The first round of the NHL Draft was easy for Ron Hextall last year. With the second pick in the draft, the Flyers GM was guaranteed one of two projected superstars, Nico Hischier or Nolan Patrick. When the Devils took Hischier, Patrick was the no-brainer pick for Hextall. This year’s draft, which will be held later this week in Dallas, won’t be as straightforward for Hextall. The Flyers have the 14th and 19th picks in the first round, and nine overall in the draft. For the second straight year, we caught up with prospect and draft expert Russ Cohen for his thoughts on what the Flyers will do. Cohen is a co-host on “Hockey Prospect Radio” which airs on Sirius/XM NHL Network and all TSN radio affiliates, a guest on two other Sirius/XM shows, and is the author of “Flyers Images of Sports.” Here is Part 1 of our interview: First, do you anticipate the Flyers keeping both picks or trading them to move up in the draft? I think a lot of teams want to … [Read more...] about Flyers 2018 NHL Draft Q&A Part 1 with Russ Cohen
Stephen Whyno, Ap Hockey Writer Published 4:14 pm, Monday, June 18, 2018 Former NHL coach Dave Tippett has signed on as senior adviser for the group looking to put an expansion team in Seattle. Tippett confirmed the move to The Associated Press on Monday after it was first reported by the Seattle Times. He was already working for Seattle Hockey Partners LLC under president and chief operating officer Tod Leiweke. Seattle is in the middle of the expansion process with the goal of renovating KeyArena and starting up for the 2020-21 season. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the league's board of governors could vote to approve a 32nd franchise as soon as this fall but has emphasized there is no specific timetable. Sports Channel Now Playing: Now Playing Rudy Gay to Decline Player Option With Spurs Sports Illustrated Barry Trotz Resigns As Washington Capitals Head Coach Sports Illustrated Landon Donovan's Marketing Campaign Is Blowing Up in His Face … [Read more...] about Tippett joins NHL Seattle expansion group as senior adviser
Entering this weekend’s NHL draft in Dallas, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall has a dilemma: Does he trade up and try to get a better pick, or does he stay put and make the 14th and 19th selections in the first round? Craig Button, the former Calgary general manager who is a draft analyst for The Sports Network in Canada, says Hextall should stick with the picks. If the Flyers move up to get a player, “there may be a little bit more projection and a little bit more potential,” Button said last week, “but, to me, to get two players over one in this draft, that’s where I’d take my chances.” The first round will be held Friday, with Rounds Two though Seven on Saturday. The Flyers have two first-round picks because the 14th-overall selection was part of the trade that sent Brayden Schenn to St. Louis last year. There are rumblings that Vancouver (No. 7) and Chicago (No. 8) are dangling their first-round picks. If the Flyers moved up via … [Read more...] about Flyers dilemma: Move up in NHL draft for potential star or keep two quality picks?
Dave Tippett once stepped in to replace Wayne Gretzky. He played alongside and remains good friends with Mario Lemieux. And while Tippett isn’t a similar household name for casual sports fans locally, anybody in hockey knows who he is and has been curious about where the onetime NHL coach of the year would land next. The answer is here in Seattle. Tippett has been hired as a senior advisor for the Tod Leiweke-run group bidding for an NHL expansion franchise and nobody is ruling out that he will eventually become the squad’s first head coach. For now, though, Tippett will help oversee the development of all aspects of the organization, including the construction of a training facility and securing an American Hockey League affiliate franchise. “The challenge of trying to build a team from the foundation up is something not a lot of people get the chance to do,’’ Tippett, 56, told me last week in lower Queen Anne, near his new office at the NHL group’s … [Read more...] about Group trying to bring NHL franchise to Seattle hires former Coyotes coach Dave Tippett
Abbey Mastracco NorthJersey Published 12:23 p.m. UTC Jun 18, 2018 The 2018 NHL Entry Draft kicks off on Friday in Dallas and while the Devils are in a much different position than they were last year, a deep draft class assures could still provide an impact player at No. 17. Here’s a look at five candidates that may be available at No. 17 and one plausible scenario. Bode Wilde — D The system is a little thin on defensemen right now and Bode Wilde, a right-shot blue-liner, is considered one of the best in the lower half of the first round. A member of the USA National Development Program, the 6-foot-2, 196-pound Wilde has been described as a competitive player capable of playing a 200-foot game. He’s intense with the puck, handles it well and skates smooth. The 18-year-old is an aggressive high-risk/high-reward type player who can quarterback a power play and start a play with a booming point shot. The downside? He takes a lot of penalties. … [Read more...] about NHL Draft 2018: 5 possible first-round picks for New Jersey Devils