The 1st round of the Draft went mostly as the experts had anticipated it would, just a few little surprises (the Jets reaching to take Scheifele at #7 and Couturier falling to Philly at #8 were probably the most note-worthy), but there was quite a bit of interesting trade activity... we'll discuss the impact of the deals today and get more into a wrap of the draft tomorrow.
Biggest trade of the day was the Wild making a splash by dealing Brent Burns to San Jose for Devin Setoguchi, Charlie Coyle and a late 1st rounder (Zack Phillips). I'm a big Brent Burns fan and think he had been shackled a little with the Wild (26th in gpg) so going to more of a free-wheeling team in SJ (6th in gpg & 2nd in PP%) should be a great move for him. The Sharks didn't really have a big shooting option from the point on the PP so he should get lots of opportunities and I expect he'll be given the green light to jump up into the rush (ala Dan Boyle). It might be difficult to build on his 17+29=46 & 170 shots from last season but I think this move gives him a better chance to maintain those numbers... assuming he can stay healthy (which is a big concern).
I like this move for Minnesota though as they add three young offensive pieces that should all contribute down the road. Setoguchi only averaged 15:12 of ice-time with the Sharks last year so he should be due for a raise but he won't be playing with as much talent so this could be a wash for him over the short-term. I think Charlie Coyle is the key to this trade as he's a good looking prospect who had a nice freshman season at BU and I don't think he's more than a year or two away from making the jump to The Show. This deal also opens up a bunch of PP time for a Wild dman but there's no clear-cut replacement so maybe they continue to employ forwards on the blueline for the PP.
The Hawks traded Troy Brouwer to the Caps for a 1st round pick (taking Phillip Danault)... now, I think I've made it pretty clear that I'm not a Brouwer fan as he hasn't taken advantage of his opportunities, is prone to long droughts, his ice-time is never consistent and he doesn't shoot enough. Having said all that, he is only 25 and a change of scenery is likely the best thing for him right now as maybe Coach Bruce can get more out of him than Coach Q could. I wouldn't bank on it but it's not a terrible risk to take as he could land a spot on a top line.
Chicago also moved out Brian Campbell's massive contract returning him to the guy who gave him the deal, Dale Tallon in Florida. The Hawks get a bad contract in return (Rostislav Olesz) but it's much easier to swallow then Campbell's. Campbell has seen his numbers drop in each of the last four seasons and I've never been a big fan of of his soft game anyway but he joins a blank slate in Florida and depending on what else they do over the summer, he could find himself as the PP QB and top blueliner for a Panthers team that should open it up a little more under Kevin Dineen. I don't expect much out of Olesz but I wouldn't totally give up on him either. Campbell's departure should be good for dmen like Nick Leddy or even Shawn Lalonde (if he makes the team) as they will be in line for more PP time on the 2nd unit.
The Leafs gave up more futures for old expensive dudes as they gave Colorado a 2012 2nd rounder for John-Michael Liles. I like Liles as he's a consistent point producing dman who has had 31+ points in each of his seven NHL seasons and he should get lots of opportunities in Toronto as he'll likely be their #1 option on the PP (along with Phaneuf) but he's coming off a big season (6+40=46) and with the more hype about him due to playing in Toronto, I would bet that he'll fall short of lofty expectations this year so don't reach too far to get him in your draft. His addition hurts Carl Gunnarsson as the Swede picked up his game after Kaberle left but he's likely to slide back into a third pairing role. Liles departure leaves a big hole on the Avs PP as he led the team with 3:13 of PP time per game... they could go a lot of different ways and may look to add a dman over the summer but keep in mind that there's minutes to be filled here.
Eric Brewer re-signed with Tampa on a four-year deal... he logged big minutes after being acquired but doesn't have much offensive upside and is pretty fragile.