The interview process for draft prospects must be a real beating. In the case of two smaller prospects, it meant providing some swagger in their answers, possibly impressing their new teams. If nothing else, Kailer Yamamoto and Michael DiPietro generated some refreshingly confident quotes.
Josh Cooper On Saturday, NHL teams will have the ability to retool and revamp their rosters through free agency. This always has some level of intrigue, as players can pick their teams and teams try to fit them under the $75 million salary cap. Below we answer some of the major questions going into free agency and about where some players could end up. The Montreal Canadiens' 30-year-old winger resurrected his reputation to a degree last season, ranking second on the team with 54 points. Both he and the Habs went to great lengths to talk about how he had matured since his previous two stints in the NHL, which ended with him leaving for the KHL unceremoniously. Radulov was on a one-year, $5.75
Steve Mason Age: 29 Height: 6-4 Weight: 217 Last team: Philadelphia Flyers 2016-17 cap hit: $4.1 million Scouting report Selected with the 69th overall pick in 2006 by Columbus, Mason spent his first five seasons in the NHL with the Blue Jackets before being traded to the Flyers in 2012-13. Mason took the league by storm in his rookie season and took over the No. 1 job in Columbus. He posted a 33-20-7 record with a 2.29 goals-against average, .916 save percentage and 10 shutouts. He won the Calder Trophy and was a Vezina Trophy finalist. However, Mason never regained his rookie success with the Blue Jackets. Over his next three seasons, he had a 3.16 GAA and .897 save percentage. Columbus traded