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NHL Draft 2013

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pick …

Event: NHL Draft, all seven rounds

Time: 3 p.m.

Site: Prudential Center, Newark, N.J.

TV, radio: NBC Sports Network, CBC (Canada), RDS (Quebec), NHL on XM Radio

Here is the official live draft tracker. Rob Rossi is on the scene.

Here is the official draft order.

Here is TribLIVE’s NHL page.

The Penguins currently have no picks in the top two rounds. Their picks are two in the third round (77, 89 overall), one in the fourth round (119), two in the sixth round (164, 179) and one in the seventh round (209).

Here is how to track all of the Penguins’ picks.

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.


  1. Eric Bowser says:

    Tons of movement expected today

    … recent talk has Canes moving #5 overall for a top 4 defenseman and lower #1 pick.

  2. Eric Bowser says:

    My top 10 Mock Draft…

    1 Colorado Avalanche – Nathan MacKinnon, C
    2 Florida Panthers – Seth Jones, D
    3 Tampa Bay Lightning – Jonathan Drouin, LW
    4 Nashville Predators – Aleksander Barkov, C
    5 Carolina Hurricanes – Valery Nichushkin, LW
    6 Calgary Flames – Sean Monahan, C
    7 Edmonton Oilers – Darnell Nurse, D
    8 Buffalo Sabres – Elias Lindholm, C
    9 New Jersey Devils – Zachary Fucale, G
    10 Dallas Stars – Bo Horvat, C

  3. Eric Bowser says:

    Would love to know, if Pens could offer Niskanen and Pouliot for #5 overall and Victor Rask, could that get a deal done with Carolina.

    As you can see below at #5, I have Nichushkin listed. A big power forward that plays LW and style very similar to Malkin… Russian or not, he’s a guy you can’t pass up if you have that 5th pick.

    Canes have need for D though.

  4. Eric Bowser says:

    Look for potential trades as Pens need to get some draft picks and talent into the system at forward. I expect guys like Niskanen, Kennedy, Glass, and Jeffrey to be available. Maybe even a surprise with Sutter as they have Jokinen to take the 3rd line role but the return for Sutter would have to be legit NHL-ready value.

  5. Eric Bowser says:

    Columbus has 3 first round picks today and now there’s talk that contract negotiations between Sergei Bobrovsky and Blue Jackets have broken down as the goalie wants over $6 million per season.

    Rumors have the goalie on the trade block now… Jackets would be taking a huge gamble to sign a goalie based off of a 48-game season, Vezina Trophy or not.

  6. NastyNate82 says:

    Eric, I’m not a Pens fan, but I talked some with some friends at length about what they would have gotten for Letang. What teams do you think would have been good matchups? I think Edmonton would have been perfect talent-wise, but being how they have difficulty signing players long-term, they’d have to be 100% sure Letang would sign there. Not sure about that. Toronto would certainly have been #1 to me.

  7. Eric Bowser says:

    Edmonton could have offered the 7th overall pick, a defenseman like veteran Ladislav Smid or top end prospect like Oscar Klefbom, and then a NHL forward. The key would have been, just who from their group would have been included.

    Oilers have a real nice group with Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Nail Yakupov, Sam Gagner, and Magnus Paajarvi.

    Toronto would have had to offer their number one pick and James Van Riemsdyk as a conversation starter, then maybe a young defenseman like Morgan Reilly or Jake Gardiner.

  8. NastyNate82 says:

    I was kind of thinking about Toronto after the Bernier deal that Reimer would have been on the block, and they could have traded Letang for a package built around Reimer and Gardiner. Of course, a deal like that means you buy out Fleury, which I think would have been a good idea as you go with a time-share of Vokoun and Reimer for the coming year. As a non-Pens fan, I really don’t think much of Fleury at all.

  9. Eric Bowser says:

    The amount of hate/dislike for Fleury is understandable with his last four playoff performances but I would never make a move to buy him out or trade him, just to get James Reimer.

    One move that I thought could have been a possibility was dealing Fleury to Colorado for the number one overall pick and goaltender Semyon Varlamov.

    This season is probably the last for Fleury in Pittsburgh if he fails to perform in the playoffs.

  10. Eric Bowser says:

    Look for Penguins to deal right-winger Tyler Kennedy

    Rumors that San Jose is interested… Pens could get back their 2nd round pick (49th overall).

  11. Eric Bowser says:

    correction, I think Pens 2nd round pick was 58th overall.

  12. j. says:

    Colorado giving us the number 1 overall and a live body for Fleury? Are you out of your mind?

  13. Eric Bowser says:

    No, I was hoping Patrick Roy and Joe Sakic were.

  14. j. says:

    I’m with you there. Sure would be nice.

  15. NastyNate82 says:

    Yeah, no way thats happening; thats like trying to get Giancarlo Stanton for Phil Irwin. The rest of the league has noticed that Fleury has been melting down in the playoffs for year as well.
    You don’t buy Fleury out just to get Reimer. Its a move to save a good 4 million of cap space. Given the makeup of their team, its similar to the Wings of the years prior to Jimmy Howard. They went cheap in goal because their stars were forwards and the blueline.

