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The Rat Trick Links: Sobotka, Ryan O'Reilly, Thomas Vanek

Another chapter of the ugly Vladimir Sobotka sage turned over, as the arbitration ruling came out going more in the favor of the St. Louis Blues. Sobotka signed a 3-year contract to play in the KHL as oppose to taking a 1-year less than he desired contract. He still hopes to return next after the 2014-2015 season but wants to play for another team. His rights will still remain with the Blues however.

It’s not often that you see second round pick play his draft year, but with the Blues signing their second round pick Ivan Barbashev to an entry level deal, it became a possibility. He has a long road to climb to crack the lineup with the depth the Blues have up front, but Barbashev is a very talented player one who had top-15/20 talent.

Speaking of second round picks playing their draft year, Ryan O’Rielly played the year after he was drafted as a second round pick. He gave his side of arbitration argument, wanting an 1-year $6.75-million contract. The Avalance are offering up $5.5-million over a year.

Thomas Vanek has been linked to a Federal gambling investigation, but is being asked for cooperation and not being investigated himself. Still being close enough to be questioned won’t look good on him and the league, especially if it actually involves the NHL.

A look at five Anaheim Ducks’ prospects who could make their debut next season.

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Could the Pittsburgh Penguins have a Finish rookie contribute big time back-to-back years? Many believe their 2014 first round pick Kasperi Kapanen could make the team as an 18-year old and possible play with Sidney Crosby.

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