Looking ahead to next week’s NHL draft

Next Friday in Los Angeles NHL teams will gather for the entry draft. As you no doubt already know, Atlanta has nine picks in the seven-round draft…two in the first round as well as two in the fifth.

Boston, Phoenix and Anaheim also have a pair of first-round picks.

Here is a quick recap of where and when the Thrashers will take their turn claiming new prospects for the organization.

In the first round, Atlanta has the 8th overall pick based on their position in the standings last year. Edmonton, Boston, Florida, Columbus, New York Islanders, Tampa Bay and Carolina will pick one through seven prior to the Thrashers first pick.

As for whom the Thrashers might select with that number eight pick… well, if certain stories and studies on the matter are to be believed, we might hear Rick Dudley announce somebody like Ryan Johansen or possibly Nino Niederreiter. Both play for the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL.

If the draft plays out in the order NHL.com’s Central Scouting Rankings place these prospects, Medicine Hat’s Emerson Etem will be the player taken.

Atlanta also has the 24th overall pick during the first round. It was obtained from New Jersey in the Kovalchuk deal last February. The two teams also swapped second round picks and so the Thrashers third turn comes in the second round with the 54th overall selection. The Devils will then use the Thrashers 38th overall selection in the second round to make their first pick of the draft.

The Buffalo Sabres have Atlanta’s eighth pick in the third round and fourth rounds, (#s 68 and 98 overall), by way of the trade that sent Clarke MacArthur our way in March. The Thrashers do have the 87th overall in the third round, obtained when Mathieu Schnider was dealt to the Canadiens near the trade deadline in 2009.

In round number four, the Thrashers received the 101st overall from the Stars when Kari Lehtonen was sent packing to Dallas.

Dudley and Co. will then have two picks in the fifth round…the eighth in that round, 128th overall, as well as the final pick of that round, which is the 150th overall. That selection comes from the Chicago Blackhawks who traded it away in exchange for San Jose’s 6th round pick last year which had been previously obtained by the Thrashers.

Finally, rounds six and seven have Atlanta picking with the eighth selections of those rounds…158th and 188th overall.

A couple of other quick notes on the draft…Carolina will have 11 overall draft picks, three in the second round alone, while Edmonton and the Islanders each have 10. San Jose and Dallas only have 4 picks.

Due to the Phil Kessel trade with Boston, Toronto does not pick until the 62nd overall in the third round. The Calgary Flames and Philadelphia Flyers will also have to wait until the third round to make their initial selections…Calgary with the 64th overall and Philly with the 89th, making them the team that waits the longest before making their first selection.

The Chicago Blackhawks are slated to have the final pick of the draft, number 210 in the seventh round.

77 comments Add your comment

World Be Free

June 17th, 2010
10:05 pm

Don’t think the Thrashers will use that #24 pick, I think it will be used as trade bait. That #24 pick should translate into a player we can use now, instead of waiting 3+ years for them to develop.

Still can’t believe the Habs traded Halak, for 2 young guys with potential. Blues just got their starting goaltender, assuming they can sign Halak to a long term deal. Carey Price has some sleepless nights ahead of him.

Brendan

June 17th, 2010
11:31 pm

WBF, definitely AGREE. This is a stunning trade. We all knew either Halak or Price was going to go, but it seemed CLEAR that it would be Price who got dealt. At least, to me, it did. I saw Carey Price as a ‘holdover’ from the Gainey Administration. Something that helped Mr. Gainey out of the GM seat. But now this??? In John McEnroe-like fashion, “You CANNOT be serious.”

Okay, fine. Yes. There are financial aspects to this trade, which help to explain it a bit. But really, GM’s get paid to assemble the best possible roster, to win playoff games, to make money for their ownership. The guy who took them from #8 to the Conference Finals … is the guy the Habs GM says, “See ya!,” to? “Buh-bye, Jaro??? Thanks for the memories!!! Ya money’s on da counter, I’m done witchu.” C’mon. That’s bad management. If Montreal wanted to shed payroll, they should have tried to move Scott Gomez. I thought Gionta had a great playoffs, but moving him would have fetched better than Lars Eller and Ian Scultz, while freeing up cap space.

