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.

Predators have transformed Nashville during Stanley Cup Final run

Jeff Diamond is the former president of the Titans and the former vice president/general manager of the Vikings. He was selected NFL Executive of the Year in 1998. Diamond is currently a business and sports consultant who also does broadcast and online media work. He is the former chairman and CEO of The Ingram Group.

The plan to carry out the tradition, taken from Red Wings fans who toss octopi, snowballed from there.

Completely unaware that a Pittsburgh fish market had banned catfish sales to Cincinnati Reds Cheap Jerseys Tennessee residents, Waddell packed his own bottom-feeder from Nashville because it’s more original to throw one of our catfish. After masking the smell with Old Spice cologne, he sliced the catfish and ran over it with his truck to ensure he could vacuum-seal it and hide it under a pair of compression shorts to pass through security. Waddell proofed his arrangement by talking to his in-laws for 20 minutes, and they had no idea I had the fish on, he said.

The NHL’s newest franchise acquitted themselves quite well, making three of the first 15 selections in the first round, landing their most-coveted option, center Cody Glass (pictured) with their first-ever pick, number six overall. Then at No. 13, the Golden Knights drafted another talented center, Nick Suzuki, hoping for a solid one-two punch down the middle for years to come. At 15, Vegas aggressively selected Swedish defenseman Erik Brannstrom, an offensively-gifted — if a bit small — blueliner. There were more picks to make on Day Two of the draft, but Friday’s haul was impressive, especially on the heels of a well-executed expansion draft on Thursday. A good start Discount Code For Cheap Jerseys for the 31st team in the league.

Isaiah Thomas can’t be ignored any longer

Isaiah Thomas may just be the most underrated player in the NBA.

The diminutive point guard isn’t on commercials, and he isn’t talked about by pundits and analysts on a daily basis (although SN just did a deep dive into his signature move), but he is feared by his NBA peers.

A sampling of his comments to reporters after the game, according to ESPN and Ohio.com:

“I just hope that we’re not satisfied as an organization. I just hope we’re not satisfied.”

“It’s great to have bodies. Obviously, in the playoffs, you go down to what, eight max? And if somebody gets in foul trouble, you go to nine. You’re not playing back-to-backs. You have two days in between. You’re able to lock in.”

“It’s like when you don’t have bodies. It’s tough. The (expletive) grind of the regular season. We’re a top-heavy team. We have a top-heavy team. We top-heavy as (expletive). It’s me, [Kyrie Irving], [Kevin Love]. It’s top-heavy.”

“I’m not singling out anybody. I’m not. Yeah, we won [the championship], but (expletive), you know what, let’s see if we can do something.”

Once Irving runs in-between Love and James, Love passes the ball to James at the elbow. Then, almost without thinking, James tips the pass over two defenders and leads Irving to the basket for a layup. The NHL Jerseys Cheap defense isn’t expecting James to make the pass because the window is so small, and the Cavaliers make it look like they are just going through the motions with upward of 15 seconds remaining on New York Giants Cheap Jerseys the shot clock.

Isaiah Thomas denies bad-mouthing Dennis Schroder’s mom

Celtics star Isaiah Thomas insists he would never say anything bad about someone’s mom, regardless of claims to the contrary by Hawks point guard Dennis Schroder.

The feuding guards re-ignited their rivalry during Boston’s 103-101 win in Atlanta Friday night, when the two were at each other’s throats for much of the game. Schroder told reporters afterward that Thomas’ trash-talking involved derogatory remarks made toward Schroder’s mother.

After a block on the other end, Harden’s layup put Houston ahead 115-111 with just over a minute to play.

Harden’s 11th triple-double this season comes after he had 40 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in a win over the Raptors on Sunday. Harden joined Russell Westbrook, Michael Jordan, and Pete Maravich as the only players with back-to-back 40-point triple-doubles in a season.

Harden will look for a rare three-peat Wednesday against the Timberwolves.

Playing in his first game with the Cavaliers, Kyle Korver went 1-for-5 from the field, with just two points and a dismal minus-11 in Cleveland’s 100-92 loss to the Jazz.

Wizards All-Star John Wall drilled the game-winning jumper to lead the Wizards over the Rg3 Cheap Jerseys short-handed Bulls, who were without Jimmy Butler (illness) and Dwyane Wade (rest).

Grizzlies (24-16) at Thunder (23-16), 8 p.m. ET — The last time these two teams met the Grizzlies took advantage of Russell Westbrook’s ejection, pummeling the Thunder for a 114-80 victory. The Thunder and Westbrook will be vying for a third consecutive home triple-double and his 18th of the season on Orioles Cheap Jerseys Wednesday.

NBA rumors: Pistons, T-wolves reportedly discussing blockbuster trade

The Pistons and Timberwolves are reportedly ready to make a blockbuster move.

According to ESPN.com, the two teams have held discussions regarding a point guard swap that would send Reggie Jackson to Minnesota and Ricky Rubio to Detroit. The Timberwolves would also add Shabazz Muhammad to sweeten the deal.

Jackson signed a five-year, $80 million contract at the beginning of last season, while Rubio has just two years and under $30 million left on his contract.

His comments came after a 108-107 loss Monday to the Hawks, a game in which Melo had a chance to win for New York just before the final buzzer. While he searched for an answer on the final shot, he also had to account for his future with the Knicks.

Anthony’s status with the team has been in question for a while, although most of the talk is media-created. Recently, however, Charley Rosen, a close friend of team president Phil Jackson’s, wrote a column on FanRag Sports essentially saying Anthony’s days with the Knicks should be over.

In response to the column, Anthony said over the weekend, “If they feel my time in New York is over, I guess that’s a conversation we should have.”

He echoed those comments Monday, adding: “If they want to come talk to me, I’m around them guys Troy Polamalu Cheap Jerseys every day. I don’t want this to be kind of going back and forth between me and the front office, management, because it’s really nothing, I responded to an article that I read. That was that. There’s Rugby Cheap Jerseys nothing between myself and management at this point.”