We’re Number One… Again!

If the old adage that the best way to build a sound contender is through the draft carries any merit, then the Edmonton Oilers should be in line to turn their sunken ship around in the next few seasons. The Oilers will select first in the NHL Entry Draft on June 24th for the second straight year, which gives us a little over two months to debate who they should grab with that selection. Will it be WHL play making wizard Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Swedish defender Adam Larsson, or will a kid like Gabriel Landeskog or Sean Couturier vault up the draft board?

Devils Pull Off Lottery Win

Arguably the biggest winner of the night, the New Jersey Devils jumped four spots from eighth to fourth by winning the draft lottery. Lou Lamoriello on the Devils draft position, via Fire & Ice:

“We would rather not be in this position, but being in it right now it should make our scouts feel happy and allow them to get a better player than they would have gotten at eighth.”

Kings Williams Expected to Play in Game 1

The L.A. Kings will have winger Justin Williams back in the lineup when they kick off their playoff series versus the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night.

2010-11 PK Save Percentage in Review

Scott Reynolds at The Copper & Blue takes a look at the year end results in save percentage on the penalty kill. Pekka Rinne is boss.

Feaster: “Iginla isn’t going anywhere”

Feaster “The Hut” says Jarome Iginla is staying put in Calgary… OK, but is Feaster staying in Calgary? The acting general manager has no plans to move the franchise winger:

“Jarome is the face of the franchise in many ways. Jarome is a guy who at times this season has carried this hockey club.”

“There’s no doubt in my mind that Jarome wants to win a Stanley Cup and he wants to win it here and we want to win a Stanley Cup and win it with Jarome here.”

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