CHL Import Draft
The CHL holds it's import draft today. You can follow the draft live here
The first selections are already in and are as follows
1. Moncton Ivan Barbashev Left Wing
2. Prince Albert Leon Draisaitl Left Wing
3. Erie Oscar Dansk Goaltender
4. Gatineau Martin Reway Left Wing
5. Prince George Joonas Korpisalo Goaltender
6. Kingston Mikko Vainonen Left Defence
The Erie Otters have added two franchise players from the drafts this summer by selecting Connor McDavid in the Priority Draft after he was granted exceptional status, and now goalie Oscar Dansk, who was selected 31st overall in the NHL entry draft by Columbus.
As the Schultz sweepstakes heats up now he has permission to speak to teams many believe the top suitor to be his home town Vancouver Canucks. Some believe the Toronto Maple Leafs hold the lead with his former teammate and close friend Jake Gardiner recruiting him. Elliotte Friedman said in this weeks 30 thoughts article that the Leafs were allowed a window to speak to Schultz in an attempt to sign him early. There would have been compensation should Toronto have been successful. Knowing how Burke operates, I am sure he would have been happy to build good will with Anaheim and provide some compensation as opposed to stealing him away for free on July first. As Toronto was obviously unsuccessful in signing Schultz at the draft it would lead me to believe that Schultz has already identified his destination of choice, and it is not Toronto.
As I mentioned yesterday there are several players who did not receive qualifying offers and as a result will become unrestricted free agents on July first. Wolski is one I missed yesterday who I feel can have significant fantasy value. After suffering a terrible season where he was injured and in Rangers Head Coach John Tortorella's dog house frequently. Wolski was traded to Florida where he had a brief and early hot streak during his honeymoon with the Panthers but quickly faded as he often does.
Assuming he receives a NHL contract it will be well below his previous salary of $3.8 million. That fact alone will raise his value in capped fantasy leagues. Wolski would be worthy of a late round pick in a fantasy draft as he no doubt will slide into late rounds after his poor season. Assuming he has another hot start with his new team in October his fantasy value will quickly rise. That is your window of opportunity to trade him before he cools off for a more reliable asset.
There are rumors that the Toronto Maple Leafs have not offered Korbinian Holzer a qualifying offer as of yet. This would be a shocking move as he is valued highly and widely regarded as NHL ready. The only reasonable explanation I could think of for this if it is true would be because Toronto has already agreed to terms on a new contract that will be signed and announced prior to July first.
An article in the Toronto Sun would refute this rumor as it suggested that all prominent Toronto RFA's received a qualifying offer.
"The other Leafs who were due qualifying offers – defenceman Cody Franson and forward Matt Frattin — got them, Nonis confirmed. So did possible important pieces of the future, including goalies Ben Scrivens and Jussi Rynnas and defenceman Korbinian Holzer."
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