The 2013 NHL Entry Draft will take place today from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, we will have wall-to-wall coverage of all the latest rumors, news and picks.

Reports from the Colorado Avalanche say they will use the first pick to select Memorial Cup Most Valuable Player Nathan MacKinnon. Or is that possibly a smoke-screen and they plan on drafting Central Scouting's top-rated player and Denver native defenseman Seth Jones.

With four can't miss prospects, seven rounds being condensed to one day from the standard two days, compliance buyouts, GMs for the first time being allowed a two-day window in which to chat with potential free agents before the start of free agency on July 5 and a decline in the salary cap.

There will be a slew of GM's looking to make moves in what could potentially be the most dramatic draft in NHL history.

11:30pm EST | Jun 30
There we have it, the 2013 NHL draft is done.

Not as wild and crazy as I was hoping for.  The biggest surprise to me was Corey Schneider getting traded to New Jersey.  What's going to happen to Brodeur?  Is he going to start the season with a team other than the Devils for the first time in his career?  Looks like an interesting off-season ahead.

Good night, everyone.
11:20pm EST | Jun 30
Seventh Round:


182. Dallas Stars (via Florida) - Aleski Makela, D 

183. Colorado Avalanche - Wilhelm Westlund, D 

184. Tampa Bay Lightning - Saku Salminen, G 

185. Nashville Predators - Wade Murphy, RW 

186. Tampa Bay Lightning (via Carolina) - Joel Vermin, RW 

187. Calgary Flames - Rushan Rafikov, D 

188. Edmonton Oilers - Gregory Chase, C   

189. Buffalo Sabres - Eric Locke, C 

190. Winnipeg Jets (via New Jersey) - Brenden Kichton, D 

191. Los Angeles Kings (via Dallas) - Dominik Kubalik, LW 

192. Philadelphia Flyers - David Drake, D 

193. Phoenix Coyotes - Jedd Soleway, C 

194. Winnipeg Jets - Marcus Karlstrom, D 

195. Columbus Blue Jackets - Peter Quenneville, C/RW 

196. New York Islanders - Kyle Burroughs, D 

197. Minnesota Wild - Nolan De Jong, D 

198. Calgary Flames (via Chicago) - John Gilmour, D 

199. Detroit Red Wings - Hampus Melen, RW 

200. Minnesota Wild (via New York Rangers) - Alexandre Belanger, G 

201. San Jose Sharks - Jacob Jackson, C 

202. Toronto Maple Leafs - Andreas Johnson, LW 

203. Nashville Predators (via Saint Louis) - Janne Juvonen, G 

204. Washington Capitals - Tyler Lewington, D 

205. Vancouver Canucks - Miles Liberati, D 

206. Florida Panthers (via Montreal) - Mackenzie Weegar, D 

207. San Jose Sharks (via Colorado) - Emil Galimov, LW 

208. New Jersey Devils - Anthony Brodeur, G 

209. Pittsburgh Penguins - Troy Josephs, C 

210. Boston Bruins - Mitchell Dempsey, LW 

211. Chicago Blackhawks - Robin Press, D
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Sixth Round:

152. Florida Panthers - Joshua Brown, D 

153. Colorado Avalanche - Ben Storm, D 

154. Tampa Bay Lightning - Henri Ikonen, LW 

155. Nashville Predators - Emil Pettersson, C 

156. Carolina Hurricanes - Tyler Ganly, D 

157. Calgary Flames - Tim Harrison, RW 

158. Edmonton Oilers - Ben Betker, D 

159. Buffalo Sabres - Sean Malone, C 

160. New Jersey Devils - Myles Bell, LW 

161* Ottawa Senators (via Dallas)- Chris Leblanc, RW 

162. Philadelphia Flyers - Merrick Madsen, G 

163. Phoenix Coyotes - Brendan Burke, G 

164. Pittsburgh Penguins (via Winnipeg) - Dane Birks, D 

165. Columbus Blue Jackets - Markus Soberg, RW 

166. New York Islanders - Alan Quine, C 

