Sunday, June 30, 2013

NHL Draft Day Snapshots: Wild, Jets, Canadiens and Sabres

The Minnesota Wild could part ways with forward Cal Clutterbuck via trade on draft day, according to Michael Russo of the Star Tribune.  The 25-year-old winger is a restricted free agent on July 5.  There is a one-year extension currently on the table, but not agreed upon between Clutterbuck and the Wild.  

The Winnipeg Jets have ten overall draft picks this year, including a first round pick at number 13 overall.  It would be a surprise if they used that first round pick on a goaltender according to Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press.  There are some specific areas where the Jets are looking to add however.  As GM Kevin Cheveldayoff stated:
"I do have several No. 1 priorities," said Cheveldayoff. "We're a team that's made it well known that we'd like to find some things on the right side, on the right wing, but we're looking to enhance any position.
As reported in the Montreal Gazette, the Montreal Canadiens could be taking winger Valentin Zykov in the number 25 slot of the first round.  The forward out of Russia is tabbed offensively as "dangerous in close" with a "quick release".  

The Buffalo Sabres are not expected to part ways with either Thomas Vanek or goaltender Ryan Miller in a trade as part of today's draft, reports John Vogl for the Buffalo News.  GM Darcy Regier on Buffalo's stance for their selection spot and current player movement as part of today's draft:
“Right now, I expect that we will pick where we’re picking, and I say that only because there’s nothing that’s imminent or concrete,” Regier said. “But like I said, there are a lot of conversations, and they will continue right until the draft starts and even beyond that.”

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