Viagra use The 2008 NHL Draft might lack the big name star potential of a Sidney Crosby or an Alexander Ovechkin, viagra use but it stands to be one of the deepest drafts since 2003. Viagra use The one specter looming over the draft is the state of the NHL-IIHL transfer agreement situation – especially the explosive situation involving Russia and the development of their Continental Hockey League – which the Russians hope will rival that of the NHL.

Viagra use While the Russians have only been able to “steal away” NHLers like John Grahame and Chris Simon, viagra use they have rattled their hockey abers about luring away free agents like Jaromir Jagr and other Europeans. Viagra use The biggest impact will be felt in the draft in the status of Nikita Filatov.

Viagra use Last year, viagra use the hockey world watched Alexei Cherepanov fall to the New York Rangers at #17. Viagra use Granted, viagra use Filatov does not have as many on-ice questions as Cherepanov had, viagra use but one has to wonder if the lack of transfer agreement will hurt his – and other Europeans – chances of being drafted as high as they should be.

Viagra use It is a decision that all NHL teams will be facing. Viagra use In the past, viagra use teams took the stance that the New Jersey Devils and Director of Scouting David Conte took.

Viagra use “We draft for personality, viagra use not nationality, viagra use” Conte told Everett J. Viagra use Merrill of the Hockey Digest back in November 2000 – obviously well before the NHL-IIHL tiff.

Viagra use As expected, viagra use teams have changed their thinking in reference to European players in general, viagra use and Russian players specifically, viagra use in the light of the transfer agreement problems.

Viagra use “Draft the North American because you know he will play or at least try to play, viagra use” Edmonton Oilers scout Kevin Prendergast told Alan Adams in The Hockey News’ (THN) Draft Preview.

Viagra use Adams also detailed the drop in the number of Russian players drafted since the start of the new millennium. Viagra use In 2007 only nine Russian players were drafted – as opposed to 44 in the 2000 Draft.

Viagra use Each player has ratings for the following scouting services: The Hockey News (THN), viagra use Central Scouting (CSS), viagra use Red Line Report (RLR), viagra use McKeen’s (McK), viagra use Canada’s TSN (TSN) International Scouting Service (ISS). Viagra use TSN and ISS each list a prospect’s comparable NHL player. Viagra use CSS divides their ratings between North Americans (NA) and Europeans (Euro). Viagra use The draft positions used are as of June 15, viagra use 2008.

Viagra use 1. Viagra use Tampa Bay Lightning – Steven Stamkos (C)
THN: #1 – CSS: #1 NA skater – RLR: #1 – McK: #1
ISS: #1 (Joe Sakic) – TSN: #1 (Steve Yzerman)
The consensus number one player in the draft provides an excellent replacement for the traded Brad Richards. Viagra use ISS has had rated the number one 2008 draftee since November 2006. Viagra use Given the success of Patrick Kane and Sam Gagner, viagra use Stamkos should make the jump to the NHL as a 19-year-old. Viagra use With comparisons to Sakic and Yzerman, viagra use you now know why Barry Melrose is looking forward to joining new owner Oren Koules.

Viagra use 2. Los Angeles Kings – Drew Doughty (D)
THN: #2 – CSS: #3 NA skater – RLR: #3 – McK: #4
ISS: #4 (Brian Campbell) – TSN: #2 (Raymond Bourque)
The potential run on defensemen begins with the Kings adding a potential partner for Jack Johnson as L.A. Viagra use goes for a Can-Am connection on the blue line. Viagra use Doughty is used to playing with top rearguards as he was partnered with 2007 first round draft pick Karl Alzner.

Viagra use 3. Atlanta Thrashers – Zack Bogosian (D)
THN: #3 – CSS: #2 NA skater – RLR: #4 – McK: #2
ISS: #2 (Dion Phaneuf) – TSN: #3 (Rob Blake)
The Thrashers could use some help for Ilya Kovalchuk, viagra use but they can address that need later in the first round. Viagra use Like Doughty, viagra use Bogosian is a solid two-way blueliner who needs to fill out his frame a bit (6-2/197) before making the jump to elite defenseman in the NHL. Viagra use

Viagra use 4. St. Viagra use Louis Blues – Alex Pietrangelo (D)
THN: #5 – CSS: #6 NA skater – RLR: #7 – McK: #3
ISS: #5 (Jay Bouwmeester) – TSN: #4 (Sergei Zubov)
While the Blues have Erik Johnson, viagra use they have used high draft picks on forwards in the past couple of years so John Davidson and company will draft Pietrangelo who will add offense to their defense and be a future QB of their power play.

