1 overall draft pick. What was Waddell’s opine on that? He’d have a better shot at it if he was holding the #4.

That trade with Boston doesn’t net Burke a draft pick – in fact it costs him his 1st round pick. So unless he is willing to settle for Kessel instead of trying for JT, my hunch is he’s looking to flip Kessel for a pick higher than #7.

I hate the idea of trading the 4th overall pick. I also hate the idea of helping either Brian Burke or the Toronto Maple Leafs. I like the idea of Kessel but not at that price. There better be way way way more to that deal than just Kessel since we won’t be getting any kind of pick in the 1st round.

UGH…

Brian Burke

June 26th, 2009
9:51 am

I’m going to screw Donny boy again.

GaVaHokie

June 26th, 2009
9:58 am

Sara… Toronto is worthless without their #7 pick. They’d have to find a way to get Kessel without giving up that #7 pick if they want to move up.

What are they going to do? Trade Kaberle for Kessel, then trade Kessel and Schenn for #2?

Tavares better be damn good to blow up your team like that.

GaVaHokie

June 26th, 2009
9:59 am

Anyone who ends up with Kessel better be ready to sign him for $6 million a year.

Russian

June 26th, 2009
10:01 am

I will trade 4 pick for Kaberle + 7 pick. No question to ask. Also I like to get Kubina to Atlanta. He is home stay D-man.
Look what we can get if deal will done:
Toby – Bogus
Kaberle – Kubina (they know each other)
Hainsy – Boris
Ex is 7 D-man.
Oystrick is going to Chickago or trade
Salmanella is plaing to Chickago also.
It is a perfect pair of D-man. I sick opf tired to see our D-men pulled out of crease easily. We need size.

JB

June 26th, 2009
10:01 am

It looks like we may be keeping the #4 just from my reading between the lines of what DW says here and Brian Burke seems to think that the Isles are taking Matt Duschene.

http://watch.tsn.ca/nhl/clip187306#clip187306

five_hole

June 26th, 2009
10:01 am

If we were going to make a trade and Phil Kessel is available; I’d rather get him than Kaberle. The kid is young, good and would give Kovy the player he’s looking to be paired with. And we have the cap space. The question is would the ASG be willing to pony up the bucks?

Won’t be at TJ’s but hope y’all have a great time.

Sara

June 26th, 2009
10:14 am

Hokie – there’s also speculation Burke would be content with the #4 to take the younger Schenn. So the question is, would Waddell feel Kessel is enough compensation for the #4 pick?

If choosing between who I’d rather get back in a trade, it’d be Kessel for sure – younger, more upshot, and we’d potentially be able to hold on to him longer. But I’m not digging the idea of just trading straight up for Kessel w/ the #4. Now if Burke can retain that 7th pick, well, then maybe I could see Kessel and the 7th for the 4th. Again, we’ve got some longevity potential with Kessel which makes that more palatable, but still must have that pick – a guy drafted this year will last longer than Kessel and cost a whole lot less (at least in the short term).

This day is going to be insane.

Sara

June 26th, 2009
10:16 am

JB I hope for Wang and Snow’s sakes Burke is wrong. Those 25,000 fans aren’t showing up to cheer the drafting of Duschene. It’s JT or someone’s going to get sacrificed to the hockey gods on Long Island.

GaVaHokie

June 26th, 2009
10:21 am

Sara… I’d try to do a 3-way with Boston and Toronto. Otherwise, why wouldn’t we just deal with Boston directly for Kessel?

Atlanta gets Kessel and M. Stuart
Toronto gets #4 pick
Boston gets #7 and Kaberle

GaVaHokie

June 26th, 2009
10:23 am

I’m just happy to see some pomp and circumstance around the NHL draft… 25,000 at Nassau… flying the #1 pick directly from Montreal to Long Island… you got Burke and Gainey trying to make a huge splash.

It’s going to be exciting!

I’m so happy it’s on Versus! (sarcasm)

ranallo10 (in AT)

June 26th, 2009
10:31 am

Anybody know if this will be streamed anywhere on the ‘net?

Sara

June 26th, 2009
10:35 am

I agree – I think the only way to get Kessel would be a 3-way. I don’t think we would have anything Boston wanted (from a what-we’d-make-available standpoint). But I’d hold firm to getting a 1st rounder back out of any deal. Longevity IMO is crucial at this point. I want someone we can keep for a long time and while in that department Kessel > Kaberle, Player X drafted at #4 > Kessel.

