2011 NHL Draft

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Ryan Strome, Taking His Play To New Levels

Similarly to Nino Niederreiter, many were wondering where Ryan Strome would be playing at the start of the 2013 season. After being selected by the New York Islanders with the fifth overall pick in the 2011 draft, Strome remained with the team straight out of training camp. He only watched two NHL games from the press-box before being sent back to his OHL team, the Niagara Ice Dogs. (Photo Credit: mandelux12/Flickr)

Strome continued to impress with the Ice Dogs and had some hockey pundits expecting him to crack the Islanders line-up this year. But the NHL work stoppage has basically kept many Islanders prospects with their respective junior teams or their farm team, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Therefore, Strome has continued his career with the Ice Dogs this season, playing for them for the fourth year in a row.

Sean Couturier: 'Steal' of the Draft

Sean Couturier slipped down to the eighth overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. How has Couturier fared in the NHL compared to guys like Nugent-Hopkins and Landeskog? Better than you may think, considering he was drafted behind all of them.

One Wild Summer: Breaking down the San Jose Sharks' Offseason-Part One

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Today, in my first TCL post, I will be reviewing the 3 trades that the Sharks have made this offseason, all of which, interestingly, have been with the Minnesota Wild.

 

 

Brent Burns and a 2nd round pick in 2012 for Devin Setoguchi, Charlie Coyle, and a 1st round pick in 2011: The Sharks kicked off the offseason with a bang on the opening day of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft when they traded Setoguchi, highly-touted ...

Fresh Starts All Around

 

In a whirlwind of less than 36 hours, the Philadelphia Flyers went from having a bare shelf of prospects and very few draft picks to possessing the top prospect in hockey, Brayden Schenn and the 8th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.  With the top ten pick, they added a center that used his 6’4 frame and natural talent to become the first 17-year old to since Sidney Crosby to lead the QJMHL in scoring.  Like the Flyers past season, the pick was heralded only to fall beyond where many had projected him.  At the season’s start, Sean Couturier was the top draft prospect in hockey.  When general manager Paul Holmgren took the stage in Minnes...

What Are The Islanders Up To This Off-Season?

After the Islanders selected Ryan Strome with the fifth overall pick at this year's draft, the media was treated to a little catch-up session with a handful of Islander fan-favorites including John Tavares, Matt Moulson, Michael Grabner, Trevor Gillies, Kevin Poulin, Micheal Haley, Matt Martin and Travis Hamonic. They all had plenty to say about the newest addition to the Islanders prospect pool as well as how their off-season has been going thus far.

Matt Moulson had ties to John Tavares when he was picked by the Islanders since they grew up together back home in Canada. But Strome is another prospect that Moulson previously knew before their...

Predators Draft Review and The New Jersey

 

Predators had a fairly calm draft compared to other teams, while others were making huge trades to either better their team or to dump salary, the Predators remained the same. The Predators had 7 picks this year and as well unveiled their new jerseys and logo.

Their first pick of the draft was at number #38 which was given to them in the Arnott trade, and they selected the first goalie Magnus Hellberg. The odd part is that he was not rated as the top goalie prospect, but was in the top 5. He was taken as the Preds saw similarities between him and Lindback and Rinne, which bolds well for the team.

Next was their #52 pic...

Isles Hit A Strome Run At NHL Draft

 

I posted a blog a few weeks back discussing a few of the eligible draftees in this year's draft that could possibly be available with the fifth overall pick. It was the second time in two years that the Islanders were picking at the fifth spot and rumors were beginning to run rampant of what GM Garth Snow might do; the arena proposal goes up for public referendum on August 1st, making this the first serious desire to push the youth movement forward into becoming a playoff team.

But Snow stuck to his pla...