Originally written on Kukla's Korner  |  Last updated 11/8/14

UNIONDALE, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins scores a first period goal against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum on November 27, 2009 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
“You know a guy is good when you want your team to lose just so they have a chance at drafting him.”  - James Duthie of TSN on Nail Yakupov.“This kid (Mikhail Grigorenko) could be Evgeni Malkin.  It’s not out of the question.” – an unnamed scout speaking to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.I was hoping for an Edmonton victory over Toronto last night, fellow Sabres fans, but perhaps not for the same reason as you. As of this week, my daily NHL standings viewing habits have changed.  I’m sorting by league instead of conference.  I’m looking down instead of up.  I just had a dream of a smiling Darcy Regier (his starry-eyed owner really isn’t going to fire him, right?) on the floor of the Consol Energy Center on June 22, anxiously awaiting the first overall selection of the Columbus Blue Jackets.  He looked thrilled because, regardless of what his friend and peer Scott Howson was about to announce, the Sabres were preparing to get their hands on one of two great players capable of giving them an im
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