Jack Eichel‘s future with the Buffalo Sabres, the Vegas Golden Knights possibly deciding between goalies Marc-Andre Fleury and Robin Lehner, Vladimir Tarasenko‘s value if the St. Louis Blues decide to trade him and the 2021 NHL Draft were among the topics discussed on the latest episode of the “NHL @TheRink” podcast.
Mike G. Morreale, NHL.com staff writer and co-host of the “NHL Draft Class” podcast, was the special guest this week to talk all things draft.
Morreale told co-hosts Dan Rosen and Shawn P. Roarke that he believes University of Michigan defenseman Owen Power will go No. 1 to the Buffalo Sabres in the first round of the draft on July 23. He also talked about the likelihood of USA Hockey National Team Development Program Under-18 team defenseman Luke Hughes going fourth to the New Jersey Devils and eventually becoming teammates with his brother, center Jack Hughes.
He also discussed why goalies rarely are taken in the first round but how we could see two, Jesper Wallstedt of Lulea in the Swedish Hockey League and Sebastian Cossa of Edmonton of the Western Hockey League, taken in the first round for the first time since Andrei Vasilevskiy and Malcolm Subban went in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
Rosen and Roarke talked discussed several other big topics of the NHL offseason, including the chance that the Golden Knights could move on from either Fleury or Lehner. Rosen said he thinks they should trade Lehner. Roarke isn’t sure they should trade either goalie.
The co-hosts each think Eichel’s future is not in Buffalo, but they aren’t sure if the Sabres will get full value for him because of a neck injury that could require surgery and the fact that he’s openly discussed a disconnect between him and the team regarding the injury.
Similarly, Rosen and Roarke aren’t sure of the value Tarasenko will have on the market because he’s had multiple shoulder surgeries. Rosen said he thinks Tarasenko, signed for two more seasons with an average annual value of $7.5 million, could be doing the Blues a favor by asking for a trade.
The co-hosts also analyzed the Boston Bruins goaltending situation, if the Tampa Bay Lightning have what it takes to win the Stanley Cup again next season and Pierre McGuire’s move from broadcasting into a front-office role as Ottawa Senators senior vice president of player development.
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