Devils Move For Hall a Stroke of Genius

Wise teams don’t do desperate things. They take advantage of teams looking to do desperate things. In the case of the Taylor Hall-Adam Larsson trade, the Edmonton Oilers were the perfect mark and the New Jersey Devils took full advantage.

The Oilers are young, talented and continually underachieve for the name value associated with their plethora of No. 1 Draft choices. After missing the playoffs for the 10th straight season, desperation and poor asset management led them to dangle Hall to improve their defensive holes.

The problem for the Oilers is they traded an impact All-Star caliber forward for the possibility of a first-pairing defenseman. Larsson is a solid defenseman who at his peak, may rival the ability of the 24-year-old Hall, but the Oilers turned a player who is already great into a gamble for a player who may one day be great.

Devils Hall Performance 2016

Devils Larsson Performance 2016

Using the HERO charts provided by Own The Puck, we can get a quick glimpse at player value and what they do well. On the surface, we have Hall producing at the rate of a superstar left winger. When we compare his teammates we see that they don’t produce at the same rate without him. He is an elite point producer offensively and only trails left wing Jamie Benn in points per 60 min during 5-on-5 play in the last four seasons. Possession wise, he is also capable of driving the play at a first-line rate.

While Larsson suffered from some of the toughest zone starts and usage for a defenseman, he rates out in the category of a top-four defenseman in both point production and his ability to drive the play. While Larsson has value, the trade target for a player like Hall needed to be someone like P.K. Subban.

Devils fans should rejoice because not only is Hall a dominant offensive player, he is extremely fun to watch. He has the skating ability of Phil Kessel in a power forward’s body.

Oilers Hall Boyle Percentages

Hall is a volume shooter. It has a drastic effect on his shooting percentages, but because he produces such a high volume, he continually produces quality scoring chances. The most effective way to score is to deny the goaltender clear sight and the opportunity to gather information. An average distribution of pre-shot movement for a shooter is 16 percent. Hall produces these opportunities at a rate of 25 percent.

Hall has yet to produce a 30-goal season, but during the 2015-16 campaign he produced the required output based on shot location and movement to produce an expected goal total of 31.218 goals.

Hall uses his speed to gain control of the zone with ease. The issue with his game is his decision to settle for pure shot volume. He gains the zone and fires from places with little chance for success, which is why his clear sight shooting percentage is only 4.3 percent. What Hall is elite at is producing extremely high quality shots for himself. Shots that cross the slot line have an average conversion rate of 35 percent. A player like Steven Stamkos receives 21 percent of his shots in this environment. That number was only 6 percent for Hall.

Hall produces the majority of his offense on his own. He is one of the best in the league at utilizing his speed for loose-puck recoveries and this is evident in his rebound-shot numbers. Ten percent of Hall’s shots are rebound recoveries, double that of a player like Stamkos. Another 10 percent are tipped shots because of Hall’s relentless attack at the net.

Lightning Stamkos Boyle

Contrast the styles of Stamkos and Hall. Stamkos is an elite shooter, but one who moves in and out of space waiting to receive passes in dangerous positions. Hall individually drives the play in a different manner with his relentless puck pursuit and ability to create space for himself while he has the puck. Almost all of Hall’s elite scoring chances fall within the home-plate area because of the way he crashes the net. Meanwhile, Stamkos shades to the faceoff dot for his patented one-timer.

When you factor in Taylor Hall’s age, the Devils took advantage of the Oilers’ desperation and acquired a devastating play-driving offensive weapon in the middle of his prime for the cost of a player who “may” become a first-pairing impact defenseman.

It’s a stroke of genius by Devils GM Ray Shero and a short-sighted decision by Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli.

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Five Years Later, An Insider Look at How the Red Bulls Acquired Dax McCarty

It was a move that was panned at the time but now, five years later, the New York Red Bulls couldn’t be more thrilled with a trade that sent Dwayne DeRosario to D.C United.

Coming the other way was an enigmatic, supposed malcontent by the name of Dax McCarty.

Five years ago this week, McCarty was sent to the Red Bulls in a trade that sent shockwaves up and down MLS, and not because of the player heading to the Big Apple. Instead, the fact DeRosario was being jettisoned from New York was the ripple in this trade. At the time, DeRosario was a Canadian international, a star of their national team who the Red Bulls had acquired in a trade with Toronto F.C. just two months prior.

In fact, DeRosario would go on a tear once he joined United in late June, scoring 13 goals alongside seven assists. He would go on to become the league’s MVP. It looked like the Red Bulls got hosed.