167. Minnesota Wild - Avery Peterson, C 

168. Ottawa Senators - Quentin Shore, C 

169. Detroit Red Wings - Marc McNulty, D 

170. New York Rangers - Mackenzie Skapski, G 

171. Nashville Predators (via San Jose) - Tommy Veilleux, LW 

172. Toronto Maple Leafs - Antoine Bibeau, G 

173. St. Louis Blues - Santeri Saari, D 

174. Washington Capitals - Brian Pinho, C 

175. Vancouver Canucks - Mike Williamson, D 

176. Montreal Canadiens - Jeremy Gregoire, C 

177. Anaheim Ducks - Miro Aaltonen, C 

178. Los Angeles Kings - Zachary Leslie, D 

179. Pittsburgh Penguins - Blaine Byron, C 

180. Boston Bruins - Anton Blidh, LW 

181. Chicago Blackhawks - Anthony Louis, C
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Fifth Round:

122. Florida Panthers - Christopher Clapperton, LW 

123. Colorado Avalanche - Will Butcher, D 

124. Tampa Bay Lightning - Kristers Gudlevskis, G 

125. Nashville Predators - Saku Maenalanen, RW 

126. Carolina Hurricanes - Brent Pedersen, LW 

127. Winnipeg Jets (via Washington) - Tucker Poolman, D 

128. Edmonton Oilers - Evan Campbell, LW 

129. Buffalo Sabres - Calvin Petersen, G 

130. Buffalo Sabres (via Florida) - Gustav Possler, RW 

131. Dallas Stars - Cole Ully, LW 

132. Philadelphia Flyers - Terrance Amorosa, D 

133. Phoenix Coyotes - Connor Clifton, D 

134. Chicago Blackhawks (via Winnipeg) - Luke Johnson, C 

135. Calgary Flames (via Columbus) - Eric Roy, D 

136. New York Islanders - Viktor Crus Rydberg, C 

137. Minnesota Wild - Carson Soucy, D 

138. Ottawa Senators - Vincent Dunn, C 

139. Detroit Red Wings - Mitchell Wheaton, D 

140. Nashville Predators (via New York Rangers) - Teemu Kivihalme, D 

141. San Jose Sharks - Michael Brodzinski, D 

142. Toronto Maple Leafs - Fabrice Herzog, RW 

143. Buffalo Sabres (via Saint Louis) - Anthony Florentino, D 

144. Washington Capitals - Blake Heinrich, D 

145. Vancouver Canucks - Anton Cederholm, D 

146. Los Angeles Kings (via Montreal) - Patrik Bartosak, G 

147. Anaheim Ducks - Grant Besse, RW 

148. Los Angeles Kings - Jonny Brodzinski, C 

149. Dallas Stars (via Pittsburgh) - Matej Paulovic, LW 

150. Boston Bruins - Wiley Sherman, D 

151. San Jose Sharks (via Chicago) - Gage Ausmus, D
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Fourth Round:

92. Florida Panthers - Evan Cowley, G 

93. Colorado Avalanche - Mason Geertsen, D 

94. Edmonton Oilers (via Saint Louis) - Jackson Houck, RW 

95. Nashville Predators - Felix Girard, C 

96. Edmonton Oilers (via Los Angeles) - Kyle Platzer, C 

97. Florida Panthers (via Calgary) - Michael Downing, D 

98. Florida Panthers (via Edmonton) - Matt Buckles, C 

99. Nashville Predators (via Buffalo) - Juuse Saros, G 

100. New Jersey Devils - Miles Wood, LW 

101. Dallas Stars - Nicholas Paul, LW 

102. Ottawa Senators (via Tampa Bay) - Tobias Lindberg, RW 

103. Los Angeles Kings (via Philadelphia) - Justin Auger, RW 

104. Winnipeg Jets - Andrew Copp, C 

105. Columbus Blue Jackets - Nick Moutrey, C 

106. New York Islanders - Stephon Williams, G 

107. Minnesota Wild - Dylan Labbe, D 

108. Ottawa Senators - Ben Harpur, D 

109. Detroit Red Wings - David Pope, LW 

110. New York Rangers - Ryan Graves, D 

111. Chicago Blackhawks (via San Jose) - Robin Norell, D 

112. St. Louis Blues (via Nashville) - Zachary Pochiro, LW 

113. Edmonton Oilers (via Saint Louis) - Aidan Muir, LW 

114. Winnipeg Jets (via Washington) - Jan Kostalek, D 

115. Vancouver Canucks - Jordan Subban, D 

116. Montreal Canadiens - Martin Reway, LW 

