NHL Draft: Defensive theme to Top 10 picks

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NHL Draft: Defensive theme to Top 10 picks

PITTSBURGH As many predicted its been the night of the D-Man in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft at the CONSOL Energy Center. Eight of the first 10 selections in the first round have been blueliners and only two of them Hampus Lindholm selected by the Anaheim Ducks with the sixth overall pick and Slater Koekkoek selected by the Tampa Bay Lighting with the tenth overall pick were on Bostons list of potential players.

Russian sniper Nail Yakupov was selected No. 1 overall by the Edmonton Oilers as they stockpile high-powered forwards, and a number of trades involving Mike Ribeiro, Jordan Staal and Lubomir Visnovsky brought some intrigue to the proceedings. Bostons former second round pick originally sent to Toronto in the Tomas Kaberle deal was actually sent to Dallas as part of the Ribeiro deal bringing the flop artist to the Washington Capitals.

Aside from a lengthy conversation between Peter Chiarelli and Toronto assistant GM Dave Nonis prior to the draft, there doesnt appear to be a whole lot of activity going at the Bruins draft table thus far this evening.

Will at least one of Bostons prized prospects be there for them at the No. 24 pick? Stay turned to find out.

Morning Skate: Another setback for Flyers top pick Nolan Patrick

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Morning Skate: Another setback for Flyers top pick Nolan Patrick

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering what Melissa McCarthy is going to do now that Spicey is gone.

*The debut for Philadelphia Flyers top pick Nolan Patrick has been scratched due to “an infection in his face.” Boy, this kid can’t get healthy, can he?

*Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill is 100 percent sure that the Winged Wheels will be making a return to the playoffs this season.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has hope returning to the city of Houston that they might get an NHL franchise one of these days.

*Travis Yost delves into shooting percentage and some of the nuances when properly trying to break it down statistically.

*There are new season ticket charges for Habs fans in Montreal, and boy are they pissed off about it. Feels like the kind of thing that could push them to riot in the streets or flood 911 emergency lines if the Canadiens aren’t too careful about it.

*Young Blues defenseman Colton Parayko signs a five-year deal with St. Louis to avoid salary arbitration while the D-man taken exactly one pick before him by the Bruins in the draft, Matt Grzelcyk, is going to be hard-pressed to move past the AHL level this season.

*For something completely different: What would Ivan Drago have been doing with his life after his showdown with Rocky in Mother Russia?