Now, five years after the deal, McCarty is coming off a Best XI season, is the Red Bulls captain and signed a long-term deal with the club this offseason. DeRosario, who always seemed out of place in the Red Bulls midfield at the time, never found the same success after the 2011 season and retired last spring.

But at the time, it was a tremendous risk. DeRosario was one of the best-attacking players in the history of the league, silky smooth on the ball and technically strong. He was supposed to be the link between the yeoman-like Red Bulls midfield and the stars up top such as Thierry Henry.

Instead, the attack became disjointed and DeRosario, who was seeking a Designated Player deal, was no longer a fit.

“D.C. was having a bad season and Dax was being targeted as a not being able to handle the pressure,” recalls Ricardo Campos, who was at that time the Red Bulls Technical Director under sporting director Erik Soler.

“For me, he was being expected to play the No. 10 role when he should be a No. 8 – a two-way midfielder — or a No. 6 – a holding mid. Personally, I think he’s best spot is as a No. 6.”

Little was known about McCarty at the time. He had come into MLS as a 19-year-old with experience on the U-20 national team and eventually the U-23 national team. The word on the street was that he was a creative midfielder. Injuries had hurt his development as well.

Campos, who was a candidate in 2014 to become the team’s sporting director, said that the management team and coaching staff discussed acquiring McCarty even though DeRosario, at the time, was considered one of the league’s best players – “Soler really wanted him and saw the potential.”

DeRosario couldn’t believe the move, finding out about the trade following training at the team’s old facility at Montclair State University. He called his agent, incredulous that for the second time in as many months he had been dealt.

Up and down the stairs he paced, gesturing while on the phone, unable to believe the news.

The rest of the league and the team’s fan base couldn’t fathom it either. McCarty was a young American, but not exactly a star. He had already been traded from FC Dallas to United earlier in his career and now up to New York.

It seemed like he was set to be a journeyman and that the Red Bulls were getting pennies on the dollar in giving up DeRosario, who they had acquired just a couple months before.

Rumor had it that he didn’t fit in at either of his two prior stops in MLS. How he would do in a locker room alongside Henry and stars such as Rafa Marquez was anyone’s guess.

“We knew he would be a big player in this league. We got offers every season for him but never moved on it,” Campos said.

The catalyst for the move was DeRosario’s desire for more money. One of the biggest talents in MLS and a perennial All-Star as well as a Best XI selection, he was looking for a Designated Player salary. The Red Bulls already had Henry and Marquez on the books, and DeRosario wasn’t going to help sell tickets at Red Bull Arena.

He was a nice player, a talent for sure, but he wasn’t a global star like Henry or Marquez.

Then an assistant coach with the Red Bulls, Mike Petke was also in on the discussions with Soler and head coach Hans Backe. It was a big decision to move on from DeRosario after just two months with the team, especially since the Red Bulls had given up young midfielder Tony Tchani to originally acquire the All-Star attacker.

This was, after all, one of the league’s best attacking players and no one knew that McCarty would grow into becoming the lynchpin of the Red Bulls midfield.

“The input I provided was that he was a talented player with a huge upside, who could play a key role in the right environment and system. I spoke with [United head coach] Ben Olsen a bit about him to find out about his character, which we learned a lot about,” Petke said.

Petke would go on to become the Red Bulls head coach in 2013, keying a highly successful two years for the organization including their first ever trophy.

It’s crazy to think back and realize that if DeRosario wasn’t in the final year of his contract, Dax would have most likely never been in a Red Bull uniform. Red Bull didn’t want to pay DeRosario his option price, which was huge. The decision was made to get the most for him.

From there, Ricardo Campos did a great job to work out the details to acquire Dax.

“DeRo went on to win the MVP that year, and he deserved it, but we got a steal with Dax. I don’t know that we would have won the Supporters Shield in 2013 or made the Eastern Conference Finals in 2014 without Dax,” he said.

“And it’s obvious that he was a huge reason for winning the 2015 shield and is a key player for the success of the current team.”

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Sabres Re-Sign McCabe to Three-Year Del

**COURTESY BUFFALO SABRES**

June 30, 2016 — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed defenseman Jake McCabe to a three-year contract extension.

In his first full NHL season in 2015-16, McCabe (6’0”, 214 lbs., 10/12/1993) recorded 14 points (4+10) in 77 games and led all Sabres with a plus-6 rating. His average ice time of 19:07 per game ranked him 11th among all NHL rookies and his 14 points tied for eighth-most among rookie defensemen.

