NHL Draft grades 2017: Winners and losers

This year’s NHL Draft did not have star power of the previous couple years, where Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel, Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine dominated the headlines. Nor did it have the expected flurry of big-time trades.

What it did have, like each draft every year, was winners and losers.

Here’s a quick look at each, knowing that in most cases it will take La Galaxy Cheap Jerseys years to really grade what took place this weekend..

“This is a league that thrives on centermen, and the fortunate thing here is Kids Cheap Jerseys that we have a couple amazing, high-end centermen,” Botterill said of centers Ryan O’Reilly and Jack Eichel. “I also like the fact that we have some young defensemen that can handle some big minutes out there.”

Botterill was one of the hottest general manager candidates in the league, and has been for a couple years now. At 40 years old, he’s the second-youngest GM in Sabres history, and is the second-youngest GM in the league besides Arizona’s John Chayka. He brings some expertise the Sabres could desperately use: salary cap help.

At the moment, the Sabres have just $560,691 in cap space. While some dead weight contracts could be coming off the books this summer, the Sabres still need to pay young stars Eichel and Sam Reinhart shortly. Botterill, who has a master’s degree in business administration from Michigan, is known to be a mastermind in handling the salary cap. When Botterill interviewed for the assistant GM job in Pittsburgh in 2007, he presented a detailed contract that management should offer to Ryan Whitney, who was set to be a free agent.

The Penguins signed Whitney for a bargain a month later and Botterill got the job. Botterill was instrumental in working out other high-profile contracts, most notably Sidney Crosby’s.

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