Blades on the block, 30 NHL teams on the clock: the coast-to-coast

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Saskatoon Blades owner Jack Brodsky is putting out feelers for potential buyers as his team heads into a long rebuilding phase. Former NHLer Kelly Chase is kicking the tires. (650 CKOM, Saskatoon StarPhoenix)

One draft oddity: the Vancouver Canucks have never selected a Vancouver Giants player. In contrast, the Ottawa Senators have selected an Ottawa 67 in each of the last two drafts. Could Giants wing Jackson Houck break the glass ceiling on Sunday? (Vancouver Sun)

Where does post-hip surgery Tri-City Americans goalie Eric Comrie fit into the draft picture? (Tri-City Herald, USA Today)

Not sure why Hockey Canada is bringing Morrissey to their summer development camp, since the former The Smiths frontman is 54 and English. Oh, it's Josh Morrissey. He should be there, definitely. (Prince Albert Daily Herald)

A provocative post about the predilection for picking defensive defencemen. That being said, the Kingston in me says Pittsburgh Penguins 2011 second-rounder Scott Harrington will be the exception to the rule. (That's Offside)


Darnell Nurse does have a nasty side to his game, but why do sportswriters believe sitting in the box for 116 minutes last season is evidence of such? (Postmedia, Sault Star)

Is every U.S. media outlet using a Bo Horvat photo with their draft coverage? That's not a complaint, since the London Knights centre is that good. (Wall Street Journal)

The Detroit Red Wings would like a forward with their No. 18 pick, but having Horvat still on the board at that point seems almost too good to be true. Would be great synergy for the OHL outdoor doubleheader at Comerica Park in December, you gotta admit. (Detroit News)

Going to predict this right now since it's the Saturday of a long weekend and no one will remember anyway: Sudbury Wolves wing Nick Baptiste will make a fine energy player for Team Canada at the 2015 world junior. (Sudbury Star)

Twenty-eight years ago, Warren Rychel sat through a 12-round draft without hearing his name called, but it all worked out in the end. That will not happen for the Windsor Spitfires GM's son, Kerby Rychel. (Windsor Star)

Andrew Shaw went from being drafted following his 19-year-old season in Owen Sound to hoisting the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks two seasons later. Will former Attack teammate Cameron Brace have a similar breakthrough on the draft floor? (Owen Sound Sun Times)

Erie Otters centre Dane Fox is doing the lowered expectations thing after being passed over in the draft as an 18-year-old. (Erie Times-News)

While most Americans who come directly to the OHL end up in the Western Conference, the Niagara IceDogs have signed second-rounder Zach Wilkie, an Illinois native. (Niagara This Week)


Sunday is kind of a big deal for the Halifax Mooseheads franchise, especially if goalie Zach Fucale joins Messrs. MacKinnon and Drouin among the top 20 selections. (Metro Halifax)

Nathan MacKinnon's sightseeing in NYC included going to the top of the Empire State Building even though the centre is "pretty scared of heights." Presumably that means he didn't know anyone who lived in Fenwick Tower. Self-five if you get that without Wiki'ing. (

Could Gatineau's Émile Poirier derive any advantage at Team Canada's summer development camp since Olympiques coach Ben Groulx is part of the national team staff? (Le Droit)—

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