117. San Jose Sharks (via Chicago) - Fredrik Bergvik, G 

118. Los Angeles Kings - Hudson Fasching, RW 

119. Pittsburgh Penguins - Ryan Segalla, D 

120. Boston Bruins - Ryan Fitzgerald, C 

121. Chicago Blackhawks - Tyler Motte, C
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Third Round:

62. Phoenix Coyotes (via San Jose Sharks) Yan Pavel Laplante, C 

63. Colorado Avalanche - Spencer Martin, G 

64. Nashville Predators (via Tampa Bay) - Jonathan-Ismael Diaby, D 

65. New York Rangers (via Nashville) - Adam Tambellini, C 

66. Carolina Hurricanes - Brett Pesce, D 

67. Calgary Flames - Keegan Kanzig, D 

68. Dallas Stars (via Edmonton) - Niklas Hansson, D 

69. Buffalo Sabres - Nicholas Baptiste, RW 

70. New York Islanders (via Minnesota) - Eamon McAdam G 

71. Montreal Canadiens (via Dallas) - Connor Crisp, LW 

72. Philadelphia Flyers - Tyrell Goulbourne, LW 

73. New Jersey Devils (via Phoenix) - Ryan Kujawinski, C 

74. Chicago Blackhawks (via Winnipeg) - John Hayden, C 

75. New York Rangers (via Columbus) - Pavel Buchnevich, LW 

76. New York Islanders - Taylor Cammarata, C 

77. Pittsburgh Penguins (Dallas) - Jake Guentzel, C 

78. Ottawa Senators - Marcus Hogberg, G 

79. Detroit Red Wings - Mattias Janmark-Nylen,C 

80. New York Rangers - Anthony Duclair, LW 

81. Minnesota Wild (via San Jose) - Kurtis Gabriel, RW 

82. Toronto Maple Leafs - Carter Verhaeghe, C 

83. Edmonton Oilers (via Saint Louis) - Bogdan Yakimov, C 

84. Winnipeg Jets (via Washington) - James Lodge, C 

85. Vancouver Canucks (via Florida) - Cole Cassels, C 

86. Montreal Canadiens - Sven Andrighetto, RW 

87. Anaheim Ducks - Keaton Thompson, D 

88. Edmonton Oilers (via Los Angeles) - Anton Slepyshev, LW 

89. Columbus Blue Jackets (via Pittsburgh) - Oliver Bjorkstrand, RW 

90. Boston Bruins - Peter Cehlarik, LW 

91. Winnipeg Jets (via Chicago) - J.C. Lipon, RW
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Second Round

31. Florida Panthers - Ian McCoshen, D 

32. Colorado Avalanche - Chris Bigras, D 

33. Tampa Bay Lightning - Adam Erne, LW 

34. Montreal Canadians (via Nashville) - Jacob De La Rose, LW 

35. Buffalo Sabres (via Carolina) - J.T. Compher, LW 

36. Montreal Canadians (via Calgary) - Zachary Fucale, G 

37. Los Angeles Kings (via Edmonton) - Valentin Zykov, LW 

38. Buffalo Sabres - Connor Hurley, C 

39. Phoenix Coyotes (via New Jersey) - Laurent Dauphin, C 

40. Dallas Stars - Remi Elie, LW 

41. Philadelphia Flyers - Robert Hagg, D 

42. New Jersey Devils (via Phoenix) - Steven Santini, D 

43. Winnipeg Jets - Nicolas Petan, C 

44. Pittsburgh Penguins (via Columbus) - Tristan Jarry, G 

45. Anaheim Ducks - (via New York Islanders) Nick Sorensen, RW 

46. Minnesota Wild - Gustav Olofsson, D 

47. Saint Louis Blues (via Ottawa) - Thomas Vannelli, D 

48. Detroit Red Wings - Zach Nastasiuk, RW 

49. San Jose Sharks - (via New York Rangers) Gabryel Paquin-Boudreau, LW 

50. Columbus Blue Jackets - (via Pittsburgh) Dillon Heatherington, D 

51. Chicago Blackhawks - (via Toronto) Carl Dahlstrom, D 

52. Buffalo Sabres - (via Saint Louis) Justin Bailey, RW 

53. Washington Capitals - Madison Bowey, D 

54. Dallas Stars - (via Vancouver) Philippe Desrosiers, G 

55. Montreal Canadians - Artturi Lehkonen, LW 

56. Edmonton Oilers (via Anaheim) - Marc-Olivier Roy, C 

57. Saint Louis Blues - (via Edmonton) William Carrier, LW 

58. Detroit Red Wings - (via San Jose Sharks) Tyler Bertuzzi, LW 

59. Winnipeg Jets - Eric Comrie, G 

60. Boston Bruins - Linus Arnesson, D 

