Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL June 27, 2014

John Grieshop

For those interested National Post has a Mock Draft of their Top Ten.

Scouts say there is no superstar sitting atop the 2014 NHL draft class, but the 30 teams will still divide up the available talent starting tonight. Post hockey writer Michael Traikos takes a look at one way the top 10 picks could fall

A potential Draftee is already tired of Twitter. Sam Reinhart has proclaimed himself done with Twitter.

In this era of selfies and spectacle, Reinhart sets it aside. The 18-year-old, a potential No. 1 pick in the National Hockey League draft on Friday, never used it much anyway, and tired of people pestering him to tweet on their behalf, looking to latch on to his percolating fame.

Soon-to-be NHL players bonded in Philadelphia ahead of Friday's entry draft, eating cheesesteak sandwiches and visiting iconic spots from the movie "Rocky." Defenceman Aaron Ekblad says his fellow prospects have "great personalities."

"It was never for me," said Reinhart, a modest but not introverted young man who was captain of his Western Hockey League team, the Kootenay Ice, and two gold-medal-winning under-18 national teams. "There's no benefit to having it."

The Free Agency Day is starting to get attention.

Last week, we pointed out that a team looking for a steal in the free agent market should snap up Radim Vrbata if they could get him for anything like his 2013-14 salary of $3,000,000.


However, Benoit Pouliot might be an even better buy.


At first glance, Pouliot's numbers are solid but unexceptional. Over the past three years, he has scored 39 goals and 49 assists playing for the Rangers, Bruins and Lightning. But those humdrum stats belie some impressive productivity.

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