Ramblings: Day One At The Draft

Cam Robinson





The culmination of a year’s worth of scouting has come to fruition. As a prospect-junkie and self-proclaimed assessor of talent, this has been a particularly satisfying experience. The 40-degree temperature coupled with an afro and a suit hasn’t been as fun, but you take the good with the bad.




After a whisper quiet day regarding trade talk or actual action, Colorado and Washington got us off the schneid. The Avs grabbed themselves the most-sought-after backup goaltender on the market in Phillip Grubauer. The cup-winner is joined by Brooks Orpik and his 5.5 million in salary for next season heading to the Mile High city. The Caps cleared cap space in order to try and re-sign John Carlson and also grabbed the 47th overall selection in the draft.



This represents a nice piece of work by Joe Sakic. The recent history of teams purchasing Grubauer-level assets has been higher than a mid-second, so taking on the salary clearly decreased the cost.


The Avalanche have been toiling away with sub-par goaltending for far too long. This move doesn't assure them anything, but Semyon Varlamov now has a true competitor for his crease. The oft-injured and inconsistent Russian netminder's value in fantasy leagues hasn't been high, but the Avs are clearly a team on the rise. 


Grubauer should get a good amount of attention on draft day as a potential sneaky pick that could pay massive dividends. He'll need to be signed as a restricted free-agent and that dollar amount will provide further insight into how much value the Avs will be placing on him. 


Here is Mike Clifford's breakdown of the trade


Sadly, this represented the only hockey trade of the day.




The first round went as expected… Just kidding.


After the expected top two selection, all hell broke loose. The Canadiens took Jesperi Kotkaniemi third overall. That wasn’t overly surprising but should be considered a touch of a reach for the positional need. Ottawa went against my advice and held onto their pick, selecting Brady Tkachuk. I have a very strong feeling that they’ll live to regret that.


Next up, the Coyotes went way off the board selecting Barrett Hayton. Hayton was a consensus pick in the teens and was 17 on my rankings.


Filip Zadina, once considered an absolute lock at third overall fell into Detroit’s lap at six. Detroit almost did cartwheels up to the stage to grab the talented right-winger.&