McCabe, who has appeared in 86 NHL games during parts of the last three seasons, has totaled 15 career points (4+11), a plus-3 rating and 66 penalty minutes since being selected by the Sabres in the second round (44th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft. Prior to joining the Sabres full-time, he spent most of the 2014-15 season with the Rochester Americans (AHL), where he led all Rochester defensemen in points per game as rookie with 29 points (5+24) in 57 games.

A native of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, McCabe has represented the United States several times throughout his career, including two IIHF World Championship appearances (2014 and 2016). He captained the United States to a gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, where he was named to the tournament’s All-Star team and was also on the team that won the 2011 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.

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Devils Acquire Taylor Hall

**COURTESY NEW JERSEY DEVILS**

Newark, NJ – The New Jersey Devils today acquired left wing Taylor Hall from Edmonton in exchange for defenseman Adam Larsson. The announcement was made by Devils’ Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero.

Hall, 24, has spent his entire six-year career with the Oilers’ organization. In 381 career NHL games, he has recorded 132g-196a-328pts and 234 penalty minutes. He has led Edmonton in scoring three of the last four seasons, and finished at least top three on the squad in each of his six seasons. This past year, Hall posted 26g-39a- 65pts and 54 penalty minutes while skating in all 82 games. He also represented the Oilers at the 2016 NHL All-Star Game in Nashville.

The native of Calgary, Alberta, was the first overall selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He played three seasons with Windsor (OHL) from 2007-10, and registered 123g-157a-280pts and 138 PIM in 183 career games. Hall, along with current Devils’ forward Adam Henrique, helped lead the Spitfires to two Ontario Hockey League Championships and two Memorial Cup Championships (both, 2009 & 2010). During the 2009-10 season, he led the OHL in assists, points, playoff points, played in the All-Star Game and was named to the league’s First All-Star Team. In 2008-09, Hall paced the league in playoff goals, playoff points, earned the playoffs MVP award and was named to the League’s First All-Star Team.

The 6’1”, 200-lb. winger has skated for Team Canada at the 2010 World Junior Championships (silver medal) and three World Championships (gold medals in 2015 & 2016).

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Hall Out to Prove Edmonton Wrong With Devils

Taylor Hall speaks to reporters in a conference call after being traded to Devils by the Oilers in a blockbuster deal.

 

If ever a professional hockey player is suffering mixed emotions at being traded, the newest Devil, Taylor Hall, is it.

On the one hand, he admits to being “slighted” and “disappointed” by Edmonton general manager Peter Chiarelli for being traded to New Jersey.

Yet, on the other hand, he powerfully asserts that he’s more than delighted to become a Devil.

“I’m a very motivated player now (that I’m a Devil) and I’ll do all I can to make a (positive) difference for the Devils,” Hall said in a late afternoon conference call.

When I asked him how it feels to move into the Metropolitan Area with all its excitement and possibilities, he wasted no time expressing his pleasure.

“Coming (to the Met Area) is awesome,” he revealed, “and pretty cool. I’m looking forward to playing in New Jersey. And I’ve heard nothing but good things about the Devils’ organization.”

By contrast, Hall expressed disappointment over the Oilers’ decision to unload him in the deal for defenseman Adam Larsson.

“I’m a proud person and find it hard not to feel slighted,” he admitted. “It’s tough, but I also realize this is a business. The point is that I’m excited to play for a team that wants me and because I have a new opportunity in front of me.”

Taylor also voiced delight at the prospect of teaming with his junior hockey line mate Adam Henrique in addition to — as Hall put it — “playing in the East.”

Asked if he felt he was “peaking” at age 24, the newest Devil shrugged off the thought.

“Actually,” he went on, “I feel that I have a lot of room to improve and that I have a high ceiling.”

When I asked Hall to give a short scouting report on his game, he put it succinctly: “I’m offensive-minded and I like having the puck on my stick. I look forward to being a complete hockey player.”

Devils general manager Ray Shero — in a Wednesday evening conference call — acknowledged that Larsson would be “difficult to replace,” but pointed out that Hall boasted too many assets not to be nabbed.

“Number one,” said Shero, “Hall is a top winger. Number two, he’s at just the right age. Number three he plays the game fast; Number four, he’ll change the dynamics of our team and, finally, this was an opportunity that might not come again.”

Shero insisted that the arrival of Hall automatically will make the likes of Travis Zajac and other New Jersey forwards “play better.”