Darkhorse

June 26th, 2009
10:49 am

I just don’t think it’s wise to have to overpay to have Kessel here. Nice player, but we can only have a couple of guys making 6mil a year on this team with this ownerships budget. Don’t give up the fourth pick at all, unless you move up or it’s a no brainer. And no thanks to Kaberle. No more offensive dmen needed right now unless Hainsey is moved.

With Hokie on Pavs, or a couple of picks to move up to number three.

Whhhhoooohooooo……Let the FUN or misery begin!!!!!

ranallo10 (in AT)

June 26th, 2009
11:14 am

My apologies in advance for cross-blog posting, but I realized I put this on the wrong blog after I hit submit…

Outside of the top 15 picks, is there a particular player(s) that you are following in this draft?

Personally I’m following Palmieri and Klingberg in the mid to late first, and I’m also keeping an eye on goalies Bobkov and Lehner in the mid second round. I wouldn’t mind seeing a goalie drafted that early by the Thrashers, especially considering the pipeline will likely be thinned by one during this offseason.

Are there any prospects that jump out to you all, outside of the relative consensus players?

ROBO

June 26th, 2009
11:15 am

TRADE LETEMIN AND EXELBY…..TO THE AVALANCHE FOR #3…………….

dwayne

June 26th, 2009
11:16 am

i’ve hired 50 aspiring actors and actresses to wear Thrasher colors at the draft and chant “fire waddell”

LAC

June 26th, 2009
11:17 am

Watching recap of 2005 draft on NHL network,makes me vomit seeing us pass on Mark Staal and hear waddell say Alex Bourrett was “out” guy,
and it was an IMPORTANT draft for the team… Boy did waddell screw up or what ?

Let’s hope he does not screw up this year !

dwayne

June 26th, 2009
11:17 am

i’m sure the Avs will do that!!! lmao

Russian

June 26th, 2009
11:20 am

Everyone who is talking about Thrashers future, please think one more time.
Look what might Happened after this season if we will take young players and try to build a team.
1. We are missing PO again.
2. Kovy move to other team
3. We got very low points and finish a season as 3 or 4 of the end.
4. Phillips arena will be empty sits.
5. Owners will got more trouble with Budget and sale the team
6. Final Result – Thrashers will be somewhere in Canada or Las Vegas.
I am not Happy with this scenario.
Now look what is my idea. We are not take any young players on this year.
1. Don and Dudley MUST make a GREAT trades.
2. Bring First class players.
3. Team should play like a Champ.
4. Kovy will sign with a team before a All Star Games
5. They have to win at least SE Division or may be more.
6. They have to win first and second rounds PO.
After the season 2009/2010 Atlanta Thrashers will build reputation around the NHL. Players want to come here. We have to make big Splash on next season. This is a situation as DO or DIE hockey on Atlanta.

Darkhorse

June 26th, 2009
11:27 am

Ben Wright’s interview with DW about the draft, trades, and the prices for players he’s seeing is over at his blueland blog on his twitter link. Not sure why I can’t seem to get the link to stick here, but I think the majority of you know how to find it.

Most interesting note he says to Ben is the asking price in the trade market for dmen is a lot lower than for forwards. DW says he expects to make a trade in the next week, had a lot of interest in the first of the two second rounders, and expect to stay at four.

I would offer the Avs that 34th pick to move up if it’s that hot of a pick.

Darkhorse

June 26th, 2009
11:31 am

That’s very wishful thinking Russian! Can’t say I see the turn around that quick, but would love to see it.

dwayne

June 26th, 2009
11:32 am

Russian, great idea!!! Only if we had Detroits owner and Ken Holland for a GM.

Toby

June 26th, 2009
11:35 am

If you get a chance, check out the interview with Dub on the main site (Falconer has the link too). It sounds like good news… it sounds like we draft Kane and don’t make any moves until day 2.

He says that we won’t trade an 18 year old piece for a 30 year old one.

kracker

June 26th, 2009
11:37 am

EK: * The Oilers are closing in on dealing for the #4 overall.

Toby

June 26th, 2009
11:39 am

waste of time (e5)

Spud Webb

June 26th, 2009
11:55 am

Sara, you’re EXACTLY right, the isles fans are going to go nuts if Tavaras isn’t taken. They will have flashbacks of Milbury running that team into the ground!!! ahahahhahahahah, I hope it happens!!!!!