Ducks have special interest in Flyers-Bruins Game 7 Friday
The hockey world is awaiting the result of Friday’s seventh game between the Flyers and Bruins to see who will advance to face Montreal in the Eastern Conference finals, but the Ducks have a higher stake in the outcome than most observers.
The Ducks acquired the Flyers’ first-round draft pick as part of the trade that sent Chris Pronger to Philadelphia last summer, and Friday’s result will have an impact on when they will exercise that pick.
If the Flyers lose, that pick will be No. 15. But if the Flyers win, it could be from 27th to 30th.
Here’s why, courtesy of Ducks spokesman Alex Gilchrist.
The first 14 picks—the non-playoff teams—were determined through a draft drawing and in inverse order of points earned during the season.
The remaining picks will be determined according to playoff results. Teams eliminated in the first two rounds who weren't division champions in the regular season will choose in inverse order of points. They’re followed by teams that were eliminated in rounds one and two who were division champions in the regular season, in inverse order of points.
Picks 27 and 28 will go to the teams that lose in the conference finals, in inverse order of points. Pick 29 will go to the loser of the Stanley Cup finals, and pick No. 30 will go to the Cup champion.
So there’s a lot at stake Friday for the Ducks, who also have their own first-round pick (No. 12) in the entry draft, which will be held June 25-26 at Staples Center.
The Canadian Press did a nice feature today on former King Mike Cammalleri, who is still fondly remembered here after being traded to Calgary in 2008.
That deal, to refresh your memory, sent Cammalleri and a second-round pick in the 2008 draft to the Flames for a first-round pick in 2008 and a second-round pick in 2009. The Kings later traded that first-round pick to the Ducks for the 12th overall pick—which they traded to Buffalo in another deal that gave them the 13th pick.
With the 12th pick the Sabres chose defenseman Tyler Myers, one of three finalists for rookie of the year honors. With the 13th pick the Kings took defenseman Colten Teubert, who hasn’t made it to the NHL yet.