A look at which teams helped themselves most at this weekend’s NHL Entry Draft, ranking the prospects, a list of the top thirty UFAs, updates on the Blue Jackets, Flyers, and Capitals, and the possibility of another night of NHL hockey in Canada.

USA TODAY: Kevin Allen looks at the fifteen teams which helped themselves most during this past NHL entry draft weekend.

Yakupov could be among 2012 NHL picks to make their big league debut next season.

ESPN INSIDER: Grant Sonier predicts when we can expect the NHL debuts of the first round picks in this year’s draft. First overall pick Nail Yakupov is among the few who could play in the NHL next season.

 THE FOURTH PERIOD: Lists the top thirty players who could be available in this summer’s unrestricted free agent period, which begins July 1. Unsurprisingly, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter top the list.

COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets fired four of their amateur scouts.

PHILLY.COM: After trading James van Riemsdyk to Toronto for Luke Schenn, the Flyers don’t appear to need much more tinkering.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If we’ve learned anything about the Flyers with Paul Holmgren as their GM, it’s to expect the unexpected.

WASHINGTON POST: With the draft over, Capitals management turns its focus to hiring a new head coach, adding a scoring winger and organizing its defense.

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: There could be a national hockey night telecast in Canada on Sundays in the next major NHL Canadian television contract. Hockey Night in Canada every Sunday as well as Saturday? Yes, please!

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5 Responses to NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 25, 2012.

  1. Steve says:

    I guess the Philly/TO trade was good – my concern is that JVR is recouping from a couple of injuries – concussion, broken foot, hip and his physical play is hazardous to his health. He is young, but Burke has him for 6 more years @$4.25MM/yr. Hopefully he will help the club out.

  2. HABS_FTW says:

    Forget Sunday night.. how about every night a Canadian team is playing? Nothing else to watch on CBC.

  3. Vinnie says:

    Obviously the Penguins had a good draft but the Capitals really helped themselves. I loved that Wilson pick and they got extremely lucky Forsberg fell where he fell. Really solid draft.

  4. NikK says:

    Grigorenko at #12 is the Kopitar of this year’s draft. Everyone will wish they picked him.

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