Kane becomes second straight U.S.-born player selected first
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Oh, Canada! For the first time, Americans were taken with the top two picks in the NHL draft.
First, the Chicago Blackhawks, trying to rebuild a once-proud franchise after four consecutive losing seasons, selected Buffalo, N.Y., native Patrick Kane with the No. 1 pick Friday night. Then the Philadelphia Flyers picked left winger James vanRiemsdyk, a member of the U.S. National Team Development Program from Middletown, N.J.
"It's good to have the No. 1 and No. 2 picks," ...
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2007 NHL DRAFT
Americans made history, prospects' dreams came true ... and there was even a few NHL trades. Here's a recap of the NHL draft:
• Complete coverage
• Kane, vanRiemsdyk make American history
• Aliu makes his own history on Day 2
• Complete list of 2007 picks
• Fantasy: What future will bring for first-rounders
• Past No. 1 picks
WEEKEND TRADES• Predators' exodus continues with goalie Vokoun
• Sharks deal Toskala, Bell to Maple Leafs
• Trade Tracker