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This Weeks Winners and Losers
With the NHL Awards show, the NHL Entry Draft and several trades this week some folks came out ahead and others just make you wonder.
- Mark Jankowski, who was drafted out of a Canadian high school, he might just get to tee them up for Iginla or Cammalleri in a year or two.
- Patrice Bergeron for finally getting his due as a premier two way forward.
- Brothers: The Staal’s, The Schenn’s, and even the Subban’s. Jordan will join Eric, Luke has joined Brayden, and P.K. got to be at the draft and see his brother go higher than he did.
- The Montreal Canadiens. It is hard to say anyone won the draft until five or six years down the road at least, but they Habs seem to have given themselves a damn fine head start with so much highly rated talent.
- The Hurricanes: Picked up an enormously underrated forward who wants to play there.
- The Penguins who added quality depth, shed salary and addressed an issue before it became a free agent loss for nothing.
- The USHL which at six first round picks tied the WHL for 2nd most picks of any source.
- Each and every person, celebrity, player, coach, general manager or announcer who suffered through that NHL Awards show. It set a new standard for awful. When the NHL’s hardcore fans consider Gary Bettman’s appearances a highlight it’s time to kill it with fire.
- The Toronto Maple Leafs and Philadelphia Flyers who flipped young players who are overrated and don’t address a need.
- Each and every hockey program on the planet trying to develop two-way defensemen or improve the defensive side of blueliners, thanks to the Norris being awarded to Karlsson.
- The New Jersey Devils who with the window closing on Brodeur’s career failed to draft a goalie even with more than one highly rated prospect still available.
- The Columbus Blue Jackets, not only is Scott Howson still inexplicably general manager, but they fired four scouts immediately after the draft.
- The Edmonton Oilers who like the Blue Jackets have a general manager no one outside the executive offices believes in, and failed to make any trades or draft picks that addressed a need.
- The QMJHL who had just one first round pick.
- The Columbus Blue Jackets who failed to realize their demands for Nash are over the top.
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