It's going to be interesting to see if moving to a Friday night, prime time format will change the dynamics of NHL draft weekend. In theory, tonight could provide lots of room for discussion among the teams after the first round selections have been made. Once you know what you have, you might be more inclined to go after what you need. . .The evaluations of Brandon Sutter, the next generation of the great Sutter clan of Viking, Alta., seem to vary wildly. You just have to believe somebody will take a shot at him earlier as opposed to later. TSN's Bob McKenzie has him going as high as ninth, and when it comes to the draft believe in Bob. . .Rooting a little bit in this corner on draft day for Akim Aliu. A former Toronto Marlie, this kid had to endure the entire nation cheering on Steve Downie with the Team Canada juniors after the two teenagers clashed in an infamous hazing incident with the Windsor Spitfires. Downie ended up a hero, Aliu forgotten. Until today, quite possibly. . .Here's hoping TSN gets the teams moving quickly tonight rather than, as usual, boring everybody in the arena and at home with long speeches before making their first pick. Move this thing along smartly and it could make good Friday night TV. . .Not impressed with Miguel Tejada of the Orioles keeping his games played streak alive at 1,153 games by appearing briefly to bunt in the first inning against San Diego Thursday night because of an apparent wrist fracture. Hardly the spirit of Cal Ripken. . .Given that David is such a common first name in North America, it seems peculiar there has never been a U.S. president or Canadian prime minister named David. Or maybe I just need a vacation. . .If not for Jason Giambi's brief burps of honesty, would he be the only major leaguer talking to George Mitchell? All those in hiding get rewarded for their silence. . .Seems like the Argos just can't quite get themselves to let go of Damon Allen. Or they're trying to convince themselves to let go. . .Still think Brendan Shanahan would have been a nice fit for the Maple Leafs last summer. Or even this summer. .Okay, two days ago I was thinking Scott Gomez. Today I'm thinking Ryan Smyth. . .After watching Wade Redden struggle through the final stages of the post-season, if he wasn't seriously hurt there's no way he's worth $6.5 million per season. Edmonton should tread very, very carefully here. . .Based on what seems available, there is no significant upgrade out there in goal for the Leafs. People like Evgeny Nabokov offer more questions than answers. . .Upon further review, The Electric Horseman wasn't that bad of a movie after all. And Jane Fonda was adorable. . .Once again, it's been confirmed you don't have to be a special golfer to win a major any more. Been that way for a while now . . .Gotta love Patrick Kane spurning all advances of agents. Given that the numbers for entry level players are pretty much all written down in the CBA, what does he need one for? Martin Brodeur seems to have done all right on his own. . .Things come to mean different things over time. When Paul Newman talks in the movie Slapshot about getting back to playing "old time hockey," he means dispensing with the goon tactics and playing the game hard, cleanly and fast. Today, that phrase has been twisted around to mean letting the enforcers run wild. . .Mighty Wimbledon has a centre court roof on the way, equal pay for men and women this year and has adopted the instant replay system. Welcome to the new millenium. . .What, pray tell, has Jeremy Jacobs accomplished in hockey that would warrant having him named chairman of the NHL board of governors? Just wondering. . .I could be wrong, but I sure don't remember Gary Bettman throwing up so many roadblocks when Winnipeg was en route to Phoenix and Quebec City was headed to Denver. It was more like paving the way for a nice smooth trip.