Sports columnist Greg Douglas (aka Dr. Sport), in Saturday’s Vancouver Sun:
The Edmonton Oilers apparently are not taking no for an answer in their pursuit of Giants GM Scott Bonner to run the Oilers' farm club in Oklahoma City. They sweetened their offer as recently as Friday morning over breakfast in Vegas. If Bonner goes, it would be with the blessing of Toigo, who has said all along he would never stand in the way of Bonner's advancement.
Which all leads to the ripe rumour making the hockey rounds that Pat Quinn, stripped of his coaching stripes in Edmonton this week, would consider replacing Bonner.
If people weren’t aware before the weekend’s NHL draft that the Portland Winterhawks are back, well, they are now.
The two-day affair in Los Angeles didn’t belong to Alyssa Milano. No, it belonged to the Winterhawks, who had eight players selected -- two in Friday‘s first round and six on Saturday:
4. F Ryan Johansen, Columbus Blue Jackets
5. F Nino Niederreiter, New York Islanders
43. F Brad Ross, Toronto Maple Leafs
78. D Taylor Aronson, Nashville Predators
137. D Troy Rutkowski, Colorado Avalanche
139. F Luke Walker, Colorado Avalanche
191. G Mac Carruth, Chicago Blackhawks
208. F Riley Boychuk, Buffalo Sabres
Graham Kendrick of the Winterhawks reports that tied the highest total in franchise history. The Winterhawks also had eight players selected in 1978, 1980 and 1982. (As an aside, from 1978 through 1984, the Winterhawks had 49 players drafted, and think about that for a moment. Portland now has had a total of 115 players drafted by NHL teams.)
A couple of other Portland-related notes, as supplied by Kendrick. . . .
D Ben Gallacher, the son of Winterhawks owner Bill Gallacher, was taken 93rd overall by the Florida Panthers. Ben will play one more season for the AJHL’s Camrose Kodiaks and then is to head for Ohio State. . . .
F Jason Clark, a Portland list player, was selected 82nd overall by the New York Islanders. He played last season at Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Faribault, Minn.
A few NHL draft odds and ends:
F Luke Moffatt was taken by the Colorado Avalanche with the 197th pick. Moffatt, who is from Paradise Valley, Ariz., was selected second overall by the Kelowna Rockets in the 2007 bantam draft. He has been in the U.S. NTDP and will attend Michigan in the fall. . . .
The Edmonton Oilers used the first pick of the second round on F Tyler Pitlick, a nephew of former NHL D Lance Pitlick. . . . Tyler, who played last season at Minnesota State-Mankato, has chosen to play next season with the Medicine Hat Tigers. . . .
F Dalton Smith of the Ottawa 67’s, who was taken in the second round by the Columbus Blue Jackets, is the son of former NHL F Derrick Smith. Dalton also is a nephew to the Primeau boys, Keith and Wayne. . . .
F Brendan Ranford of the Kamloops Blazers, who went to the Philadelphia Flyers with the draft’s second-last pick (209), is a nephew to former NHL G Bill Ranford. . . .
The New York Rangers took Oshawa Generals F Christian Thomas in the second round. His father is former NHL F Steve Thomas. . . . “On my draft day,” Steve told the Ottawa Sun’s Chris Stevenson, “I went downstairs in my pyjamas and looked in the paper to see if my name had been called. It wasn’t.” . . .
The Montreal Canadiens used the 22nd pick on D Jarred Tinordi. He is the son of former WHL and NHL D Mark Tinordi. . . .
The Toronto Maple Leafs used their first pick, 43rd overall, on Portland Winterhawks F Brad Ross. He is the younger brother of D Nick Ross, who was taken by the Phoenix Coyotes with the 30th pick of the 2007 draft. . . .
The Tampa Bay Lightning took D Brock Beukeboom of the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the third round. His father, Jeff, is a former NHL defenceman. . . .
The Edmonton Oilers used the 48th pick on F Curtis Hamilton of the Saskatoon Blades. His father, Bruce, is the president and GM of the Kelowna Rockets and the chairman of the WHL’s board of governors. . . .
