Shaw's status for Tuesday up in the air


Shaw's status for Tuesday up in the air

GLENDALE, Ariz. Andrew Shaw stood in the Blackhawks locker room, fielding the obvious questions after his hit on Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith on Saturday night. Whether hell have to answer for it from the NHL remains to be seen.

Shaw was assessed a five-minute charging and a game misconduct for his hit on Smith, who was down for several moments and then popped up and finished the game in the Blackhawks 4-3 overtime victory over Phoenix. Smith was prone for a few moments, as Shaw was sent to the penalty box and, soon after, to the locker room.

Then Smith got up and told trainers that he could finish the game. Afterward, Smith, through the Coyotes media relations department, said, I feel fine. Im 100 percent.

And then, of course, there was the inevitable he saidhe said on what happened.

I went back to play the puck and I didnt see him coming, Smith said via Coyotes PR. I dont have eyes in the back of my head.

Coach Joel Quenneville said, I think (Shaw) was trying to avoid contact. Its a tough call. He was playing well again, too.

Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said the league will look at that. Obviously thats contact at the head and it doesnt matter if its a goaltender or a player. Thats blind-side contact to the head.

Shaw said he didnt mean to do it.

He went to play the puck and his stick came up toward my face so I tried to get out of the way of it. Unfortunately I made contact. I didnt try to hit him but unfortunately I did, Shaw said. Im just glad hes OK and he could finish the game.

When Smith was down, it looked like he wouldnt be able to keep playing. Backup goaltender Jason LaBarbera came out onto the ice and stretched, seemingly in preparation to relieve Smith. Nevertheless, Shaws night was over.

I dont know if it came down to whether the officials thought Smith was going to stay in the game or not. Obviously they thought he was done and thats probably why he got the 5-minute penalty, Jonathan Toews said. From what I saw, Shaw wasnt going in there trying to take his head off. From what I saw, he was trying to avoid contact and that was unfortunate that it happened.

Whether or not Shaw hears from the league on the hit is unknown right now. The Blackhawks dont play again until Tuesday, so if there is anything it doesnt have to be decidedbe announced until Monday.

I dont know. Well see what happens, Shaw said. Its just unfortunate. Im just glad hes OK.

Six Big Ten products selected in first round of NFL Draft


Six Big Ten products selected in first round of NFL Draft

Six Big Ten products were selected in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night.

Dominated by a near-record amount of Ohio State Buckeyes, six Big Ten players heard their name called during the first 20 selections in Thursday's first round.

Five Buckeyes were selected, coming one shy of matching an NFL Draft record for players from one school picked in the first round.

Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa was the first Big Ten player off the board, chosen by the San Diego Chargers with the third pick.

Bosa's selection was followed immediately by that of Ohio State teammate Ezekiel Elliott, the Dallas Cowboys using the No. 4 pick on the star running back.

Michigan State offensive lineman Jack Conklin went at No. 8 to the Tennessee Titans, the highest-drafted Spartan since 2003, when wide receiver Charles Rogers went at No. 2.

Cornerback Eli Apple was the third Buckeye selected in the top 10 when he went to the New York Giants at No. 10.

Ohio State offensive lineman Taylor Decker went six picks later, joining the Detroit Lions with the No. 16 selection.

And Ohio State linebacker Darron Lee rounded out the conference's first-round selections, getting picked at No. 20 by the New York Jets.

Several highly rated Buckeyes remained on the board and could hear their names early on Day 2. Meanwhile, the Big Ten continued to go without a first-round quarterback since 1995. Michigan State's Connor Cook is the highest-rated Big Ten quarterback in this year's draft.

Recapping the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft


Recapping the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft

Thursday night's first round of the NFL Draft was full of surprises, including UCLA linebacker Myles Jack going undrafted. Here's a recap of the first 31 picks in this year's NFL Draft.

1. Los Angeles Rams (via Tennessee): Jared Goff, QB, California

2. Philadelphia Eagles (via Cleveland): Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

3. San Diego Chargers: Joey Bosa, DL, Ohio State

4. Dallas Cowboys: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State

5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State

6. Baltimore Ravens: Ronnie Stanley, OL, Notre Dame

7. San Francisco 49ers: DeForest Buckner, DL, Oregon

8. Tennessee Titans (via Cleveland): Jack Conklin, OL, Michigan State

9. Chicago Bears (via Tampa Bay): Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia

10. New York Giants: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State

11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via Chicago): Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida

12. New Orleans Saints: Sheldon Rankins, DL, Louisville

13. Miami Dolphins (via Philadelphia): Laremy Tunsil, OL, Ole Miss

14. Oakland Raiders: Karl Joseph, DB, West Virginia

15. Cleveland Browns (via Tennessee): Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor

16. Detroit Lions: Taylor Decker, OL, Ohio State

17. Atlanta Falcons: Keanu Neal, DB, Florida

18. Indianapolis Colts: Ryan Kelly, OL, Albama

19. Buffalo Bills: Shaq Lawson, DL, Clemson

20. New York Jets: Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State

21. Houston Texans (via Washington): Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame

22. Washington Redskins (via Houston): Josh Doctson, WR, TCU

23. Minnesota Vikings: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

24. Cincinnati Bengals: William Jackson III, DB, Houston

25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Artie Burns, DB, Miami

26. Denver Broncos (via Seattle): Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

27. Green Bay Packers: Kenny Clark, DL, UCLA

28. San Francisco 49ers (via Kansas City): Joshua Garnett, OL, Stanford

29. Arizona Cardinals: Robert Nkemdiche, DL, Ole Miss

30. Carolina Panthers: Vernon Butler, DL, Louisiana Tech

31. Seattle Seahawks: Germain Ifedi, OL, Texas A&M

Germain Ifedi Seattle Seahawks NFL Draft Profile


Germain Ifedi Seattle Seahawks NFL Draft Profile

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of more than 150 prospects, including a scouting report and video interviews with each player.

Germain Ifedi (OL), Texas A&M

6’6” | 324 lbs.


1st Round, 31st overall by Seattle Seahawks

Scouting Report:

"It wasn't long ago scouts were beating up former Texas A&M tackle Cedric Ogbuehi about a disappointing season before he went 21st overall in the draft even with a torn ACL. NFL scouts see Ifedi as a guard, but a team may decide to try him at tackle before moving him inside. Ifedi has the tools and traits to become a good NFL offensive linemen if he can avoid the leaning and lunging that plagues him. A move inside combined with NFL coaching could unlock Ifedi's high ceiling." - Lance Zierlein,

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