Okay folks, welcome to Day 2 of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. The picks last night were… interesting? Overall, a lot of players went a bit off their projections, and there weren’t a whole lot of trades. Not like the wheeling and dealing of last year. Bruins made the smart choice and drafted BU defenseman (Right shot!) Charlie McAvoy with the 14th overall pick, but went a little crazy with #29, selecting the USNTDP’s (and U. Wisconsin commit- future teammate of Bruins prospect Cameron Hughes) Trent Frederic (a Centre), in a move that #SHOCKEDTHEWORLD . Naturally, twitter reacted with its accustomed dignity and aplomb. The bigger news was that there was no big trade for a defenseman, and apparently Sweeney was saying that anyone ‘selling’ was asking for both 1sts AND Pastrnak to start off with. So yeah, no thanks.
Anyway, grab yourselves some coffee and lets do rounds 2-7!
Welcome to B2B’s draft party!
Round One of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft is today, starting at 7:00PM ET and can be seen on can be seen on NBCSN and Sportsnet. Rounds Two through Seven are tomorrow (Saturday) starting at 10:00AM ET and can been seen on the NHL Network and Sportsnet.
As it stands, the Bruins have the #14 and the #29 picks in the first round. Will they trade either of them in a package for Shattenkirk or Fowler? Will they draft the best available? What even is the best available? Will they draft for need, such as a defenseman or a right winger? Will they trade up or down? Get your drinks, put on your party hats, and buckle in!
It’s Rad Brad versus Patrik Laine for the gold medal! Frankie takes on Rossija for a chance at bronze! One last look at Laine and Auston Matthews before the draft! We got:
Bronze Medal Game: USA vs. Rossija, 9:15AM ET
Gold Medal Game: Canada vs. Suomi, 1:45PM ET
NBCSN should have the games, and if you can get TSN they’re streaming it here.
Česko vs. USA (9:15AM ET)
Česko: Michal Birner 7 GP, 4G, 3A, 7P, 0PIM, +7
USA: Dylan Larkin 7 GP, 2G, 5A, 7P, 4PIM +4
How they got here:
Česko: Surprising top seed from Group A. A 3-0 victory over Rossija in their first game set the tone. Goaltending’s been carrying them, with strong performances from Dominik Furch and Pavel Francouz.
USA: Limped their way into the playoffs, having only beaten Bielaruś, Magyarország, and France.
Can I watch it?
Yes, NBCSN will show the game. If you can watch TSN, then they’ll have it, too.
Actual name: Canada
Do I know any of these people? Brad Marchand, of course. A lot of Canada’s NHL superstars will give the WHC a pass, but it’s Canada so there’s still talent aplenty. Connor McDavid (EDM), Taylor Hall (EDM), Max Domi (ARI), and Mathew Dumba (MIN), to name a few. Team Canada is the only team in the WHC whose entire roster comes from the NHL.
Possible NHL reinforcements: Oodles, but expect the younger ones. Perhaps Jamie Benn (DAL), Ryan Johansen (NAS), John Tavares (NYI), Derrick Pouliot (PIT), Justin Schultz (PIT), or Martin Jones (SJS).
Jersey grade: C
The Team Canada jerseys have always felt corporate-looking and boring to me. It’s possible that they’re using these jerseys instead, which would be an improvement:
Actual name: Росси́я (Rossija)
Do I know any of these people? Definitely. Right now about half of Russia’s roster unsurprisingly comes from the KHL, but there’s a ludicrous amount of firepower that can come over from the NHL Playoffs. Russia is pretty much the Dallas Stars of the WHC – lots of offense but not much defense or goaltending. NHLers on Russia’s roster at the moment include Pavel Datsyuk (DET?), Nail Yakupov (EDM), Semyon Varlamov (COL), Sergei Bobrovsky (CBJ), Alexei Emelin (MON), and others. If you want a last look at Maxim Chudinov before he ditches the Bruins, here’s your chance. You have a chance to see how Alex Semin is doing these days.
Possible NHL reinforcements Valeri Nichushkin (DAL), Nikolai Kulemin (RUS), Evgeni Malkin (PIT), Vladimir Tarasenko (STL), Nikita Kucherov (TBL), Vadislav Namestnikov (TBL), Nikita Nesterov (TBL), Andre Vasilevskiy (TBL), Alex Ovechkin (WAS), Evgeny Kuznetzov (WAS), Stanislav Galiev (WAS), Dimitry Orlov (WAS). If the Capitals and Lightning are eliminated in Round Two, that’ll be a lot of very angry and very talented players coming over.
Jersey grade: B+
Just the right amount of ostentatiousness. The imperial look suits Team Russia well. The lettering is a nice touch.