Mourinho using agent friend to negotiate for Osimhen, two Lille stars

Posted On Sep 24 2020 by

first_img Lille sports chief Campos is close to Mourinho, having worked with him at Porto and Real Madrid. SoccerLink reports the pair are using their relationship to discuss several of LOSC’s players – namely goalkeeper Mike Maignan, midfielder Boubakary Soumare and striker Victor Osimhen.Advertisement Tottenham boss, Jose Mourinho, is holding talks with good friend Luis Campos about his summer transfer plans for three Lille players. Mourinho, knowing he faces stiff competition, fancies all three players, while Campos is eager to negotiate healthy prices for their sales. read also:Osimhen, Soumare valuable enough for Liverpool – Sissoko The priorities are Maignan and Soumare for Mourinho, while Osimhen could be priced out of their reach after a bid from Chelsea arrived at the beginning of this week. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentEd Sheeran’s 8 Best Collaborations10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too SoonTop 10 Iconic Personalities On TV Now9 Movie Scenes That Got Re-Shot Because Viewers Didn’t Like ThemTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do12 Marvel Superheroes Before The FameWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Playing Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually Truelast_img read more


Historic Hoosier Hills Resource Conservation & Development announces event

Posted On Sep 23 2020 by

first_imgRising Sun, In. — Historic Hoosier Hills Resource Conservation & Development will their Annual Dinner & Meeting Friday, May 17 in the Rising Sun Historical Museum. Gary Truitt from Hoosier Ag Today will be the featured speaker.Tickets are $25. For more information please call 812-689-4107.last_img


Rojo set for Man Utd debut

Posted On Sep 21 2020 by

first_imgManchester United defender Marcos Rojo is in line to make his debut against QPR after finally being granted a work permit. Rojo’s paperwork has now been signed off and he is therefore available to feature in United’s next game, which is against QPR a week on Sunday. United tweeted on Thursday: “The UK Border Agency has agreed to grant #mufc defender @MarcosRojo5 a visa and he will therefore be available to face QPR on 14 September.” The 24-year-old played in Argentina’s 4-2 win over Germany on Wednesday night. United’s record signing Angel di Maria starred in the friendly win, which was a re-run of World Cup final. The £59.7million signing set up three goals and found the net himself in Argentina’s victory over the world champions in Dusseldorf. The club’s other marquee signing, Radamel Falcao, is looking forward to playing alongside ex-Real Madrid star Di Maria, who he knows from their time in the Spanish league together. “Angel is a fantastic player,” the former Atletico Madrid man told reporters in Miami ahead of Colombia’s clash with Brazil at the Sun Life Stadium. “I love the way he plays, I really do. I am very excited to be a team-mate of his and also to be part of Manchester United.” Falcao’s loan move to Old Trafford was the biggest shock of deadline day. United signed Rojo from Sporting Lisbon on August 19, but he had to miss the games against Sunderland, MK Dons and Burnley as he was unable to obtain a work permit. The Argentina international had to travel to Madrid for an interview regarding his permit because of an alleged altercation with a neighbour in his homeland four years ago. The 28-year-old’s loan deal, which was announced at 1:30am on Tuesday, was seen as a last-gasp coup by the Red Devils, but Falcao said United and Monaco had been in discussions over a possible deal for a long time. “We have been in talks with the club for some months and, in the end, we were able to reach an agreement with Monaco on the last day of the transfer deadline,” he said. “I am happy at Manchester United.” Despite a summer spending spree that eventually cost the club £150million, United have made a poor start to the season. Louis van Gaal is without a win after three league matches and he also suffered the embarrassment of a 4-0 reverse to MK Dons in the Capital One Cup. Falcao thinks United possess a strong team spirit which will help them overcome their troubles though. “I haven’t had the opportunity to speak with the players but, although they are stars, they are also footballers that play for the team to achieve the common goals of the group,” Falcao said. “I am sure this will be the basis of our success and in any team that wants to achieve important things.” Press Associationlast_img read more


