Friday, June 26, 2009

Draft Day 1

Anaheim calling to the hockey world...

Pronger Trade
As we sat down to watch the draft, Daniel told me he'd heard a rumor we were in talks with the Flyers. I responded, "Maybe Lupul and a 1st rounder. Sound familiar?"

Sure enough. For Lupul and two 1st Rounders, Chris Pronger goes to the Flyers.

15th Overall Pick
Peter Holland
With the 15th overall pick, the Anaheim Ducks take Peter Holland.

Holland's stock was falling, though he was ranked very high as recently as April. The general 'knock' is that he had consistency issues. I will write up a penalty kill later tonight, but am looking forward to our pick at 21. The Ducks have certainly scouted and interviewed the kid, but from an outside perspective, he was definitely not the best player available, chosen ahead of Moore and a small but capable Schroeder.

26th Overall Pick - Converted from Philadelphia's 21st Overall For This Pick and a 2nd Rounder
Kyle Palmieri
Highlighted in my post on fitness testing, Palmieri's stock fell slightly after an alleged off-ice incident. He's a good pick at 26th, and I will try to add a dual Penalty Kill post tonight.

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