When I asked Shero which current Devils defenseman could move into Larsson’s spot, he shot back, “For the answer to that you’d better find our coach.”

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Summer Lovin’: Knicks Minds on Free Agency and Summer League

A busy offseason is in store as the NBA Free Agency and Summer League action heats up with the weather. Watch as new Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek and forward Cleanthony Early chime in with their vision as the team preps for their first “SL” showdown against the Pistons Saturday at 3 PM on MSG.

HORNACEK WANTS “GOOD PLAYERS” IN FREE AGENCY

With NBA free agency approaching, Jeff Hornacek comments on what New York's priorities and wants are, and discusses his conversation with Carmelo Anthony.

With NBA free agency approaching, Jeff Hornacek comments on what New York's priorities and wants are, and discusses his conversation with Carmelo Anthony.

Jeff Hornacek comments on what New York’s priorities and wants are, and discusses his conversation with Carmelo Anthony.

 


 

HORNACEK DISCUSSES SUMMER LEAGUE PREP & STAFF

Following the first day of practice, Jeff Hornacek shares how his team did to prepare for Summer League and who will be coaching the team in Orlando.


Head coach Jeff Hornacek shares what his team did to prepare for Summer League play and who will be coaching the team in Orlando.


EARLY READY TO EXCEL ON THE COURT IN ORLANDO

Cleanthony Early discusses how he’s feeling physically after the Knicks’ first Summer League practice, his enthusiasm to be reunited with former college teammate Ron Baker and his excitement to begin play in Orlando.


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Maven’s Ravin’: 31 Things You Should Know About the Upcoming Free Agent Frenzy

@StanFischler

1. No matter where he goes, Steven Stamkos will wind up by being the richest player in hockey by the first puck-drop in October.

2. If I’m Lightning G.M. Steve Yzerman, I’d walk away from Stamkos and wish him the same kind of “good luck” that Islander G.M. Garth Snow did for his once-beloved forward Kyle Okposo.

3. When all is said and done, if — and when — Stamkos says “Bye-Bye, Tampa,” the Lightning will be better off without him.

4. Reason Number One: Jon Cooper’s squad showed in the playoffs that they are a dangerous team without Stevie-We-Wonder.

5. Reason Number Two: Yzerman will have his hands full with key performers such as ace defenseman Victor Hedman, crack penalty-killer Brian Boyle and — if he’s not traded — Vezina Trophy runner-up Ben Bishop. They become Unrestricted Free Agents over the next two summers.

6. Reason Number Three: Jonathan Drouin has entered the Bolts roster as a younger, cheaper and potentially as a good player down the line, as Stamkos was in his prime.

7. Naturally, Stamkos is Numero Uno in The Hockey News  “Free Agency Power Rankings.” And if you haven’t guessed already, Okposo is runner-up to Stevie-We-Wonder.

8. The next quintet on The Hockey News list includes: (3) David Backes; (4) Milan Lucic, (5) Andrew Ladd; (6) Loui Eriksson and (7) Frans Nielsen.

9. THN’s bottom five includes James Reimer, Troy Brouwer, Radim Vrbata, David Perron and Kris Russell.

10. Edmonton is thirsting for a defenseman. (No, make that plural.) But who? Minnesota’s speedy Matt Dumba is a possibility, should the Oilers agree to part with center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

11. Then again Oilers boss Peter Chiarelli just may be asking too much. In that case, Stars G.M. Jim Nill might listen to a deal for his Jason Demers.

12. Every year, I love finding who I consider the “Free Agent Sleepers.” My latest choices include Colorado’s right wing Mikkel Boedker. At 26, this speed merchant has plenty of potential. All he requires are the right linemates. My runner-up is right wing Jiri Hudler. Granted, he’s 32, but due for a comeback.

13. The most disappointing news for the Alexander Radulov Marching and Chowder Society is that the Rapid Russian hasn’t found an NHL contract fat enough for him to devour. Hence, it appears that he’ll remain home-bound with Salavat Yulaev Ufa.

14. Loui Eriksson’s agent J.P. Barry reports that the Slick Swede has had a half dozen teams contact him. If you want to believe the rep — your call, not mine — Barry believes that he can fetch a five-year contract in the open market.

15. Bruins G.M. Don Sweeney knows a bit about dealing with agents. Sweeney retorts that he’ll take one last run at Eriksson, but that the two parties might not be able to come to a deal.

16. Look for Milan (The Hulk) Lucic to exit the Left Coast and return to his Eastern stamping grounds. Wouldn’t it be something if he winds up in the Land of Beans playing for the team that made him, famous — The Big, Not So Bad, Bruins?

