BUFFALO — We’re back at the First Niagara Center for Rounds 2-7 of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. While Day 2 traditionally lacks the pomp and circumstance of the opening round — no going to the stage, fewer interviews, etc. etc. — there’s still a lot of intrigue. A few things to keep an eye out for on Saturday: — Who will be the first goalie off the board? None were taken yesterday, and some consider WHL Everett’s Carter Hart the best ‘tender available in this year’s class. — What about those slippery sliders? The likes of Alex Debrincat (OHL Erie, No. 21 North American skater), Tyler Benson (WHL Vancouver, No. 24 NA skater) and Rasmus Asplund (Farjestad, No. 4 European skater) were all considered
With one draft day trade, Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland acknowledged he gave his team the ability to make a splash in free agency. The Red Wings may have become the team to watch in the next few days as the unrestricted free agent interview period starts Saturday.