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NHL Draft - Day 1 - semi-live blog - 06-22-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

UPDATE: We'll have a full run down of everything in tomorrow's EN Assists.

We said we would be starting our live blog today at 6 p.m. We lied. we'll start it a little earlier as trades and other news comes down the pike.

This blog will abandon our usual format of oldest entries first. We'll post newer news at the top as the day moves on.

More after the jump.

1:08: a.m.: What to hear something sobering? Of the 20 players the Penguins dressed for Game 7 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Final, only 10 remain: Pascal Dupuis, Chris Kunitz, Matt Cooke, Craig Adams, Marc-Andre Fleury, Brooks Orpik, Tyler Kennedy, Kris Letang, Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby.

1:06 a.m.: Shero speaks:

Maatta speaks:

 


 


12:25 a.m. To refresh on the second Penguins trade, they dealt Zbynek Michalek to the Coyotes in exchange for defensive prospect Harrison Ruopp, goaltender Marc Cheverie and a third round pick (No. 81) tomorrow.

Michalek, 29, appeared in 62 games last season and scored 13 points (two goals, 11 assists). He led the team with 144 blocked shots last season. He has three seasons left on a contract with a salary cap hit of $4 million. Michalek spent five seasons with the Coyotes before joining the Penguins as a free agent in 2010.

Ruopp, 19, was a third-round pick in 2011 by the Coyotes. In 62 games last season with the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL, Ruopp scored nine points (two goals, seven assists) and racked up 127 penalty minutes.

Cheverie, 25, was a seventh-round pick of the Panthers in 2006. He split time between the Portland Pirates of the AHL and the Gwinnett Gladiators of the ECHL. In nine AHL games last season, he went 4-3-0 with a 3.29 goals against average and .893 save percentage. In 22 ECHL games, he went 10-4-8 a 2.71 goals against average and .910 save percentage. A native of Cole Harbour, N.S., he is childhood friends with Sidney Crosby.

EN Says: Wow.

Just... wow.

The Penguins are radically chaging this team. They shed a player who was a major free agent signing in 2010 and they free themselves of his $4 million salary cap. Clearly, the Penguins are creating cap space with July 1 in mind. According to CapGeek.com, they now have $14,666,667 of salary cap space.

We don't know what to say about Michalek and his 2011-12 season. He wasn't sharp. He was inconsistent. But it came after a splendid 2010-11 campaign where he provide the team a shutdown presence.

He returns to Phoenix where he had his greatest success. Perhaps he wasn't a great fit for Dan Bylsma system.

Roupp is a pretty physical player. He's like throwing the body and throwing fists:

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Cheverie is a career minor league goaltender who improves the Penguins organizational depth at the position. Being Crosby's friend hardly hurts his cause.


12:19 a.m.: Quotes from Coyotes general manager Don Maloney:
On Michalek:
"We didn't want to lose (him) a couple years ago. He was a very important player with us with regards to our culture and how we wanted to play. He was somebody we did not want to lose him."
On Michalek:
"We look at Z playing with a player like Oliver Ekman-Larsson as being a terrific combo. A match up against the best players in the west."
On Roupp:
"He’s a heavy, weighty edgy player that everybody’s looking for. He’s got ability. He’s a guy you’ll put in the bank and he’ll surface three or four years from now. He’s a guy you’ll want on the ice to protect some of your skill guys. We didn’t’ want to loose him. He’s got good character."
On Michalek:
"We always watched him closely just because he was such a good fit for us. Pittsburgh is a real up-tempo style. Get pucks up to the forwards in a hurry. Z is more of that defensive guy. Block shots. Just move the puck and wait for the next shot to block. The way we play with Dave Tippett in our style, we needed that No. 1 match-up guy."
On Michalek:
"I always talked to (Shero) about Z because he was valuable to us. As the season ended and we talked again and it kind of picked up in the last day or two and it looked like he was prepared to do something that made sense to him. And it certainly made sense to us. We had the financial flexibility to do it."
On Roupp:
"I know they liked Roupp. They asked about Roupp in the past. I knew he was a prospect they liked. So they got a good young player and they got a draft pick tomorrow. I thought they did a terrific job today. Ray’s done a good job. Even the Staal deal. I thought that was a terrific deal for Pittsburgh given the return."
On Michalek being reunited with the Czechs players they have:
"Z" was the leader of that pack with (Martin) Hanzal and (Radim) Vrbata. So he just fit with us. We did not want to lose him. It was a killer just because of the structure."

