Oilers select Connor McDavid and trade for Griffin Reinhart, reaction in Calgary to the Dougie Hamilton trade and Ottawa to the Robin Lehner, plus updates on the Canadiens and Jets.
EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers as expected selected Connor McDavid with the first overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. They also traded the 16th overall pick (which they acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins) to the New York Islanders for promising defenseman Griffin Reinhart.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I was surprised to see the Oilers acquire another young blueliner. Could they be planning to move a defenseman in a deal?
CALGARY SUN: By acquiring Dougie Hamilton, could the Flames have assembled the NHL’s best defense?
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If not the best, certainly among the best. He joins Mark Giordano, Dennis Wideman, T.J. Brodie and Kris Russell, which could become a formidable blueline. Hamilton could also become insurance in case the Flames are unable to re-sign Giordano, who’s eligible next summer for UFA status.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Will the Robin Lehner trade come back to haunt the Senators the way the Ben Bishop deal did?
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Maybe, but given the depth they have in goal (Craig Anderson, Andrew Hammond and Matt O’Connor waiting in the wings), they should be fine. Given Lehner’s injury history and inconsistency the past two years, there’s no guarantee he’ll turn into another Bishop.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens-Bruins rivalry won’t be the same now that Milan Lucic was dealt from Boston to the Los Angeles Kings.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets first-round pick (25th overall) Jack Roslovic has links to former Jet Keith Tkachuk, and is the first Columbus-born player to be selected in the first round of the NHL Draft.