Former All-Star Brad Hawpe was in camp with the Pirates this spring on a minor league deal, but Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that he was granted his outright release this morning. Hawpe batted .288/.384/.518 with a .902 OPS with the Rockies from 2006-2009, but his career has veered off track since. After…
Sorry conspiracy theorists, the Edmonton Oilers did not win the draft lottery. Instead it was the Toronto Maple Leafs who will be picking first in June after winning the NHL Draft Lottery on Saturday.
The Leafs had the best odds to win after finishing the regular season with the NHL's worst record. Behind them will be Winnipeg who jumped up to second.
Here is the full draft order:
11. New Jersey
Five of the top six picks in the draft are now held by Canadian teams.
By winning the lottery, the Maple Leafs will have the option of drafting forward Auston Matthews who is widely considered to be the top prospect in the draft. The irony of an American prospect going first overall to the biggest market in Canada should not be lost on anyone.
Edmonton finished the season with the second-worst record in the NHL, but did not win an unprecedented fifth time in seven years. The Oilers instead fell to No. 4 in the draft.
The NHL Draft will take place in Buffalo on June 24 and 25.
The Redskins added seven players in the draft class of 2016 and many of them share some common traits.
“I'm very excited about these guys, really,” Jay Gruden said to the media after the draft was over. “I think the theme is we got some football players. We got some versatile guys who can do a lot of different things. Tough guys, who love the game of football. We're excited about them, they all bring great attitude to this organization. They're going to play hard and they're good people.”
Gruden seems to be particularly impressed with a pair of defensive players, fifth-round lineman Matt Ioannidis out of Temple and inside linebacker Steven Daniels, a seventh-round pick out of Boston College.
“Steven Daniels is very tough,” said Gruden. “When he hits you, he thumps you.”
Like Daniels, Ioannidis was the captain of the defensive unit. Gruden said that he loved his relentless play and said that “he’s a tough guy.”
Ioannidis and Su’a Cravens, the team’s second-round pick out of USC, will both play a number of roles on defense. Ioannidis could add 15-20 pounds (he is listed at 299) and play nose tackle or he could play all along the line. Cravens is a dime linebacker but he could play outside linebacker and strong safety in other situations as well.
Gruden said that the Redskins were able to emphasize toughness and versatility because they weren’t buttonholed into being forced to draft particular positions because they didn’t have anyone there.
“We didn't have a lot of glaring needs, like 'oh, my gosh we're totally incompetent at this position,’” he said. “I felt really good about the depth on our footbal team already, now that the draft is about adding a lot of good football players and adding guys that are tough.”
The team used toughness and other factors as tiebreakers when selecting among players.
“When you're in the draft and it's close between a couple of different guys, the toughness, maybe the special teams factor, the versatility, being a captain, all that stuff factors into it,” said Gruden. “You're always going to err on the side of tough, loves football.”
Just a week into his Redskins tenure, new CB Josh Norman is enjoying the D.C. life, attending in the White House Correspondent's Dinner.
Norman came to the 'Skins with much fanfare; an unusual release from a franchise tag in Carolina made him a free agent and Washington swooped in quickly. Norman signed a massive five-year, $75 million contract, and is expected to start at cornerback this fall opposite Bashaud Breeland.
Just hours before donning his tuxedo and heading downtown, Norman was spotted at FedEx Field meeting Redskins rookies Josh Doctson, Su'a Cravens and Kendall Fuller.
It's been a busy day for Norman, and depending what you hear about #NerdProm, the night is just getting started.