Path to Glory: The NHL Draft

(Top Prospect Ryan Strome of the OHL’s Niagra Ice Dogs)

I’ll be at the NHL draft in Minneapolis on June 24th, so feel free to follow me on twitter for live draft-day tweets. (HouseOfPuck)

If there’s any question as to the importance of June 24, look no further than the Chicago Blackhawks. Or the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Detroit Red Wings. Of course, these are the last 3 cup winners, all of which have been built primarily through the draft. The first two were fortunate to get a string of very high picks, while the Red Wings have simply drafted well for years without the fortune of a lottery pick.

In terms of hockey operations, Friday June 24th is without a doubt the most important day for the Winnipeg (Blanks). It gives the team the opportunity to add a key piece of their future at virtually no cost – apart from the cost of well-paid scouts and the youngster’s inevitable entry-level contract, which will range from about $1.75-$2.5 million including bonuses. Here are the teams that are ahead of Winnipeg in the draft queue: Continue reading

Atlanta Thrashers: State of the Union

Thrashers’ Organizational Audit

 

Here’s the Thrashers’ depth chart (as of May 20, 2011):

C: Antropov, Burmistrov, Slater, Cormier

LW: Ladd, Kane, Thorburn, Maxwell

RW: Little, Wheeler, Stewart, Schremp

D: Byfuglien, Enstrom, Bogosian, Hainsey, Oduya, Stuart

G: Pavelec, Mason

Salary commitments: $37.5M

Cap space: $21M Continue reading