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2010 NHL Draft: Little impact for the Colorado Avalanche from 2010 draft class

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2010 NHL Draft: Little impact for the Colorado Avalanche from 2010 draft class

Photo: Colorado Avalanche goaltending prospect Calvin Pickard saw his first NHL action during the 2014-15 season, posting a 6-7-3 record in 16 NHL games (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

The Colorado Avalanche had eight selections at the 2010 NHL Draft, and only three players still remain with the organization. It is still unclear how big or little the draft will have an impact on the organization going forward but Joey Hishon and Calvin Pickard still have time to show that the 2010 class was not a complete dud. Read more »

Mersch making most of rookie season, aiding Monarchs’ run through AHL playoffs

by Tony Androckitis
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Mersch making most of rookie season, aiding Monarchs’ run through AHL playoffs

Photo: Manchester Monarchs forward and Los Angeles Kings prospect Michael Mersch is currently third overall in AHL playoff scoring with 11 goals and 18 points in 13 games for the Calder Cup Finals-bound Monarchs (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

The Manchester Monarchs completed the four-game sweep of the Hartford Wolf Pack to advance to their first-ever Calder Cup Finals appearance. Several Los Angeles Kings prospects are getting experience as well as exposure, but none more than rookie forward Michael Mersch, a former University of Wisconsin standout who has burst onto the scene down the stretch and in the postseason for the Kings’ AHL affiliate. Read more »

2010 NHL Draft: San Jose Sharks found talent for trading

by Craig Fischer
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2010 NHL Draft: San Jose Sharks found talent for trading

Photo: San Jose’s 2010 draft had its best returns from American high schooler Charlie Coyle, the key component in the Brent Burns acquisition (courtesy of Paul Hebert/Icon Sportswire)

2010 was a heartbreaking year for the San Jose Sharks. They had a squad built for the playoffs, and after being the top team in the Western Conference for a second season in a row, they faltered in the Conference finals, failing to win a single game against the eventual Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks.
 
Due to their success, but ultimate failure, the Sharks would pick 28th overall in the 2010 NHL Draft – a tough pill to swallow for a team that hadn’t had a 1st round selection in the two years prior (and would trade one the next year).

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2014-15 Calder Poll: Hockey’s Future taps Flames’ Gaudreau as the top NHL rookie

by Tony Piscotta
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2014-15 Calder Poll: Hockey’s Future taps Flames’ Gaudreau as the top NHL rookie

Photo: Calgary Flames rookie Johnny Gaudreau followed up his selection as the Hobey Baker winner in 2014 by turning in a performance in his NHL rookie season that is likely to earn him the NHL’s Calder Trophy in 2015 (courtesy of Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)

The late-season playoff push in places like Calgary, Ottawa, Winnipeg, and Florida — all teams that were not expected to be in the playoff hunt — pushed several rookies into the spotlight. While all but the Florida Panthers made the playoffs, the fact that all had key contributions from first-year players made for an interesting Calder Trophy selection the 2014-15 season. Read more »

NHL Draft Primer: A look at intriguing North American goaltenders available in 2015

by David Hahn
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NHL Draft Primer: A look at intriguing North American goaltenders available in 2015

Photo: Barrie Colts goaltender and 2015 prospect Mackenzie Blackwood was fourth in wins in the OHL with 33 during the 2014-15 regular season, and he added five more in the 2015 OHL playoffs (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

There are a number of quality goaltenders available in the 2015 NHL Draft, with a wide range of prospects available with size, maneuverability, and determination. It’s a particularly strong group from North American junior leagues, with the USHL and NAHL well represented. At the top of the list, a pair of QMJHL goaltenders vie for the top spot, while another from the OHL could be the first goaltender to hear his name called in late June. Read more »

2010 NHL Draft: St. Louis Blues found franchise cornerstones in 2010 draft

by Suraj Sukumar
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2010 NHL Draft: St. Louis Blues found franchise cornerstones in 2010 draft

Photo: Vladimir Tarasenko, the Blues’ second pick of the first round in 2010, was tenth in scoring in the NHL this season (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon Sportswire)

While the 2010 NHL Draft was hit or miss as a whole for the St. Louis Blues, their top two picks in Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko have turned into franchise players who should have a major role to play moving forward. They are two of the best young players in the NHL and have proven to be two of the Blues best draft picks over the past ten years.

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Toronto Maple Leafs prospects make smooth transition to pros in 2014-15

by Ed Dermit
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Toronto Maple Leafs prospects make smooth transition to pros in 2014-15

Photo: Dominic Toninato had 16 goals and 26 points in his sophomore season at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. (Courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

Toronto Maple Leafs President Brendan Shanahan has committed the organization to a long-term rebuild through drafting and player development at the forefront of the team’s blueprint for future success.  This has put the spotlight squarely on current prospects in the development pipeline. Read more »

2010 NHL Draft: Minnesota Wild started its second act at the 2010 draft

by Peter Prohaska
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2010 NHL Draft: Minnesota Wild started its second act at the 2010 draft

Photo: 2010 first-round pick Mikael Granlund was the first elite talent drafted by the Minnesota Wild since Brent Burns in 2003 (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon Sportswire)

It is not much exaggeration to say that the 2010 NHL Draft is the most important event in the brief history of the Minnesota Wild thus far. Not just the players drafted, but also those subsequently acquired, have transformed the Wild into a Stanley Cup contender. The young franchise risked stagnation, a victim of middling finishes and some notable draft misses. Read more »

2010 NHL Draft: Dallas Stars master the art of the middle round again at 2010 draft

by Mike Farkas
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2010 NHL Draft: Dallas Stars master the art of the middle round again at 2010 draft

Photo: Dallas Stars fifth-rounder John Klingberg spent seasons post-draft in Sweden and Finland before impacting the NHL in his rookie season. (courtesy of Matt Cohen/Icon Sportswire)

Short on picks, but not on talent, the 2010 NHL Entry Draft saw former General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk take a chance on some high-ceiling players with mixed results to date. John Klingberg’s emergence in a Calder-caliber season has quickly turned into the crown jewel of the group. Anecdotally, the Stars have now had a fifth round draft pick play in the NHL for six straight drafts culminating with this one in 2010 – they did not make a fifth round selection in 2004. With two players still in the organization and one a young star, the upside for this draft remains intact. Read more »

NHL Draft Primer: Second round littered with potential selections from the U.S.

by David Hahn
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NHL Draft Primer: Second round littered with potential selections from the U.S.

Photo: Portland Winterhawks forward and 2015 prospect Paul Bittner netted a goal in Team Orr’s 6-1 win over Team Cherry at the 2015 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in January (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

Most draft pundits point to the 2016 draft, front-loaded with players from the United States like Auston Matthews, Logan Brown, and Matt Tkachuk, as one that the Americans could dominate early on. But teams won’t have to look too far outside of the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft to find the next wave of U.S. talent pushing for playing time in the NHL. Read more »

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