Zuckerberg to WaPo: Governments Should Police Internet

Posted On Sep 20 2020 by

first_imgFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is calling for more outside regulation in a few areas in […]last_img


Port St. Lucie man arrested after machete attack

Posted On Sep 20 2020 by

first_imgPolice have arrested a Port St. Lucie man who allegedly chased another man with a machete and knife.Police say, 31-year-old Kevon Clarke was arrested Sunday on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.Port St. Lucie police Sgt. Lisa Marie Carrasquillo said police responded to a 911 call on Southwest Kimball Circle about 5:30 p.m. When officers arrived, witnesses told them Clarke attacked the victim and then chased him outside with a machete and a knife.Carrasquillo said the victim managed to get away from Clarke and hide. The victim had minor injuries.Police then arrested Clarke and recovered both weapons.Police do not know why Clarke attacked the victim.last_img read more


Cricket News Melbourne T20I abandoned due to rain, Australia maintain 1-0 lead against India

Posted On Sep 19 2020 by

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Over 60,000 fans turned up to catch a glimpse of Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team ahead of the game against Australia. However, they had to encounter disappointment in Melbourne’s fickle weather as persistent rain forced the second game to be declared a no result. With this, Aaron Finch’s maintain their 1-0 lead against India heading into the final game in Sydney on Sunday. The rain interruptions spoiled what could have been an intriguing contest between the two sides on a sluggish pitch and in overcast conditions. The Indian bowlers put up a much-improved performance against an Australian side that clearly struggled to get going in tough conditions.Read More | India v Australia 2nd t20 highlights: Rain forces game to be abandonedIn cold and overcast conditions, Virat Kohli inserted Australia in and immediately found success when Bhuvneshwar Kumar got rid of Aaron Finch for a first-ball duck. Bhuvneshwar, along with Khaleel Ahmed and Jasprit Bumrah, got plenty of swing from the wicket and bounce and Australia’s top order were found wanting.Read More | Mithali Raj’s omission for World T20 semi-final raises questionsIn the third over, India’s sloppy fielding came to the fore as Rishabh Pant dropped D’Arcy Short on 7 off Bhuvneshwar while Bumrah parried a top-edge from Chris Lynn over the fine leg fence for a six. Both Lynn and Short struggled to get their timing going and Khaleel got the big wicket of Lynn when the batsman sliced a full ball to deep cover. The left-arm pacer struck again in his second over as Short dragged a delivery back on to the stumps to depart for 14.Bumrah also joined in the fun as Stoinis’upper-cut found Dinesh Karthik at deep backward point. After the end of the powerplay, Krunal Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav choked the Australian batting and Krunal made amends for his poor show in Brisbane by getting rid of Maxwell for 19. Australia continued to lose wickets and it seemed they would be bowled out for a low score.McDermott hangs inHowever, Ben McDermott, who struggled against Kuldeep and Krunal, hung in and broke the shackles by sweeping Kuldeep for a boundary to backward square leg. Nathan Coulter-Nile chipped in with an aggressive cameo by launching sixes off Kuldeep and Bhuvneshwar.The 18th over of the innings, bowled by Khaleel, gave Australia momentum. Andrew Tye hit two boundaries and McDermott finished the innings with a six as 19 runs were hit. McDermott guided Bumrah to the third man fence for a boundary in the 19th over but the rain came and it was the start of a stop-start evening.Rain spoils the funWhen Bumrah was bowling the 19th over, the rain had picked up and Virat Kohli wanted to leave. However, the umpires did not allow and after the end of the over, the players exited the field. Kohli was involved in an animated conversation with the umpire as the rain lasted long enough for the Australian innings to be truncated.After a 50-minute rain delay, the revised target as per the DLS method was 90 in 11 overs. The ground was ready and the Australian players had marched out on the field but the rain returned again. After a further delay, there was slight hope for a five-over game. With the cut-off time for a five-over game at 10:02 Melbourne time, the rain had eased off and covers were being removed. However, any chances of a resumption were dashed when it rained again and the game was called off. last_img read more


