Apr 27, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; St. Louis Blues right wing T.J. Oshie (74) is congratulated for scoring by left wing Alexander Steen (20) during the first period in game six of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

NHL News and Links - Quick Shifts: July 20th Edition

NHL Quick Shifts is a daily series where we gather up the latest NHL news and links from the FanSided NHL blogosphere, as well as other NHL / hockey blogs. So with that, here is today’s edition of Quick Shifts!

Apr. 26, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA; Phoenix Coyotes players salute the crowd after losing to the Colorado Avalanche 5-4 in a shootout at Jobing.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

  • 2009 NHL Draft revisited – It has already been five years since John Tavares and Matt Duchene were selected in the 2009 NHL draft. Since then the Islanders have continued to be relatively disappointing (with the exception of one playoff appearance in the lockout shortened 2013 season) and the Avalanche have had some success (and a terrible 2013). All but one player selected in the first round of the 2009 Draft (according to hockeydb) has played at least one NHL game. Mike Hrankiwskyj takes a look back at the 2009 draft. [TMMOTS]
  • Puck Daddy chat with Sean Ramjagsingh about NHL 15 – Puck Daddy had a chat with Sean Ramjagsingh of EA Sports about moving the NHL series of games to the NextGen Xbox One and PS4 consoles, as well as the improved physics engine and crowds. The “living crowds” means you can have rival fans make up a portion of the crowd. No word on whether that means we will see lifelike Pittsburgh fan invasions in Columbus, or a sea of business suits in Toronto. [Puck Daddy]
  • NHL teams with the most work to do in the offseason – Bleacher Report takes a look at the NHL teams that still have a lot of work to do on their lineup before the puck drops for the 2014-15 season. Seeing teams like the Maple Leafs and the San Jose Sharks on this list may not be a surprise, but the fact that the Bruins and Rangers are could come as a surprise.
  • T.J. Oshie four-putts from seven feet – T.J. Oshie learned this weekend that an Olympics shootout against Sergei Bobrovsky might be a bit easier than a seven foot putt during a televised golf tournament. Golf is a cruel game and every golfer has experienced a hole like the one Oshie had. Head on over to Puck Daddy for the video. [Puck Daddy]

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