Friday, June 19, 2009

Friday Fillers....

  • The NBA Draft is approaching and the Wolves have three picks in the first round (#6, 18, and 28). Lots of analysis is available. This piece by Chad Ford puts the draft prospects into tiers; here is Ford's latest mock draft; ESPN's top 100 prospects; CNNSI's mock draft. Any way the Wolves will see Ricky Rubio fall to them at #6? It looks unlikely now......
  • Speaking of the Wolves, two rumors surfaced in the past week surrounding Al Jefferson and Kevin Love. The Jefferson move would be disastrous to a rebuilding franchise and do nothing to improve the current roster. The Love rumor is simply not going to happen. New basketball operations chief David Kahn has apparently denied the Jefferson rumor, and that is the right move in my book.
  • The NHL Draft is also approaching, and the Central Scouting Bureau has released its final North American rankings. Gopher Jordan Schroeder is ranked fifth, incoming Gophers Zach Budish (22) and Nick Leddy (24) are also rated high. The Wild pick 12th. Three mock drafts from are linked. Schroeder, Budish, and Leddy are featured prominently in these guesses.
  • The NHL also handed out its hardware on Thursday night, and it was a big night for the Boston Bruins who took home the Norris (Zdeno Chara), Jack Adams (coach Claude Julien), and Vezina (Tim Thomas) trophies. I love that the NHL still attached names to the trophies and only wish that the old divisional and conference names will one day re-appear. It sounds better to be "Prince of Wales Conference Champions" than "Eastern Conference Champions."
  • Check out my continued Twins coverage on I write almost daily on all things Twins and have focused the last week on the starting pitching.

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