NHL News: Player News and Updates for 6/28/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on News from Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
June 28, 2014
The 2014 NHL Draft continues today, which will help get our weekend kicked off right. We’ve got plenty of topics to cover following what’s been a busy off-season week, so let’s get right to it by examining some of the headlines around the league. Here’s the latest.
Draft Wrap-Up: There was certainly a trend going on at the top of last night’s 2014 NHL Draft. 11 of the first 13 picks ended up being forwards, and a whopping 25 of the top 30 were forwards as well. That’s the most in history, overtaking 2003’s 23.
That continues the NHL’s tendency toward speed, skill and most importantly scoring, and we should see the effects of these trends rippling throughout the next few years.
Florida bucked the trend with the first overall pick, snagging NHL-ready defenseman Aaron Ekblad. He’s the first D to go No. 1 since 2006.
Going second was Sam Reinhart, who started the run on forwards. After him at number three came Leon Draisaitl. No. 4 was Samuel Bennett; No. 5 was Michael Dal Colle and Jake Virtanen went No. 6 to Vancouver to round out the top half-dozen picks.
These top guys have been praised for their NHL-readiness, so we could see them contributing very soon. It should be an interesting season coming up.
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Kesler Headed to Anaheim: There were a handful of trades happening throughout the day yesterday as teams jockeyed for position in the draft. One of the most notable deals happened between the Canucks and Ducks, with Ryan Kesler heading to Anaheim.
In exchange, the Canucks got Nick Bonino, Luca Sbisa and the 24th overall draft pick.
Kesler brings a solid, veteran presence to the Ducks and should be featured prominently.
Kane-Toews Contracts: Here’s some interesting news out of Chicago. Both Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are heading into the final season of their five-year contracts, and are expected to sign extensions in the very near future.
According to reports yesterday, the duo are expected to ask for $12 million per year each, which would put them at the top of the heap as far as salary. That said, the two may lower their monetary demands to accommodate the Blackhawks as they retool for another deep playoff run.
NHL Off-Season Schedule: Let’s keep our hockey fix going with a look at the 2014 off-season calendar. There should be plenty to keep us occupied as we gear up for next year.
June 25-July 1: Teams can conduct interviews with unrestricted free agents
June 27-28: 2014 NHL Draft
June 30: Deadline to tender offers to restricted free agents
July 1: Start of free agency period
Early July: Rookie development camps begin
Mid-September: Training camp begins
October 8: First games of the 2014-15 NHL season
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