Wheels on the Bus: Draft Day

Well, that took a lot longer than expected.

After a three-minute time limit was imposed on drafting teams, some thought the first round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft would take no longer than two hours. Three hours later, the first round hadn’t ended, and the hubbub about there being trades into the double digits was all for naught. All told, there were seven deals including players and a handful of picks-for-picks deals.

It wasn’t the biggest day as far as movement in the AHL goes, but a few years down the road you might be seeing a number of players from this year’s draft class getting some seasoning in the A.

TRANSACTIONS

  • Nino Neiderreiter spent the entirety of the 2012-13 season with the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers
    Former Isles/Sound Tigers forward Nino Niederreiter.

    Former Isles/Sound Tigers forward Nino Niederreiter.

    (74GP, 28-22-50). However, it became clear that the relationship between the Islanders and their first-round pick from 2010 was a bit strained. Rumours had swirled about El Nino looking for a new home, and it finally came to a head with the Isles shipping Neiderreiter to Minnesota in exchange for Cal Clutterbuck and a third-round pick, which became Eamon McAdam. Likely, this will spell the end of Nino in the AHL.

  • In a two-for-one deal that sent D Justin Falk to the New York Rangers, the Wild got a return of forward Benn Ferriero and sixth-round pick in 2014. Ferriero, 26, doesn’t currently have a deal for next season, but if the Wild sign him, look for him to spend some time with the Iowa Wild next year. In 57 AHL games last year — split between Wilkes-Barre Scranton and Connecticut — Ferriero put up eight goals and 22 assists.
  • Central Hockey League rookie of the year Mike Hellyer has signed a contract with the ECHL’s Bakersfield Condors, which will include a try-out deal with the Iowa Wild. Hellyer, 26, played his junior with the WHL’s Prince Albert Raiders before moving on to the University of Manitoba.

NOTES

Colby Cohen

Former Providence Bruins D Colby Cohen said goodbye to the AHL via Twitter.

  • Colby Cohen said goodbye to fans of both the Boston and Providence Bruins by way of Twitter:

Thanks eveyone, indeed.

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