The hockey world has only a few short days to recover from the combined NHL Awards/Entry Draft festivities from last week, as Thursday marks the opening of Free Agency this summer. Will the Predators add an experienced offensive talent up front? Will former Pred Dan Hamhuis sign with Pittsburgh, where he was just traded, or hit the open market in search of the absolute best situation he can find?
Follow after the jump for reviews of the Predators draft weekend from the various Nashville bloggers who attended, as well as some interesting perspective as to why American hockey, particularly in California and other warmer climates, is becoming a major source of NHL talent.
Predators fail to make a deal, feel fortunate on draft's second day - Nashville City Paper
David Boclair writes that while David Poile wanted to get some additional picks over the weekend, he's still happy with what he came away with.
Also from Preds On The Glass, Buddy got David Poile on-camera to talk about the prospects from Day Two's selections. You can also read up on 1st-round selection Austin Watson, while you're at it. Personally, I'm intrigued by Watson, who should play a major role for the Peterborough Petes this fall, and will bear watching from afar.
Congratulations to Buddy, Jeremy from Section303.com, and Ryan from Red Light District for their coverage of the NHL Awards and the Entry Draft. They managed to provide solid coverage (far more than Nashville fans would have gotten by relying on the mainstream media) while having a good time to boot. I highly recommend you check out their sites this morning, for all the scoop on the Preds' second-day picks.
Around the NHL
The 2010 NHL Draft (from a Coach’s Perspective) " Coach Chic's Hockey Diary
Coach Chic (who you should follow if you're interested in training methods, and all that goes into being a hockey player at any level) looks at how kids from California and other Southern locales are making in-roads to the NHL.
Coming Down the Pipe!: TPS Draft Review
Dean Millard takes a team-by-team look at the draft, calling Nashville's 1st-round pick " one of the most complete players in the draft".
The 2010 List of the NHL’s Top 5 Best/Worst Dressed " Michelle Kenneth's Hockey & Musings
Michelle Kenneth hands out the real hardware from last week's Vegas extravaganza.
Nichol, who will earn $760,000 with new contract, ready to get back to ‘unfinished business’ | Working the Corners
Former Pred Scott Nichol re-ups with San Jose for another year.
Yzerman & Tallon: Instant Credibility in the Sunshine State - View From My Seats
Will Tampa Bay and Florida turn their fortunes around under their two new GM's?