NW Division Draft Preview

June 25 2010 09:41AM

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 24: Taylor Hall is interviewed by a member of the media during NHL top prospect media availibilty prior to the start of the 2010 NHL Draft outside Staples Center on June 24, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Written by the Nation Network's Special Correspondent at the Draft, Matt Bugg.

LOS ANGELES - As on the ice, the teams that make up the Northwest Division represents both extremes at the draft table. Clubs who do not pick until the 3rd round will attempt to help their teams as much as those with double-digit picks, while emerging and elite teams will attempt to shore up already envious pipelines of talent as others continue to flounder in draft mediocrity. Any given draft can shape a team's future, but just as important as how the Edmonton Oilers do, it's who the other teams in the Northwest select that will shape the vision of future rivalries.

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Robin Brownlee
June 25 2010 12:09AM

LOS ANGELES -- Does Steve Tambellini have the moxy and the brass to make something happen, to make a deal that matters, before he walks to the podium with the first pick in the 2010 Entry Draft at the Staples Center Friday? We'll find out soon enough.

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June 24 2010 02:49PM

A buddy of ours emailed us at 7:53 AM this morning with a threatening message: "Damn it Wanye, get off your fence and tell us who you think the Oilers should pick in the draft. And don't bother me with any statistical information and logical reasoning as to why. Give us all the real deal." (underlining his work)

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Jason Gregor
June 24 2010 02:34PM

Every facet of the hockey world has now arrived in Los Angeles for the 2010 draft: Coaches, GMs, scouts, players, agents, soon-to-be-players, media and the fans. It actually seems like more of an event here than it was in hockey-mad Montreal last year.

And your Nation Network correspondents, myself, Robin Brownlee and Pat Steinberg are all over it.

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UPDATED 11:58PM Tinseltown diary: if I have to wait another minute for my coffee, one of these Twilight nerds might go missing

Robin Brownlee
June 24 2010 01:02PM

Robin Brownlee's diary

LOS ANGELES -- I'm going to keep a running diary of what I hear, who I bump into, what's happening and random thoughts through Friday's first round of the draft. Will update three or four times today...

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