Oilers tab Nugent-Hopkins with No. 1 overall pick


Oilers tab Nugent-Hopkins with No. 1 overall pick

Friday, June 24, 2011
Posted: 11:38 p.m.

By Tim Panaccio

St. PAUL, Minn. No one wants to see Ryan Nugent-Hopkins go back to junior for a fourth year.

And if youre Edmonton general manager Steve Tambellini, with a young, upcoming team that should have been in the playoffs and wasnt last season, how do you tell your fan base the kid you just drafted No. 1 overall isnt going to be on your roster?

Thats the dilemma facing the Oilers, who chose the Red Deer centerman Friday night in the NHL draft and Xcel Energy Center.

And the truth, the Oilers dont seem inclined to feel Nugent-Hopkins has to play just right now, anyway.

The 6-foot-2, 164-pound pivot had a whopping 106 points in 69 games last season, which makes it hard not to play him.

From what I've heard, Steve's in no rush to get me playing, Nugent-Hopkins said. But if I do go back to Junior, I won't be disappointed at all. It will be a great opportunity for us, Red Deer, as a team to hopefully to get to the Memorial Cup.

Personally, it will be a good year of development for me too, but my goal now is to make the Oilers right now.

Colorado, picking second, chose Kitchener left wing Gabriel Landeskog, after a bit of a delay. There had been talk about the Flyers dealing to get the third pick held by Florida, but that did not materialize.

The Panthers chose St. John center Jonathan Huberdeau. Central Scouting had five players from St. John ranked among the top 20 North Americans.

New Jersey, which was said to be thinking of trading its pick and was looking for defensive help, sat tight and took Swedish defenseman Adam Larsson from Skelleftea.

The Islanders, picking fifth, chose Niagara center Ryan Strome.

Ottawa selected center Mika Zibanejad from Djurgarden in Sweden with the sixth pick. Hes called the Persian Prince. His father is Iranian; his mother Finnish.

The Winnipeg Jets (former Atlanta Thrashers) yep, they took the name back had the seventh pick and chose Barrie center Mark Scheifele.

When the Jets passed on center Sean Couturier, the Flyers grabbed him at No. 8.

The Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins took defenseman Dougie Hamilton from Niagara, while host Minnesota plucked Swedish defenseman Jonas Brodin at 10th.

In honor of late Flyers assistant coach, E.J. McGuire, who ran Central Scouting and the draft for a long time, his wife and two daughters opened the draft at the podium.

Classy move by The Commish, Gary Bettman.

The San Jose Sharks acquired defenseman Brent Burns from Minnesota for forward Devin Setoguchi, Charlie Coyle and the 28th pick, a steep price indeed. Brian Campbell, who was a big fan of Dale Tallon, agreed to waive his no-trade clause to go to Florida to be reunited with Tallon, the ex-GM of Chicago. The deal was still in the works on Friday and not complete, and represented a 7.1 million cap hit salary dump for the Hawks. Chicago also sent restricted free agent winger Troy Brouwer to Washington for the 26th pick (Phillip Danault).
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Watch: The Phillies pulled off the old double steal


Watch: The Phillies pulled off the old double steal

The Philadelphia Phillies are attempting to salvage something in Detroit this after noon as they take on the Tigers. The Fightins got on the board early and hold a 2-0 lead midway through the second.

After a Peter Bourjos single scored Ryan Howard, Odubel Herrera came up to bat and didn't even have to move to get another run in.

The Phillies pulled off a double steal with Bourjos taking second which allowed Andres Blanco to come home easily.

With the Phils showing such little pop at the plate this season, a little hustle and ingenuity is needed.

Today's lineup: Phillies try to salvage game against struggling Anibal Sanchez


Today's lineup: Phillies try to salvage game against struggling Anibal Sanchez

Justin Verlander mowed down the Phillies last night in a 3-1 Tigers victory, but the Phils have a chance to strike back this afternoon against a struggling pitcher who hasn't had much career success against them.

Anibal Sanchez will take the hill for the Tigers and oppose Aaron Nola in today's series finale (1:10 p.m. on CSN). To say Sanchez hasn't had a great start to his season would be an understatement. He's 3-5 with a 6.32 ERA and opponents are batting .270 against him.

In his career against the Phillies, Sanchez is just 4-8 with a 4.94 ERA. Granted, most of those numbers came in the early part of his career with the Florida Marlins, when he regularly faced powerful Phillies lineups. As one might expect, Ryan Howard, who is again in the lineup today as the designated hitter and batting fifth, has seen Sanchez plenty of times. His 42 at-bats against Sanchez are tied for third-most against the 32-year-old righty. Howard's done OK against Sanchez — 9 for 31 (.290 average) with two homers and four RBI. Maybe some familiarity will finally lead to a breakout game for Howard. But, if his massive slump is any indication, maybe not.

For as poor as Sanchez's start to the season has been, Aaron Nola's first six weeks of 2016 have been at the other end of the spectrum.

Today's Phillies starter is 3-3 with a 2.85 ERA. But he's been better than those numbers show.

His .900 WHIP is third in the NL, as is his 5.82 strikeout-to-walk ratio. His 6.45 hits allowed per nine innings is fourth in the NL, as is his 1.65 walks per nine innings. His 64 strikeouts rank eighth in the NL. Imagine if he got more than the 2.89 runs of support he's been getting in his starts.

As for the rest of the Phillies' lineup today, the only changes see Andres Blanco getting the start for Cesar Hernandez, batting seventh and Cameron Rupp behind the plate, batting sixth.

1. Odubel Herrera CF
2. Freddy Galvis SS
3. Maikel Franco 3B
4. Tommy Joseph 1B
5. Ryan Howard DH
6. Cameron Rupp C
7. Andres Blanco 2B
8. Tyler Goeddell LF
9. Peter Bourjos 1B

1. Cameron Maybin CF
2. J.D. Martinez RF
3. Miguel Cabrera DH
4. Victor Martinez 1B
5. Nick Castellanos 3B
6. Steven Moya LF
7. James McCann C
8. Mike Aviles 2B
9. Jose Iglesias SS

Watch: Miguel Cabrera gives Jeremy Hellickson thumbs up for fooling him on nasty pitch


Watch: Miguel Cabrera gives Jeremy Hellickson thumbs up for fooling him on nasty pitch

The Phillies once again couldn't find much offense and fell to the Tigers in Detroit last night by a final of 3-1.

But at least the pitching showed something.

There was a fun moment between Jeremy Hellickson and Miguel Cabrera after Hellickson threw quite a nice pitch that fooled Miggy.

Here's how Jim Salisbury described the fun battle:

Hellickson served up a down-the-middle fastball to Miguel Cabrera in the first inning and Cabrera swatted it for an RBI double. He has four RBIs in the first two games against the Phillies.
In the third inning, Hellickson struck Cabrera out on a nasty changeup for the third out. The pitch was so good that Cabrera flashed Hellickson a thumbs-up before spiking his helmet to the ground.
Hellickson’s changeup has been very good lately.
“I really feel comfortable with it right now and I’m throwing it for a lot of strikes,” he said.

And here's the thumbs up: