Saturday, July 19, 2014

Kapanen wows Penguins brass at development camp

PITTSBURGH -- Kasperi Kapanen understands any expectations of making the Pittsburgh Penguins' opening-night roster could be unrealistic, but the forward is prepared to defy the odds.

Kapanen, Pittsburgh's first-round pick (No. 22) in the 2014 NHL Draft, skated at Consol Energy Center for the first time this week during the Penguins' development camp. The 17-year-old began the week frustrated by his lack of game-ready legs.

By the time camp concluded, Kapanen said he still felt there was room for significant improvement, but that he is ready to compete when Pittsburgh opens training camp in September.

"I'm still not at the top of my game. I haven't been on the ice this summer at all before this," Kapanen said. "So it's been hard for me. But this week, it's been fun to be on the ice and being on the ice with these guys. It felt good, I felt good with the puck. I think I made some good plays.

"[Being prepared for training camp] is going to be tough. It's going to be tough, but I'm ready. I think I'm up for the challenge. I know some people might doubt me, but I'm just going to bring everything to the table and hopefully make the team."

Penguins assistant general manager Bill Guerin said Kapanen has a legitimate chance to make Pittsburgh's roster.

"He's even better than I thought he would be," Guerin said. "So I was very happy with him. He's just high-end talent, high-end speed. He's a very, very mature kid for his age. Obviously, having his father [Sami Kapanen] playing so many years in the NHL and playing with him and brining him up that way, he's already a pro.

"So he’s ahead of the game in that department, but you just got a little screenshot of what's to come and he's not even 18 yet."

Kapanen (6 feet, 181 pounds) showed his knack for driving to the front of the net throughout the week. That asset could be valuable to Pittsburgh, which lost prominent forwards James Neal and Jussi Jokinen during the early stages of the offseason.

"I think that has to be the way you play in this League, go to the net," Kapanen said. "That's where you score goals, so that's just the type of mindset I try to give to myself, and go to the net and eventually you'll score."

But with a retooled lineup that seems to have become more balanced, the possibility for Kapanen to claim a bottom-six role three months after being drafted is slim. Kapanen expects to compete for a spot on the NHL roster, but recognizes that could be out of reach at this early stage of his career.

If he is unable to claim a spot, Kapanen said he will use it as motivation to push harder for a chance later in the season or next fall.

The Penguins finished the development camp with a scrimmage open to the public Saturday at Consol Energy Center. About 6,500 fans watched the action from the lower bowl.

Kapanen expressed his surprise when told the number of fans in attendance and remarked that it is was more than he is accustomed to playing in front of in his native Finland.

"It's a little different," he said. "It was really fun just to have the fans in the game and into it. Of course, it makes the game a lot more fun."

Following practice Tuesday, Kapanen said he was impressed with his first time in Pittsburgh. After scrimmage Saturday, he shared similar sentiments about the Penguins' organization.

"I think I've bonded with everybody," he said. "Everybody here is so polite and so open-minded and it's easy to talk with them and especially the guys here, they've kind of took me in. It's been a fun week."

Kapanen didn't earn a point during the scrimmage in his team's 6-4 loss. But he said he was pleased with how he performed.

"I thought my legs were pretty good today," Kapanen said. "I don't think they're 100 percent yet, and I think that's a good thing for me because I know that I can be better. So, it was good that I got my legs going a little bit today and got my hands and just my game, I thought it was pretty good today."

During a preplanned shootout, Kapanen was selected to shoot first for Team Black. He deked to the right before dragging the puck back to his left and roofing a backhand shot. The shootout goal showcased his impressive set of hands.

"It's a move that I don't do often. I don't go to the backhand, I'm not too sure about that," Kapanen said. "But the goalie gave that to me that time and I tried it out and it worked out. So, I think I'm going to try that a little bit more, and of course, I think I'm good at shootouts. I like being under pressure."

After four days on the Consol Energy Center ice, Kapanen said he has gained an understanding of the effort expected in the NHL.

"Here, it's always a tough day. It's never easy," Kapanen said. "So when we're on the ice, we're always going 100 percent. So that's something I've learned. In Europe, some days, we might not go as hard, but here, we go 100 percent every day.

"But that's the way I like it. That's how you become better."

Bruins sign Florek, three others, to two-way contracts

The Boston Bruins were busy today, signing defenseman Tommy Cross and forwards Craig Cunningham, Tyler Randell and Justin Florek to one-year, two-way contracts.

Florek, 24, is perhaps the most noteworthy of the group after he served in six playoff games in 2014. He took advantage of a lucky bounce on Apr. 20 to score the opening goal in a 4-1 victory over Detroit in Game 2 of their first round series. It was also the first 2014 postseason goal by the Bruins after they were shutout of Game 1. He can earn $600,000 at the NHL level.

Cross had seven points and 54 penalty minutes in 55 AHL games last season. The 24-year-old was taken in the second round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and his new deal comes with a $600,000 annual cap hit if he plays in the NHL.

Cunningham scored 25 goals and registered 22 assists in 75 contests with the Providence Bruins in 2013-14. He also played with Boston on Dec. 17 and Apr. 13 last season. He’ll turn 24 in September and can make $600,000 if he spends the season in Boston.

Randell had 11 points and 93 penalty minutes in 43 AHL games last season. The 23-year-old’s contract is worth $575,000 at the NHL level.

Bardreau focused on Cornell, then picking NHL team

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Cole Bardreau is having a better summer this year than last.

That's not surprising, considering one year ago he was recovering from a broken neck he sustained from an illegal check playing for Cornell against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

This summer the forward is touring NHL development camps. Bardreau participated in Detroit Red Wings prospect camp early in July and spent time at Boston Bruins development camp.

Summer camps like those are important to a player who was passed over in the NHL Draft a few times and will be a free agent when his college career is complete.

"I've been joking around with some of the guys," Bardreau said. "You think you're prepared and then you come in here and you're huffing and puffing. So I think it just shows you that you have to get to that next level. Especially going to two camps for two weeks, I think that helps you get in shape and be just that much more ready when it comes to season time. So a lot of people have slower starts, it takes them a few games to get going, and that's kind of tough for college guys when you don't play so many games. So I think that it kind of helps you be in shape right away and ready to go."

Even a life-threatening injury couldn't derail Bardreau's goal of making his living playing hockey, and now he's getting a tiny taste of that life before heading back to school.

"There's always been hockey my whole life," he said. "Obviously school's really important to me too. That's why I went to Cornell, because I know it doesn't go on forever. Hockey's always been my No. 1 thing since I've been a little kid. … Every injury I've had it's just kind of counting down the seconds until I can get back on the ice and start rehabbing."

Bardreau fractured his C-7 vertebrae in the front and back of his neck in January 2013. One more fracture and he could've been paralyzed. After surgery he was in a neck brace for three months and didn't start skating again until last July.

Despite the time away from hockey, and two knee injuries during the 2013-14 season, Bardreau was able to put up career highs in goals (seven), assists (nine) and points (16) in 26 games.

"Even when I was laying in the hospital bed with collar on, I was just like, 'When can I get back? I want to get back.' And to be honest it didn't really take me that much time at all," he said. "Probably right when I left the doctor's office and he told me that I was at no greater risk than anyone else, that kind of just flipped the switch for me and I was like, 'All right, I'm ready to go.' I've kind of never been a hesitant player. I think I've always just been an energy guy that keeps going."

Fortunately for Bardreau, who turns 21 on July 22, his injuries haven't discouraged him from using his strength and throwing his weight around. He's caught the attention of scouts with his relentless hitting and enthusiasm. There might even be some more offense to be had from him.

The 5-foot-10, 194-pound senior probably will be asked to contribute more.

"My confidence has grown every year, and having the confidence just to try that extra move when it's not going to hurt my team," he said. "So hopefully I can keep scoring and chip in a little more."

If a broken neck didn't stop Bardreau from pursuing his dream, going undrafted isn't going to derail his career either. He said he's not sure why he never was drafted -- he's the only member of the United States gold-medal team from the 2013 World Junior Championship to not be drafted -- and uses the snub as motivation.

Being a free agent has its perks, among them getting to pick the best organization. The Bruins gained interest in Bardreau while watching 2011 fourth-round draft pick Brian Ferlin play for Cornell. Bardreau's character and work ethic fit what any team, including the Bruins, would want to add to its organization.

"If you talk to people you realize how dedicated he is physically to get back to the shape that he is in now," Bruins assistant general manager Don Sweeney said. "He's part of a very good program. Mike [Schafer, Cornell coach] does a tremendous job, and most of the players understand the game, especially defensively, very well when they play at Cornell. He'll probably have a bigger role offensively there this year."

With NHL teams emphasizing their farm systems more in the salary-cap era, college free agents have increased in popularity. Bardreau figures to be a focal point for scouts during the season and should have several suitors when his season ends.

However, he doesn't plan on worrying too much about his individual accolades.

"I think that right now my full attention is just on winning a national championship, doing whatever I can to help our team be successful," he said. "And then at the end of the year obviously hopefully my contributions to the team will draw some attention and I can sign a contract."

Friday, July 18, 2014

Canucks' Subban hopes to create own niche

VANCOUVER -- It didn't take long before the questions directed at Vancouver Canucks prospect Jordan Subban during development camp focused more on his older brothers.

It never does.

He plays defenseman, the same position as Norris Trophy-winning sibling and Montreal Canadiens star P.K. Subban, so comparisons are inevitable. With middle brother Malcolm Subban coming off his first pro season as a goaltender in the Boston Bruins organization, the questions about family are never far off.

To be clear, none of that bothers the youngest Subban.

"I am used to it by now," Jordan said, adding most of the questions are about P.K. "He's my brother, so I love to talk about him, and it's great to see him have success, but at the same time I am me."

Like big brother P.K., Jordan is a dynamic offensive defenseman with smooth skating and slick puck skills. But there are differences beyond the undersized 5-foot-9 frame that dropped Jordan into the fourth round of the 2013 NHL Draft.

If P.K. is trying to shoot it through the net, Jordan is trying to put it in off the bottom of the crossbar. If P.K. is looking to blow up an opposing forward with a big hit, Jordan is trying to poke the puck away with an active, longer than normal stick. It could be said Jordan's game is more subtle and cerebral, but that wouldn't be doing justice to his passion to play and ability to excite.

Canucks prospect Brendan Gaunce saw Subban's impact firsthand playing parts of three seasons as his teammate on the Belleville Bulls in the Ontario Hockey League.

"He's pretty electric and he loves to play hockey," said Gaunce, who was traded to the Erie Otters in November. "It's important to have guys on your team that are charismatic. You can see how P.K. conducts himself, he's very excited to play hockey and he shows it on the ice and wears his heart on his sleeve, and I think Jordan is the same way. He has the skills to be exuberant on the ice and he likes to bring people out of their seats and he loves to score."

Jordan Subban's production didn't dip dramatically on the rebuilding Bulls last season. After scoring 15 goals and 36 assists in 68 games before the Canucks picked him 115th in the draft, Subban had 12 goals and 30 assists in 66 games last season. Belleville went from the top of the OHL Eastern Conference in 2012-13 to second-to-last in 2013-14, sliding 43 points in the standings and trading away top-end talent, including Gaunce.

"You never want to play on a team that loses more than you win, but we had a young team and I think a lot of the young guys learned a lot," said Subban, who has focused on improving defensive play that was questioned by some in his draft year. "I was put in more of a leadership role."

It's a role that is expected to expand during a fourth season of junior hockey with the same Belleville team his brothers played on. Subban, 19, isn't old enough to play in the American Hockey League and isn't ready to crack the Canucks defense, but he is preparing physically for the transition to pro hockey after next season.

"He's a lot stronger," said Canucks director of player development Stan Smyl. "It's really interesting; he says his bothers grew like an inch since they got drafted and he's at that stage. He's growing and he has leaned out so much more since last year as a player."

Some of that comes from the work done at two development camps with the Canucks, and weekly follow-ups from the training staff in Vancouver. But having two brothers already playing pro hockey has helped Jordan find the balance between bulking up and maintaining the speed and finesse that set him apart.

Jordan, who works out with P.K at Laylor Performance Systems in Toronto during the summer, estimated he's added "probably 10 pounds at least" since being listed at 175 pounds at the draft.

"There's a certain weight you want to get to, but getting there too fast can be more harmful than good," Jordan said. "But with my brothers and having all these opinions around me I'll never get to the point where I put on too much weight and slow myself down at all."

Having older brothers already playing pro hockey ensures Jordan has a good example to follow.

"It's more the commitment," Jordan said, citing nutrition as an example. "Everybody knows what's good and not good to put in our body, but it's being able to consistently put the right things in your body, and I see my brothers do it and I see they have success, and it shows me the level of commitment I need to have success too."

It's a benefit of famous older brothers that might trump having to answer all those questions about them.

Islanders' Pulock knows competition stiff on defense

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- No more junior hockey for Ryan Pulock. The offensive-minded defenseman is ready for his next challenge, which he hopes will be NHL competition as a member of the New York Islanders.

Pulock finished his junior career in 2013-14 as the leading goal-scorer among defensemen in Brandon Wheat Kings history. The Islanders' first-round pick (No. 15) at the 2013 NHL Draft scored 64 goals and 146 assists and played 261 games in four Western Hockey League seasons. He is armed with a slap shot that has been clocked at over 100 mph.

Pulock, who turns 20 on Oct. 6, could start the 2014-15 season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in the American Hockey League, but he'll head to NHL training camp in September with greater aspirations.

He'll be facing some stiff competition this fall. The Islanders already have Calvin de Haan, Travis Hamonic, Lubomir Visnovsky and Thomas Hickey in the mix on their blue line and signed TJ Brennan, the defenseman of the year in the AHL last season, on July 1. Griffin Reinhart, the Islanders' 2012 first-round pick (No. 4), also is expected to push hard for a roster spot.

"There's a lot of good other [defensemen]," Pulock said last week while participating in development camp at Nassau Coliseum. "For me, I just want to come in and have a good camp and push for a spot and just do all I can to be on the team and see what happens from there."

Pulock had an outstanding season with Brandon in 2013-14, finishing second on the team with 63 points in 66 games, and his 23 goals were second among WHL defensemen. But the improvements Pulock made in the defensive zone have Islanders brass smiling.

"I think he's doing a really good job developing his overall game," director of player development Eric Cairns said. "He's obviously an offensive defenseman with a very heavy shot. He's put a lot of time and focus into his play away from the puck defensively. His habits have improved and it's just been a year. He's starting to push his pace a little bit harder, a little bit faster. He is a good skater; he's a very powerful skater. Just in one year I've seen a lot of development in his game."

Some of Pulock's production at the junior level can obviously be attributed to his blazing slap shot. Reinhart, who played against Pulock in the WHL with the Edmonton Oil Kings, is excited by the prospect of no longer having to face Pulock's rockets from the point.

"I think everyone in the league was scared of playing against the Brandon Wheat Kings because of that shot from the blue line," Reinhart said. "It's a lot more fun being on his side."

When Brandon's season ended, Pulock got his first taste of professional hockey. He played three games for Bridgeport and had one assist and two penalty minutes. It didn't take long for Pulock to see how challenging the transition from junior to pro hockey would be.

"Obviously it goes up in all areas," Pulock said. "Guys are bigger, stronger, smarter. The skill level is higher. It's another step and there's another step from there on to the NHL. But it's a good development. I think getting there for a few games will really help me.

"It was a great experience for me. Obviously it was good to get down there and have a taste of the next step and kind of get comfortable with that. I think that definitely helped my development a bit going into [2014-15]."

Where Pulock lands in October ultimately will be determined by how he performs in training camp. That's why he's spending the summer in the gym and on the ice honing his skills in an attempt to impress Islanders coach Jack Capuano and his staff.

"This summer I'm trying to get bigger and stronger and faster," Pulock said. "My defensive game needs some work. I think it's improved over the years but it's an area for me that I can continue working on."

If he needs more work, he'll likely get it in Bridgeport, something Pulock and the Islanders are happy about.

"I don't know if you call it relief, but we are happy that he's able to turn pro and be able to accept the next challenge, whatever it is, after training camp," Cairns said.

It's a bittersweet time for Pulock, who is excited for what lies ahead but also closing a chapter of his life he will reflect on with fond memories. Last season, he was Brandon's captain and became the fifth Wheat Kings defenseman to amass 200 points, impressive for a franchise that has existed since 1936.

"I had a lot of fun playing junior in Brandon. I think it really helped me a lot," Pulock said. "When I first got there as a 16-year-old, I was pretty young and I wasn't sure where my game was going to go. But I think in Brandon I learned a lot over my years and really improved as a player and I think I can thank them for that. [Brandon general manager/coach] Kelly McCrimmon was there for me the whole time, helping me out, pushing me as a player … he's helped me get to where I am now."


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tyler Seguin returns to Twitter, lets a guy tee off from his groin at golf classic (Video)

Tyler Seguin famously quit Twitter about a year ago after a series of unfortunate tweets, not to mention some serious heat in the wake of his trade from the Boston Bruins to the Dallas Stars. Seemed best to go quiet for awhile, and let his on-ice play do the talking (as opposed to his idiot friends, whenever he left his phone unattended).

On Tuesday, the Dallas centre made his grand return to Twitter to help promote the The Fourth Period's Charity Golf Classic, which was hosted by Seguin on Thursday.

Thanks, TFP Charity Golf Classic, for getting an actual, interesting hockey personality back on Twitter.

And while we're at it, thanks as well for this Instagram video in which Seguin lets a golfer tee off from his junk. Seriously.

It tickled, apparently.

The fact that he felt anything is terrifying, frankly. Consider this further proof that hockey players are braver than I am. No one's teeing off from my junk. That's not what it's for. That's what grass is for.

Can you imagine if the guy had missed? And Seguin had missed time with a groin injury because he let some dude drive his ball 400 yards? That cup he's wearing is almost adorably naive. It's not protecting jack.

This isn't the first time we've written about Tyler Seguin's junk. Recall back in April when we discovered that you could purchase one of his game-used jocks on eBay. Will this modified jock, with its tee holder, make its way onto the online auction site next? Whatever weirdo bought the last one can only hope.

Report: Zuccarello wants $4.5M per on new deal, Brassard eyeing $5.5M

There’s a reason why the New York Rangers didn’t make a major splash with the cap space they saved by buying out Brad Richards. They needed that room for their restricted free agents.

Although they currently have about $13 million in cap space remaining for the 2014-15 campaign, per Cap Geek, the Rangers still have to lock up forwards Derick Brassard, Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello, and defenseman John Moore.

The first three players on that list filed for arbitration and are all likely to get big paydays. However, the Rangers are might be willing to give them even more annually than they would be awarded during their hearings if it would mean locking them up to long-term deals, according to the New York Post.

For example, it’s estimated that Zuccarello will be awarded around $3.7 million and $4 million after leading the team with 59 points last season. If the Rangers want to sign him to a multi-year contract though, it’s believed that Zuccarello would be expect around $4.5 million annually. Similarly, Brassard reportedly wants $5.5 million annually if the Rangers want to lock him up, although he could end up with roughly a million less than that in 2014-15 if the Rangers decide to go forward with his hearing.

Those two contracts alone will eat up most of the Rangers’ remaining cap space, but it would still leave them with enough room to get Kreider signed. After scoring 17 goals and 37 points in 66 games last season, Kreider’s arbitration date is scheduled for Wednesday. The Rangers are reportedly attempting to sign him to a two-year deal, but if that doesn’t work out, he will likely be awarded between $2.1 million and $2.5 million for the 2014-15 campaign.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Grigorenko blames self for not sticking with Sabres

Mikhail Grigorenko started each of the past two seasons with the Buffalo Sabres, then found himself back in juniors and eventually in the American Hockey League.

Mikhail Grigorenko

Center - BUF

GOALS: 2 | ASST: 1 | PTS: 3

SOG: 20 | +/-: -3

He says he has only himself to blame.

"From past experiences, I've kind of realized that it was probably no one's fault but mine that I didn't stay in the NHL," Grigorenko told the Sabres website Wednesday at development camp. "If I want to play in the best league in the world, it's just on me. No one is going to make me play just because I was drafted in the first round. I just need to go out there and just be the best."

Grigorenko was the 12th pick in the 2012 NHL Draft and made his NHL debut in that season opener, Jan. 20 against the Philadelphia Flyers. He scored his first NHL goal Jan. 29 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

He played 25 NHL games, then 18 in 2013-14. Each season ended with a brief stint for the Rochester Americans in the AHL.

"I think he's got to keep doing what he's doing. I thought he's been good all week (at camp)," Americans coach Chadd Cassidy said. "Obviously we all know Mikhail and his strengths and weaknesses. I think he's addressed them."

Grigorenko, who has bulked up to 219 pounds, had 30 goals and 24 assists (54 points) in 33 games for Quebec in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2012-13, then 15 goals and 24 assists (39 points) in 23 games last season.

He had four assists in nine games with Rochester, then was scoreless in five Calder Cup playoff games.

"I'm a player that has to produce and I didn't do it, so my ice time was a little less and I had less opportunity," the 20-year-old said. "I just didn't get points anymore, which I understand why the coaches didn't play me more."

Grigorenko expects to get much more time, in the NHL, this season.

"I really hope to start the season in Buffalo," he said. "I think it's just going to be up to me."

Toews, Kane never thought of leaving Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane would've had tantalizing options as unrestricted free agents, but the idea of staying with the Chicago Blackhawks was more appealing.

Jonathan Toews

Center - CHI

GOALS: 28 | ASST: 40 | PTS: 68

SOG: 193 | +/-: 26

After winning the Stanley Cup twice in their first seven seasons, the Blackhawks' dynamic duo intends to add more championship banners to the rafters inside United Center. That's ultimately what led them to sign identical eight-year contract extensions July 9, reportedly worth $84 million each, choosing to avoid hitting the open market as free agents July 1, 2015.

"I remember when I was drafted, meeting other players from other teams [who told] me how great the city of Chicago was and how it was going to take off once we're a good team, not really knowing what those things mean," Toews said during a press conference Wednesday. "To look back now, it's unbelievable what this city and what this organization has given us, and we want to remain here. We want to remain a part of that and to continue the success. I think it would be crazy to think of anything otherwise, so to us I don't think there was a decision to be made at all."

The negotiations were almost entirely about numbers, needing to strike a balance between financial gain and keeping the Blackhawks among the NHL elite. Playing elsewhere, for greater riches, never seriously entered the equation.

"You can see with free agents these days, you can see they all want to come to Chicago and be a part of not only this team and organization, but the city and the fans as well," Kane said. "Obviously the tradition that's been going on here for the past few years of winning hockey games, like [Toews] said, it was not even really a thought to think of continuing your career anywhere else. I think we're both happy that we're locked up here for a while."

The contracts, which begin in 2015-16, carry an annual NHL salary-cap charge of $21 million ($10.5 million each) according to That's $8.4 million more against the Blackhawks' cap but considered a sizable discount for the organization that drafted Toews and Kane in back-to-back years (2006, 2007).

It's the second time they have signed carbon-copy contract extensions with the Blackhawks, who rebuilt their organization around them. Had one or both decided to explore free agency, their options would've been interesting.

Agent Pat Brisson, who represents both, said they each could've demanded more than $3 million more per year on the open market. They also would've been courted by other teams and almost certainly gotten a chance to sign with their hometown teams, Toews with the Winnipeg Jets and Kane with the Buffalo Sabres.

Instead, they're staying in Chicago as the anchor pieces of what's become a top-flight NHL organization. Winning the Stanley Cup remains their biggest focus.

"They could have commanded $13.8 million each, but at the same time they understand that hockey's a team sport, and the reason they're so successful as players is based on the environment they're in," said Brisson, who attended the press conference. "I give them a lot of credit for understanding that, which role they can play currently and in the future."

The salary-cap charges might seem like a lot, but the NHL ceiling is expected to increase significantly following the 2014-15 season and could keep rising from that point. That should help offset the charges, but Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman will be challenged to keep the team compliant and competitive.

Having Toews and Kane for eight more seasons is a great place to start. That's why Bowman made it his top priority for the past year to finalize these contracts.

"You just can't get star players," Bowman said. "You can't get them, and once you do get one, it's so hard to win. So you've got star players here that have shown the ability to win, they want to be here, it's not even a discussion point. I'm just thrilled that we've got two of them. I mean, most teams would die to have one of these players on their team. We've got two of them here, so we're very fortunate, and the rest of the stuff will work itself out. We put a lot of work into finding young players and surrounding these guys with a great supporting cast."

Patrick Kane

Right Wing - CHI

GOALS: 29 | ASST: 40 | PTS: 69

SOG: 227 | +/-: 7

The organization has sunk a lot of time and money into making Kane and Toews household names, not only in Chicago but to a much wider audience. Keeping them in the fold was essential, not only for growing revenue streams but for the message it sends.

"To our fans, it is a commitment that our organization is going to get better every day," Blackhawks president and CEO John McDonough said. "This is about looking forward. It's not about reflecting on the two Stanley Cups or the four [Western Conference] finals, but it's about the excitement and enthusiasm about what lies ahead. And we couldn't be more proud to go on that journey with Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews."

On the ice, their impact is irreplaceable.

Toews has 440 points (195 goals) in 484 games with 81 points (29 goals) in 94 Stanley Cup Playoff games. Kane has 493 points (178 goals) in 515 games with 91 points (37 goals) in 93 playoff games.

Toews, the captain and top center, has become a two-way threat who gives opposing coaches fits. Kane is the most dangerous offensive player on the roster and has become one of the NHL's top scoring threats.

As Bowman said, only a few teams in the NHL have two players on their roster with as much talent, and the Blackhawks have a high-end group surrounding them. Had Kane and Toews opted to look elsewhere, the outlook would be a lot more challenging for a team that's solidly in the NHL dynasty conversation.

"It says they're special players," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. "I think the deals were extremely fair for our organization and it's going to help us going forward as well. They definitely left a lot out there and it shows you the kind of commitment they have for our team. It's a win for us and we're appreciative of what they've done, and going forward knowing that they want to win as well."

Kane and Toews? Toews and Kane? Blackhawks glad to keep asking for next eight years

Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane, right, speaks as Jonathan Toews listens during a news conference at the United Center in Chicago, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. The Blackhawks recently agreed to eight-year contract extensions with Toews and Kane. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Sharks, Demers avoid arbitration with two-year, $6.8M deal

Jason Demers has been rewarded for his banner campaign.

Demers, who led all Sharks defensemen with a career-high 29 assists last year, has avoided salary arbitration by inking a two-year, $6.8 million extension with San Jose, the club announced on Wednesday.

“Jason has been a solid, offensive defenseman and is coming off a good season,” Sharks GM Doug Wilson said in a statement. “His skill set and his age mesh well within our overall group and we’re happy to have him signed for two more years.”

Demers, 26, has spent his entire career in the Bay Area and is one of the club’s better success stories — a seventh-round pick at the ’08 Draft, Demers was named the Sharks’ rookie of the year in 2009-10 and has steadily grown into one of their most valuable rearguards, averaging nearly 20 minutes per game last season.

In related news, San Jose also re-upped with another RFA defenseman on Wednesday — Taylor Doherty, the team’s second-round pick (57th overall) at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Doherty, 23, has yet to make his NHL debut (spending his entire professional career with AHL Worcester), but Wilson suggested that next year could be one in which Doherty cracks the bigs.

“Taylor is a big body who has developed his game over the last several years,” said Wilson. “We look forward to watching him compete to make our club this coming season.”

Report: Sabres, Ennis agree to five-year extension

According to reports, Buffalo will make last year’s second-leading scorer its second-highest paid forward.

The club is close to announcing an extension for current RFA Tyler Ennis, per NHL Network’s Kevin Weekes. Ennis, 24, will reportedly ink a five-year deal in the neighborhood of $23M — if accurate, it would give Ennis a $4.6M cap hit, putting him only behind Matt Moulson ($5 million annually) among Sabres forwards.

Ennis’ deal comes on the heels of a pretty solid ’13-14 campaign, in which he scored a career-high 21 goals in 80 games, finishing with 43 points (Cody Hodgson led the team with 44.) Ennis also logged a career-high 18:51 TOI per game last season and finished third on the team in total faceoffs taken, though had a lousy winning percentage (38.7).

His offensive production should further increase this season after GM Tim Murray’s big summer splash. Free agents Moulson and Brian Gionta, along with Sam Reinhart — the second overall pick at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft — should all improve facets of Buffalo’s offense, and a full season of a healthy Chris Stewart will likely translate into more goals as well.

As for confirmation of the Ennis deal, the Sabres weren’t confirming anything — per the Buffalo News — but the News’ Mike Harrington did have this to say:

Panthers' Barkov healthy, eager for second season

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- Aleksander Barkov made a brief appearance during the Florida Panthers development camp last week, skating the first two days before sitting out the last two. He still managed to provide one of the highlights of the week with a shootout move that quickly found its way to the internet, a one-handed backhand flip into the middle of the net.

Barkov didn't really need to show the Panthers anything at all last week. The main reason they brought him to the development camp was to evaluate his rehabilitation from the knee injury that cut short what had been a tremendous rookie season for the second pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.

"We just want to make sure that when training camp comes that he's raring to go," Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said. "He has nothing to prove to me. We just brought him in here to evaluate him and look at him and everything's good."

The Panthers have high hopes for Barkov, who will turn 19 a couple of weeks before the start of training camp.

As an 18-year-old rookie, Barkov spent a good part of the 54 games he played centering the first line and displayed an all-around game that belied his youth.

The Panthers are confident that was only the beginning.

"This guy is going to be a superstar in this League," said Brian Skrudland, who served as an assistant coach for the Panthers for most of last season before returning to his post as director of player development. "I can't wait to watch him. I had the opportunity of spending every day with him last year and his work ethic, both on and off the field, is unmatched. That is going to allow him to stay in this game a long time."

Barkov's last game came at the 2014 Sochi Olympics when he was playing for his native Finland.

He began practicing with his Panthers teammates toward the latter stages of the regular season, but with Florida out of Stanley Cup Playoff contention, the Panthers saw no reason to take any chances and put him back into the lineup.

"I got injured in the Olympics and was pretty sad about that," Barkov said. "My season ended pretty early. I want to play right now. I can't wait until the next season."

Following the development camp, Barkov was headed back to Finland for about a month and was planning on getting back on the ice this week.

His rookie season featured eight goals and 16 assists and certainly was viewed as a success, but he was far from satisfied.

"I was happy because I made the team and I was here all year," Barkov said. "I'm happy with that, but I want to be a much better player and much bigger player for this organization. I want to win something big with this team.

"I want to be faster, stronger and I want to play a bigger role than last year."

At this stage, it's fair to expect Barkov to once again center the top line, and there's an expectation he'll be teamed with free agent acquisition and fellow Finn Jussi Jokinen.

Tallon said on July 1 that Jokinen had indicated a desire to play with Barkov before signing with the Panthers. The feeling was reciprocal.

"I was thinking about [playing with Jokinen] before they signed him," said Barkov, who played a few shifts alongside Jokinen during the Olympics. "I knew he was going to be a free agent and he probably was going to sign with Florida. Then he did, so I was pretty happy. I'm very excited to be his teammate for the next two years. He's a great player. I would love to play with him."

Jokinen is a former 30-goal scorer in the NHL, but the players who will be counted on to lead Florida's offense next season are the team's young guns, Jonathan Huberdeau, Nick Bjugstad and Barkov.

Barkov showed last season he possessed tremendous ability when it comes to passing the puck, but now the Panthers are hoping he becomes a bit more assertive and shoots more.

"It's just in his makeup," Skrudland said. "That comes with age. You pass these messages along, but eventually they see it as well. He's a real smart hockey guy, [his] IQ [is] off the charts. So I'm not too worried about that. When push comes to shove, he's a guy we're going to rely on to be putting some pucks in the net."

Nylander aiming for spot with Maple Leafs this season

TORONTO -- When the Toronto Maple Leafs selected forward William Nylander with the eighth pick of the 2014 NHL Draft, they felt they were getting a great player. What has surprised the organization is how well Nylander handled being thrust into the spotlight during the team's prospect camp in Toronto.

Nylander joined 28 other prospects at MasterCard Centre this week, and the impression he left was overwhelmingly positive.

"He's been very impressive. And not to put pressure on a young player like that, I think the first step was just getting him here," Maple Leafs president of hockey operations Brendan Shanahan said. "What really impresses me about William, aside from the skill level he has, is just his character that he's shown since he's been here."

Nylander ended last season playing for Modo in the Swedish Hockey League. As a 17-year-old playing against much older players, he had one goal and six assists in 22 games and showed the kind of ability that made him a top-10 draft pick.

"Playing against men might've helped me a bit," Nylander said. "I haven't been at the NHL level yet, so maybe it'll probably give me a little bit of an advantage against guys that have been playing junior. Otherwise it'll be a tough step."

His abilities on the ice don't seem to be an issue with the Maple Leafs.

"Willy is obviously a great hockey player and you can see his skating and you can see his skill sets; they're elite," Maple Leafs director of player development Jim Hughes said.

Prospect camps give organizations the chance to see what they've got with their younger players; but for the Maple Leafs it's a bigger opportunity than that.

"It's incredibly important. These kids that are here right now, you have to also create some spots for them," Shanahan said. "You've got to have a few holes there with the big club so that not only these guys, but our [American Hockey League] guys who are in the gym in the mornings know that there's a reason to be working out this summer, that there's an opportunity and there's a job to be won possibly."

Nylander already has his sights set on jumping straight to the NHL.

"It's my goal," he said. "I have never been at that level. It's something that we'll have to wait and see what happens. It's something I'm working hard for right now and all summer to try and make a great impression there."

The camp in Toronto was Nylander's first experience with North American hockey. It was held on smaller ice than he's used to, but the competition was players his age. He's also working alongside players he's familiar with from Sweden.

"You don't want to get too close to him," said defenseman Viktor Loov, Nylander's teammate with Modo and at Maple Leafs camp. "He's really good with the puck close to the defenseman's feet because he's so skilled with the stick. Maybe have a little gap so he can't deke you, so you get him to the outside and up to the boards. That's what I would do."

If there's anything that could keep Nylander from making the Maple Leafs this season it might be his size. He's listed at 5-foot-9 and 169 pounds, and the worry is a player that size at his age will get taken advantage of by bigger players in the NHL.

"Stuff that I've been talking to them about is, in particular, in the gym. Getting bigger and stronger is going to be a key factor," Nylander said.

Though size might be an issue for Nylander, having an experienced mentor in his life is not. William's father, Michael, played 920 NHL games with seven teams. Having that kind of leadership at home has been a benefit.

"He's always told me to always give it your 110 percent when you're in the gym or on the ice," Nylander said of his father. "It's one of the main things I've tried to do all my life."

Nylander returned to Sweden after the prospect camp to prepare for a return trip for training camp in September. When he gets back he'll have the motivation of an opportunity to compete for an NHL roster spot, not to mention the buzz that goes with being a first-round pick in Toronto.

"It's something that you like to hear. It feels really good to hear," Nylander said of the attention. "You know they're watching everything you do, so you have to give it your all on the ice and in the gym."

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Analysis: Poile hopes small ball works for Predators

Nashville Predators general manager David Poile's preference would have been to hit a home run this offseason. He's hoping a couple of singles and doubles are enough to get the team back into the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2011.

"We have some quantity that hopefully will provide us with more quality," Poile told on Tuesday after announcing the club had signed centers Mike Ribeiro and Derek Roy to one-year contracts.

Poile would have felt he knocked it out of the park had he been able to lure a star center to Nashville who could have paired with James Neal to give the Predators a bona fide 1-2 punch on their first line, a necessity to compete with the best teams in the Western Conference. That's why he tried to get Jason Spezza from the Ottawa Senators last month.

Trading for players such as Neal and Spezza would have given the Predators' offense instant credibility, especially considering the up-tempo style they should play under coach Peter Laviolette.

Poile couldn't connect on the sweet spot of the bat. Spezza invoked his no-trade clause, squashing the move to Nashville and instead accepting a move to the Dallas Stars. Poile and the Predators had to re-adjust and try a different approach to improving their offense.

The plan started in earnest July 2 when Poile signed Olli Jokinen to a one-year, $2.5 million contract. With Jokinen, Mike Fisher, Matt Cullen, Colin Wilson, Calle Jarnkrok and Colton Sissons, the Predators were hoping they could piece together enough center depth to compete for a playoff spot in a division that sent five teams to the postseason last season.

Then Fisher had surgery July 3 to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon. The Predators expect him to miss four to six months, but it's such a significant injury that counting on Fisher at all next season is a risk.

Back to the drawing board went Poile. He came up with two bargain buys Tuesday, the kind that are of the low-risk, potentially high-reward variety that GMs crave yet rarely find.

The Predators are paying $2.05 million total for Ribeiro and Roy. Factor in Jokinen and their cost is up to $4.55 million for the players who should be their top three centers to start the season.

That's less than the New York Islanders are paying Mikhail Grabovski to be their No. 2 center for the next four seasons. It's $50,000 more than the Philadelphia Flyers are paying Vincent Lecavalier to be a fourth-line center behind Claude Giroux, Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier.

Even better is the term. Jokinen, Ribeiro and Roy are on one-year contracts. Nashville benefits if it works out; if experiment fails, Poile tries again next year.

Short of acquiring Spezza or a center of his ilk through a trade, this is the best possible scenario for the Predators. It has the potential to be better for Nashville than any trade might have been because the Predators might have better balance throughout their lineup.

"There's no question that we're going to have to have some flexibility here," Poile said. "I'm going to leave that up to Peter Laviolette."

There also is no question that the signings Poile made Tuesday come with some risk. That's expected when veteran players with strong resumes last this long in the free-agent signing period.

Nobody denies Ribeiro had off-ice family issues last season that led to his worst season in a decade and the Arizona Coyotes buying out the final three years of the four-year, $22 million contract he signed last summer. It's reasonable to have concerns about Ribeiro's character and his lifestyle away from the rink even if Poile and Ribeiro said Tuesday the issues he had been dealing with are in the past and the family is together and in a better place.

However, the fact is Nashville got a player one season removed from being a point-per-game center for $1 million on a one-year contract. Ribeiro has averaged 62 points per season during the past 10 seasons. It's unheard of to pay so little for a center who can provide so much.

Ribeiro is a steal if what he said Tuesday is true, that his issues away from the rink have been resolved. He seems aware that this opportunity likely will be his last in the NHL if he blows it.

"I know inside of me that I can still play and I'm committed to do well," Ribeiro said. "I want a new start but a good finish. I don't want to ruin my life. I really want to do well and prove people wrong. … I'm a healthy person and ready to be committed to a team and do well this year."

All the Predators can do is take him at his word.

"We can't have a distraction on our team. We can't have something that's affecting our franchise," Poile said. "Mike and his wife realize that. There is no tolerance for off-ice issues. This clearly is really his last chance."

Roy comes with his own set of baggage from injuries and inconsistent play during the past three seasons. Like Ribeiro, he needed a new start and sought out Nashville for one. Poile was more than willing to oblige not because he felt bad for Roy, but because Roy can help the Predators.

He was a top scorer for four-plus seasons before being set back by a series of injuries that started with season-ending knee surgery December 2010 and continued with shoulder surgery before the start of the 2012-13 season. He hasn't been the same scorer since the knee surgery, but there is reason to be optimistic he can get back to being that type of player in Nashville.

Roy is healthy and spending the summer in Toronto working out with former NHL player Gary Roberts. Players who train with Roberts typically enter the season in terrific shape because of the workout regimen and diet plan he puts them on.

Laviolette will put Roy in an offensive role. He didn't earn that opportunity last season, when he was a bottom-six forward averaging 13:37 of ice time per game with the St. Louis Blues. He should have a role on the Predators' power play. He will be counted on to score.

"This year there is going to be a lot of offense needed from me," Roy said. "I'm willing to take on that role and willing to put up some numbers."

In addition, these signings give Laviolette options at center and depth on the wing that didn't previously exist.

Roy is versatile enough to play either wing if one of Nashville's rookie centers, Jarnkrok or Sissons, is ready for a bigger role. But now the Predators don't have to rush Jarnkrok, Sissons or even Filip Forsberg because of the presence of Ribeiro, Roy and Jokinen.

Poile has admitted the Predators rushed Forsberg last season and he wasn't quite ready. He may need more seasoning in the American Hockey League this season. If he doesn't, Nashville will be better for it.

Matt Cullen was productive at left wing toward the end of last season and these signings are an indication that he might start this season in the same role rather than compete for a spot in the middle. Colin Wilson could be in the same position.

"We need changes. We need competition," Poile said. "I think what I've provided the coaching staff is some depth and some flexibility, and let the games begin."


Five questions: Blues' Hitchcock on Stastny, Allen

In the days following a quick exit from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock talked about the evolution of his team, understanding the components necessary to succeed in the Western Conference and learning from the lessons provided in losing. Hitchcock said multiple times that the six-game series loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference First Round provided the Blues a complete evaluation of where they stand and what they still needed to do to become a Stanley Cup contender.

Blues general manager Doug Armstrong has tried to use that free-of-charge and oh-so-painful evaluation as his blueprint for the summer.

The Blackhawks showed the Blues that they needed to be better down the middle, so Armstrong signed Paul Stastny, the best center available on the free-agent market, to a four-year, $28 million contract. He also signed Finnish center Jori Lehtera, who tied for third in scoring with 12 points in 10 games at the 2014 IIHF World Championship, to a two-year, $5.5 million contract.

The Blues realized the imbalance on their defense with three right-handed shots versus one left-handed in their top-two defense pairs. Armstrong countered by sending righty Roman Polak to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for lefty Carl Gunnarsson, who is expected to be paired with Kevin Shattenkirk.

Goalie Ryan Miller didn't have the desired effect what with his .897 save percentage in the playoffs, so the Blues didn't try to re-sign him. They instead decided it was time to give 21-year-old Jake Allen his chance after he became the goalie of the year in the American Hockey League last season. But they buffered Allen's promotion to the NHL by signing Brian Elliott to a three-year, $7.5 million contract extension.

Hitchcock talked with about some of the changes and offered his thoughts on how they could improve the Blues, who finished second in the Central Division last season with 111 points.

Here are Five Questions with … Ken Hitchcock:

Where do you think Paul Stastny fits in with your group and what are your thoughts, as you entertain them now, as to who he could play with?

"Well it's not just Stastny. It's Jori Lehtera, Joakim Lindstrom and Stastny. There are three guys who are all point producing, scoring players so it's going to be a little bit of an experiment during training camp, for the first week to 10 days, because we have a number of opportunities in front of us. But a lot of it is less about Stastny and more about how Lehtera and Lindstrom look. Those are things we have to sort out. We have an opportunity to play Paul with the two kids, [Vladimir] Tarasenko and [Jaden] Schwartz. We have an opportunity to play him with a line with [Alexander] Steen and [David] Backes or Steen and [T.J.] Oshie. We have so many opportunities here, but where Stastny fits depends on where Lehtera and Lindstrom fit."

When you think back to last season, if you had a center such as Stastny, would it have drastically changed your lineup and potentially the end result? Does a guy like Stastny have the ability to do that?

"It's about understanding the landscape of the West. The landscape of the West is there are at least eight or 10 teams that are extremely deep and it's about having enough firepower in your lineup to control the puck. You score more when you control the puck more, so Paul's patience and the way he plays the game, how responsible he is in both ends of the rink, he really fits our team. He fits the way we already play.

"I mean, we've got a really good hockey club, but there are other teams out here that are really good too, so just adding a point-producing player doesn't get it done. You've gotta add a real player and Paul really fits the way we play and the style of game we want to play.

"I think his greatest strength is his ability to make little plays in around the net area, which I think is really going to help us. We've got a lot of guys who are more than willing to go to the net, a lot of size and a lot of tenacity, but now we have a couple of centers in Paul and Lehtera who are really good at getting the puck into those areas."

Speaking of Lehtera, you saw him at the Olympics, where he was impressive. He was also impressive in the World Championships. What did you learn about him at the Olympics and what more do you know about him now that he's signed with the Blues?

"I think the thing that impressed me about Jori at the Olympics is when the Olympics started he was the fourth-line left-winger; the tournament finished with him being the second-line center iceman. He worked his way all the way up the lineup and he was a really trusted player by the coaching staff. What I really noticed was when the game was on the line that coaching staff trusted him more and more. When the World Championships were on, he was their No. 1 center. He played in every situation, almost 20 minutes per night, same coach, same trust. That doesn't go unnoticed.

"I think the thing that comes to mind for me when I evaluate him is he's going to find a place to play on our team because he's competitive, he's smart and he's got great hockey sense. I don't know where that place is, I don't know how far up or down the lineup it's going to be, but I just know he's going to find a place to play."

But you did lose Vladimir Sobotka , who is going to the KHL. We know he was an important player for the Blues last season, a player who was used in all situations. Can you quantify that loss, what it means, and how it changes things or alters your lineup?

"Losing Soby [Sobotka], he's a good player, he played in every situation. When we had to move him up the lineup because of injuries he held his own. But I think the coaching staff here is really grateful that Doug [Armstrong] kept a relationship with Steve Ott because Ott was arguably our best forward in the playoff series against Chicago. He was really effective. He played left wing, took faceoffs at center, killed penalties, played net-front on the power play. He played every situation.

"They're different players, but what we lose in Soby, the speed and patience with the puck, we balance that with the way we play and the way Ott fits. Steve is like Stastny, he really fits the way we want to play. The nice thing about both Soby and Ott is they can play anywhere in your lineup -- left wing, center, right wing, third line, first line, up and down the lineup. I think it balances out. What we're really grateful for is Doug kept the lines of communication open with Steve and his camp.

"And now we get a healthy Steve. He wasn't healthy when he came to us and he was banged up in the playoffs. We get a healthy Steve and that's a good player. And Steve has a big impact in our locker room in a very positive way because he's a guy that's not afraid of the competition. He really fit with our leadership group. It was almost like he'd been here for 10 years the way he fit in with everybody. It's going to make for a good transition. We're going to miss Soby in certain elements of our game, but I think Steve is going to be able to balance that. We're going to be fine."

Does your goaltending with Brian Elliott and Jake Allen make you nervous because you're going into the season without a proven No. 1?

"Well, I'm a big believer in Brian Elliott. I know how good Jake is and I know how good he's going to be, but there's going to be an adjustment phase for Jake because he's only played 10 games in the NHL. We know how talented he is. He's had a great career in the American [Hockey] League, but he's still got the daily adjustment he has to go through. I'm a big believer that Brian has gotten better since he's been here and I thought last year was his best year. When we traded for Ryan Miller we were obligated to give Ryan every opportunity, but nobody lost sight of how good Brian Elliott was the whole year.

"Jake is the perfect example of a player who has earned the right to enter the National Hockey League. He's earned the right to do this, but whether the adjustment takes two weeks or two months, there's still going to be an adjustment phase. We're going to have to be patient with him and get him so he can get his feet wet. We can't just expect a guy to walk out of the American Hockey League and say, 'OK, I'm here, ready to play every game.' This is the first time Brian gets to carry the ball for a little while and I think you're going to see Brian play better because he knows he's going to be really counted on now. I look at Brian as No. 1. Whether Jake is a 1A or a 2, we're going to find that out, but right now Brian is No. 1 and our hope is Jake is 1A."


Offseason top 200 fantasy hockey rankings

With many players changing addresses over the past few weeks, fantasy hockey insiders Matt Cubeta and Pete Jensen have put together their offseason top 200 fantasy hockey player rankings.

These rankings have been built based on what the insiders have learned following several free agency signings and trades during the offseason. As of right now, this is their recommendation for draft day. As training camp draws closer, they will update these rankings and release position-by-position breakdowns.

These rankings should be viewed as our experts' opinionated projections of the League's most valuable fantasy players based on expectations of the 2014-15 season. Factors taken into account include position eligibility, line combinations, category coverage, contract status and statistical performance from previous seasons.

NOTE: These rankings project value in standard fantasy hockey leagues, which include a 6x4 category scoring system: goals, assists, plus-minus, power-play points, shots on goal, penalty minutes, goalie wins, goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts.

Rank Player
1.Sidney CrosbyPIT
2.Steven StamkosTBL
3.Corey PerryANA
4.Evgeni MalkinPIT
5.Alex OvechkinWSH
6.Ryan GetzlafANA
7.John TavaresNYI
8.Claude GirouxPHI
9.Patrick KaneCHI
10.Jonathan ToewsCHI
11.Tuukka RaskBOS
12.Jamie BennDAL
13.Phil KesselTOR
14.Tyler SeguinDAL
15.Henrik LundqvistNYR
16.P.K. SubbanMTL
17.Erik KarlssonOTT
18.Chris KunitzPIT
19.Anze KopitarLAK
20.Logan CoutureSJS
21.Henrik ZetterbergDET
22.Pavel DatsyukDET
23.Jonathan QuickLAK
24.Patrick SharpCHI
25.Joe PavelskiSJS
26.Taylor HallEDM
27.Matt DucheneCOL
28.Ben BishopTBL
29.Carey PriceMTL
30.Nicklas BackstromWSH
31.Zach PariseMIN
32.Jason SpezzaDAL
33.Eric StaalCAR
34.Max PaciorettyMTL
35.Shea WeberNSH
36.David BackesSTL
37.Patrick MarleauSJS
38.Rick NashNYR
39.Sergei BobrovskyCBJ
40.Dustin ByfuglienWPG
41.Semyon VarlamovCOL
42.James NealNSH
43.Martin St. LouisNYR
44.Duncan KeithCHI
45.Nathan MacKinnonCOL
46.Daniel SedinVAN
47.Marc-Andre FleuryPIT
48.Patrice BergeronBOS
49.Marian HossaCHI
50.Kari LehtonenDAL
51.Joe ThorntonSJS
52.Wayne SimmondsPHI
53.Alex PietrangeloSTL
54.Drew DoughtyLAK
55.Henrik SedinVAN
56.Corey CrawfordCHI
57.Thomas VanekMIN
58.Pekka RinneNSH
59.Gabriel LandeskogCOL
60.Blake WheelerWPG
61.Jeff CarterLAK
62.Zdeno CharaBOS
63.Alexander SteenSTL
64.Milan LucicBOS
65.Bobby RyanOTT
66.Evander KaneWPG
67.Jarome IginlaCOL
68.Marian GaborikLAK
69.Cory SchneiderNJD
70.Keith YandleARI
71.James van RiemsdykTOR
72.Jeff SkinnerCAR
73.Ryan JohansenCBJ
74.Ryan MillerVAN
75.David KrejciBOS
76.Ryan KeslerANA
77.Antti NiemiSJS
78.Brandon DubinskyCBJ
79.Jakub VoracekPHI
80.Oliver Ekman-LarssonARI
81.T.J. OshieSTL
82.Jordan EberleEDM
83.Mike SmithARI
84.Ryan McDonaghNYR
85.Kris LetangPIT
86.Kyle OkposoNYI
87.Ryan SuterMIN
88.Scott HartnellLAK
89.Johan FranzenDET
90.Roberto LuongoFLA
91.Kyle TurrisOTT
92.Paul StastnySTL
93.Andrew LaddWPG
94.Bryan LittleWPG
95.Kevin ShattenkirkSTL
96.Victor HedmanTBL
97.Mark GiordanoCGY
98.Derek StepanNYR
99.Mikko KoivuMIN
100.David PerronSTL
101.Brian ElliottSTL
102.Jimmy HowardDET
103.Patric HornqvistPIT
104.Gustav NyquistDET
105.Joffrey LupulTOR
106.James WisniewskiCBJ
107.Niklas KronwallDET
108.Chris KreiderNYR
109.Jason PominvilleMIN
110.Jaden SchwartzSTL
111.Steve MasonPHI
112.Mats ZuccarelloNYR
113.Tomas HertlSJS
114.Alexander SeminCAR
115.Ryan Nugent-HopkinsEDM
116.Brad MarchandBOS
117.John GibsonANA
118.Radim VrbataVAN
119.Nazem KadriTOR
120.Torey KrugBOS
121.Jonathan DrouinTBL
122.Loui ErikssonBOS
123.Ryan O'ReillyCOL
124.Dan BoyleNYR
125.Valtteri FilppulaTBL
126.Mike GreenWSH
127.Jaromir JagrNJD
128.Cam FowlerANA
129.Nail YakupovEDM
130.Jonathan HuberdeauFLA
131.Christian EhrhoffPIT
132.Brent BurnsSJS
133.Alex GoligoskiDAL
134.Clarke MacArthurOTT
135.Mike CammalleriNJD
136.Matt MoulsonBUF
137.Ales HemskyDAL
138.Anton KhudobinCAR
139.Jaroslav HalakNYI
140.Evgeny KuznetsovWSH
141.Brandon SaadCHI
142.Mark StreitPHI
143.Ryan CallahanTBL
144.Jonathan BernierTOR
145.Valeri NichushkinDAL
146.Dustin BrownLAK
147.Patrik EliasNJD
148.Andrei MarkovMTL
149.Brent SeabrookCHI
150.Ondrej PalatTBL
151.Justin WilliamsLAK
152.Dion PhaneufTOR
153.Cody HodgsonBUF
154.Jacob TroubaWPG
155.Josh HardingMIN
156.Brayden SchennPHI
157.Tomas PlekanecMTL
158.Nick BoninoVAN
159.Braden HoltbyWSH
160.Jonas HillerCGY
161.Reilly SmithBOS
162.Jay BouwmeesterSTL
163.Tyson BarrieCOL
164.Pierre-Alexandre ParenteauMTL
165.Tyler JohnsonTBL
166.Ben ScrivensEDM
167.Martin HanzalPIT
168.Andrew ShawCHI
169.Nathan HortonCBJ
170.Jason GarrisonTBL
171.Mike RibeiroPIT
172.Pascal DupuisPIT
173.Tyler BozakTOR
174.Brendan GallagherMTL
175.Erik JohnsonCOL
176.Tyler ToffoliLAK
177.Mikael GranlundMIN
178.Jussi JokinenFLA
179.Vladimir TarasenkoSTL
180.Craig AndersonOTT
181.Justin SchultzEDM
182.Matt NiskanenWSH
183.Carl HagelinNYR
184.Andrej SekeraCAR
185.Ondrej PavelecCAR
186.Derick BrassardNYR
187.Troy BrouwerWSH
188.Slava VoynovLAK
189.Roman JosiNSH
190.Brian CampbellFLA
191.John CarlsonWSH
192.Darcy KuemperMIN
193.Marek ZidlickyNJD
194.Chris StewartBUF
195.Jiri HudlerCGY
196.Alexander EdlerVAN
197.Jack JohnsonCBJ
198.Brad RichardsCHI
199.Jhonas EnrothBUF
200.Hampus LindholmANA
Just Missed: Frederik Andersen, Shane Doan, Aaron Ekblad, Mark Scheifele, Kimmo Timonen, Seth Jones, Alex Stalock, Alex Galchenyuk, Dany Heatley, Justin Faulk

Rank Player
1.Sidney CrosbyPIT
2.Steven StamkosTBL
3.Corey PerryANA
4.Ryan GetzlafANA
5.John TavaresNYI
6.Claude GirouxPHI
7.Tuukka RaskBOS
8.Evgeni MalkinPIT
9.Alex OvechkinWSH
10.Jonathan QuickLAK
11.P.K. SubbanMTL
12.Henrik LundqvistNYR
13.Patrick KaneCHI
14.Erik KarlssonOTT
15.Jamie BennDAL
16.Anze KopitarLAK
17.Jonathan ToewsCHI
18.Nathan MacKinnonCOL
19.Tyler SeguinDAL
20.Ben BishopTBL
21.Phil KesselTOR
22.Patrick SharpCHI
23.Joe PavelskiSJS
24.Pavel DatsyukDET
25.Patrice BergeronBOS
26.Duncan KeithCHI
27.Shea WeberNSH
28.Sergei BobrovskyCBJ
29.Carey PriceMTL
30.Chris KunitzPIT
31.Taylor HallEDM
32.Henrik ZetterbergDET
33.David BackesSTL
34.Nicklas BackstromWSH
35.Joe ThorntonSJS
36.Semyon VarlamovCOL
37.Zach PariseMIN
38.Matt DucheneCOL
39.Dustin ByfuglienWPG
40.Marian HossaCHI
41.Ryan JohansenCBJ
42.Eric StaalCAR
43.Logan CoutureSJS
44.Patrick MarleauSJS
45.Marc-Andre FleuryPIT
46.Oliver Ekman-LarssonARI
47.Max PaciorettyMTL
48.Daniel SedinVAN
49.Jarome IginlaCOL
50.Wayne SimmondsPHI
51.Ryan KeslerANA
52.Jason SpezzaDAL
53.Martin St. LouisNYR
54.Milan LucicBOS
55.Corey CrawfordCHI
56.Alex PietrangeloSTL
57.David KrejciBOS
58.Henrik SedinVAN
59.Drew DoughtyLAK
60.Keith YandleARI
61.Marian GaborikLAK
62.Cory SchneiderNJD
63.Kris LetangPIT
64.Gabriel LandeskogCOL
65.Rick NashNYR
66.Antti NiemiSJS
67.Pekka RinneNSH
68.Ondrej PalatTBL
69.Kevin ShattenkirkSTL
70.Paul StastnySTL
71.Blake WheelerWPG
72.Victor HedmanTBL
73.Ryan McDonaghNYR
74.Kyle OkposoNYI
75.John GibsonANA
76.James NealNSH
77.Zdeno CharaBOS
78.Evander KaneWPG
79.Christian EhrhoffPIT
80.James van RiemsdykTOR
81.Jaromir JagrNJD
82.Kari LehtonenDAL
83.Gustav NyquistDET
84.Steve MasonPHI
85.Mark GiordanoCGY
86.Brian ElliottSTL
87.Jordan EberleEDM
88.Jeff CarterLAK
89.Bryan LittleWPG
90.Alexander SteenSTL
91.Ryan SuterMIN
92.Braden HoltbyWSH
93.Jakub VoracekPHI
94.Jonathan DrouinTBL
95.T.J. OshieSTL
96.Jimmy HowardDET
97.Andrei MarkovMTL
98.Mike GreenWSH
99.Patric HornqvistPIT
100.Thomas VanekMIN
101.Bobby RyanOTT
102.Niklas KronwallDET
103.Brandon DubinskyCBJ
104.Mikko KoivuMIN
105.James WisniewskiCBJ
106.Mike SmithARI
107.Loui ErikssonBOS
108.Jason PominvilleMIN
109.Kyle TurrisOTT
110.Brent BurnsSJS
111.Ryan O'ReillyCOL
112.Jonathan BernierTOR
113.Andrew LaddWPG
114.Jaden SchwartzSTL
115.Cam FowlerANA
116.Chris KreiderNYR
117.Matt NiskanenWSH
118.Jeff SkinnerCAR
119.Torey KrugBOS
120.David PerronEDM
121.Derek StepanNYR
122.Joffrey LupulTOR
123.Ryan Nugent-HopkinsEDM
124.Nazem KadriTOR
125.Alex GoligoskiDAL
126.Brent SeabrookCHI
127.Slava VoynovLAK
128.Jaroslav HalakNYI
129.Vladimir TarasenkoSTL
130.Brandon SaadCHI
131.Tyson BarrieCOL
132.Justin SchultzEDM
133.Evgeny KuznetsovWSH
134.Valeri NichushkinDAL
135.Alexander SeminCAR
136.Roberto LuongoFLA
137.Tomas HertlSJS
138.Brad MarchandBOS
139.Ryan MillerVAN
140.Cody FransonTOR
141.Mats ZuccarelloNYR
142.Scott HartnellCBJ
143.Anton KhudobinCAR
144.Brian CampbellFLA
145.Patrik EliasNJD
146.Roman JosiNSH
147.Valtteri FilppulaTBL
148.Jay BouwmeesterSTL
149.Dan BoyleNYR
150.Matt MoulsonBUF
151.Craig AndersonOTT
152.Erik JohnsonCOL
153.Nathan HortonCBJ
154.Radim VrbataVAN
155.Ales HemskyDAL
156.Reilly SmithBOS
157.Johan FranzenDET
158.Dion PhaneufTOR
159.John CarlsonWSH
160.Jonas HillerCGY
161.Brayden SchennPHI
162.Dougie HamiltonBOS
163.Jacob TroubaWPG
164.Frederik AndersenANA
165.Mark ScheifeleWPG
166.Mikael GranlundMIN
167.Carl SoderbergBOS
168.Tyler JohnsonTBL
169.Mark StreitPHI
170.Brendan GallagherMTL
171.Clarke MacArthurOTT
172.Jonathan HuberdeauFLA
173.Andrej SekeraCAR
174.Derick BrassardNYR
175.Olli MaattaPIT
176.Shane DoanARI
177.Jake AllenSTL
178.Jiri HudlerCGY
179.Justin WilliamsLAK
180.Pascal DupuisPIT
181.Mikkel BoedkerPIT
182.Darcy KuemperMIN
183.Cody HodgsonBUF
184.Alex GalchenyukMTL
185.Mike RibeiroPIT
186.Alex StalockSJS
187.Tyler BozakTOR
188.Travis ZajacNJD
189.Josh HardingMIN
190.David DesharnaisMTL
191.Mike CammalleriNJD
192.Craig SmithNSH
193.Antoine VermettePIT
194.Jakob SilfverbergANA
195.Jason GarrisonTBL
196.Alexander EdlerVAN
197.Eric GelinasNJD
198.Hampus LindholmANA
199.Radko GudasTBL
200.Mikhail GrabovskiNYI
Just Missed: Aleksander Barkov, Tomas Tatar, Ben Scrivens, Marek Zidlicky, Brad Richards, Nick Foligno, Jake Muzzin, Martin Jones, Ryan Murray, Antoine Roussel