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Well, after plenty of talk, the Florida Panthers decided to keep their first-overall pick and chose defenseman Aaron Ekblad.
There weren't many surprises in the opening round as the top five rounded out with the Sabres taking Sam Reinhart, the Oilers went with Leon Draisaitl, the Flames grabbed Sam Bennett, and the Islanders took Michael Dal Colle.
Although many felt there wasn't a "superstar" in this draft, that doesn't mean there won't be some great NHLers with high-end talent. Many of the top players taken could be playing as early as next year, with Dal Colle the most intriguing in my mind. He could end up on John Tavares' wing sooner rather than later.
Jake Virtanen to Vancouver, Haydn Fleury to Carolina, William Nylander to Toronto, Nikolaj Ehlers to Winnipeg, and Nicholas Ritchie to Anaheim closed out the top 10.
You can view the entire first round selections here and make sure to head over to DobberProspects.com for in depth looks at all the players.
The biggest shock of the night was James Neal getting shipped to Nashville for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling. This obviously crushes Neal's fantasy value, but it shows that there is a new culture with the Preds and Peter Laviolette.
Patric Hornqvist is going to be a must have next season as he figures to be playing with one of Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin. Hornqvist was a fairly steady scorer on a team in Nashville that was anti-goal, so imagine what he could do in Pittsburgh.
That's all it took to get Ryan Kesler???
Granted, Kesler reportedly gave the Canucks just two teams to work with, Anaheim and Chicago, but the Ducks really stole him. If Kesler's healthy he's one of the best two-way forwards in the game. He's going to give Anaheim a real solid one-two punch at center and something to better compete with the Los Angeles Kings.
I think the deal really helps the Ducks' top line, as the defensive Kesler really gives that top group, and especially Getzlaf, a chance to mainly focus on offense.
I suppose I shouldn't short change Nick Bonino, though. He's an underrated player and really effective on the power play.
The Canucks also moved Jason Garrison and brought in Derek Dorsett. They should be active over the next week or so at the draft and in free agency. How the Sedins will react to the new roster that doesn't figure to be competitive for a while in the Western Conference remains to be seen.
ICYMI: Dobber broke down the fantasy impact for both the Kesler and Garrison deals.
So the Mike Ribeiro era has come to an end in Arizona. (By the way, remembering that they are the Arizona Coyotes now is going to be a chal