61. Washington Capitals - (via Winnipeg) Zachary Sanford, LW
07:43pm EST | Jun 30
Things are moving at a brisk pace, so what i'll do is post the complete results round-by-round as the finish.
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Montreal drafts top-rated goaltender Zachary Fucale and in a related note Carey Price just turned off his phone for the rest of the weekend
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So it looks like Roberto Luongo is staying with the Canucks, I wonder if his reaction was anything like this.

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Complete First Round Results

1. Colorado Avalanche - Nathan MacKinnon, C 

2. Florida Panthers - Aleksander Barkov, C 

3. Tampa Bay Lightning - Jonathan Drouin, LW

4. Nashville Predators - Seth Jones, D

5. Carolina Hurricanes - Elias Lindholm, D  

6. Calgary Flames - Sean Monahan, C  

7. Edmonton Oilers - Darnell Nurse, D  

8. Buffalo Sabres - Rasmus Ristolainen, D 

9. Vancouver (via New Jersey Devils) - Bo Horvart, LW 

10. Dallas Stars - Valeri Nichushkin, RW 

11. Philadelphia Flyers - Samuel Morin, D 

12. Phoenix Coyotes - Max Domi, C 

13. Winnipeg Jets - Josh Morissey, D 

14. Columbus Blue Jackets - Alex Wennberg

15. New York Islanders - Ryan Pulock, D 

16. Buffalo Sabres (via Minnesota Wild) - Nikita Zadorov, D  

17. Ottawa Senators - Curtis Lazar, C 

18. San Jose Shark (via Detroit Red Wings) - Mirco Mueller, D

19. Columbus Blue Jackets (via New York Rangers) - Kerby Rychel, LW 

20. Detroit Red Wings (via San Joe Sharks) - Anthony Mantha, RW

21. Toronto Maple Leafs - Frederick Gauthier, C 

22. Calgary Flames (via Saint Louis Blues) - Emile Poirier, LW

23. Washington Capitals - Andre Burakovsky, RW 

24. Vancouver Canucks - Hunter Shinkaruk, C

25. Montreal Canadians - Michael McCarron, RW

26. Anaheim Ducks - Shea Theodore, D

27. Columbus Blue Jackets (via Los Angeles Kings) - Marko Dano, C 

28. Calgary Flames (via Pittsburgh Penguins) - Morgan Klimchuk, LW 

29. Dallas Stars (via Boston Bruins) - Jason Dickinson, C

30. Chicago Blackhawks - Ryan Hartman, RW

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Very disappointed in the creativity of suits these prospects are putting out, looks like they let their parents dress them.
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Gary Bettman has the stage charisma of a spelling bee contestant
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First Round results so far...

1. Colorado Avalanche - Nathan MacKinnon, C 

2. Florida Panthers - Aleksander Barkov, C 

3. Tampa Bay Lightning - Jonathan Drouin, LW

4. Nashville Predators - Seth Jones, D

5. Carolina Hurricanes - Elias Lindholm, D  

6. Calgary Flames - Sean Monahan, C  

7. Edmonton Oilers - Darnell Nurse, D  

8. Buffalo Sabres - Rasmus Ristolainen, D 

9. Vancouver via (New Jersey Devils) - Bo Horvart, LW 

10. Dallas Stars - Valeri Nichushkin, RW 

11. Philadelphia Flyers - Samuel Morin, D 

12. Phoenix Coyotes - Max Domi, C 

13. Winnipeg Jets - Josh Morissey, D 

14. Columbus Blue Jackets - Alex Wennberg, C

15. New York Islanders - Ryan Pulock, D 

04:31pm EST | Jun 30
I don't remember Tie Domi making any passes like this 

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What will Luongo do?  What will Brodeur do? What will Schneider do? This doesn't make any sense, there must be another move coming out of New Jersey
04:05pm EST | Jun 30
Why are there so many people on the stage during these picks?