11:35: Sorry for the delay. We were getting quotes. The Penguins swung another major trade dealing Zbynek Michalek to the Coyotes in exchange for defensive prospect Harrison Ruopp, goaltender Marc Cheverie and a third round pick (No. 81) tomorrow.


10:49 p.m. The first round has officially ended. The rest of the picks:
25 STL JORDAN SCHMALTZ D USA 6' 2" 180 GREEN BAY
26 VAN BRENDAN GAUNCE C CAN 6' 1" 207 BELLEVILLE
27 PHX HENRIK SAMUELSSON C RW USA 6' 2" 216 EDMONTON
28 NYR BRADY SKJEI D USA 6' 2" 196 USA U-18
29 NJD STEFAN MATTEAU C USA 6' 1" 215 USA U-18
30 LAK TANNER PEARSON LW CAN 6' 0" 193 BARRIE

10:44: The Devils just drafted Stefan Matteau, the son of former Rangers forward Stephane Matteau. If you don't know the significance of that....

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10:32 p.m.: Catching up on the other picks:
21 CGY MARK JANKOWSKI C CAN 6' 2" 168 STANSTEAD COLLEGE
22 PIT OLLI MAATTA D FIN 6' 1" 204 LONDON
23 FLA MICHAEL MATHESON D CAN 6' 1" 178 DUBUQUE
24 BOS MALCOLM SUBBAN G CAN 6' 1" 195 BELLEVILLE
25 STL JORDAN SCHMALTZ D USA 6' 2" 180 GREEN BAY
26 VAN BRENDAN GAUNCE C CAN 6' 1" 207 BELLEVILLE
27 PHX HENRIK SAMUELSSON C USA 6' 2" 216 EDMONTON

-Samuelsson is the son of former Penguins defenseman Ulf Samuelsson. Ulf was shown on the video board beaming like a proud father and received an enthusiastic cheer.

-Malcom Subban is the brother of Canadiens defenseman PK Subban. The Subban family gets thrust into the Bruins-Canadiens rivalry.


10:29 p.m.: Ray Shero speaks:


10:27 p.m. Pouliot speaks:


9:53 p.m.: The Penguins go back on defense again. They select Olli Matta from the OHL's London Knights. In 58 gmaes last season, Matta, 6-foot-1, 204 pounds, scored 32 points.  

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-He has a bit of mean streak apparently:

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He is a teammate of defenseman Scott Harrington, the Penguins' second-round pick in 2011.


9:49 p.m. : Catching up on the other picks:


9 WPG JACOB TROUBA D 6' 2" 187
USA U-18


10 TBL SLATER KOEKKOEK D 6' 1" 184
PETERBOROUGH


11 WSH FILIP FORSBERG C 6' 1" 188
LEKSAND


12 BUF MIKHAIL GRIGORENKO C 6' 3" 200
QUEBEC


13 DAL RADEK FAKSA C 6' 2" 200
KITCHENER


14 BUF ZEMGUS GIRGENSONS C 6' 1" 186
DUBUQUE


15 OTT CODY CECI D 6' 1" 205
OTTAWA


16 WSH THOMAS WILSON RW 6' 3" 205
PLYMOUTH


17 SJS TOMAS HERTL C 6' 2" 198
SLAVIA


18 CHI TEUVO TERAVAINEN LW 5' 10" 169
JOKERIT


19 TBL ANDREY VASILEVSKIY G 6' 3" 210
UFA 2


20 PHI SCOTT LAUGHTON C 6' 0" 177

OSHAWA



 9:34 p.m.: A few Sutter highlights:

 

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-During the Flyers selection, you could barely hear general manager Paul Holmgren over the boos. We think he said, "I was going to thank Pittsburgh for the warm welcome."

-The Blackhawks had forward Brandon Saad, a Pittsburgh-area product, announce their pick. A nice touch.


