The Oilers win the draft lottery for the third straight year, Canucks keep mum on Daniel Sedin’s status, Erik Karlsson will be a target in series against Rangers, Leafs apology not sitting well with fans and media, Flames GM takes responsibility for team’s performance, Canadiens should land a good prospect with third overall pick, and Jets GM maintains team will not deviate from long-term goals.
EDMONTON SUN: For the third straight year, the Oilers have the first overall pick. While there’s some debate over whether the club should keep it or trade it for a defenseman, Terry Jones suggests if they keep the pick and select Nail Yakupov, considered the top prospect in this year’s draft, it could serve as enticement for Anaheim Ducks pending UFA defense prospect Justin Schultz to sign with the Oilers.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks are keeping silent for the most part on Daniel Sedin’s condition as he trains in hopes of returning from a concussion for the club’s opening round series against the LA Kings.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson expects he’ll be targeted by the NY Rangers checkers in their opening round series.
TORONTO SUN/TORONTO STAR: The Toronto Maple Leafs issues a public apology to their fans for missing the playoffs again, but it’s not sitting well with media or fans, nor for that matter is the media impressed with GM Brian Burke. That’s understandable, given the club hasn’t made the playoffs since 2004.
CALGARY HERALD: Flames GM Jay Feaster took responsibility for the club’s inability to make the playoffs, though he steered clear on questions regarding the future of team captain Jarome Iginla.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens will select third overall in this year’s entry draft, putting them in great position to land a good prospect. It’s the highest they’ve picked in the draft since having the first overall pick in 1980. The last time they picked in the top five was 2005, when they selected Carey Price, so odds are they’ll land a quality player with this pick.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff wouldn’t rule out making changes to his roster this summer, but maintained the franchise won’t sacrifice their long-term goals. In other words, don’t expect him to sacrifice his young talent for short-term deals.