Sigh. Look, I like Eller. I think he’s got a lot of potential. He went 13th overall in draft year. That should tell you something. Schultz is just “sweetener.” But, really, this is a bad trade. The only way this one works for Montreal … is if Eller wins the Calder Trophy, while young Carey Price blossoms into the 5th overall pick he was projected to be. Thus far, the returns on Price don’t show that. And Montreal’s media is unforgiving. I’m not a Habs fan, so … this doesn’t bother me. As a Thrashers fan, I’m delighted that Carey Price is staying and Jaroslav Halak is leaving. How often do we play the Blues? I mean the team, not the sentiment of futility. I say, “Good for St. Louis!” This might just be what they need to get back into playoff revenues. Good luck, Blues. You gave to get, but I think got more. What do they say? “The team that winds up with the best player, wins the trade.”

Don Waddell

June 18th, 2010
12:22 am

Does Alex Bourret have a younger brother with a propensity to eat donuts?

World Be Free

June 18th, 2010
5:36 am

Brendan, the Habs knew they had to sign both guys last summer when the signed a bunch of free agents and chewed up their space for this summer. They set themselves up. My issue with price is that he can’t handle the Montreal fans and media. I know he’s only 22, but Toews and Crosby won Cups at 22 and Carey is barely done with his snit of losing the starting job before playoffs. Doesn’t matter how much talent you have, if you can’t handle the pressure of the position and being who you are, then it’s no good.

We can all dislike Patrick Roy for his arrogent ways, but he had the swagger it took to be a winner. Price has the talent, but he has to grow up alot in the next 3 monthes.

rob

June 18th, 2010
7:53 am

Patrick Roy was arrogant?

R. Stroz

June 18th, 2010
8:07 am

After the Halak trade, the Habs should be renamed the Homers.

Do the Thrashers have any untalented, undersized French Canadian kids that can be traded to Montreal for a talented non-Canadian prospect?

World Be Free

June 18th, 2010
8:12 am

Stroz-Bourret?

The Real Thrash

June 18th, 2010
8:16 am

Niederreiter is more of what we need. Good around the net creating chances.Hope he’s still available at eight and we have the smarts to pick him.

GaVaHokie

June 18th, 2010
8:19 am

Emerson Etem!!

GaVaHokie

June 18th, 2010
8:28 am

Stroz… Angelo Esposito?

GaVaHokie

June 18th, 2010
8:32 am

I’ll take Mike Kramer’s draft any day of the week… very smart choices across the board (not just Atlanta).

http://thrashers.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=531889&navid=DL|ATL|home

I could see Detroit landing a guy like Pysyk and I like how he has both California kids going to Anaheim (Etem and Bennett). Couldn’t imagine the Anaheim fire power if they added those two to Getzlaf, Perry and Ryan.

Howden and Johansen would be very solid picks for Atlanta.

hip czech

June 18th, 2010
8:52 am

I’m leaning toward Niederreiter as the first pick, unless we are sure we have a #1 center in Johansen. Some mock drafts have Atlanta taking Jack Campbell at #8…if Waddell were running the show I might worry about that, but no way Dudley takes a goalie with that pick (or anywhere in the first 3 rounds hopefully).

I doubt that Montreal would would have been dumb enough (or more dumber) to trade Halak to an Eastern Conference team. Could you imagine the lynching if Halak would have led an eastern team to the playoffs and les Habs missed out?

Spud Webb

June 18th, 2010
9:07 am

oh god, Brendon, this line is priceless…I’m delighted that Carey Price is staying and Jaroslav Halak is leaving. How often do we play the Blues? I mean the team, not the sentiment of futility.

I gotta think the frogs could’ve gotten more for Halak, a team like philly who hasn’t had a true number since maybe hextall would’ve given something more than two prospects???