Viagra use 5. New York Islanders – Nikita Filatov (LW)
THN: #4 – CSS: #1 Euro skater – RLR: #2 – McK: #7
ISS: #3 (Nikolai Zherdev) – TSN: #5 (Daniel Alfredsson)
Garth Snow could very easily continue the run on d-men by adding a physical d-man. Viagra use However, viagra use look for the Islanders to make a splash and throw caution to the wind – even with the lack of a transfer agreement. Viagra use ISS says Filatov “Could be the offensive cornerstone of a franchise. Viagra use Rumors are swirling that the Rangers are looking to jump ahead of the Isles so they can draft Filatov and reunite him with his World Junior Championship (WJC) linemates Artem Anisimov and Alexei Cherepanov.

Viagra use 6. Columbus Blue Jackets – Luke Schenn (D)
THN: #6 – CSS: #5 NA skater – RLR: #6– McK: #5
ISS: #6 (Adam Foote) – TSN: #6 (Adam Foote)
The comparison to Foote is ironic given the fact the blue Jackets signed the veteran d-man before dealing at the trade deadline. Viagra use Schenn is your prototypical hard-hitting defensive defenseman – with an added ability to make the first pass out of the zone.

Viagra use 7. Toronto Maple Leafs – Cody Hodgson (C)
THN: #8 – CSS: #9 NA skater – RLR: #9 – McK: #9
ISS: #9 (Daymond Langkow) – TSN: #9 (Chris Drury)
With Mats Sundin’s future up in the air, viagra use the Maple Leafs will be looking to find a future replacement. Viagra use While Colin Wilson comes close second, viagra use Toronto will go with the captain of Canada’s Under-18 team. Viagra use He scored 12 points in leading Canada to gold and added five goals in as many OHL playoff games for Brampton.

Viagra use 8. Phoenix Coyotes – Tyler Myers (D)
THN: #11 – CSS: #4 NA skater – RLR: #10 – McK: #19
ISS: #15 (Zdeno Chara) – TSN: #11 (Zdeno Chara)
GM Don Maloney kicks off six in the first three rounds by drafting the high-risk/high-reward Myers. Viagra use Maloney has a history of drafting these types of players in the top half of the draft (see Hugh Jessiman). Viagra use Myers has all the tools to be the next Zdeno Chara.

Viagra use 9. Nashville Predators – Colin Wilson (C)
THN: #7 – CSS: #10 NA skater – RLR: #11 – McK: #12
ISS: #8 (Mike Richards) – TSN: #8 (Ron Francis)
It will be interesting to see how potential ownership problems play out in reference to the draft. Viagra use With the Predators having depth on defense, viagra use the son of former NHLer Carey Wilson helps David Poile build the same depth at forward. Viagra use Wilson is a big-time two-way center who projects as a future NHL captain.

Viagra use 10. Vancouver Canucks – Kyle Beach (C)
THN: #10 – CSS: #7 NA skater – RLR: #14 – McK: #21
ISS: #13 (Terry Ryan) – TSN: #10 (Claude Lemieux)
The tragic death of Luc Bourdon could cause new GM Mike Gillis to look at Colton Teubert, viagra use but in the end the need for help for the Sedins wins out. Viagra use One scout told THN that Beach (6-3/203) is a bigger version of Sean Avery. Viagra use Beach is a physical player who has had discipline problems on and off the ice, viagra use but Vancouver could use his feisty style of play.

Viagra use 11. Chicago Blackhawks –Mikkel Boedker (LW)
THN: #9 – CSS: #11 NA skater – RLR: #5 – McK: #6
ISS: #7 (Marian Gaborik) – TSN: #7 (Milan Michalek)
The Blackhawks could have used Beach’s edgy play, viagra use but they missed out by one pick. Viagra use They could look to trade down and select one of the top goaltending prospects. Viagra use If they stay at #11, viagra use they should go for Boedker. Viagra use The Danish playmaker made a fine transition to the OHL last season based on his outstanding skating and puck-handling ability.

