The Ottawa Senators have traded Milan Michalek and the clubs own 3rd round draft pick in this years draft to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for the Sharks 2014 1st round draft pick and prospect Tomas Hertl.
"It was hard to deal Milan, but we feel that a couple of our young players are ready to make the jump and we needed to clear a roster spot for them. We feel that the depth and quality of the 2014 draft exceeds this year and we are very happy to have another first round selection next year. Tomas was a first round pick himself last year and we feel that he will give us the ability to role three scoring lines down the road."
1st overall Columbus is thrilled to welcome Nathan Mackinnon to town. He will be our franchise center for hopefully upwards of a decade, and will be the main building block of our future.
11th overall (via WPG) Rasmus Ristolainen was a guy we were lucky to have fall to us. He has top 10 talent and is considered by some to be top 5 even. He, along with our next pick, add to the awesome stable of D-men we have coming through the ranks.
14th overall (via TB) We took the big Russian defender with this pick.Nikita Zadorov will be a shutdown D-man for us for a long time, and who know what could happen in the future as far as offensive potential goes.
27th overall (via NYR) Another guy we were happy to have fall to us is Anthony Duclair. Tons of speed and skill will hopefully make this guy a staple on Mackinnon's wing for years. These two have the kind of speed that can cause a ton of chaos.
29th overall In this spot, I am very proud to have taken Hudson Fasching. Not only is this guy huge (we hope he can play a power forward role with some of the talent we've accrued in this draft and at the deadline), but his story is definitely a moving one. We are lucky to have a guy with his character in our farm system.
All in all, We basically just drafted a starting lineup in the first round . We got lucky and it just so happened that the perceived BPA each time we picked was a new position. Next to Edmonton, we may have just given ourselves the deepest pool of young players/ prospects in the entire NHL.
The Avalanche are quite happy with the prospects that they were able to pick up through the draft. We were surprised to see Hartman drop to us in the second, and equally surprised to have Sorensen drop to us as well. In the fourth round the Avs got a high risk, high reward selection in Jared Hauf, a 6'6" smooth skating defender.