Red Light

June 18th, 2010
9:12 am

Since last year’s All-Star Game, Price’s record is 20-32-10 and he has lost his last nine playoff games. Enter Marty Biron as the back-up?

Draft wants: Ryan Johansen, Emerson Etem, Jarred Tinordi (son of former NHLer Mark) is 6-6, 205 and apparently can skate, and Quinton Howden.

Dwayne

June 18th, 2010
9:22 am

how old was etem when that picture was taken….10??

World Be Free

June 18th, 2010
10:01 am

Red Light//Marty will end up in Montreal or Buffalo. He’ll have to take $1M or less to go to the Habs.
Dwayne-I was thinking the same thing! We’re drafting Mites now!
spud-trading a proven goaltender for promise is a dicey thing at best. Sabres fans must be grinning too!

Telfo

June 18th, 2010
10:12 am

i hope we get Johansen or Neiderreiter at 8th. followed by taking a chance on Kabanov at 24. Kabanov is easily a top 5-10 talent but has had some character issues in the past. I think the risk is worth it with our 2nd first rounder

jen

June 18th, 2010
10:19 am

@Spud Webb – Philly couldn’t have taken Halak with their cap issues still unresolved.

Given the prospect depth we have a goal, I’d be very surprised if Dudley looked in that direction. There’s already issues with finding places for all of them to play. I still want to see Moose re-signed. He’s probably the closest thing we have to a true captain on this team right now.

We need a top six winger badly, especially if Max isn’t coming back. Next year’s draft isn’t supposed to be spectacular and since we have 2 1st rounders this year, might be worth looking into trading next year’s pick.

Lee

June 18th, 2010
10:44 am

The Halak trade was a big mistake. #1, Halak is good. A lot better than Price. His Sv% is 9.24 compared to 9.12. He is 26-13 compared to 13-20. #2, now that Halak is gone, Price is alone. They’ll probabaly call someone up, but they won’t have the goalie staff they used to have, unless the person they call up is better, which I doubt.

Thrashers will probably trade the #24 pick and hopefully will get something with it.

kracker

June 18th, 2010
11:08 am

Interesting thought, jen, about trading a 2011 pick if next year’s crop is indeed weak.

R. Stroz

June 18th, 2010
11:49 am

Is anyone else getting concerned about the rate at which next year’s team is being built?

So far, we have seven forwards, well six if you remove Charmin, under contract from last year’s team, five defensemen, and no goalies.

None of the RFA’s have been locked up longer term.

Waddell used to be known for his procrastination. Is Dudley a procrastinator as well, or is Waddell still in control?

World Be Free

June 18th, 2010
11:51 am

I won’t trade next year’s no. 1 so early. Not to be negative, but we have no idea where we will finish next season. I’d hate to be like Toronto, sitting here watching someone take my pick, the second overall. everyone else knows next year is a shallow pool too, so the value of a #1 pick next season will not be as great as we would expect.

drajax

June 18th, 2010
12:04 pm

just read in the NY Post that the Thrashers are up for sale, so are the Hawks but the sale of the basketball team is tied to Phillips and paying off a lease; Thrashers sale isn”t. Doesn’t sound good.

J.B.

June 18th, 2010
12:07 pm

Here’s the link:

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/atlanta_sports_woes_nFWtCfbmsxk5uXjNim4q1O

I particularly don’t like the sound of the Thrashers being sold ’seperately’ which I read as ‘can be moved out of Atlanta’.

Smoothie

June 18th, 2010
12:08 pm

NY Post is wrong. By a country mile.

Stroz – only two teams, Tampa and DET I think have tendered their RFA’s. I reckon most teams will do it on Monday of next week.

Rawhide

June 18th, 2010
12:09 pm

Per Ben Wright’s Blueland Blog…here is a statement released from Levenson and Gearon…

Bruce Levenson and Michael Gearon, two of the principal partners of Atlanta Spirit LLC, the parent company that owns the Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Thrashers and Philips Arena operating rights, have released the following statement regarding the rumored sale of the teams and arena:

“As has been shared publicly for more than a year, we are interested in finding minority investors and have engaged a firm to assist us in that effort. We have no plans to move either team, and remain committed to the Hawks, the Thrashers, Philips Arena and the city of Atlanta.”

