NHL Draft 2012: Oilers And Yakupov, Early NHL Deals
NHL Draft 2012: Will the Oilers pass on Yakupov?
The NHL Draft will start on Friday, June 22, and although the Oilers won the draft lottery and got the first overall pick, there is uncertainty about them picking Nail Yakupov, the top prospect in this year’s class. The reason? Edmonton is in need of a defenseman, and that is certainly not Yakupov, though if the Oilers decide to pass on the Russian, they might regret it later, as teams that had passed on the best player available to get one that can fill a need have found out that such decision proved costly.
Some early NHL draft deals
Draft weekend is here, and the Blue Jackets already made their first move as they signed goalie Sergei Bobrovsky from the Flyers, whom will be getting three draft picks as part of the deal. The Russian had a phenomenal rookie season, but after the acquisition of another goaltender from Russia, IlyaBryzgalov, the performance of Bobrovsky declined a little bit. Also as part of the early news concerning the draft, it is said that the Red Wings are looking to sign Damien Brunnier, a Swiss player who is still under contract, but who will turn into an unrestricted free agent on July 1st.
London Olympics: Durant and Lebron will play for Team USA
Fans of basketball and the Olympics cannot be happier: they will get to see Lebron James and Kevin Durant in the same team and since both used to train together and have competed against each other at the maximum level, it is clear that their show, which includes Lebron’s fantastic passing ability and the outstanding shooting technique from Durant will be worth seeing. The players from this current team are scheduled to meet at Las Vegas on July 5 to start practicing, and apart from James and Durant, other famous names that made the team are Russell Westbrook, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.
Lin gets his early-Bird rights
Free agency will start in July 1st, and the Knicks are already receiving good news: they won’t have to use their exception money to re-sign Jeremy Lin as the player just received his early-Bird rights, which means that New York can now reach an agreement with Lin without any concerns for the salary cap, and that is really favorable because they can now use that midlevel exception cash to sign other players.
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