Funerals, Weddings and the NHL draft, where else are the receiving lines 6-8 people deep?
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Former NFL Quarterback Donovan McNabb's nephew Darnell Nurse is picked 7th overall by the Edmonton Oilers


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Seth Jones will get to learn from Shea Webber, there is a silver lining here for Jones


03:23pm EST | Jun 30
Jonathan Drouin is going to be a great fit surrounded by goal scorers with the Bolts


03:21pm EST | Jun 30
Wonder if Tampa takes Jones or Drouin now?
03:20pm EST | Jun 30
Wow... ambitious pick by the Panthers as they go with Finnish star Aleksander Barkov over Jones



03:15pm EST | Jun 30
It would be a huge surprise if Seth Jones isn't drafted here by the Panthers, according to the talking heads
03:12pm EST | Jun 30
Halifax Moosehead's Nathan MacKinnon goes #1, Avs weren't kidding


03:09pm EST | Jun 30
The Avalanche are on the clock...MacKinnon or Jones?
03:06pm EST | Jun 30
Here comes Bettman and the booooo's.  He even wore a Devils coloured tie, didn't work.
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30 minutes until the Colorado Avalanche are on the clock... 
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Martin Brodeur was drafted 20th overall in the 1990 draft.  



In 1990 Home Alone, Kindergarden Cop and Pretty Women were box office hits.  Billboard's top 100 included 'Hold On' by Wilson Phillips and 'Pump Up the Jam' by Technotronic featuring Felly and a show about nothing 'Seinfeld' premiered.

In 2013 Brodeur is going strong and on the cover of NHL14.  


01:44pm EST | Jun 30
Things change quickly on draft day
01:39pm EST | Jun 30
PSD Prospect Profile - Aleksander Barkov


Barkov was a teenager among men well playing in the Finnish Elite League over the previous two years, but the 17-year-old looked anything but out of place. After learning the ropes last year, the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder blossomed into a star for Tappara this season, showcasing his elite combination of vision, puck support, drive, and physicality; he scored 21 goals and 48 points in 53 games. Barkov’s speedy development, along with his large frame and raw offensive talent.


CSS Ranking: #1 International Skater

Consensus: #3

Prediction:  #3
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12:40pm EST | Jun 30
Flyers looking to draft big-shooting defenseman 

The Flyers would love to select bruising defenseman Darnell Nurse in the first round of Sunday's NHL draft in Newark, but unless they trade up, he probably won't be there when they make the 11th overall pick. 

Rasmus Ristolainen might be a nice consolation prize. 

The Finnish defenseman has a lot going for him. He's a righthanded shooter, has imposing size (6-foot-4, 207 pounds), and is regarded as a strong player at both ends of the ice. Oh, and he plays a physical, edgy style, an uncommon trait for most European players. 

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said Ristolainen, 18, might be NHL-ready. 

"He looks like a man right now compared to some of the kids you see," Holmgren said. Ristolainen, No. 4 on Central Scouting's list of draft-eligible European skaters, logged more than 25 minutes a game last season while playing for Finland's top league. 

Other than Seth Jones, Holmgren said, Ristolainen is "probably the most ready [defenseman] to jump right in" and play in the NHL. "Offensively, he looks like a good, solid prospect with a big shot." Scouts are divided as to whether Ristolainen will be there when the Flyers pick at No. 11.
12:23pm EST | Jun 30
Contract negotiations between the Blue Jackets and 2013 Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky appear to be off to a rocky start.
12:09pm EST | Jun 30
PSD Prospect Profile - Jonathan Drouin



Drouin didn't enter last year as a top-5 prospect as he only suited up in 33 games for the Mooseheads after waiting until nearly midseason to commit to playing major junior. A 41-goal, 105-point season, strong showing for Canada in the WJC, and a Memorial Cup title later, there is no debate on whether he will have his name called early in the draft. 

Although it seems the comparison is somewhat convenient because most believe Drouin is going to be selected with the third pick by the Lightning, the 5-foot-11, 176-pounder has elicited comparisons to the former Hart trophy winner Martin St. Louis. They, however, do share some similarities. Both players have incredibly soft hands, a real ability of being at the right place at the right time, and make players around them better.

Example #1


CSS Ranking: #3 North American Skater

Consensus # 3 to Tampa Bay

Prediction: #2 to Florida (Drouin teamed with current Panters star Jonathan Huberdeau, could become a special duo and have already performed well in international play)
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Pittsburgh Penguins are close to signing Kris LeTang


11:21am EST | Jun 30
Minnesota Wild & New York Rangers Make Early Move On Draft Day

The Minnesota Wild has kicked of Draft Day by acquiring a sixth-round draft pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and the rights to forward Benn Ferriero from the New York Rangers.