Viagra use 12. Anaheim Ducks – Zach Boychuk (C)
THN: #12 – CSS: #8 NA skater – RLR: #13 – McK: #22
ISS: #12 (Paul Kariya) – TSN: #14 (Jason Blake)
The Ducks are looking at having to replaced Scott Niedermayer and/or Teemu Selanne. Viagra use Anaheim owns Edmonton’s first, viagra use second and third round picks as compensation for losing Dustin Penner. Viagra use

Viagra use 13. Buffalo Sabres – Joe Colborne (LW)
THN: #25 – CSS: #28 NA skater – RLR: #28 – McK: #27
ISS: #16 (Jason Arnott) – TSN: #19 (Joe Thornton)
Sabres THN beat writer John Vogl wrote that the team has speedy forwards without size. Viagra use Colbourne put up big numbers in Junior A (33 goals and 57 assists in 55 games) and he will continue his development at the University of Denver. Viagra use His game is keyed by strong skating ability, viagra use hockey sense, viagra use strength and size and good hockey sense. Viagra use The key will be his ability to build on his Jr. Viagra use A success.

Viagra use 14. Carolina Hurricanes – Colton Teubert (D)
THN: #13 – CSS: #18 NA skater – RLR: #14 – McK: #14
ISS: #18 (Robin Regehr) – TSN: #13 (Shea Weber)
Carolina needs to build up their resources on defense. Viagra use It is a matter of whether they want a physical blueliner (Teubert) or an offensive defenseman (Aaron Ness or Michael Del Zotto). Viagra use While scouts debate his hockey sense and offensive ability, viagra use there is no question that he is a defensive defenseman who is not only physical, viagra use but he can be downright mean and nasty.

Viagra use 15. Nashville Predators – Mattias Tedenby (LW)
THN: #16 – CSS: #3 Euro skater – RLR: #12 – McK: #23
ISS: #14 (Denis Savard) – TSN: #26 (Mats Naslund)
Poile continues to add to talent at forward when he drafts one of the best puck handlers in the draft – as well as one of the best skaters. Viagra use The only thing that prevents him from being a top five draft pick is his size (5-10/176). Viagra use ISS calls him a “strong two-way player with major offensive up side.”

Viagra use 16. Boston Bruins – John Carlson (D)
THN: #30 – CSS: #17 NA skater – RLR: #37 – McK: #16
ISS: #21 (Bryan McCabe) – TSN: #22 (Mike Komisarek)
The Bruins will want to add a defenseman who has some offensive ability. Viagra use Del Zotto (5-11/211) will get a long look, viagra use but Carlson’s size (6-2/212) will win the day – even though Carlson played in the USHL. Viagra use Carlson passed on a scholarship offer from the University of Massachusetts to join the London Knights (OHL).

Viagra use 17. Calgary Flames – Greg Nemisz (C)
THN: #21 – CSS: #22 NA skater – RLR: #45 – McK: #32
ISS: #28 (Jason Allison) – TSN: #27 (John LeClair)
Nemisz (6-3/197) offers the potential to be a power forward with scoring ability. Viagra use He showed good progress in his second IHL season – nearly doubling his point total. Viagra use ISS says he is a “power forward with skill to contribute offensively”.

Viagra use 18. Ottawa Senators – Chet Pickard (G)
THN: #32 – CSS: #2 NA goalie – RLR: #25 – McK: #8
ISS: #1 goalie (No player comparison) – TSN: #18 (Olaf Kolzig)
The Senators need to address issues on defense, viagra use but their number one need is to find a number one goaltender. Viagra use Carey Price’s success will pave the way for his former Tri City backup. Viagra use

Viagra use 19. Columbus Blue Jackets – Joshua Bailey (C)
THN: #14 – CSS: #14 NA skater – RLR: #15 – McK: #11
ISS: #10 (Andrew Brunette) – TSN: #12 (Cory Stillman)
Columbus might look to trade this pick for someone who can step in and play now. Viagra use If they keep the pick, viagra use they will draft a good two-way player like Bailey – who kept up a high level of play despite the death of teammate Mickey Renaud. Viagra use THN wrote, viagra use “He’s regarded as a low-maintenance player who could be future captain material …”

