The Real Rundown: NHL Playoffs, NBA Playoffs and NFL Draft Preview
The playoffs have now begun for two of North America’s most popular sports organizations. The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs and NBA Playoffs are now in full effect.
Already in the second round of the playoffs, we take a quick look back at the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. In the Eastern Conference, the New York Rangers eliminated the Montreal Canadiens in six games. The Ottawa Senators eliminated the Boston Bruins in six games. The Washington Capitals also eliminated the Toronto Maples Leafs in six games. Finally, the defending Stanley Cup champions Pittsburgh Penguins eliminated the Columbus Blue Jackets in five games.
As for the first round in the Western Conference, the Nashville Predators eliminated the Chicago Blackhawks in just four games. The St. Louis Blues eliminated the Minnesota Wild in five games. The Anaheim Ducks eliminated the Calgary Flames in only four games. Last but not least, the Edmonton Oilers eliminated the San Jose Sharks in six games.
This sets up second round match-ups in the Eastern Conference of the Ottawa Senators versus the New York Rangers, and the Washington Capitals versus the reigning Stanley Cup champions Pittsburgh Penguins.
Meanwhile in the Western Conference, the Nashville Predators faced off in the first game of the second round against the St. Louis Blues. The Predators won the game with a final score of 4-3. As well as the Anaheim Ducks playing the Edmonton Oilers in their first game of the second round. The Oilers won Game 1 with a final score of 5-3.
Now the NBA Playoffs are also beginning to conclude their first round match-ups. So far in the Eastern Conference, each first round series is heading to Game 6. As the Boston Celtics lead the Chicago Bulls in their series 3-2. The Washington Wizards lead the Atlanta Hawks in their series, also 3-2. Then the Toronto Raptors lead the Milwaukee Bucks in their series 3-2 as well.
The only clean sweep series in the first round for the Eastern Conference is the defending NBA champions Cleveland Cavaliers eliminating the Indiana Pacers is four short games.
In the Western Conference, only two of the first round match-ups are set to have a Game 6. The Utah Jazz hold a 3-2 series lead over the Los Angeles Clippers, and the San Antonio Spurs also carry a 3-2 series advantage against the Memphis Grizzlies.
The other two Western Conference match-ups were ended quickly, with the reigning Western Conference champions Golden State Warriors sweeping the Portland Trail Blazers in four games. Then the Houston Rockets took out the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games.
With both the Stanley Cup and NBA playoff getting passed the first round, the intensity of each game only builds from here on out.
Now the 2017 NFL Draft takes place today. NFL fans everywhere feel excitement as their favorite teams could choose the league’s next biggest star, or simply someone to help push their team to contend for a Super Bowl.
This year, all the talk is centered around the Cleveland Browns who hold the first overall pick in this year’s draft. The prospect that most scouts and fans everywhere are saying they Browns should take at No. 1 is Texas A&M star defensive end Myles Garrett.
The 21-year old Garrett had a great career playing for the Aggies. And on his journey to the draft, he has only impressed scouts of NFL teams even more with his measurables and workouts. Standing at 6’4″ and weighing in a 270 lbs., he is still quick on his feet and has the strength to compliment his stature.
Another favorite choice for the Browns in this draft is University of North Carolina’s quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. The young man is originally from Ohio, and has stated that he would to play for the Browns.
The Browns also hold the twelfth overall pick in this year’s draft, and rumors of the team possibly trading up to select Trubisky earlier have surfaced.
The Browns hold over 20 total draft picks between the 2017 and 2018 NFL Drafts. They have plenty of potential to add the NFL’s next generation of young stars to their roster. Coming down to draft day, however; they will need to make the best selection possible with their first overall pick and standby it.