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2018 NHL Entry Draft – Pacific Division Team Needs

With the NHL entry draft on the horizon, teams are gearing up for a busy weekend in Dallas on June 22nd/23rd. This years draft class is deep and a has a ton of foreign talent, three of which are the projected top 3. It also includes one player who is a generational talent and has all the makings to be an instant superstar. We will take a look at the Pacific Division team needs and who they will potentially pick in this year’s draft. Anaheim Ducks Draft Position: 23rd Overall Recent First Round Picks: Sam Steel, Max Jones, Jacob...

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2018 NHL Entry Draft – Atlantic Division Team Needs

MONTREAL, QC – JANUARY 05: Rasmus Dahlin #8 of Team Sweden skates the puck during the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship bronze medal game against Team Russia at the Bell Centre on January 5, 2017 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Team Russia defeated Team Sweden 2-1 in overtime and win the bronze medal. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images) With the NHL entry draft on the horizon, teams are gearing up for a busy weekend in Dallas on June 22nd/23rd. This years draft class is deep and a has a ton of foreign talent, three of which are the projected top...

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Buffalo Sabres Sign Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen

The Buffalo Sabres announced today that the team has signed goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen to a three-year, entry-level contract. The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen to a three-year, entry-level contract. https://t.co/VoYVuHr0yL — Sabres PR (@SabresPR) June 14, 2018 Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen was drafted in the second round, 54th overall by the Sabres in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. The 19-year-old native of Espoo, Finland is a rather large netminder standing at 6-foot-4 and weighing in at 198 pounds. This past season he played for Leki Lempaala in Finland’s second division. He posted a record of 11-11-2...

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Montreal Canadiens Prospect Joni Ikonen Injured

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Montreal Canadiens along with the Kalpa Kuopio Hockey Club has announced that prospect Joni Ikonen underwent surgery on his right knee. The recovery time is expected to be 6 months. Joni Ikonen was injured during an on May 28th during an on-ice practice with his team in Kuopio, Finland. The knee surgery was performed in Finland at the Kuopio University Hospital by Dr Hannu Miettinen. Ikonen was selected 58th overall by the Canadiens in last year’s NHL Entry Draft. The pick originally came from the Washington Capitals in a trade that sent...

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Report: Dallas Stars Sign Valeri Nichushkin

According to Russian news outlet R-Sport, The Dallas Stars have agreed to terms with restricted free agent Valeri Nichushkin on a two-year deal. The deal will be officially announced on July 1st. He has spent the last two seasons playing with CSKA Moscow in the KHL. Valeri Nichushkin signed a 2-year deal with #DallasStars. Deal will be announced on Jul 1 https://t.co/phckJEjuee — Семён Галькевич (@galkevich32) June 8, 2018 Valeri Nichushkin Re-Joins the Dallas Stars Nichushkin was drafted by the Stars 10th overall in the 2013 NHL entry draft. After making the team right out of camp, Nichushkin had a respectable...

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Montreal Canadiens Draft Preview

It was a disastrous year for Marc Bergevin and the Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens finished 4th from last in the entire NHL and the team proved that they have some obvious holes. The Canadiens were the lowest scoring team in the league this season and finished 25th in goals against. The Habs struggled with injuries as well as consistency all year, and not having a true number one or number two centre proved detrimental to the team’s success. Bergevin has been forced to hit the reset button. He started by firing his assistant coaches J.J. Daignault and Dan Lacroix,...

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Vancouver Canucks Sign Elias Pettersson

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Vancouver Canucks announced today that they have signed top prospect Elias Pettersson to a three-year entry-level contract. Pettersson was selected fifth overall in last years NHL entry draft. Heres a scouting report on Pettersson by Last Word’s own Ben Kerr: Elias Pettersson Scouting Report: 2017 NHL Draft #10 Canucks Sign Elias Pettersson Elias Pettersson had a fantastic rookie season playing in the SHL with Vaxjo HC. He set new SHL records by a player under the age of 20 scoring 24 goals and 56 points in 44 games. He also set a...

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Toronto Maple Leafs Promote Brandon Pridham

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas wasted no time filling the assistant general manager position. The Leafs announced today that they would be promoting Brandon Pridham to the role. The position was previously filled by Mark Hunter, who the team mutually parted ways with on Monday. The @MapleLeafs have promoted Brandon Pridham to Assistant General Manager. 📰: https://t.co/qmefkyjTdf #TMLtalk pic.twitter.com/6ZmXExdmVC — Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) May 23, 2018 Leafs Promote Brandon Pridham to Assitant General Manager The 44-year-old Pridham was hired by Brendan Shanahan in 2014. Before being promoted he was known as the assistant to the general manager....

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Arizona Coyotes sign Ilya Lyubushkin

Arizona Coyotes general manager John Chayka announced today that they have agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with former KHL defenceman Ilya Lyubushkin. Terms of the contract were not disclosed as per team policy. OFFICIAL: #Coyotes Sign Lyubushkin to One-Year, Two-Way Contract https://t.co/7m2WuQ7g7n — Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) May 23, 2018 Coyotes Sign Ilya Lyubushkin Ilya Lyubushkin has played the past five seasons in the KHL with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. Over his KHL career, he has 12 goals and 24 assists for 36 points while registering 258 penalty minutes in 257 games. He put up three goals and six assists for...

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Montreal Canadiens Defence Targets

After enduring their worst season since 2000-2001 the Montreal Canadiens are in line for some big changes. Those changes started by adding Dominic Ducharme and Joel Bouchard to the organization recently. The next task will be to address the obvious holes in the lineup. The centre position is always one that is talked about for the Habs but there is another need that’s just as big. The Canadiens defence, specifically the left side. Canadiens Defence Targets for Next Season On the right side, the Canadiens defence is set for years to come. Led by superstar defenceman Shea Weber, the...

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