Viagra use 20. New York Rangers – Kirill Petrov (LW)
THN: #100 – CSS: #2 Euro skater – RLR: #8 – McK: #36
ISS: #17 (Ryan Getzlaf) – TSN: #43 (Andrei Kostitsyn)
The Rangers might be the team most likely to explore a trade. Viagra use They could look to move up for a Filatov or one of the top defensemen or they could look to move down in the first round and add additional draft picks. Viagra use If they stay at #20, viagra use they should look to draft Petrov. Viagra use The Blueshirts have the money to make any transfer problem go away. Viagra use ISS praises him for his “excellent secondary scoring option” and for using his size “to protect the puck very well with his body”

Viagra use 21. New Jersey Devils – Thomas McCollum (G)
THN: #38 – CSS: #1 NA goalie – RLR: #43 – McK: #25
ISS: #2 goalie (No player comparison) – TSN: #24 (Ed Belfour)
Lou Lamoriello has never been shy about drafting talent despite size (Scott Gomez and Zach Parise) or about taking chances in the first round (Adrian Foster). Viagra use The one facet where the Devils GM has failed is in finding a successor to Martin Brodeur. Viagra use Two former first rounder draft picks (Jean-Francois Damphousse and Ari Ahonen) did not pan out. Viagra use Look for the Devils to try again with the Guelph goaltender getting the call over Jacob Markstrom and Jake Allen. Viagra use If they pass on a goalie, viagra use look for them to follow the Gomez/Parise route and draft Jordan Eberle.

Viagra use 22. Edmonton Oilers – Michael Del Zotto (D)
THN: #15 – CSS: #15 NA skater – RLR: #32 – McK: #28
ISS: #23 (Kris Letang) – TSN: #15 (Mathieu Schneider)
The Oilers could make it two goaltenders in a row but, viagra use in the end, viagra use they will not pass over the offensive ability Del Zotto offers on the blue line. Viagra use ISS rated him the 7th best 2008 prospect just one year ago. Viagra use Del Zotto’s stock dropped as he added just six points to his rookie total of 57. Viagra use ISS calls him “an offensive style of defenseman who at times will play like a 4th forward.”

Viagra use 23. Washington Capitals – Jacob Markstrom (G)
THN: #19 – CSS: #1 Euro goalie – RLR: #35 – McK: #13
ISS: #3 goalie (No player comparison) – TSN: #23 (Kari Lehtonen)
Many people pencil Chet Pickard in for the Caps because of the success of fellow Tri-City netminder Carey Price and the fact that Olaf Kolzig is part owner of the Americans. Viagra use However, viagra use with Washington parting ways with Kolzig and Ottawa and New Jersey beating them to Pickard and McCollum, viagra use the Caps will go for the young Swedish netminder. Viagra use Washington has shown an ability to succeed with foreign born netminders (Kolzig and Cristobal Huet).

Viagra use 24. Minnesota Wild – Luca Sbisa (D)
THN: #17 – CSS: #12 NA skater – RLR: #20 – McK: #15
ISS: #11 (Wade Redden) – TSN: #15 (Tomas Kaberle)
The Wild were burned in 2004 when they drafted defenseman A.J. Viagra use Thelen 12th overall, viagra use but they will return to the blue line with Sbisa. Viagra use He has good size (6-2/190) and is projected as a two-way defenseman. Viagra use The Swiss-born defender got a jump start on his North American career by joining Lethbridge (WHL). Viagra use ISS calls him “a puck moving defenseman with mobility and good hockey sense.”

Viagra use 25. Montreal Canadiens – Zac Dalpe (C/RW)
THN: #29 – CSS: #16 NA skater – RLR: #27 – McK: #26
ISS: #20 (Mark Recchi) – TSN: #32 (Travis Zajac)
Dalpe draws comparisons to Travis Zajac because he will be going from Jr. Viagra use A to collegiate hockey (Ohio State). Viagra use Dalpe’s offensive ability does not come at the expense of playing defense. Viagra use Until he fills out his frame, viagra use Dalpe (6-0/170) will have to rely on his skating and hockey sense.