17. Speaking of RFAs who could receive offer sheets and force their team to let them go, don’t forget about Lightning ace Nikita Kucherov. At 23, he’s already posted back-to-back 60-plus point seasons and is only getting better. Teams are sure to be flooding him with offers as the Lightning will have many important decisions to make.

18. A major-major question in The Windy City: Would Andrew Ladd take a discount to stay with the Blackhawks? Frankly, with the moolah available, I don’t see any reason why; do you?

19. Back to Stamkos for an important cautionary note: More than one seasoned journalist is pointing out that Steven’s health could figure into his Free Agent salary.

20. Regarding Stamkos’ health and contract talks, The Hockey News Editor in Chief Jason Kay asserts, “The blood clots that sidelined him this past season have to be worrisome — to the player and the team — even if he comes with assurances, he’s no more susceptible to a recurrence than the next guy.”

21. Since mid-season, our eyes and ears have been assailed with stories about the eventual trading of Edmonton’s right wing Jordan Eberle, Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (of New Rochelle, N.Y.) and Slovakia’s greatest star by way of the NHL, Zdeno Chara.

22. Therefore, it’s about time one or two or all three of these worthies moved to icier rinks. What’s your call? I say: 1. Eberle; 2. Shattenkirk; 3. Chara. Age favors the first two and lack of speed and Chara’s 39 years — not to mention fat contract — militate against my buddy Big Z.

23. Still, there has to be a team that can use someone with Z’s experience, competitiveness and leadership qualities who’ll at least kick his tires.

24. Too bad “best beard” doesn’t factor into trades; otherwise I’d deal for Nashville’s Barret Jackman. (I wonder whether he’d vote for me.)

25. Many consider Yzerman among the top six general managers. That status will either rise or fall with a resolution of the Stamkos Follies.

26. Just to show you how totally absurd some NHL execs can become during Free Agent Frenzy, we must look backward at L’Affaire David Clarkson. Then, wince in disbelief and take two aspirins and a glass of water.

27. Totally flummoxed by what was a career year — call it exceptional good luck on Clarkson’s part — the Maple Leafs high command gifted him with (time for a gulp!) a seven-year $36.75 million deal with a $5.25 million Cap hit.

28. Hey, it wasn’t David’s fault. And he’s such a nice guy you have to feel for him, considering his subsequent injuries and the fact that he played only 23 games for Columbus this past season. Two goals, two assists. ‘Nuff said.

29. Then again that’s the Free Agency trap door. Teams pay premium for past production and never get for which they pay. And that’s sure to happen with Eric Staal, 31, and David Backes, 32.

30. And speaking of trades, it’s normal for hockey bosses to be criticized for not making deals. That happened to then Rangers G.M. Neil Smith at the 1990 league meetings. Smith had the perfect squelch: “I offered my hotel room maid two used towels for two clean ones!”

31. Or, Harry Neale’s classic: “There’s the trade where you’ll give up your headache and get one of theirs in return, only you just don’t know how bad!!”

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Maven’s Ravin’: Rangers and Devils Made Underrated Draft Moves

If the New York Rangers quality eventually is matched by the quantity provided by the Blueshirts’ first two draft picks on Saturday in Buffalo, some day there’ll be dancing on 33rd Street and Seventh Avenue.

To stretch a point, one could say that GM Jeff Gorton got himself a good get on a sunny day.

The “get” is Ohio-born left wing Tim Gettinger who boasts an Empire State Building physique at 6’6”, 203 pounds.

Greyhounds Gettinger

Seeing the light of “day,” Gordon first went for another behemoth, defenseman Sean Day, who weighs in at 6’3”, 229 pounds.

And if you want to get analytical about it, together they measure 12’9″ and weigh 432 pounds. That, of course, is less important than what looms as Rangers luck.

Each of the picks suggests pleasant surprises, starting with Day who was taken by Gorton as the 81st overall selection.

Skating for the Ontario Hockey League’s Mississauga Steelheads, Day knew that Blueshirts had been scouting him — and he liked that and the long-range possibility of playing on Seventh Avenue.

“New York is an Original Six team and that played into my desire to go to the Rangers,” Day explains. “I like the fact that they wanted me and picked me four seconds in; they didn’t have to think about it.”

Fitness aware, Day reports that he’s down in “body fat” from 19 percent to 12 percent and wastes no time providing his own scouting report.

