- Kirill Kabanov has first round skill, so why wasn't he picked until the early stages of round 3? It's his attitude. A lot of NHL teams were wary to take him, and just about every league team passed him over at some point in the draft.Finally, the Islanders selected him at 65th overall.
The Cannon talked about his shortcomings before the draft:
One of the most controversial prospects in the upcoming draft, Kabanov turned a lot of heads when he made the decision to leave the KHL after being traded to Salavat Yulaev Ufa and being told that he would be required to sign a new contract that would not allow him to play in North America. Petitioning the IIHF for a release, he flew to Canada and joined the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL, where he began his season at a point a game pace before being sidelined by a wrist injury and apparently falling out of favor with the coaching staff in Moncton, who scratched him for the remainder of the regular season and playoffs once he returned. Kabanov also attempted to play for Russia at the Under 18 World Championships after being released from his obligations by Moncton, only to be dismissed from the team without ever playing a game because of his attitude.
It'll be interesting to see if Kabanov can get his head on straight on Long Island.
- Man, this thing goes fast after round one, doesn't it? See what a difference not bringing 19 people on stage makes?
- Jordan Weal was taken by the hometown Kings at 70. He's another guy that dropped pretty far off the board, and he's another guy who The Cannon profiled recently.
- American hockey is having a hell of a draft.
- A trade: Dallas sent the 71st pick to Colorado for the 77th and the 109th. With the 71st pick, the Avs took Michael Bournival, a winger from the QMJHL.
- The Staples Center is, by all accounts, absolutely empty today. Just a couple thousand people in the building, and many are family of the prospects.
- The Flyers are the last team to make their first pick in this draft, not selecting until the 88th pick of this thing. Michael Chaput was the pick.