This year’s NHL entry draft was filled with lots of twists and turns.
Nathan MacKinnon led the way, being drafted first overall by the Colorado Avalanche. This was followed closely by the Florida Panthers selecting Finnish goaltender Aleksander Barkov.
The Tampa Bay Lightning were delighted to select MacKinnon’s teammate Jonathan Drouin third overall in the draft. I believe the Lighting powerplay lines will be quite electrifying next season, especially considering it will now consist of Stamkos, Drouin and Martin St. Louis.
Surprisingly this meant that Seth Jones, the kid that was first for most of the pre-draft period, fell to fourth. However, I’m sure he’ll be satisfied of the result.
Nashville’s Shea Weber will most likely have a new line mate on the first defensive line. I believe this line will end up being one of the most effective, powerful lines in the NHL next season.
The other shocking developments that occurred on draft day involved the Vancouver Canucks. Leading up to the draft, the organisation were considering using goaltender Corey Schneider as a bargaining chip. This is largely due to the fact that no teams have showed any interest in absorbing Roberto Louongo’s massive contract.
I was hoping that these reports were just rumours. Unfortunately, a trade involving the New Jersey Devils did occur. Schneider was dealt to the Devils for a ninth overall pick. This pick turned out to be Kitchener Rangers forward Bo Horvat.
I believe this was a huge mistake, but I’m not the one sitting in Mike Gillis’ chair. I’m not saying that we don’t have a goaltender to get us deep into the playoffs again. Louongo has done fantastic for the organisation overall and for Schneider, it’s certainly not a bad situation either. He’ll still be able to pursue the starting position for his new team.
In fact, it may be easier for him due to the age of veteran goaltender Martin Brodeur. So now the question for Vancouver is - will Louongo stay and perform at the level he did when the club reached the final?
Also, will Eddie Lack or Joe Cannata get the backup position? These are the questions that the Canucks organisation has to deal with now. I’m extremely anxious to see how this new team will perform next season - but I can't wait to find out!
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