  16. Eric Bowser says:

    Tyler Kennedy traded to San Jose for 2013 second round pick (50th overall).

    Good luck TK in San Jose.

  17. Eric Bowser says:


    Avs select Nathan MacKinnon, C

  18. TJ says:

    Eric… You think this opens up space for a Dupuis return? Hard to imagine the team losing Cooke, Kennedy and Dupuis with only Bennett showing the ability to fill a top 9 spot.

  19. Eric Bowser says:

    I think Dupuis is looking for 3-4 year deal at $4 per and that’s not happening with the Penguins, so he’ll go shopping for a deal and then I’m sure will try to give one last try to get a deal done.

    Trading Kennedy should open up 3rd line options for Shero to make adjustments to that line.

    I think Pens could go after Minnesota’s Cal Clutterbuck.

  20. Eric Bowser says:

    In a real surprise, Florida bypasses Seth Jones and drafts Aleksander Barkov

    I really like Barkov.

  21. TJ says:

    Interesting you brought up Clutterbuck; I was just looking at him. I can’t see the Pens coming out of this weekend without a veteran wing.

  22. Eric Bowser says:

    Lightning draft Jonathan Drouin, LW

  23. TJ says:

    If Dupuis is gone; who do you see in the top 2 lines?

    Bennett go to the top line or stay on a second line? Joikenen jump to the top 2 lines?

  24. Eric Bowser says:

    Predators need offense but no way did they imagine Seth Jones at #4…. great pick!

  25. Eric Bowser says:

    until they get someone to bump Jokinen back to third line, yeah.

    No idea who they are looking at acquiring for that top 2 line role. Bennett 1st RW or 2nd LW is fine by me.

  26. Eric Bowser says:

    Hurricanes – Elias Lindholm, C

  27. Eric Bowser says:

    No surprise, Flames get Sean Monahan, C

  28. TJ says:

    Any chance Iginla comes back?

  29. Eric Bowser says:

    Forget Cal Clutterbuck

    Isles GM Garth Snow traded Nino Niederreiter to Minnesota for Clutterbuck.

    Very good deal for both teams.

  30. Eric Bowser says:

    Don’t want to say never but with Bylsma returning, I doubt it.

  31. Eric Bowser says:

    Oilers draft defenseman Darnell Nurse

  32. Eric Bowser says:

    There’s a player outside of my top 10 Mock draft

    Sabres select Finnish D Rasmus Ristolainen

  33. TJ says:

    WOW. Schneider to the Devils.

  34. Eric Bowser says:


    Vancouver trades goalie Corey Schneider to New Jersey for the 9th overall pick.

  35. TJ says:

    Thats amazing. Steal for NJ.

  36. Eric Bowser says:

    absolutely brilliant move by NJ…

  37. TJ says:

    Idiot from the NHL network saying its hard to remember a host team making a splash like this; this early in the draft. Staal trade wasn’t a big one last year?

  38. Eric Bowser says:

    Vancouver selects forward Bo Horvat

  39. Eric Bowser says:

    Stars pick Valery Nichushkin…

    Just unreal a player of his talent went 10th…

  40. Eric Bowser says:

    Flyers get big defenseman Samuel Morin

  41. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Rats, I was hoping the Flyers would trade the #11 for MAF. j/k, but that would’ve been a Flyers-like move. Them drafting someone who likes to fight is also a Flyers-like move.

  42. Eric Bowser says:

    and he’s slow, limited puck skills.

  43. Eric Bowser says:

    Coyotes select forward Max Domi (son of Tie Domi), not like his dad, he’s a skilled forward.

  44. Kevin says:

    As long as the cap gets over 67M next year (5% raise), the Pens will have no problem with a 3.5 cap hit for 9 AND a 7.25 cap hit for 58 assuming the following:

    – 16 doesnt play into more than 2.5 a year
    – 48 is replaced at or below 2m
    – 44 is replaced at 2.75 or below (or resigns)
    – 47 signs 2nd year for 1.5 or under

    the rest of the guys we need to get under contract in 14 (we only have 6 guys right now signed that year not including 58) are going to be entry level defensemen or players making what 27 and 46 make today.

  45. Kevin says:

    That statement on 47 should read second contract. Pens also have compliance buyouts that could be used if there was cap trouble.

  46. TJ says:

    If he fights too much he won’t be in the NHL long. Can’t run 6 D-men and have one tossed for fighting.

  47. Eric Bowser says:

    NY Post’s Larry Brooks is reporting Ulf Samuelsson will be assistant coach with the Rangers.

  48. Eric Bowser says:

    Calgary uses Pens 1st rd pick (28th) to draft LW Morgan Klimchuk.

  49. Eric Bowser says:

    Absolutely outstanding value for Montreal to get Zach Fucale (goalie) in the 2nd round. He’s a franchise goalie talent… cannot believe he went this long.

  50. Eric Bowser says:

    Pens trade picks 50 and 89 for pick 44

    …select goalie Tristan Jarry

  51. Eric Bowser says:

    Chicago traded forward Michael Frolik to Winnipeg for two draft picks.

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