Europa: Lookman Scores Brace as Everton Beats Apollon

Posted On Sep 17 2020 by

first_imgAdemola Lookman scored twice as a weakened Everton team beat Apollon Limassol to end their failed Europa League campaign with their only win.With Sunday’s Liverpool derby in mind, the Toffees made 11 changes from the victory over Huddersfield, while manager Sam Allardyce did not travel because of a medical appointment. Lookman headed in Nikola Vlasic’s cross from close range and fired in a 25-yard second for the already eliminated Toffees, who gave debuts to five youngsters.Vlasic added a late third, nipping the ball past Apollon’s defence to slot home.Everton have won three games in a row, all under different managers – caretaker boss David Unsworth, Allardyce and, in Cyprus, newly appointed first-team coach Craig Shakespeare.Victory means they do not finish bottom of the group, overtaking winless Apollon, and avoid becoming the first English team to not win a Europa League group game.Atalanta won Group E, beating Lyon 1-0 in Italy.None of the 11 players who started in Nicosia are likely to line up against Liverpool at Anfield, but Lookman will have improved his chances of being involved from the bench on Sunday (14:15 GMT).The 20-year-old had not scored in his previous 20 matches, a run going back to his only other goal for the club, a debut strike against Manchester City in January.He had a bright first half, and could have scored earlier after being picked out by a wonderful Davy Klaassen pass. The former Charlton player took too long on the ball, switching feet and shooting at keeper Tasos Kissas.But he made no mistake with their opening goal, heading into the roof of the net from Vlasic’s cross after the young Croat’s one-two with Kevin Mirallas.Lookman smashed home a wonderful second from outside the box, from Mirallas’ pass, with Kissas only able to parry it into the top corner.After the break, he had one hat-trick chance but was denied by the keeper from a wide angle with Vlasic – another 20-year-old – free in the centre four yards from goal.Vlasic – whose only previous Everton goal had been against Apollon at home – scored a late third after using his pace to run in on goal before placing the ball through the legs of Kissas.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more


Wendy Shay to rock Accra tonight at Legon Cities, Olympics Val’s Day clash; free for ‘ladies in red’

Posted On Aug 29 2020 by

first_imgDespite a winless start to the season so far, Legon Cities have certainly captured the attention of football fans in the country with their exploits off the field.Having already had ‘Dancehall King’  Shatta Wale thrill fans at the Accra Sports Stadium in their match against Asante Kotoko, Kwesi Arthur against Ashgold and Medikal against Bechem United, Legon Cities aren’t letting up one bit.With the club forced to use the Accra Sports Stadium as their new home ground for the new season, Legon Cities are taking full advantage of the increased seating space.Shatta Wale thrilled fans at the Accra Sports Stadium. Photo: Yaw Antwi OwusuFor their fourth home game of the season the side, which until the start of the current season, used to be Wa All Stars, has booked another major act to perform for fans mid-game.One of Ghana’s biggest female acts at the moment, Wendy Shay is set to perform at the game against Accra Great Olympics tonight.With both sides enjoying lots of attention on social media and with both basically playing at home tonight, Wendy Shay’s performance will be the cherry on top of what is expected to be a very exciting match.The match against Great Olympics will be played tonight at 7pm under the floodlights at the Accra Sports Stadium.According to the home side, entry will be free for “all the ladies in red” while all fans will be given chocolate.Given the massive success of Shatta Wale’s performance, the massive excitement generated by the Kwesi Arthur and the fervour generated from Medikal’s match-winning cameo, it appears that Legon Cities have found a gold mine that they won’t be dropping any time soon.Popular Stand tickets for the match are selling for GH₵10, Center Line tickets for GH₵15 with Upper and Lower VIP tickets being sold at GH₵25. VIP tickets for the game will cost GH₵30.last_img read more


Struggling? ‘No, I’m not,’ Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen says

