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The Daily: Mock Draft Has Dvorsky With Red Wings; Lalonde Americans 5-0

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Derek Lalonde, Red Wings coach

Detroit Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde and Detroit prospect Carter Mazur have been part of one of the best American starts at the World Championships in USA Hockey history.

The Americans will be trying to win their sixth consecutive game today in Tampere, Finland when they meet France at 1:20 pm ET (NHL Network). USA downed Denmark 3-0 today to raise their record to 5-0. Lalonde is one of head coach David Quinn’s assistants and Mazur owns one of the game-winning goals in the five wins.

“I thought we played as complete of a game as we have since our opening game against Finland,” said David Quinn</, head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team. “It was an important victory and now we need to get some rest and be ready for the next challenge against France tomorrow.”

The Americans have only won nine medals, and they’ve all been bronze, in the last 62 years at the World Championships. USA hasn’t won a silver since 1950 and a gold since 1933.

Lalonde told Detroit Hockey Now recently that his primary objective for being involved is to help USA win a medal.

 

Red Wings’ Offseason

The latest version of the Montreal Hockey Now Mock Draft has the Detroit Red Wings taking rugged center Dalibor Dvorsky with the No. 9 pick. The hard-nosed player is from Slovakia, but plays in Sweden. The new mock draft has David Reinbacher, Ryan Leonard and Zach Benson going just before Dvorsky. Read the entire mock draft list here: 

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Hockey Now Network

Buffalo: The Sabres have the NHL’s sixth-best collection of prospects. At least, that’s what the Athletic says. Would have guess they would be higher. Buffalo Sabres. 

Chicago: Nate Brown writes that the Seattle Thunderbirds’ title represents a major win for the Chicago Blackhawks

Colorado: What the Avalanche can learn from watching the conference finals. Colorado Avalanche.

Florida: Brandon Montour has been a “freak” for the Panthers during this playoff run. Florida Panthers.

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Philadelphia: New Flyers era salutes the ownership of the late Ed Snider. Philadelphia Flyers. 

Pittsburgh: Dave Molinari writes that Dan MacKinnon, a New Jersey Devils assistant GM, is in the running for the Pittsburgh GM job. Pittsburgh Penguins. 

Vegas: Dan Kingerski grades the Golden Knights for their Game 1 performance against the Dallas Stars. Golden Knights. 

Washington: Could former Washington coach Pete Laviolette be in play for the New York Rangers’ vacant coaching job? Washington Capitals.