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Offseason Flurries: Draft time approaches

As the draft gets closer, time to start sending in your requests

Nashville Predators v Colorado Avalanche - Game Six Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

I contemplated not doing a Flurries for today, my friends, because we’re actually that slow right now.

‘Tis the dead season, my friends. With just one game a night left in the postseason - and only so many different ways to re-write the same storylines about the goaltending getting wonky in late rounds or Vegas overplaying everyone’s expectations - things are getting pretty slow.

For those of you who wanted some additional reading, though, here’s what I’ve got for you. We’ll keep it short and sweet, and hopefully things will pick back up when draft season really gets into full swing.

For starters, now is the time to start letting us know what you want from your draft coverage! More profiles, roundtables on who to pick where, Q and A’s with coaches or scouts, statistical breakdowns... you name it. Let us know, using the comments, Twitter, or Facebook.

Speaking of draft profiles, going to re-push this great look at how Ivan Shvyrev - a draft pick from last summer - compares to other Russians in their own respective junior careers. [Mile High Hockey]

We’ve also got a look at what Calvin De Haan could bring to the team if he was brought on in free agency, bolstering Colorado’s blue line. [MHH]

As for current players, Mikko Rantanen is set to take on Team USA at Worlds coming up, which is super neat and should be a lot of fun. [MHH]

By the way, here’s the tool you bookmark for the rest of the summer:

CapFriendly has done some amazing work over the last few years, providing us with salary info, draft rules, expansion information, and everything from waiver primers to buyout calculators.

In playoff news, the now-eliminated Nashville Predators gave out their injury list:

We also learned that Scott Hartnell will not be offered another deal by the Predators for next season. Which, while I’m a big Scott Hartnell fan, my reaction is... duh.

The Washington Capitals are up 2-0 in their series, and Lars Eller has been a big reason why. So here’s a cool look at how he’s gotten there. [NHL on NBC]

Finally, some bad news about an Avalanche prospect:

For reference, this is what took him out:

Hoping for a full and speedy recovery there!