Posted On Aug 26 2020 by

first_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season “It’s not like I’m walking people left and right, my strikeout rate is down, batting average against is, like, 4.000. It’s not like I’m getting my brains beat out. Listen, it’s okay, man. … You make mistakes. You learn from them and you move on.”The short memory required of a closer apparently doesn’t affect Jansen’s recall of his own statistics.“It’s early, I only have 11 innings,” he said. “As a reliever, you’re going to see the ERA at 3.00 or whatever. It’s easy for people to say he’s struggling. No, I’m not. My batting average (against) is below .200. My WHIP is below 1.00. Slugging is below .300.”Jansen is right on nearly every count. His ERA might be 3.09 (in 11-2/3 innings before Tuesday) but his strikeout rate is 12.3 – a significant jump from last year when he really did struggle and more in line with his career rate (13.5). Opposing hitters are batting .190 against him and his WHIP is indeed 0.86.What he does kick himself for is not going against the analytics and throwing a 3-and-2 slider to Thames. Instead, he went with the scouting report – and regretted it. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire CHICAGO — Milwaukee Brewers bullpen ace Josh Hader gave up four runs in two appearances against the Dodgers over the weekend, allowing game-deciding home runs to Kiké Hernandez and Cody Bellinger and taking two losses.“Are you going to say Josh Hader is struggling now?” Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen said. “He’s one of the best relievers in the game.”Jansen has given up runs in five of his past six appearances. But don’t try to tell him he’s struggling, either.“Sunday was a mistake,” he said of the pitch selection that he believes led to Eric Thames’ game-tying three-run home run. “Thursday was a meaningless homer. The other one was an unearned run because – stuff happens. The other one, (Reds outfielder Matt Kemp) beat the shift. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img “The sequence was too predictable against Thames,” he said. “Too predictable. Up, up, up. It was so predictable.”Despite the bruises his ERA has taken over the past week, Sunday was his first blown save in eight opportunities. The Dodgers came back to win in the ninth inning and Jansen struck out the side in the bottom of the inning to close it out.“Best I’ve felt (physically) in a while. Confidence is good. Mechanics feel great,” he said, going through it as a checklist. “I’m looking at some tape and I’m aware what (hitters) are looking for from me. Now, I’m aware of where I have to go now to set them up.”MOWED DOWNLeft-hander Rich Hill must have left some minor-league hitters traumatized Monday at the Dodgers’ extended spring training camp.In his second rehab outing, Hill faced 19 hitters in six innings at Camelback Ranch. He struck out 16 and, by his count, allowed just three balls in play – two ground outs and “a jam-shot base hit.”Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Hill pronounced himself ready to join the Dodgers’ rotation following his first rehab start for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. The Dodgers now agree. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Hill is “penciled in” to start Sunday against the Pittsburgh Pirates at home.“I’m excited,” Hill said after rejoining the team in Chicago on Tuesday. “We’ve been playing great. Guys are throwing the ball really well and obviously swinging the bats great. So you want to be a part of it. You want to get out there and contribute. Earn your keep, so to speak.”Hill said he has had no problems with his left knee. He sprained the medial collateral ligament on March 17 and wore a brace on the knee during both rehab outings.“It feels great. I don’t even think about it,” Hill said. “I’ll wear the brace because you don’t want anything to happen. You don’t want to make a slip and then kick yourself for not wearing it. It’s very light. When I’m pitching, it’s almost like it’s not there.”UP NEXTDodgers (RHP Walker Buehler, 2-0, 5.40 ERA) at Cubs (LHP Cole Hamels, 3-0, 2.77 ERA), Wednesday, 5 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), 570 AMlast_img read more


NHL mock draft 2019: Avalanche thank Senators for Jack Hughes at No. 1; Flyers, Kings take wings