9:06 p.m.: To recap everything with the Penguins. They have traded Jordan Staal to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for third-line center Brandon Sutter, defensive prospect Brian Dumulin and the eighth overall pick in this draft. With that pick, the Penguins selected Portland Winterhawks defenseman Derrick Pouliot.

Sutter was the key to the deal. He immediately replaces Staal as the team's third-line defensive center and top penalty killing center. In 82 games last season, Sutter, 23, scored 32 points (17 goals, 15 assists) and was a minus-3. He was one of 15 players last season to score three or more shorthanded goals. Sutter averaged 17:23 of ice time last season, including 2:20 on the penalty kill. He won 50.5 percent of his faceoffs last season (654 wins, 641 losses).

Signed through the 2013-14 season, Sutter, 6-foot-3, 193 pounds, has a salary cap hit of $2,066,667. He will be a restricted free agent in 2014.

He is the son of former NHL coach and forward, Brent Sutter.

Dumoulin, 20, was a second-round pick in 2009. He played in 44 games as a junior last season for Boston College and scored 28 points (seven goals, 21 assists). He signed an entry-level contract in April. He has some size at 6-foot-4, 225 pounds.

Pouliot, appeared in 72 games last season with the Portland Winterhawks and scored 59 points (11 goals, 48 assists). Pouliot, 6-foot-0, 181 pounds, is a teammate of defenseman Joe Morrow, the Penguins' first-round pick in 2011.

EN Says: We love this deal on multiple levels. Losing Staal obviously hurts, but the Penguins managed to immediate replace him with a true third-line center. Sutter has the potential to be a legitimate Selke Trophy candidate. He's a strong forechecker, he skates well and goes to the dirty area. He's not a true 20-goal scorer, but he can produce a decent amount offense.

The big thing for him is his penalty killing. The Penguins have had a strong regular season penalty kill for the past two seasons and Staal was a huge part of that. Sutter will fill that void immediately.

In terms of the dollars and cents of the deal, this is a move which nearly $1,933,333 million off the salary cap and positions the Penguins to perhaps make another move. Additionally, Sutter is signed for one more year than Staal and will be a restricted free agent.

Dumoulin and Pouliot add to an already deep group of defensemen in the organziation.


9:01: Apologies for the delay. We went downstairs to get quotes from Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford.
On Sutter:
"You look at Pittsburgh now and to replace Jordan Staal with him, he's a great fit for them."
On Dumoulin:
"We've always liked Dumoulin. He should be able to play in the top four or five (defenseman) for a number of years."
Can Jordan Staal's production increase potentially with a larger role?
"Yeah. He's only 24 years old. He's still got an upside."
How might you use Jordan and Eric Staal:
"Eric could move to wing and play with Jordan. That's an option that Kirk (Muller) will have. But by moving Brandon (Sutter), that makes that harder to do."
On Sutter:
"He's a perfect fit for the Penguins. That was tough but when you get in a deal like this, you usually give up something you don't want to give."
On the trade:
"The key for him (Shero) was to get Brandon (Sutter). If he wasn't in the deal, this deal wasn't going or it was going somewhere else."

8:16: A little background on Brian Dumoulin. A second-round pick in 2009, he played in 44 games for Boston College last season and scored 28 points. He signed a three-year entry-level contract in April.


8:14 p.m.: Highlights of Pouliot:

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8:10 p.m. Ray Shero takes the podium to a standing ovation. He thanks Jordan Staal "for six great years." Then he takes another defenseman in the Portland Winterhawks Derrick Pouliot.


8:05 p.m.: Uh. Wow. The Penguins have traded Jordan Staal to the Hurricanes for center Brandon Sutter, minor league defenseman Brian Dumoulin and the eighth overall pick in this year's draft.


8:02 p.m.: Another defenseman. The Wild select Red Deer Rebels defenseman Matt Dumba.

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7:54: p.m.: We have a run on defensemen. The Ducks select Rogle (Sweden) Hampus Lindhom. This seems to be a bit of a surprise.

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7:43 p.m.: Maple Leafs overlord Brian Burke takes the podium. He selects Moosejaw Warriors defenseman Morgan Rielly:

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7:38 p.m. The Islanders select Edmonton Oil Kings defenseman Griffin Reinhart.

