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Detroit isn't that great at Drafting (and other secrets): Draft Analysis 1994-2009

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Posted over at Pension Plan Puppets, here's a great statistical breakdown of the NHL draft the past 15 years... You can take what you want and argue observations or conclusions but I find this to be intriguing none-the-less.

Draft Party? Not in Tampa Bay [UPDATED]

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Not every NHL team holds a draft-day event, but the Tampa Bay Lightning have done it several times in the past. It seems rather curious that nothing is planned this year...

Is Vinny staying or going?

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Are people simply distracted by the draft, or is there already a deal in place? Or, is this on the back burner until after the draft is over? Right now it's hard to say, but we should all have a better idea about that in about a week.

Greg Logan predicts Duchene to Islanders 1st overall

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So Greg Logan, who has changed horses several times about the top pick in the draft, is now predicting Matt Duchene as the Islanders #1 pick in Friday's NHL draft. What an unlikely scenario. I wonder what the fallout in the draft would be from that? < end snark >

Marty St. Louis second in Lady Byng voting

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I'm not one who watches or revels in the NHL awards show each year, so I sort of avoided the fact Marty was even a candidate for the Lady Byng award for Gentlemanly play. That being said, he came in 2nd in voting. Read Damian's write up for more.

SB Nation's Draft Hub

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    With just over a week (as in, just a few hours until we hit the seven day mark) until the 2009 National Hockey League Entry Draft, SB Nation has a central source for all things Draft in the...

Another Unlikely Scenario - John Moore

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If the NY Islanders pick Hedman first overall, will the Tampa Bay Lightning pick up Tavares? Not so fast - there's the possibility of another defenseman jumping ahead of Tavares in the 2009 NHL...

Sorry to say that I will not be attending NHL draft next week in Montreal due to second quarter...

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Sorry to say that I will not be attending NHL draft next week in Montreal due to second quarter budget cuts. If only it was a week later!

Tampa Tribune / TBO Lightning beat writer Erik Erlendsson via Twitter

IllegalCurve Radio Show guest will be Damian Cristodero

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Here's a heads-up for Tampa Bay Lightning fans: St. Pete Times beat writer Damian Cristordero will be a guest tonight on the Illegal Curve radio show (which airs between 8 and 10 PM EDT). Click HERE to go directly to the show's location. Drew at Illegal Curve encourages fans to drop him a line with questions to pose. Email him at drew@illegalcurve.com

The Unlikely Scenario Redux -- Matt Duchene

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With Matt Duchene's stock rising, just what-if he goes first overall in the NHL entry draft on June 26th?

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