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Umberger in Columbus, Sbisa in Philly

Friday, June 20, 2008

So Umby is sent to the Blue Jackets for the 19th overall pick.  I can’t say I’m surprised.  From reading between the lines in various articles and blogs regarding Holmgren’s contract negotiations with the 26-year-old forward, things were not going smoothly.  And given Umberger’s proven ability to stick to his guns in negotiations with tough GMs – see his dealings with former Canucks’ GM Brian Burke – it makes sense that Holmgren chose to trade rather than lose a player for nothing.

The Flyers take Swiss defenseman Luca Sbisa with the 19th overall selection in 2008 Entry Draft. For the NHL’s video on Sbisa:

I know I cite Bill Meltzer often.  However, he’s a specializes in prospects and writes the Across the Pond column for NHL.com.  Therefore, I think he’s a great source for information about European draft pick like Sbisa.

Other takes:

Kyle Woodlief of the Red Line Report – Scouting the draft’s top defensemen
TSN – Luca Sbisa Player Bio
NHL.com – Sbisa happy with decision to give WHL a shot
Hockey’s Future – 2008 Prospects: Zach Boychuk and Luca Sbisa
Steal Your Faceoff – With the 19th pick in the 2008 Draft the Philadelphia Flyers
and, ironically, from ColumbusBlueJackets.com – Get to know Luca Sbisa

Selecting a top-ranked defenseman is huge for the Flyers.  While well-stocked at forwards (they have massive depth even without Umberger and Potulny), the Flyers lack strong prospects on defense and in goal.  Sbisa additionally could prove a top 4 D with a skill set similar to Braydon Coburn’s.

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