June 29, 2013

Dobber Sports

2013-06-28

Happy Draft Day! Dobber here, Drance will have his ramblings up at 12:30 pm ET. I’ll be posting any trade analysis here today, so be on the lookout for that. And follow @DobberProspects on Twitter for draft-related tweets from myself, Rich and Brendan.

 

 

Nathan Horton’s time in Boston looks to be done. He has told the Bruins he wants to test free agency not for financial reasons, but simply to move on. The Bruins priorities right now have to be locking up Tuukka Rask and Patrice Bergeron.


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TSN is reporting today that in a new turn of events in the Roberto Luongo trade saga, the Vancouver Canucks are now entertaining the possibility of trading Cory Schneider, and the Edmonton Oilers could be interested. I wrote a few months ago that the Canucks should at least consider this option. Luongo is going to be tough to trade with that contract and they could probably get much more for Schneider. It’s not like Luongo is a bad goalie and it’s his contract that is the issue, not his performance.


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We are rapidly closing in on the 2013 National Hockey League Draft, and although I can't profess to be a prospect aficionado like some of the gurus over at DobberProspects.com, there are still some things that should be rather intriguing to watch unfold on Sunday.

 

The first of those being how the top five picks will play out, and what the Colorado Avalanche do with the first overall selection. The Avs appear to be going with a forward and latest news has them targeting Nathan MacKinnon. Of course things can always change and they could be leaking information to see what they can get in a potential trade, but how can they really go wrong with someone like MacKinnon? He has elite level skill and proved he could perform on the big stage at the Memorial Cup. MacKinnon can play either centre or wing and also gives Colorado another right-handed shot in their top-six, which they need.

 

Another prospect who probably won't land in the top five, but figures to go in the top 10, is Darnell Nurse. Buffalo could be a logical spot for him with the number eight pick if he falls that far. Nurse looks to be a tremendously hard-worker and could really help their blue line. He's also the nephew of former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb.

 

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Speaking of Buffalo, if they do get Nurse, what does that say about their feelings on Tyler Myers? The big defenseman has slowly but surely been regressing ever since his great rookie season back in 2009-10, where he put up 48 points. Things got so bad last year that he was even a healthy scratch at times. He is locked up for another six years at $5.5M per season and 2013-14 may be telling as far as his future with the Sabres going forward. With all that