Folks, I wouldn’t go jumping off a bridge here because of this news. It’s long been reported thet the Octocluster has been looking for ‘minority investors’.

World Be Free

June 18th, 2010
12:13 pm

Just shows you how the media can screw up just about anything, except for this blog of course.

J.B.

June 18th, 2010
12:23 pm

glad to hear some comment on the situation from them.

Smoothie

June 18th, 2010
12:24 pm

Hence why Atlanta radio sucks big YE Yang.

Pittsburgh Pirate Fan

June 18th, 2010
12:44 pm

Does this mean Sage is going to be bidding to become an owner?
Minority owner Sage Bluesland-now those are some board meeting I’d like to attend!

Smoothie

June 18th, 2010
12:54 pm

“Michael Russo reports Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher isn’t ruling out going the trade route rather than free agency this summer to address his roster needs. Fletcher seeks a top-six forward and could be forced to use either Brent Burns, Nick Schultz or Cam Barker from his defense corps as trade bait. The Wild GM has also been shopping backup goalie Josh Harding but is having trouble finding a market for him. Fletcher offered Harding to the St. Louis Blues prior to their acquisition yesterday of Jaroslav Halak.”

If Halak is only worth two prospects, then perhaps the Wild would be interested in a prospect + our 24th overall pick for Josh Harding. A Pavs & Harding tandem is quite attractive in my estimation. However, I’m not sure if it would be worth giving up Morin or Klingberg if that’s what they are looking for. Can’t hurt to offer something like Cormier and the 24th pick.

World Be Free

June 18th, 2010
1:14 pm

Smoothie-Wild are also concerened somebody might hit Harding with an offer sheet.

kracker

June 18th, 2010
1:17 pm

WBF – I was thinking more of next year’s 2nd or 3rd, which I should have made clear. For an impact player that Duds wants tho, pull the trigger involving the 2011 #1.

Stroz – Duds has been changing the drapes arranging his new furniture.

Eklund has Little on his list of Eight Players and Their Rumors of Offer Sheets.

#6 Bryan Little
He is an RFA and a huge chip. The Thrashers have cap space according to the NHL, but their self-imposed space may mean they have to actually make space. Little is a potential star.
Teams rumored to have interest…Montreal and Detroit

http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Eklund/Here-Are-Eight-Players-Who-I-am-Hearing-Offer-Sheet-Rumors-About/1/28859

World Be Free

June 18th, 2010
1:26 pm

kracker-I saw that Eklund post too, I was bored this morning!
Offer sheets are pricey, not sure Little has shown enough to warrant the steep price of an offer sheet but we will see. I always said Buffalo should have let Thomas Vanek walk and take the 5 first round picks. I am cool with trading a 2nd or 3rd round pick in 2011 too for the right guy.

Clarence Campbell

June 18th, 2010
1:46 pm

An offer sheet for Bryan Little is like saying Waddell will replace Gary Bettman as commissioner — although both are equal in competence and stature!

rob

June 18th, 2010
2:09 pm

While I didn’t like seeing the elbow Cormier threw….I am hoping someone can get him to think before he acts. We need a nasty guy who can play too. That will make Bolts more expendable.

Alan R.

June 18th, 2010
2:29 pm

Why does it grate my nerves when people quote Eklund? It’s almost uncontrollable.

World Be Free

June 18th, 2010
2:59 pm

Alan R-sorry, I will not be so foolish again.
Actually, it is a good thing becuase if Eklund predicts it will happen you know it won’t!

Alan R.

June 18th, 2010
3:19 pm

It’s not you, WBF. It’s me.

And really, I’m just against giving that guy any sort of “publicity” at all.

Brendan

June 18th, 2010
3:43 pm

Folks, something always stuck me as odd, re: the Spirit’s “claims” of financial losses. Over on Jeff Schultz’ blog, there’s some estimation of $30 million lost by the Spirit over the past 12 months or so.

