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The Rat Trick Morning Links: 2009 Draft, Mark Recchi, Dmitry Kulikov

Another first round pick from the 2014 Draft has signed their entry-level deal. The Arizona Coyotes have signed their pick Brendan Perlini.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed one of their restricted free agents, Simon Despres, to a two-year contract. Despres has had an up and down start to his career, as the 2009-first round pick has been unable to crack the lineup on a full-time basis yet. With Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen gone, he will get his best opportunity this coming season.

Jack Campbell was the last American goaltender to be selected in the first round of the draft, all the way back in 2010. Coming off an incredible World Junior Hockey Championship, he was thought as a future franchise goaltender but has yet to make his mark in the NHL. Goaltenders take their time to be fully NHL ready, is this the case for Campbell?

A look back at the 2009 NHL draft, in which the Florida Panthers drafted Dmitry Kulikov – who recently signed to a new 3-year deal.

Three time winner of the Stanley Cup, Mark Recchi, has accepted a position as a developmental coach for the Penguins, his former team.

A look why 2014 draft pick by the Toronto Maple Leafs, William Nylander, should make the team out of camp. Nylander was a player that Florida GM Dale Tallon highly coveted and was looking to maybe move back in order to take him – but no deal was able to be made.

Our continued Free Agent Grades series Dave Bolland” href=”http://therattrick.com/2014/07/18/florida-panthers-free-agent-grades-dave-bolland/” target=”_blank”>with a look at Dave Bolland.

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