Free Press hockey writer Gary Lawless is at the NHL Draft in Los Angeles. Look for his blog updates all weekend.
Trade talk: The Florida Panthers own the 15th pick in the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and GM Dale Tallon is shopping it around. Winnipeg's Dylan McIlrath is ranked 15th overall among all North American skaters and there is significant interest in him for his toughness as well as his overall game. Talk in LA is that a number of teams interested in McIlrath may take Tallon up on his offer for the 15th pick to get to the 6-5 defender.