Minnesota swaps the pick and player for the rights to defenseman Justin Falk, who is a restricted free agent. The 24-year-old compiled 15 points (1-14=15) and 100 penalty minutes (PIM) in 108 career NHL games with Minnesota. He was originally selected by the Wild in the fourth-round (No. 110 overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
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PSD Prospect Profile - Nathan MacKinnon



The product of Cole Harbour, N.S., isn’t the next Sidney Crosby, but rather the first Nathan MacKinnon, a player with unlimited potential and an exceptional competitive nature. 

The greater the stage, the greater the performance you can expect from MacKinnon. After scoring 11 goals and 33 points in 17 playoff games, the 5-foot-11, 179-pounder scored a hat trick and two assists in the Memorial Cup final against the Seth Jones led Winterhawks to leading his club to victory. 

Even though it’s nearly impossible for a casual fan to suggest MacKinnon is ahead of his QMJHL teammate Drouin or vice versa on paper, NHL Central Scouting gives MacKinnon the edge on his teammate. Therefore, it appears the 17-year-old will be looking at housing prices in Denver sometime this week.

CSS Ranking: #2 North American Skater

Consensus: #1 to Colorado

Prediction: #1 to Colorado (I'll take Joe Sakic at his word)
10:15am EST | Jun 30
2013 NHL Draft: Packs Seven Rounds Into One Day.   

The feverish pace of the lockout-shortened season will continue today at the NHL entry draft. 

The annual event, which will be held in the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., would have kicked off with a showcased and lengthy first round last night had a three-month work stoppage not forced the league to shorten it to a single day for the first time since 2006. 

If the Devils had advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals, the series could have run as late as Friday in Newark, and workers would not have had enough time to transform the Prudential Center. 

So the NHL will return to the one-day format that it used coming out of the lockout in 2005, when the draft was cut from nine rounds to seven, closed to the public and held in an Ottawa hotel. 

The league also held a one-day draft the next year in Vancouver but expanded it to two days in 2007 in Nationwide Arena. That was the first year the league conducted only a single round in prime time, in an effort to play up the first round in-house and on television. 

Form held until today, when teams will have only three minutes to make their selections in every round. That includes the first, which in recent years has swollen to more than three hours, marked by lengthy, post-pick player interviews, analysis and television ad time. 

The NHL hopes the first round is significantly shorter today, perhaps by an hour or more. The draft is officially scheduled to run 71/2 hours, until 10:30 p.m., although it is expected to take much longer
09:56am EST | Jun 30
Source: Bruins listening to offers on Seguin 



A turbulent season of ups and downs for 21-year-old Tyler Seguin might just be getting started.
 
The gifted Bruins forward struggled through the entire 2013 Stanley Cup playoff run for the Black and Gold with just a single goal, eight points and a minus-2 rating for Boston in 22 postseason games. That was the end point for an inconsistent regular season (16 goals and 32 points in 48 games) that seemed to be a step back from last season when he potted 29 goals and earned his first All-Star appearance with Boston. 

General manager Peter Chiarelli referenced the subpar season for Seguin when asked about him at the season-ending press conference earlier this week. 

“I thought he played a strong game the last game. I thought his [Stanley Cup Final] was good. He’s a young, explosive player that didn’t perform exactly the way we had envisioned,” said Chiarelli. “But he’s young and he makes plays, and he makes timely plays. There are only good things in store for him.” 

With all of that in mind amid a stacked 2013 draft class at the top of the first round, sources have indicated to CSNNE.com that the Bruins are listening to trade offers for their coveted young player. A league source indicated to CSNNE.com that it would take a “king’s ransom” to get the Bruins to move on Seguin, and that a top-10 first round pick in this year’s draft would most certainly have to part of the trade package.
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Rutherford: 'Lot of interest' in No. 5 pick 

Canes general manager Jim Rutherford spent much of Saturday on the phone, fielding inquiries, talking about potential trades. 

The Canes have the No. 5 selection in Sunday's NHL Entry Draft and Rutherford said, "There has been a lot of interest in our pick. If we do end up making a move, we would like to have a first-round pick of some kind. We have a few things to think over." 