The Colorado Avalanche followed Edmonton by taking G Calvin Pickard of the Seattle Thunderbirds with the 49th pick. His brother, Chet, was taken 18th overall by the Nashville Predators in the 2008 draft. Chet played for the Tri-City Americans. . . .
The Calgary Flames didn’t hold a pick until No. 64. They used it on Kootenay Ice F Max Reinhart, the son of former NHL D Paul Reinhart. . . . Later, in the fourth round, the Flames took D John Ramage of the U of Wisconsin. His father is former NHL D Rob Ramage. . . . Paul Reinhart and Rob Ramage both played for the Flames during their NHL careers. . . .
F Cody Beach of the Calgary Hitmen was selected 134th overall by the St. Louis Blues. He is the younger brother of F Kyle Beach, who was taken 11th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2008. Kyle played for the Everett Silvertips, Lethbridge Hurricanes and Spokane Chiefs during his WHL career. . . .
The Carolina Hurricanes dealt the 46th overall selection to the Edmonton Oilers for F Riley Nash of Kamloops, who has spent the last three seasons at Cornell. The Oilers selected Nash in the first round of the 2007 NHL draft. He had been taken by the Swift Current Broncos in the fourth round of the 2004 bantam draft, but played for the BCHL’s Salmon Arm SilverBacks for a season before moving on to Cornell. . . .
F Luke Walker of the Portland Winterhawks was in the draft for the third time. This time he was taken. The Colorado Avalanche grabbed him with the 139th selection. His father, Gord, played in the WHL with Portland and Kamloops. . . .
Neate Sager of Yahoo! Sports has more draft notes right here.
Some numbers supplied by the CHL:
There were 107 players from the CHL selected during the draft’s seven rounds. That equates to 51 per cent of all selected players. . . . That is the second time since 1998 that more than half of all players selected came from the CHL (2008, 52 per cent). . . .
The WHL had 43 players selected, the OHL 42 and the QMJHL 22. . . . In 2009, the CHL had 99 players taken, with 45 of those from the OHL, 31 from the WHL and 23 from the QMJHL. . . .
The Portland Winterhawks had eight players selected. . . . The Memorial Cup-champion Windsor Spitfires, Ottawa 67’s and Owen Sound Attack led the OHL, each with four. . . . The QMJHL’s Gatineau Olympiques and Halifax Mooseheads each had three players taken. . . .
All 40 players who competed in the 2010 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game were selected. . . .
The NHL comprises 30 teams and each team selected at least one player from the CHL. . . . Eight of the Buffalo Sabres’ nine picks came from the CHL. . . .
Of the 210 players selected, 99 were from Canada, with 59 from the U.S.
And some numbers supplied by USA Hockey:
The 59 Americans selected included a record 11 in the first round and a record-tying 21 through two rounds. That tied the record from 2007. . . .
Two players off the gold medal-winning U.S. team from the World Junior Championship were selected -- G Jack Campbell (Dallas Stars, 11th overall) and D Cam Fowler (Anaheim Ducks, 12th) -- in the first round. Campbell is ticketed for the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires, where he will be teammates with Fowler. . . . (USA Hockey's release didn't mention F Luke Walker of the Portland Winterhawks, who played in the world junior tournament despite severe facial injuries incurred when he took a slapshot to the mug during a WHL game. So let's make it three players off the golden team. . . . You can add F Jason Zucker to the list, too. He was taken in the second round by the Minnesota Wild and is the first NHL draft pick out of Las Vegas.)
The 2009-10 U.S. U-18 team had five defencemen selected in the opening two rounds -- Derek Forbort (Los Angeles Kings, 15th), Jarred Tinordi (Montreal Canadiens, 22nd), overall/Montreal Canadiens), Justin Faulk (Carolina Hurricanes, 37th), Jon Merrill (New Jersey Devils, 38th) and Stephen Johns (Chicago Blackhawks, 60th). . . .
All told, U.S. junior leagues had 22 players selected, with 20 of those coming from the USHL. . . .
There were 15 players drafted who have ties to the U.S. National Team Development Program. . . .
There were 20 American players taken who played for high schools or prep schools in 2009-10. . . .
There were four American players selected who played NCAA Division 1 hockey last season. . . .
Players drafted represented 16 states -- Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York and North Dakota.