Here's a blow-by-blow look at the first round, and my initial thoughts on what went down and how it will affect your keeper league…
1.Patrick Kane, Chicago
This came as no surprise. I had him going first, as did Bugg in the Prospect Report. GM Dale Tallon is clearly hopeful that Kane will make the team right away. I think that may be possible, but on the other hand his production will likely be similar to what you saw from Brule this past year in Columbus – minimal. He'll need two seasons under his belt before he start piling up the points to get onto your pro team. That's my first thought, anyway…
2.James van Riemsdyk, Philadelphia
A future power forward, he'll be an 80-point guy…in seven years. He's a sure thing, but again it will take awhile to join your pro team.
3.Kyle Turris, Phoenix
As expected again. The top three was just as I figured. Bugg had Voracek going here. Turris is a few years away, but the Coyotes will wait (see Blake Wheeler for details). His upside is unknown. His lack of competition could mean an upside of 100+ points, or merely 70. He is a wildcard. In keeper leagues – I like wildcards.
4.Thomas Hickey, Los Angeles
Who? He wasn't even in the top three amongst defenseman. CSB had him well into the 30s. Bugg had him 23rd. TSN had him 13th. LA tried to trade down. Listen guys – if you are at the draft and you can trade down, there really should be no excuse why you would fail. You take what you can get, slip down in the draft, and get your guy anyway.
5.Karl Alzner, Washington
Defensive type will not help pools with offensive stats.
6.Sam Gagner, Edmonton
He has the ability to make Edmonton this year – but only if Robert Nisson and Rob Schremp blow it. Otherwise, he'll be at least one year. The Oilers have a track record of blowing their picks and Gagner racked up a lot of assists on Patrick Kane goals. However, he always defies expectations, so don't count him out. Bugg had him ranked seventh in the Prospects Report.
7.Jakub Voracek, Columbus
Possibly the most NHL ready in the draft and the Jackets could use a winger. He just might make the team, although don't expect 50 points right away. He will be an all around player who will iron out his consistency as he matures. He'll be on a fantasy pro team in three seasons. (I assume you need at least 55 points to get onto a typical fantasy pro team)
8.Zach Hamill, Boston
A pivot who could surprise sooner than you'd think. If I were to choose one player who could be a Patrice Bergeron (i.e. drafted later than the guys more hyped, but makes the team as an 18-year-old and has an impact) it would be Hamill.
9.Logan Couture, San Jose
The Sharks traded Vesa Toskala for 13th, 44th and a pick next ye