2009 NHL Draft: Live from Montreal [Open Thread]

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(streaming twitter widget at the bottom of the post)
(all pictures taken on site.  Too far away from the stage for a good pic, so I snapped the big screen.  It'll work for

now)

10:47
As we start to wind down toward the end here I'm noticing I don't have full profiles on some of the guys getting the call.  For the sake of steering you in the more informative direction, I'll link ya over to whichever team can provide the better coverage.

10:45
Chicago Blackhawks select Dylan Olsen (Second City Hockey for more)

10:40
Carolina Hurricanes select Philippe Paradis (check out Canes Country for more)

10:33

Anaheim Ducks take Kyle Palmieri (Pensburgh coverage)

10:27
The Boston Bruins take Jordan Caron (Pensburgh coverage)

10:20
Washington selects Marcus Johansson (Pensburgh coverage)

10:13
Calgary Flames take Tim Erixon (Pensburgh coverage)

10:07
Vancouver Canucks select Jordan Schroeder (Pensburgh coverage)

10:00
Columbus Blue Jackets select John Moore (Pensburgh coverage)

9:54
NJ takes Jacob Josefson (Pensburgh coverage)

9:51
Calgary sends 20th pick to NJ for 23 and 84.  NJ picking at the 20 spot right now.

9:44
New York Rangers take Chris Kreider (Pensburgh coverage)

9:35
Montreal takes Louis Leblanc (Pensburgh coverage)

9:28
The St. Louis Blues take David Rundblad (Pensburgh coverage)

9:25
Blue take Nick Leddy (Pensburgh coverage)

9:20
The Anaheim Ducks take Peter Holland (Pensburgh coverage)

9:15
Florida Panthers get Dmitri Kulikov (Pensburgh coverage)

9:02
Buffalo Sabres get Zack Kassian (Pensburgh coverage)

8:53
New York Islanders trade three picks to Minnesota (16, 77 and 182 in exchange for 12)  and select Calvin De Haan.  (Pensburgh coverage)

 

8:42
The Nashville Predators select Ryan Ellis (Pensburgh coverage)

8:35
The Oilers select Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson (Pensburgh coverage)

8:28
Ottawa Senators take Jared Cowen (Pensburgh coverage)

 

8:20
Stars take Scott Glennie (Pensburgh coverage)

8:12
The Toronto Maple Leafs select Nazem Kadri (Pensburgh coverage)

8:08
Phoenix Coyotes select Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Pensburgh coverage)

(Read on for more)

 

 

8:02
Trade announced between the Columbus and Islanders.  (Jackets Cannon)

7:56
The LA Kings take Brayden Schenn (Pensburgh coverage)

7:55
Before the LA Kings pick, the management gave huge props to Luc Robitaille.

7:50
Atlanta Thrashers select Evander Kane (Pensburgh coverage)

7:41
Colorado Avalanche take Matt Duchene (Pensburgh coverage)

7:35 
Chris Pronger announced as a Philadelphia Flyer.  Huge trade between Anaheim Ducks and Philadelphia Flyers.  Lots of picks swapped in this one.  Details available on Broad Street Hockey.

7:30
The Tampa Bay Lightning select Victor Hedman (Pensburgh coverage)

7:26
The Islanders take John Tavares.  (Pensburgh coverage)

7:14
Gary Bettman takes the stage to the soundtrack of boos.

7:05
Rumor has it Chris Pronger is going to the Flyers.  Nothing official yet but Darren Dreger is reporting it.

7:00
George Gillett, owner of the Montreal Canadiens, congratulated the Penguins and Red Wings for a great Stanley Cup Finals series.

6:55
The director of NHL scouting is up at the podium asking each team to announce their delegates for the draft pick.  The crowd erupted for two teams - Montreal Canadiens (obviously) and Pittsburgh Penguins.

6:30
Prospect Zack Kassian walks around the concourse and signs a few autographs

Even at the draft people are not a fan of Eklund.

5:15
Things are starting to get busy on the floor.  Teams filing in although things are still quiet around Pitt's table.

Here's a pic of the floor, picking up more traffic as we edge closer to 7pm.

4:45
Had a chance to stroll around a bit and take a few pics.  Started to get that sort of feeling that the silence and slow buzz of this place is only the calm before the storm.

Here's a pic of Lord Stanley, currently sitting in the basement of the Bell Centre.

A pic of the interview area where players will be bombarded by the press in less than 3 hrs.

3:05
A few pics to get the day started. 

Georges Laraque outside at some sort of makeshift rink.

Main entrance to the arena.

A blurry picture of the floor (better ones to come)



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