Ducks ground Jets again, Oilers win NHL Draft lottery, Flames coach Bob Hartley fined and more in your NHL Canadian Corner.
WINNIPEG SUN/LOS ANGELE TIMES: A costly third-period penalty by Andrew Ladd cost the Winnipeg Jets a 1-0 lead as the Anaheim Ducks rallied to win Game Two by a score of 2-1, taking a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven series. Patrick Maroon and Jakub Silfverberg tallied for the Ducks. Adam Pardy scored for the Jets. The series shifts to Winnipeg for Games Three and Four.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish is “over the moon” after his club won the NHL Draft lottery last night, giving them the first-overall pick for the fourth time in six years. It’s expected they’ll use that pick to select Eric Otters center Connor McDavid at the NHL Drafti in Sunrise, Fl. on June 26.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: So much for the BS about the league rigging the draft in favor of the Buffalo Sabres, Arizona Coyotes or Toronto Maple Leafs. The Oilers are getting a generational player in McDavid, who should mesh well with young Oilers guns Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle, Nail Yakupov and top prospect Leon Draisaitl.
However, as the Edmonton Journal’s David Staples observed, “(Oilers owner Darryl) Katz and Oilers management did NOT just get a whole lot smarter. They have to do better or nothing changes.” In other words, if they don’t do a better job building around that core of young forward stars, the Oilers will continue to suck on toast. Unless the master plan is to keep loading up with top-three draft picks from now until decade’s end, they must improve their goaltending, defense and checking-line depth, as well as find a coach who can develop them into winners.
CALGARY SUN: Flames head coach Bob Hartley was fined $50,000 by the league over his club’s participation in a brawl with the Vancouver Canucks in Game Two of their playoff series. Flames defenseman Deryk Engelland, who was tagged with two fighting majors, three game misconducts and an instigator penalty, will avoid suspension.
THE PROVINCE: Canucks rookie Bo Horvat is becoming everything the Canucks hoped he’d be when they selected him ninth overall in the 2013 Draft.
OTTAWA SUN: No decision yet from the Senators over whether Andrew Hammond or Craig Anderson gets the start in goal for Game Three of their series against the Montreal Canadiens.
LA PRESSE: Canadiens winger Devante Smith-Pelly finally seems to be settling into the Habs roster after struggling to adjust following his trade from the Anaheim Ducks.