Good piece by Dominic Tiano on London Knights winger and Bruins prospect Jared Knight as he gets ready to fight for a Memorial Cup starting tonight. The games will be televised on the NHL Network, so Bs fans can get a look at a forward that could help Boston at some point next season.
Shane Malloy has his Top 40 prospects for the upcoming NHL Draft at his Art of Scouting blog.
Helene Elliott gives a look at the Los Angeles Kings domination of the Phoenix Coyotes thus far in the Western Conference Finals.
Daniel Alfredsson says that he may have played his last competitive game in the NHL, and that would be sad news in Ottawa indeed.
There will be no rushed decisions on Alain Vigneault and Roberto Luongo, according to the Vancouver Canucks GM. Theyre still emotionally recovering from their regular season loss to the Bruins.
Ian Mendes debuts his column at the Ottawa Citizen and gives out some advice to those media members trying to actually get an answer out of John Tortorella.
Pierre Lebrun with a good take on the dishonesty charge being levied against the Los Angeles Kings as the Coyotes begin to swirl down the playoff drain.
Shea Weber talks about feeling betrayed by Alexander Radulov for his immature behavior during the playoffs that led to his team suspension. It would seem the Russian stars days in Nashville are numbered at this point.
For something completely different: What are the Fifty Shades of Guay? Dont ask me. Just listen to the latest hilarious creation from Toucher and Rich.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while giving a thumbs up to “The Good Dinosaur” as quality family viewing.
*TSN Hockey Buddha Bob McKenzie breaks down the players available in the NHL draft lottery and what kind of names teams like the Boston Bruins should expect to be available with the first 14 picks.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Greg Wyshynski talks about the World of Cup ads with the ESPN creative people that made them happen. They used the word jarring in something of a positive fashion to describe them. I would use the word “not funny” for Reg Carling, the fictional character created for the ads. If they were trying to feature the personality of NHL players in those ads, I think they missed the mark. It’s not really a big deal in the final scheme of things, but it doesn’t make for a good first step in drawing hockey fans back to the four letter network.
*Good luck to Cam Tucker, a hockey writer based out of Vancouver that appears to have been one of the latest to be downsized in our industry.
*Dennis Bernstein has some thoughts, facts, analysis and theories surrounding the Los Angeles Kings, who have a long time to think about their first-round exit from the playoffs.
*Bruce Garrioch has some info on Ottawa’s long range plan to move to a needed downtown arena and that being the blueprint for most other Canadian cities.
*Tracey Myers has a dilemma for the Blackhawks: Andrew Shaw wants to stay, but the question is whether the Blackhawks can afford him?
*PHT writer James O’Brien has Bruce Boudreau lamenting the tough Game 7 loss for the Anaheim Ducks to the Nashville Predators. The loss may cost Boudreau his job, and will see a lot of new blood in the West with Chicago, Los Angeles and Anaheim now all out of the postseason.
*For something completely different: how can you say “no” to a tour of the world’s most magnificent treehouses.
The Bruins will know a great deal more in a couple of days about their prospects for NHL Draft weekend in Buffalo this June.
The NHL will hold its annual draft lottery in Toronto on Saturday night for those teams outside the playoffs that hold first-round picks or those shrewd enough to have secured a first-rounder and still have reached the playoffs.
The Bruins will have two first-round picks regardless of what happens: they hold their own lottery-eligible selection along with the first-round pick from the San Jose Sharks sent to Boston last summer in the trade for goaltender Martin Jones. The Sharks are still alive in the postseason, so the B’s second selection will be a late first-rounder.
The Bruins were the last NHL team eliminated from playoff contention, so they hold the slimmest odds of securing the first overall pick with a 1 percent chance in the Auston Matthews sweepstakes.
It’s too bad because the kind of game-breaking talent available at the top of the draft is exactly what the Black and Gold franchise needs after trading away top-10 first-round picks in Tyler Seguin and Dougie Hamilton the past three years.
The Bruins will have roughly the same odds for the second (1.1 percent chance) and third overall picks (1.3 percent chance) should they miss out on No. 1, but the chances are still slim at they will pick anywhere but the same exact 14th overall pick where they selected Jake DeBrusk last season. Should they get a selection in the top three, the Bruins would be looking at big-time center Matthews, and a pair of Finnish wingers in Patrick Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi, along with Matthew Tkachuk (son of Keith Tkachuk and cousin to Jimmy Hayes).
The highest rated D-man on the board is Sarnia Sting blueliner Jakob Chycrun, who is a player the Bruins would need to trade up for, a la their attempt at Noah Hanifin last year. The Bruins will have assets to potentially make that happen, but we all know how that worked out last season for Don Sweeney when a big part of “the plan” was moving up to nab one of last year’s blue chip D-men in the draft.
Hopeful Bruins fans can try their luck with the NHL Draft Lottery Simulator online, but fair warning that you won’t see the Spoked ‘B’ come up very much while hashing out the order of the top three overall picks for late June at the First Niagara Center.
Young Bruins winger David Pastrnak wasn’t 100 percent sure he was going to play in the IIHF World Championships, but it now appears he will taking part in the tournament for the Czech Republic entry competing in Russia. According to Twitter account for NHL reporter Zdenek Matejovsky, Pastrnak will play on a line with Czech Republic team captain Tomas Plekanec and fellow young winger Roman Cervenka.
Pastrnak finished his NHL season with a flourish scoring three goals in his last five games after battling injuries and taking a detour trip to the World Junior tournament in the middle of the season. The 19-year-old produced 15 goals and 26 points in 51 games for the Black and Gold when it was all said and done, and finished the year playing in a top line spot with David Krejci and Loui Eriksson.
Pastrnak is also expected to take part in the World Cup of Hockey tournament for the Czech Republic during NHL training camp amidst a growing international hockey resume for the highly skilled Bruins youngster. The hope is that the top competition at the World Championships and the World Cup could segue into a major NHL leap forward for Pastrnak in his pivotal third season in Boston at a position (right wing) where the Bruins really needed more production this season.
Krejci would have also been an automatic choice for the Czech World Championship team, but he’s instead scheduled to undergo surgery on his left hip for a nagging issue that’s bothered him on and off over the last two seasons.