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Quick Strikes for Friday -- Draft Day Edition

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The 2015 NHL Entry Draft is here! News and notes from around the NHL, as trade rumors continue to ramp up.

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  • Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman says moving up near the top of the draft is "virtually impossible". So that would seem to put the kibosh on any rumors involving Jonathan Drouin and the 3rd overall pick. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • NBCSN's plan for draft coverage in the States? Basically, just give American fans what Canadian fans have already been getting. [Puck Daddy]
  • Why do NHL fathers tend to produce NHL sons? (A repost of a 2014 feature, still relevant today.) [Hockey in Society]
  • The NHL is "open for business" with regards to expansion. Quebec City will make a bid. [theScore]
  • The Boston Bruins traded the rights to pending UFA center Carl Soderberg to the Colorado Avalanche. [Stanley Cup of Chowder]
  • One of the hottest commodities on the trade market is New York Rangers goaltender Cam Talbot. The Rangers granted five teams (Calgary Flames, Dallas Stars, Buffalo Sabres, San Jose Sharks, Edmonton Oilers) permission to speak with him, suggesting a trade may be forthcoming. [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa might also be on the move. [Nucks Misconduct]
  • Forget Phil Kessel? There's a quality UFA forward out there that can help your top-6 for a lot cheaper. [Hockey Buzz]
  • Speaking of Kessel, moving his and Dion Phaneuf's contracts might prove to be a very difficult task for a Toronto Maple Leafs' management group looking to get younger. [The Leafs Nation]
  • Buyer beware on Anaheim Ducks' pending UFA Matt Beleskey. He's unlikely to have another season as good as the one he just had. [TSN]
  • What is driving "open play" possession results in all three zones? Coaches and systems might be having a bigger impact here than previously believed. [Hockey Graphs]