How can this possibly be true? Look at the Thrashers actual payroll. Then add rougly $14 million (instead $17 million, because of lower attendance) in revenue-sharing dollars from the NHL to offset those losses, and what do you get? It can’t add up to $30 million in losses. It just CAN’T. The Thrashers did sell tickets this year. They didn’t play to an empty house. And even when the house looked empty, those seats were sold to people who didn’t show up.

Supposing for the very moment that it’s true that the Spirit had operating losses of $30 million, wouldn’t that have triggered them to race towards accountability, YEARS AGO, for playoff revenues? Nope. They stood pat with Waddell, even after the disasterous 2007 sweep by the NY Rangers. And what followed? Three (3) more years of no playoff-revenue. Folks, if the Spirit were actually losing money at the rate and amount they claim, they would have been forced to sell or improve. So, I’m not buyin’ it. I think the Thrashers somewhat “break even.” I say that, including the NHL provided revenue sharing dollars. Payroll for this club isn’t that high, nor has it been, for the past three seasons. The CAP HIT was bigger, because of the POTENTIAL for Kane and Bogosian to hit bonuses, along with Alexei Zhitnik’s buyout money. (Think Todd White-don’t let another buyout happen again!!) In Commissioner Bettman’s shoes, I’d have long since hauled these guys into my office to have a SIT DOWN, 3-hour long discussion about how things are gonna be run in Atlanta. Folks, there is NO REASON this market … should struggle in hockey … except for ineptitude in icing a roster. That’s it. There are enough Northern transplants to make a playoff-ready club very successful here. And that will translate, also, into playoff revenue, for the owners. I’m sure Bettman thought, back in 1999, that Atlanta would be a SURPLUS market, rather than a $14-17 million drain on his revenue-sharing program.

kracker

June 18th, 2010
3:47 pm

Seek help, Alan ;)

Actually I admire the guy for going from a relative nobody to someone everybody in hockey knows. He saw a need during the lockout and set up a page discussing lockout related rumors and then parlayed it into a full time rumor mill gig, including appearances on hockey TV and radio shows, podcasts, live webcam on draft days, etc. Anyway, I go over now and then, it’s as good a place to read about hockey and I don’t take his rumors any more or any less serious than any other blogger. Even you will have to admit, Alan, there is a pretty impressive group of team and fan bloggers assembled on hockeybuzz.

Actually, I think there is a need for a Thrashers blogger on HB. Perhaps you would be interested in helping them out over there?

R. Stroz

June 18th, 2010
3:56 pm

My blue vuvuzelas were just delivered.

R. Stroz

June 18th, 2010
4:00 pm

Brendan – It’s easy. The Atlanta Thrashers pay Philips Arena Operations an exorbitant management fee for management the arena.

It’s a shell game between the three wholly owned subsidiaries, the Thrashers, the Hawks, and Philips Arena Operations.

kracker

June 18th, 2010
4:10 pm

Good thing I moved a couple of sections to my right!

Alan R.

June 18th, 2010
4:31 pm

“A couple sections” to the right won’t help. You’ll be able to hear those things outside the arena!

R. Stroz

June 18th, 2010
4:36 pm

I’m really looking forward to the Pittsburgh and Buffalo games this season.

It’s about time the opposing teams’ fans felt a little “uncomfortable.”

kracker

June 18th, 2010
4:40 pm

That’s probably true, Alan. If they’re that loud they will be baned pretty quickly…maybe Stroz with them! Not that we want that, I mean Stroz is buying tickets and other stuff! And we like him in spite of all his faults ;)

R. Stroz

June 18th, 2010
4:44 pm

faults

When did loud, short, fat, and ugly become faults?

Myopic and deaf are underrated.

Lee

June 18th, 2010
5:13 pm

Man USA ties it up! They should’ve won, but the referee was horrible….

kracker

June 18th, 2010
5:23 pm

Those are your good traits :)

C Viv has posted a new article on the Thrashers off-season and Dudleys to-do list.