Posted On Aug 26 2020 by

first_imgNHL mock draft 2019, version 1.01. Colorado Avalanche (via Ottawa): Jack Hughes, C, U.S. NTDPUnfathomable as it seems, the Avalanche actually need this superior playmaker more than one would think. Hughes and Nathan MacKinnon should give them the elite 1-2 punch required to challenge for multiple Stanley Cups.2. Los Angeles Kings: Kaapo Kakko, RW, TPS Turku (SM-Liiga)Kakko’s mix of finesse with power will one day make fans in Los Angeles look back on this dreadful season as the end of the beginning. He’s NHL ready as we speak.THE HYPE ABOUT JACK HUGHES U.S. NTDP’s latest star product has the NHL’s attention3. Philadelphia Flyers: Vasili Podkolzin, LW, SKA-Neva (VHL)A tough-as-nails throwback with the confidence of a veteran, Podkolzin’s ability to change the outcome of a game comes in many forms.4. Detroit Red Wings: Alex Turcotte, C, U.S. NTDPThe draft’s best two-way center plays like a candidate for first overall. The Red Wings like speed and 200-foot play from their centers, and few teens do it better than Turcotte in 2019. 5. Chicago Blackhawks: Matt Boldy, LW, U.S. NTDPBoldy’s clean, no-nonsense style and selfless puck distribution will make everyone around him better. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/c5/9/dylan-cozens-011119-getty-ftrjpg_3q1enpub161i1ooqgl7eeujam.jpg?t=1055346272&w=500&quality=80 Beecher can be an unstoppable freight train when in full flight, but he’s also an exceptional penalty killer with tenacity and consistent effort.31. Tampa Bay Lightning: Anttoni Honka, D, JyP (SM-Liiga)One of the candidates earmarked for a draft-day fall, Honka still owns elite vision and playmaking skills that proved to be too advanced for Finland’s top junior league. Although most general managers and scouting directors have long regarded the later stages of the NHL Draft as a latent source of future players, the overwhelming majority of the league’s best and brightest stars were selected in the first round. And in spite of significant advances in the ability to scout and evaluate prospects from hockey’s traditional locales, most cornerstone figures for every successful franchise throughout recent NHL history were first-round picks.How important is keeping a first-round pick? Well, consider that 20 of the 23 scoring champions since the undrafted Wayne Gretzky won his last Art Ross in 1993-94 were selected in the first round. Of those 20, only one was drafted after sixth overall, and that was Calgary’s Jarome Iginla, whom Dallas selected 11th overall in 1995. 21. Columbus Blue Jackets: Matthew Robertson, D, Edmonton (WHL)Robertson doesn’t grab as many headlines as a fellow WHL rearguard like Byram, but he can look just as poised and confident. He has ideal size, but it’s his brain that separates him from most draft-eligible rearguards.22. Vegas Golden Knights: Philip Broberg, D, AIK (Allsvenskan)It’s never a question of when an aggressive puck mover like Broberg will attack deep into opposing territory. The issue will be telling him to slow down.23. New York Islanders: Ryder Donovan, C/W, Duluth-East (HS-Minn.)Lou loves big Americans, so why not take a towering forward who can play both center and the wing? Donovan oozes big-time potential and can fill a variety of roles.24. Pittsburgh Penguins: Connor McMichael, C, London (OHL)The Penguins keep finding ways to keep their steamroller running, but the prospect pool needs a legit game-breaker up front. McMichael has top-six upside and can score big goals when he isn’t setting up his linemates.25. Nashville Predators: Michal Teply, LW, Liberec (Extraliga)Teply’s advanced puck skills, high compete level and willingness to battle for the puck in every corner of the rink will quickly endear him to Nashville’s die-hard fanbase.  (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/50/3c/matthew-robertson-01119-getty-ftrjpg_1pnpheaw851vg1a7knj3pivzu1.jpg?t=1055347608&w=500&quality=80 26. Buffalo Sabres (via San Jose): Spencer Knight, G, U.S. NTDPAlthough this is a draft deep in goalies, a team like the Sabres with an extra pick early would be wise in using it on a netminder who can compete with Ukko-Pekka Luukkonnen for the starting job in the future.27. Toronto Maple Leafs: Jakob Pelletier, LW, Moncton (QMJHL)It’s not difficult for a prospect of any size or age to light up an offense-friendly circuit like the QMJHL. But Pelletier’s drive to outwork and outthink his opponents makes him anything but ordinary.28. Winnipeg Jets: Thomas Harley, D, Mississauga (OHL)Harley makes everything look easy when he’s controlling the puck, and that description wasn’t meant to sound cliche. He makes everything look easy and his pass accuracy is outstanding.29. Washington Capitals: Nils Hoglander, RW, Rogle (SHL)Right, wrong or indifferent, the Caps have not drafted a forward in the first round since Jakub Vrana in 2014. Hoglander is a high-energy pest with quick reaction timing and excellent set-up skills. 30. Calgary Flames: John Beecher, C, U.S. NTDP (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/f3/2b/spencer-knight-011119-getty-ftrjpg_xpkp02r0zk661od48rjl5iyed.jpg?t=1055346272&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/97/1e/peyton-krebs-011119-getty-ftrjpg_n56mgl7h0b501n35enkdvouze.jpg?t=1055346272&w=500&quality=80 17. Minnesota Wild: Ryan Suzuki, C, Barrie (OHL)A playmaker similar in style to his older brother Nick, Ryan is the go-to option for a rebuilding Barrie squad. It may not a banner draft year for the OHL, but Suzuki clearly is the best the league has to offer.18. Dallas Stars: Robert Mastrosimone, RW, Chicago (USHL)A bulldog on the puck with a love for letting it rip, Mastrosimone is one of the draft’s best pure goal scorers. He also throws his weight around and can score from the circles with regularity.19. Buffalo Sabres: Arthur Kaliyev, LW, Hamilton (OHL)A sniper with a blistering shot, Kaliyev is a big-bodied winger who has a creative side to his game.20. Boston Bruins: Cole Caulfield, RW, U.S. NTDPCaulfield may not look intimidating on skates. But there aren’t many 5-6 wingers who scare the daylights out of opposing defenses. He makes finishing around the net look easy. (Rena Laverty/NTDP) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/da/b1/jack-hughes-3-121918-ftrjpg_1xjjklmetmabn1u8q7mzhnrgz6.jpg?t=-946044905&w=500&quality=80 NHL DRAFT 2019: Updated big board | Risers, fallers after WJCWinning league MVP also seems to require a first-round pedigree, as the last 13 Hart Trophy winners not only were top-30 picks, but 12 were chosen in the top five. Dominant play in the postseason is another category reserved for high picks, as seven of the last eight Conn Smythe winners were forwards chosen on the draft’s first day, and six were top-three selections.This year’s crop of prospects for the 2019 NHL Draft offers GMs a handful of elite teenagers, some of whom are destined for stardom at the highest level. How long it may take for them to reach their potential is anyone’s guess at this point. What we do know is that the immediate impact made by recently-drafted neophytes (Auston Matthews, Elias Pettersson and Nico Hischier, to name a few) means that teams want more out of their top picks than just promise and upside.Another league-wide trend to watch is the size reduction of the average player, which has had a trickle-down effect on the types of prospects teams are drafting.Furthermore, the decrease in the number of players 30 years or older — down nearly 10 percent from 2005-06 — is a sign that GMs are attracted to the financial flexibility in a youngster’s entry-level contract. Getting smaller, younger and cheaper appears to be a recognizable necessity for front office types, and the way they’ve recently built rosters via the draft, trades and free agency seems to validate it.NHL player age/height demographic trendsSeasonTotal playersUnder 21Over 30Drafted 5’11” or smaller2018-19812*88*170*72/2172014-1588210722750/2112009-108809122540/2102005-068708525737/213This