Viagra use 26. Buffalo Sabres – Jordan Eberle (C )
THN: #22 – CSS: #33 NA skater – RLR: # – McK: #
ISS: #30 (Brad Boyes) – TSN: # 29 (Joe Mullen)
While Kirill Petrov and Evgeny Grachev have the size and skills Buffalo needs, viagra use ownership is not going to invest the money it might take to fight through the red tape the lack of a transfer agreement might present. Viagra use As a result, viagra use the Sabres will go for Eberle’s goal scoring ability and offensive creativity.

Viagra use 27. Philadelphia Flyers – Erik Karlsson (D)
THN: #71 – CSS: #4 Euro skater – RLR: #22 – McK: #33
ISS: #22 (Niklas Kronwall) – TSN: # 20 (Kimmo Timonen)
With no picks in the second and third rounds, viagra use the Flyers have to be sure about their first pick. Viagra use Karlsson packs a solid physical game despite his size (5-11/165) and is a skilled player who has the ability to use his playmaking ability to succeed in the transition game.

Viagra use 28. Los Angeles Kings – Daultan Leveille (C)
THN: #27 – CSS: #47 NA skater – RLR: #60 – McK: #53
ISS: #48 (No player comparison) – TSN: #55 (Phil Kessel)
With three picks in the top 32, viagra use the Kings are in a position to reach a bit at this point in the draft. Viagra use Leveille is one of the strongest and fastest skaters available in the draft. Viagra use He will be making the jump from Jr. Viagra use B to Michigan State. Viagra use He scored 30 points in 16 playoff games – overcoming a leg injury.

Viagra use 29. Atlanta Thrashers – Corey Trivino (C)
THN: #36 – CSS: #49 NA skater – RLR: #40 – McK: #24
ISS: #26 (Chris Higgins) – TSN: #36 (Stephen Weiss)
Trivino is a solid two-way player who saved his best play for the post-season. Viagra use He scored 22 points in 15 OPJHL games. Viagra use In addition, viagra use the playmaker tallied 7 points in 7 games for Canada’s U-18 team.

Viagra use 30. Detroit Red Wings – Anton Gustafsson (C)
THN: #24 – CSS: #5 Euro skater – RLR: #44– McK: #44
ISS: #34 (No player comparison) – TSN: #30 (Jordan Staal)
Gustafsson, viagra use son of former NHLer Bengt Gustafsson, viagra use is two-way type of player the Red Wings crave. Viagra use Scouts have had a problem getting a handle on him because of injuries during junior tournaments. Viagra use Gustafsson (6-2/194) is a potential power forward who plays a physical game and is tough to knock off the puck.

Viagra use First Round Draft Pick Transactions

Viagra use • Pick 9 (Florida to Nashville): Nashville traded G Tomas Vokoun to Florida for Detroit’s 2nd-round pick in the 2007 Entry Draft (pick 58, viagra use previously acquired) and Florida’s 1st- and 2nd-round picks in 2008 (June 22, viagra use 2007).
• Pick 12 (Edmonton to Anaheim): Edmonton transferred its 1st-, viagra use 2nd- and 3rd-round picks in the 2008 Entry Draft to Anaheim for the signing of Restricted Free Agent LW Dustin Penner (July 3, viagra use 2007).
• Pick 19 (Colorado to Columbus): Columbus traded D Adam Foote to Colorado for Colorado’s 1st-round pick in the 2008 Entry Draft and a conditional pick in 2009 (Feb. Viagra use 26, viagra use 2008).
• Pick 22 (Anaheim to Edmonton): Edmonton traded D Chris Pronger to Anaheim for RW Joffrey Lupul, viagra use D Ladislav Smid, viagra use Anaheim’s 1st-round pick in the 2007 Entry Draft, viagra use and 1st- and 2nd-round picks in 2008 (July 3, viagra use 2006).
• Pick 26 (San Jose to Buffalo): Buffalo traded D Brian Campbell and its 7th-round pick in the 2008 Entry Draft to San Jose for RW Steve Bernier and its 1st-round pick in 2008 (Feb. Viagra use 26, viagra use 2008).
• Pick 29 (Pittsburgh to Atlanta): Atlanta traded Marian Hossa and Pascal Dupuis to Pittsburgh for Colby Armstrong, viagra use Erik Christensen, viagra use Angelo Esposito and a 1st-round selection in 2008.

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