The Canes are looking to obtain a top-four defenseman before next season and Rutherford believes a trade, and not free agency, may be the most sensible way of doing it.
09:20am EST | Jun 30
PSD Prospect Profile - Seth Jones



Jones is a winner if there ever was one. He not only led Team USA to gold at the world junior championship, but he also carried the Winterhawks to an Ed Chynoweth Cup in his rookie season. His swagger and sheer ability to lead is possessed by few and far between in the NHL, let alone this draft. 

What separates Jones from past high-end defensive prospects is his ability to control all aspects of the game. The 6-foot-4, 206-pounder can slow down and speed up the pace of the game with his impeccable instincts and strong skating. In addition, he is poised to be a power-player quarterback and a catalyst on the penalty kill in pros. These appealing aspects of his game combined with his workhorse endurance have elicited comparisons to Chris Pronger.

CSS Ranking: #1 North American Skater

Consensus: # 2 to Florida

Prediction: #4 to Nashville (Avs say the want MacKinnon, Panthers have been stockpiling young defenseman and Tampa needs to replace the recently bought out Vincent Lecavalier.  Nashville is ecstatic if Jones drops.) 
08:46am EST | Jun 30
Canucks reportedly considering playing Schneider trade card; Oilers potential option



It’s always been the ace up their sleeve, but the Vancouver Canucks have never wanted to play that card. In attempting to trade Roberto Luongo and his mammoth contract — the nine years and $40.5 million US remaining on his 12-year pact pays $6.7 million the next five seasons and has a salary cap hit of $5.3 million — general manager Mike Gillis continues to talk to four or five teams about moving the 34-year-old stopper. Those talks haven’t produced much because he’s reportedly considering what the market might be for Cory Schneider. It could a matter of kicking the tires, but if nothing comes to fruition with moving Luongo here at the NHL draft — league’s new trade deadline — then the reality of keeping Luongo and trading Schneider has to be at least broached. 

07:56am EST | Jun 30
Vincent Lecavalier and Danny Briere are looking for new teams and they are taking meetings with everyone

01:27am EST | Jun 30
Doesn't look like the Coyotes will need to draft a goalie anytime soon.



01:16am EST | Jun 30

The second part of any professional draft is the obligatory booing of the commissioner and no commissioner has done more in their tenure to outrage fans than Gary Bettman.   

This is my favorite example of the pure distain NHL fans have for their commissioner.

01:08am EST | Jun 30
The first part of any draft is a heavily researched and endlessly nitpicked mock draft.  After weeks of reading scouting reports and watching YouTube videos, this is the latest edition of my mock draft.  I can't promise it will be my last.


1. Colorado Avalanche - Nathan MacKinnon, C 
2. Florida Panthers - Seth Jones, D 
3. Tampa Bay Lightning - Aleksander Barkov, C 
4. Nashville Predators - Jonathan Drouin, LW
5. Carolina Hurricanes - Sean Monahan, C 
6. Calgary Flames - Valeri Nichushkin, RW 
7. Edmonton Oilers - Elias Lindholm, D 
8. Buffalo Sabres - Darnell Nurse, D 
9. New Jersey Devils - Zachary Fucale, G 
10. Dallas Stars - Rasmus Ristolainen, D 
11. Philadelphia Flyers - Bo Horvart, LW 
12. Phoenix Coyotes - Hunter Shinkaruk, LW 
13. Winnipeg Jets - Max Domi, C 
14. Columbus Blue Jackets - Nikita Zadorov, D 
15. New York Islanders - Samuel Morin, D 
16. Buffalo Sabres - Josh Morissey, D 
17. Ottawa Senators - Alex Wennberg, LW 
18. Detroit Red Wings - Adam Erne, RW 
19. Columbus Blue Jackets - Valentin Zykov, LW 
20. San Joe Sharks - Kerby Rychel, LW 
21. Toronto Maple Leafs - Ryan Pulock, D 
22. Calgary Flames - Curtis Lazar, C 
23. Washington Capitals - Ryan Hartman, LW 
24. Vancouver Canucks - Steve Santini, D 
25. Montreal Canadians - Frederick Gauthier, C 
26. Anaheim Ducks - Nic Petan, C 
27. Columbus Blue Jackets - Anthony Mantha, LW 
28. Calgary Flames - Emile Poirier, LW
29. Dallas Stars - Morgan Klimchuk, LW
30. Chicago Blackhawks - Andre Burakovsky, RW