year’s draft provides teams with a deep pool of center prospects that extends will into the lower stages of the first round. They come in various sizes, backgrounds and skill sets, so questions remain on what exactly teams will be looking for.Traditionally, a center-heavy draft gets everyone excited at the prospect of choosing the franchise-carrying pivot most teams covet, while organizations well stocked down the middle may use their pick as a trade chip for additional assets.The most talked-about prospect for 2019 is Jack Hughes, an explosive center on the smaller side. Listed at 5-11, 168 pounds, Hughes would be the lightest center chosen first overall since 1964, when Detroit took Claude Gauthier (5-10, 150 pounds). Hughes, however, isn’t the only high-ranking pivot who is listed under 6 feet tall. Teammate Alex Turcotte (5-11), Kootenay’s Peyton Krebs (5-11) and the BCHL’s Alex Newhook (5-10) all are expected to be picked in the upper portions of the draft’s opening round.Nonetheless, the draft in Vancouver still is several months away, with critical benchmark events like the NHL’s trade deadline (Feb. 25) and lottery drawing (TBA) expected to have a profound impact on draft strategies and player movement.  Before then, let’s take our first stab at guessing how things on June 21 will play out.MORE: SN’s top 50 NHL prospects | 2018-19 farm system rankings(Draft order is reflective of the NHL standings as of Jan. 11, 2019) 11. Florida Panthers: Peyton Krebs, C, Kootenay (WHL)A true warrior who hates losing and gives it his all every shift, Krebs’ set-up abilities and clutch scoring get overlooked. An NHL captain in the making.12. Edmonton Oilers: Victor Soderstrom, D, Brynas (SHL)Fast and smart are two terms rarely associated with recent Edmonton defensemen. Soderstrom would be a nice compliment to Evan Bouchard’s offense-first mentality.13. Anaheim Ducks: Raphael Lavoie, RW, Halifax (QMJHL)An all-around player who brings a lot to the table, Lavoie can score from anywhere and provide the Ducks with yet another big-bodied winger who can wear down opponents with strength and close-quarter quickness.14. Carolina Hurricanes: Pavel Dorofeyev, LW, Stalnye Lisy (MHL)Few teenage wingers make opponents pay for their on-ice transgressions as this soft-mitted Russian, whose sturdy balance and natural scoring ability will mesh well with the likes of Sebastian Aho and Andrei Svechnikov. 15. Montreal Canadiens: Moritz Seider, D, Adler Mannheim (DEL)Some might view choosing a big, mobile defenseman like Seider as the Habs going off the board while leaving some flashier names on the table. Just watch him play, please. 16. Colorado Avalanche: Cam York, D, U.S. NTDPA graceful puck rusher with a wicked shot, York has mastered the art of understanding the nuances of sharing the puck with Jack Hughes.   (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/df/e3/ryan-suzuki-011119-getty-ftrjpg_xjvpah6dklzj19n92dvdxshcr.jpg?t=1055347608&w=500&quality=80 6. New Jersey Devils: Dylan Cozens, C/W, Lethbridge (WHL)Big, strong and skilled with an infectious team-first attitude? Kids like Cozens don’t come around every draft.7. Arizona Coyotes: Trevor Zegras, C, U.S. NTDPThe trade of Dylan Strome was a tough pill to swallow for Yotes fans. Zegras is just as good a playmaker but several steps quicker. 8. St. Louis Blues: Bowen Byram, D, Vancouver (WHL)The Blues need some passion and intensity infused into their lineup. Byram has No. 1 potential and will be an instant fan favorite.MORE: What went wrong for Canada at the 2019 World Juniors?9. New York Rangers: Kirby Dach, C, Saskatoon (WHL)An elite playmaker and power-play wizard, Dach is the pure set-up man the Rangers haven’t developed since Marc Savard over 20 years ago. 10. Vancouver Canucks: Alex Newhook, C, Victoria (BCHL)The BCHL’s leading scorer as a 17-year-old, Newhook is a scoring machine who can marinate for a few years at Boston College until it’s time to groom him as a top-six candidate.last_img read more