“I bring a solid, two-way game,” he reveals, “and I’m working on my offensive skills every day. I’ve come a long way with my defensive game and using my big body. I hope to bring something new that maybe the Rangers don’t have.”

The Hockey News’ Draft Preview had pegged Day to be selected in the 67th spot. With that in mind, one could say that the Rangers did well corralling him fourteen notches higher.

In one-on-one interviews, Day appears mature and insightful about his future. No, he doesn’t expect to crack the Manhattan varsity next September.

“I need another year of Junior hockey just for mental development, speed and to become a dominant force,” Day asserts. “I have to be realistic. Before hopping into the pro ranks, I need more time development-wise.”

Gorton’s second pick is wise as well. In fact, Tim Gettinger could be the get of all gets when you consider independent scouting reports.

Both The Hockey News and International Scouting Services figured that the native of North Olmstead, Ohio would be picked as high as 52 (THN) or 53 (ISS).

That Gorton was able to secure the OHL Soo Greyhounds forward 89 slots later looks like a prized development.

“If you put all of Tim’s assets together,” says one scout, “you’re talking about an absolute home run.”

Then there’s The Hockey News‘ evaluation: “Talent hawks are excited about his raw potential. Gettinger is only beginning to discover what he’s capable of accomplishing.”

The New Jersey Devils accomplished something meaningful on Day Two when GM Ray Shero acquired forward Beau Bennett from the Stanley Cup champion Penguins for a third-round pick.

Bear in mind that the 6’2”, 195-pound right wing was Pittsburgh’s first choice (20th overall) in the 2010 Entry Draft.

What’s more, it’s evident that a change of scenery could have a very positive effect on both the California-born Bennett and the Devs.

“Beau needs a change,” says Shero. “He’s highly skilled and it’s worth it for us to take a chance on skill. Plus, we — John Hynes, Tom Fitzgerald, Alain Nasreddine and I — all know Beau.

“Hopefully, it’s a fresh start for him and for us. If he stays healthy we know we have a pretty good player.”

It’s a low risk-high reward move for New Jersey costing the club only the 77th pick.

“This is a steal for Shero,” says Leo Scaglione, Jr. who covers the Devils for New York Hockey Journal. “Bennett could be the ideal third-line right wing.”

With their second pick — 41st overall — New Jersey chose winger Nathan Bastian also out of Mississauga.

“He’s a big winger who can make plays,” says The Hockey News.

Scaglione adds: “Nathan is best friends and was a linemate with the Devils first pick, Michael McLeod. They can grow together in Juniors, then Albany and New Jersey.”

All things considered, for the Rangers and Devils, good gets on Day Two of the Draft. What the future holds for the picks remains to be seen.

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2016 Islanders Draft Recap

Kieffer Bellows, Left Wing
Drafted 19th Overall, 2016 NHL Entry Draft

  • Bellows was born on June 10, 1998 in Edina, Minnesota.
  • He is the son of former NHL All-Star Brian Bellows, who won a Stanley Cup with Montreal Canadiens in 1993.
  • Listed at 6-foot and 196 pounds, Bellows first played for the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL during 2014-15 campaign, recording 33 goals and 19 assists for 52 points in 58 games.
  • Bellows had 32 points in 23 games with the US National Development in 2015-16 with 16 goals and 16 assists.
  • Bellows won a bronze medal with Team USA at IIHF U-18 World Championships earlier this season.
  • Bellows has committed to attend Boston University in the Fall.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING 

“Kieffer Bellows, a left wing, is the son of former NHL-er Brian Bellows. At 6-foot-1, 194 pounds, Kieffer is one of the best scoring talents in this class. Another BU commit, Bellows will have time to hone his game to sharpness and has the ability to be a solid NHLer.” — Stan Fischler


OTHER PICKS:

Anatoli Golyshev, LW, Yekaterinburg/Russia (Round 4 – 95th Overall)

Otto Koivula, LW, Ilves Jr./Finland-Jr. (Round 4 – 120th Overall)

Collin Adams, LW, Muskegon/USHL (Round 6 – 170th Overall)

Nick Pastujov, LW, USA U-18/USHL (Round 7 – 193rd Overall)

David Queeneville, D, Medicine Hat/WHL (Round 7 – 200th Overall)


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Personality Quiz

 With ESPN Radio’s popular program “Hahn & Humpty” now a part of MSG Networks‘ weeknight programming lineup, we beg to ask the question: Which of the hosts’ personalities best matches yours – Alan Hahn’s or Rick DiPietro’s? Take this quiz to find out …


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