CHICAGO -- Center Skyler Brind'Amour and goaltender Cayden Primeau were among more than a dozen players with NHL bloodlines who were chosen on the second and final day of the draft Saturday afternoon. Brind'Amour is the son of Rod Brind'Amour, who tallied 1,184 points during a prolific career that included a Stanley Cup championship with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006. The Edmonton Oilers selected the younger Brind'Amour with the 177th pick in the sixth round. Primeau's father, Keith, and uncle, Wayne, combined for more than 300 goals during their lengthy careers. Cayden Primeau was taken by the Montreal Canadiens in the seventh round (No. 199). The draft opened with the first round Friday night
Obviously no contracts can be signed until July 1, and technically there is to be no discussion of contract terms, but the window is open for discussions to begin. T.J. Oshie re-signing with the Washington Capitals on Friday already removed one of the big-ticket players from the market. Shattenkirk is probably the top free agent available on the market and headlines a weak group of defensemen.
CHICAGO — Brian MacLellan and Marc Bergevin stood at a back corner of the draft floor in United Center on Saturday afternoon, an indication a trade between MacLellan’s Washington Capitals and Bergevin’s Montreal Canadiens was being considered. A year ago at this event, the two general managers shook hands before Montreal sent center Lars Eller to Washington in exchange for two second-round picks. But on Saturday, the two men returned to their draft tables without a deal, and the rest of the afternoon was uneventful for the Capitals. In each of the past nine NHL drafts, Washington has made some sort of a trade, a streak that was broken this year in Chicago with the organization seeming content