It’s tough to declare winners and losers without handy, objective things like “scoreboards.” But hey, it can also be a fun exercise, especially when we keep in mind that these choices could end up looking foolish … maybe in a short period of time. So, big disclaimer: losers and winners can change sides when it comes to handing out draft grades. Sometimes they can change spots multiple times. For PHT’s stab at a winners list, click here. Now let’s ponder who had a rough weekend. Note: These “grades’ are heavily influenced by trades and other factors beyond mere picks. Losers Jim Benning Another year, another round of Benning and the Vancouver Canucks taking a beating in social media during draft
Brad Treliving saw the rules for the expansion draft and immediately was in an advantageous position. The Calgary Flames' general manager needed a goaltender, and with Las Vegas set to harvest the NHL for two of them in a year, his colleagues had incentive to make a move. The Flames got Brian Elliott from the St. Louis Blues for a second-round pick. A full year before the Las Vegas expansion draft, GMs must plan for the inevitability of losing a player to a team that the league wants to be good out of the gate. Already the impact of the impending expansion draft has been felt with the Flames acquiring Elliott and the Toronto Maple Leafs getting goalie Frederik Andersen from the Anaheim Ducks.