Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Taylor Hall Skates at the Oilers Development Camp and Wednesday Wrap-Up

Taylor Hall signed a three year entry level contract with the Edmonton Oilers on Monday, ten days after being chosen as the number one pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Daft.

Yesterday, Hall took the ice for the first time as an Oiler as the team opened their summer development camp and enjoyed being reunited with Jordan Eberle.

Here is a video from POTG of Taylor Hall moments after his number one selection at this year's NHL Entry Draft.

In Pred Nation...

The open to the public, on ice portion of the Predators Development Camp kicks off today at 10:00 at Centennial Sportsplex. All who can should check it out. Unfortunately, I won't get to go until Saturday. Last year's camp was great and this one should be more interesting with a couple of veterans and the new picks participating.

Bryan Mullen at the Tennessean has a story on Austin Watson, the Predator's first round pick from this year's NHL Entry Draft, who is attending the development camp.

The big news on Tuesday in Pred land was another excellent signing by the Pred's MVP, David Poile. It is unbelievable that Poile obtained Sergi Kostitsyn, an NHL quality player with a bunch of up-side for rights to two players that we didn't need and then signed him for $550,000.

The View from 111, Forechecker, and Section303 also comment on the Kostitsyn signing.

Matthew Lombardi has been added to the Skate of the Union line-up on Thursday.

The Williamson Herald has the sad tale of the fall of the Sommet Group. The issue with the Preds last Fall was small potatoes compared to this.

Aaron Sims has a story on the Nolan Yonkman signing by Phoenix. Yonkman was the consummate professional and deserves a shot with the Yotes.

Also from Milwaukee, the Ads signed forwards Chris Mueller and Mark Van Guilder to AHL contracts.

Here's a post from a few days ago where Jas Faulkner looks at the origins of hockey in a very unique piece.

Looking back, kudos to Hockey's Future for projecting Austin Watson as the Pred's pick at the NHL Draft the week before the actual pick was made. It was great meeting Matt Gunning and D J Powers of HF at the Draft.

Around the NHL...

The biggest free agent on the market goes another day with no news after working everyone into a frenzy on Monday.

Cap Geek has an interesting breakdown of all 30 teams current salaries by position in a sortable format. it is interesting to see where teams are spending their money.

The Blues signed Jaroslav Halak to a new 4 year deal worth $15 million according to Cap Geek. The also avoided arbitration with Cam Janssen paying him $600,000 for next season. Janssen celebrated by Tweeting this @CamJanssen55: Now that I have re-signed, more of this to come fans

This list of top 100 Goalie prospects from the Goalie Guild is amazing. Check it out. Preds have four in the top 44 and all five prospects on the list.

The Canucks have renamed their GM Place arena as the Rogers Arena in a new ten year deal. It is not a surprise considering GM's recent financial issues and the expiration of the current contract. Comment from @reporterchris: I wonder if anyone will confuse Toronto's Rogers Centre with Vancouver's Rogers Arena. Also, did they really have to go with Rogers Arena? That's incredibly boring.

Stay Classy has some interesting thoughts on no trade clauses in three current situations.

Matt Reitz has a nice tribute to Bob Probert. He also takes a look at what the Hawks are up to.

Russ Cohen at Sportsology has a new Facebook page and will have voting later today for the Hockey Tough Guy Hall of Fame.

The Hockey News makes the case for Mike Modano to end up with the Red Wings. THN's free agent tracker is a good place to keep up with all the talent still on the market.

Was I the last to know? From @MichelleKenneth: So Mike Fisher (Ottawa Senators) and Carrie Underwood are tying the knot on Saturday. Congratulations!

Odds and Ends...

Mashable reports that Prince has declared that the Internet is past tense.

For Office fans, here is a sideshow of Kelly Kapoor quotes from the first six seasons.

Finally, it appear a hockey staple, the mullett, has been banned in Iran. It's a good thing Patrick Kane didn't go there during the playoffs.

More Later...

Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass

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