ST. LOUIS MO - FEBRUARY 22: Peter Budaj #31 of the Colorado Avalanche makes a save against the St. Louis Blues as Paul Stastny #26 also of the Colorado Avalanche looks on at the Scottrade Center on February 22 2011 in St. Louis Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
The Toronto Sun had a Father's Day special. (Photo Spread)
Bobby Hull is widely regarded as one of the best left wingers of all time and was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983. Bobby's third youngest son, Brett Hull, finished his own career with the third-highest goal total in NHL history. Bobby and Brett are the only father-and-son duo to score more than 50 goals in a season and more than 600 NHL goals. They are also the only father-and-son tandem to win the Hart Trophy and Lady Byng Trophy. (REUTERS/Jeff Topping/Files)
Ray Bourque played for the Boston Bruins for 21 seasons and holds records for most goals, assists and points by a defenceman in the NHL. Two of his sons play hockey. Christopher is with the Bruins and Ryan is a prospect in the New York Rangers system. (QMI Agency/Jim Wells)
Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini won a Stanley Cup with the New York Islanders in 1980. His son Jeff, a former NHL player with the Los Angeles Kings, New York Islanders and Vancouver Canucks, now plays for the ZSC Lions of the National League A in Switzerland. (QMI Agency/Codie McLachlan)
Darryl Sutter is the head coach of the 2012 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings and one of six Sutter brothers to play in the NHL. Darryl's son, Brett Sutter, currently plays left wing for the Carolina Hurricanes. (REUTERS/Adam Hunger)
Former Calgary Flames head coach Brent Sutter speaks with media after a 3-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings in NHL action, March 28, 2012. His son, Brandon, was a first round draft pick of the Carolina Hurricanes in 2007 and plays centre for them. (QMI Agency/Lyle Aspinall)
Thomas Steen is a retired Swedish player and head coach who played for the Winnipeg Jets. Currently, Steen is a councillor for the Winnipeg ward of Elmwood-East Kildonan. One of his sons, Alexander Steen, currently plays left wing for the St. Louis Blues. (QMI Agency/Files)
Peter Stastny (left), seen here with Quebecor President and CEO Pierre Karl Peladeau, is a former Slovak hockey player who played in the NHL from 1980-1995. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1998. He has two sons following in his footsteps. Paul Stastny plays for the Colorado Avalanche and Yan Stastny played for Boston, St. Louis and Edmonton in the NHL and is currently playing for the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. (Jean-Francois Desgagnes/QMI Agency/Files)
The Colorado Avalanche might not be missing out on as many high-level players as you'd think.
"It’s (bleeping) terrible," said one Eastern Conference executive, speaking on the condition of anonymity. "This year’s draft has to be the worst draft in 12 years."
Hold it — the draft can’t be this bad can it?
Surely top prospects Nail Yakupov (Sarnia), Ryan Murray (Everett), Mikhail Grigorenko (Quebec) and Alex Galchenyuk (Sarnia) are going to be strong talents.
Everybody is going to do their mock drafts. But here’s one guarantee: Nobody is going to be right. This could go several different ways.
As the NHL prepares for its draft Friday and Saturday in Pittsburgh, the juiciest speculation centers on the fates of Rick Nash, Roberto Luongo and Jordan Staal rather than the future of the 18-year-olds who will be divided up over seven rounds.
A look at the Big Three of NHL trade rumors:
It's unclear whether any will be dealt before Friday, but historically significant deals are completed at the draft. Last year, the San Jose Sharks acquired Brent Burns from the Minnesota Wild and the Buffalo Sabres landed Robyn Regehr.
TSN has a look back at 50 years of Drafting. With a focus on the Eric Lindros saga.