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7:32: The Capitals make a splash and get the second-line center they have long sought. Washington acquired center Mike Ribeiro from the Stars in exchange for minor league center Cody Eakin and a second round pick in this draft.

Ribeiro, 32, appeared in 74 games last season and scored 63 points (18 goals, 45 assists). He has one season left on a contract with a salary cap hit of $5 million.

Eakin, 21, played in 30 games last season and scored eight points (four goals, four assists). He has two seasons left on an entry-level contract.

EN Says: What a move by the Capitals. They have struggled to find a consistent No. 2 center for many seasons. Ribeiro fills a major void for them. He's a fantastic playmaker. For the Stars, we're not sure why they felt the need to make this move unless they felt they weren't going to be able to re-sign Ribeiro next summer.


7:26 p.m.: Former Penguins defenseman Marc Bergevin takes the podium to announce their pick. They select Sarnia Sting Alex Galchenyuk.

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7:21 p.m.: The Blue Jackets select Everett Silvertips defenseman Ryan Murray.

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7:15 p.m. The Islanders have acquired defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky from the Islanders in exchange for second-round pick in this year's draft 2013. In 68 games this season, Visnovsky had 27 points (six goals, 21 assists). Visnovsky, 35, has one season left on a salary cap hit worth $3.5 million.

EN Says: Visnovsky is an offensive defenseman. Period. he doesn't offer a lot in terms of defense. He has a cannon of a shot and can skate the puck very well. He's a little injury prone. The Islanders have a ton needs. Getting an offensive defenseman addresses one of them. Addtionally, Visnovsky's healthy cap hit helps the Islanders stay above the salary cap floor.


7:11 p.m. After a bit of a delay, the Oilers select Sarnia Sting forward Nail Yakupov.

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7:06 p.m.: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman takes the podium and is greeted with boos which is absolutely idiotic. Very few people had a larger role in keeping this team in Pittsburgh.

Bettman announces that the Oilers have the pick and unofficially puts them on the clock.


6:45 p.m.: NHL executive Jim Gregory did a roll call for all 30 NHL teams. The Flyers, Rangers and Capitals each received lusty, sustained boos.


6:39 p.m.: Mario Lemieux is sitting at the Penguins' table.


5:39 p.m.: Former Penguins broadcaster Alyonka Larionov has some trendy lounge set up so she can conduct interviews for TSN:


4:32 p.m.: Here are a few sights from around the building. Welcome to the draft:

-There is a synthetic ice rink outside:

-The Sabres have fans here:

-The stage:

-Oh to be a fly on the wall in this room:

-The Penguins' table is sandwiched between the Predators' and Panthers':


4:17 p.m.: The NHL Draft will be staying in the Atlantic Division. The 2013 event will be in New Jersey. In 2014, it will be in Philadelphia.

 


2:31 p.m.: This is a Penguins transaction but not the one you might be too concerned with. The Penguins extended their broadcast agreemtn with WXDX-FM until the 2017-18 season.

 


12:44 p.m. - The Flyers have traded goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for a bundle of draft picks. The Flyers get a second rounder and a fourth rounder this year as well as a fourth rounder in 2013.

As a back-up last season, Bobrovsky appeared in 29 games and went 14-10-2 with a 3.02 goals against average and .899 save percentage. He has one season left on a contract with a salary cap hit of $1.75 million. Bobrovsky will be a restricted free agent after 2012-13.

EN Says: This might seem like a slight overpayment for Bobrovsky, but the free agent market for goaltenders will be thin, especially with the Penguins snatching up Tomas Vokoun recently.

The Blue Jackets have rarely had consistent goaltending throughout their history. Bobrovsky hasn't always been consistent but he's still very young and raw at age 23. And as a rookie in 2010-11, he went 28-13-8 with a 2.59 goals against average and .912 save percentage. He has the potential to be a franchise goaltender.

If you're a Penguins fan, this is good news as it sends a notorious Penguins-killer to the Western Conference.


(Photos: Bobrovsky-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images; Visnovsky-Christian Petersen/Getty Images; Stars-Ronald Martinez/Getty Images; Sutter-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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