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Puck Headlines: Draft day is here; Recchi staying in Boston

Sean Leahy
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Here are your Puck Headlines: a glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.

• NHL Draft Mega Chat is in progress over at Buzzing the Net and will be running through the first round.

• A former Minnesota Wild scout and assistant general manager brings some insight into how NHL teams rank the prospects heading into the draft. [The Hockey News]

• Chris Botta explains why it'll be Team Taylor on Friday night in Edmonton. [Fanhouse]

• Every NHL draft has its sleeper picks that turn into very productive players. Here's a list of 10 potential sleepers that will be drafted this weekend. [Sportsnet]

• There's a good chance as many as 15 U.S.-born players could go in the first round Friday night. [National Post via Canwest]

• New Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman talks about his team's No. 6 pick and why he'll most likely keep it. [Lightning Strikes]

• Taking a look at what league's draft picks between 1995 and 2005 came from. [SB Nation]

• A statistical study to determine which draft class is the best of all time. [Pension Plan Puppets]

• Looks like Mark Recchi(notes) will be staying in Boston for at least one more year according to NESN's James Murphy. [@MurphysLaw74]

• Darren Dreger reports that Brian Burke has received five offers for Tomas Kaberle(notes). [TSN]

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Tyler Seguin celebrates the anniversary of Michael Jackson's passing with a little finger guns action at Madame Tussauds wax museum. [Getty]

• Steve Gorten with a couple of pre-draft Panther notes including that the St. Louis Blues are interested in acquiring Keith Ballard(notes). [Sun-Sentinel]

• Pierre LeBrun with info on Sergei Gonchar(notes) and the possibility of Sheldon Souray(notes) being dealt. [ESPN]

New Jersey Devils defenseman Paul Martin(notes) said he expects to hit the open market on July 1, but isn't ruling out a return to Newark. [Fire & Ice]

San Jose Sharks fans are very pleased with the Patrick Marleau(notes) and Joe Pavelski(notes) signings. [Fear the Fin]

• Chris Vivlamore has more on the reunion of Craig Ramsay and Rick Dudley in Atlanta. [AJC]

• Tony Gallagher puts on the tin foil hat as he thinks something about the Chicago Blackhawks' trades with Atlanta stinks. [The Province]

• A few days late, but congratulations to Mark and Andrew on the pending move to ESPN Dallas. [Andrew's Stars Page]

• Anaheim has announced that it will not re-sign assistant coach Newell Brown and instead have hired former NHLer Mike Foligno to replace him. [OCRegister]

• Finally, some of the top prospects including Hall and Seguin visited Angel Stadium this week for a little batting practice session:

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