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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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 »

2010 NHL Draft: Nashville Predators had unusually weak outing at the 2010 draft

by Tony Piscotta
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2010 NHL Draft: Nashville Predators had unusually weak outing at the 2010 draft

Photo: Nashville Predators prospect and 2010 first-round pick Austin Watson has established himself as a consistent player in the AHL while waiting for his NHL opportunity (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Entering the 2010 NHL Draft the Nashville Predators were coming off a successful regular season followed by yet another disappointing first round series loss in the playoffs.

Nashville finished third in the Central Division in 2009-10, reaching 100 points for the third time in five seasons, but lost to eventual Stanley Cup champion Chicago in six games in the first round. This marked the fifth straight time Nashville lost in the first round and the Predators would not win their first playoff series until the 2010-11 season.

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2010 NHL Draft: Philadelphia Flyers selections all done or departed

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2010 NHL Draft: Philadelphia Flyers selections all done or departed

Photo: Though Michael Chaput is one of the most successful 2010 Flyers selections, he was traded to the Blue Jackets in 2011. (Courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire)

In the 2010 draft, the Flyers emerged with mostly forward prospects, taking a center, two left wings and a right wing. With no first-round pick that year, Philadelphia’s earliest choice came in the third round. The Flyers selected center Michael Chaput, who is now in the Blue Jackets organization. Read more »

2010 NHL Draft: Connolly and Gudas best among Tampa Bay Lightning draft class

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2010 NHL Draft: Connolly and Gudas best among Tampa Bay Lightning draft class

Photo: Brett Connolly, who was traded to the Bruins late in the season, had 17 points in 55 games this season. (Courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

 

Despite an incredible offensive duo in budding superstar Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis, the Tampa Bay Lightning once again missed the post-season in the 2009-10 season. The pair combined for 189 points, but with a who’s who of aging veterans and a still-young Victor Hedman on the blue line, the Lightning finished fourth in the Southeast Division with a 34-36-12 record. Read more »

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