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2014 NHL Draft: Edmonton Oilers draft review

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Leon Draisaitl - Edmonton Oilers

Photo: Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton’s third overall pick, tied for fourth overall in WHL scoring with 105 points in 64 games for Prince Albert (courtesy of Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

 

As the Edmonton Oilers continue to rebuild their hockey club under the leadership of General Manager Craig MacTavish, their pool of draft selections for 2014 suffered some losses in a number of mid-season deals. Read more »

2014 NHL Draft: Montreal Canadiens draft review

by David Thicke
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Nikita Scherbak - Montreal Canadiens

Photo: Winger Nikita Scherbak was one of six picks the Montreal Canadiens made in the 2014 NHL Draft. Scherbak was selected 26th overall. (courtesy of Derik Hamilton/Icon SMI)

 

The Montreal Canadiens came to the 2014 NHL Entry Draft with seven picks and would be selecting late in each round. The only trade the Canadiens made was in the third round when the team exchanged their third and fourth round selections to the Arizona Coyotes for an earlier third round pick in order to select targeted defenseman, Brett Lernout.

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2014 NHL Draft: Arizona Coyotes draft review

by Pat Paeplow
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Brendan Perlini - Arizona Coyotes

Photo: Coyotes top pick Brendan Perlini, selected 12th overall, led the Niagara IceDogs with 34 goals in 2013-14 (courtesy of Derik Hamilton/Icon SMI)

 

The freshly rebranded Arizona Coyotes loaded up on forwards at the 2014 NHL Draft. Although General Manager Don Maloney claimed the organization would merely be targeting the best players available, only two of their nine draft picks were defensemen. Read more »

2014 NHL Draft: New York Islanders draft review

by Christian Litscher
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Michael Dal Colle - New York Islanders

Photo: The New York Islanders picked forward Michael Dal Colle fifth overall in the 2014 NHL Draft. The Islanders used four of their seven draft picks on forwards. (courtesy of Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

After a disappointing season, the New York Islanders found themselves again near the top of the draft with a fifth top five selection in six years. With no first round pick in next year’s draft, the Islanders could not afford to miss with the fifth overall pick this year.

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NCAA commitments of 2014 NHL Draft-eligible players

by DJ Powers
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2014 NHL Draft - Alex Tuch - Minnesota Wild

Photo: The Minnesota Wild’s 2014 first round selection, Alex Tuch, will attend Boston College starting in the Fall of 2014 (courtesy of Derik Hamilton/Icon SMI)

 

Below is the list of all NCAA-bound players that appeared on NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings whose commitments (verbal or otherwise) to college programs have been verified. Players with an “N/A” appeared in the midterm rankings, but were not included in the final rankings (although they have been noted on it). Read more »

2014 NHL Draft: Columbus Blue Jackets draft review

by Richard Greco
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Sonny Milano - Columbus Blue Jackets

Photo: Forward Sonny Milano was one of seven picks the Columbus Blue Jackets made in the 2014 NHL Draft. Milano was picked 16th overall. (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

 

The Columbus Blue Jackets were coming off a successful seasons entering the 2014 NHL Draft and the future looks bright for the youthful team. After having three first round picks and eight overall picks in last year’s draft, Columbus was able to address a lot of its offensive needs. This year GM Jarmo Kekalainen put together a balanced draft that added depth to the Blue Jackets’ system in every area.

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2014 NHL Draft: Calgary Flames draft review

by Brian Jung
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Sam Bennett - Calgary Flames

Photo: Kingston center Sam Bennett was Calgary’s 4th overall selection, the highest pick in Flames’ history (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

As the Calgary Flames advance into the next stages of their rebuild, the selection of six prospects from the 2014 NHL Draft will look to provide additional strength to the foundation. Read more »

2014 NHL Draft: Dallas Stars draft review

by Mike Farkas
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Julius Honka - Dallas Stars

Photo: Finnish blueliner Julius Honka, the Stars’ 14th overall selection, led rookie WHL defensemen in scoring with 56 points in 62 games for Swift Current (courtesy of Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

 

With nine selections in hand, the Dallas Stars went to work and did not step too far out of their comfort zone. An organizational need was addressed in the first round, and nearly every subsequent round after, as the Stars selected seven defensemen, one goaltender and one forward. Read more »

2014 NHL Draft: Carolina Hurricanes draft review

by Cory Lavalette
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Haydn Fleury - Carolina Hurricanes

Photo: The Carolina Hurricanes selected defenseman Haydn Fleury seventh overall in the 2014 NHL Draft. Fleury was the second defensemen selected in 2014. (courtesy Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

It is a new era in the Carolina Hurricanes front office. The only general manager Raleigh had ever known, Jim Rutherford, “retired” then took the same job in Pittsburgh, leaving his understudy, former player Ron Francis, on his own for his first NHL Draft.

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