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2010 NHL Draft: Edmonton Oilers picked first overall but largely missed elsewhere

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2010 NHL Draft: Edmonton Oilers picked first overall but largely missed elsewhere

Photo: Edmonton Oiler Taylor Hall was the first overall pick at the 2010 NHL Draft. He has been one of the best scorers in the NHL ever since, despite some injury troubles (courtesy of Steven Alkok/Icon Sportswire)

The 2010 Edmonton Oilers draft class is somewhat of an enigma. Aside from Taylor Hall, who was and has been an obvious lock for NHL success, the rest who followed have remained question marks for the Oilers. Many of the picks experienced setbacks related to injury, inconsistent performance, or otherwise. Read more »

2010 NHL Draft: Carolina Hurricanes grab rare triple-crown of prospects

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2010 NHL Draft: Carolina Hurricanes grab rare triple-crown of prospects

Photo: Both taken in the 2010 draft, Jeff Skinner and Justin Faulk quickly became top players in the Carolina organization. (Courtesy of Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire)

The Carolina Hurricanes’ 2010 draft easily goes down as the team’s best since it moved to North Carolina. Six of the eight players selected have played an NHL game, and three are already key players with their respective teams. Read more »

2010 NHL Draft Review: Chicago Blackhawks 2010 draft class yielded mixed results

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2010 NHL Draft Review: Chicago Blackhawks 2010 draft class yielded mixed results

Photo: Chicago Blackhawks prospect Stephen Johns, selected 60th overall at the 2010 NHL draft, led Rockford in playoff scoring to cap off a career-best scoring season in 2014-15 (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

The Chicago Blackhawks went into the 2010 NHL Entry Draft plagued by uncertainty. Sure, the team was fresh off winning their first Stanley Cup in 49 years, but the celebration could only last so long. The fact of the matter was the Blackhawks were pressed against the salary cap, so the offseason would see general manager Stan Bowman make a flurry of trades and signings to ensure the Blackhawks were both cap-compliant and a Cup contender. It probably sounds familiar.

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CHL Import Draft: Zacha prime example of Import drafting success, plus a review of 2015 draft

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CHL Import Draft: Zacha prime example of Import drafting success, plus a review of 2015 draft

Photo: HC Kosice forward Radovan Bondra was a fifth round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks, and was also the eighth selection overall of the 2015 CHL Import Draft (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

For junior hockey enthusiasts, has there been a better month of hockey? The Stanley Cup was awarded to the Chicago Blackhawks, the 2015 NHL Draft lived up to expectations, free agency is looming and the 2015 CHL Import Draft capped off a busy month of June. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Winners, losers, and in between from this weekend’s draft

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2015 NHL Draft: Winners, losers, and in between from this weekend’s draft

Photo: Seattle Thunderbirds forward Mathew Barzal was ranked as a top-10 talent, but fell to the New York Islanders at 16th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

With the 2015 NHL Draft in the rear-view mirror, hope and optimism abounds among NHL organizations and their fans. It’s truly a great time of year, and with 211 picks in the books, this draft should be remembered for years to come. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Notes and Numbers from Sunrise

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2015 NHL Draft: Notes and Numbers from Sunrise

Photo: The Arizona Coyotes’ Dylan Strome (L), Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid (C), and Buffalo Sabres’ Jack Eichel were the top three picks of the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Perhaps the most anticipated NHL Draft in the past decade is now in the books. The 2015 draft class of 211 players, led by top talents Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, have found new homes in the NHL and will begin their journey to a pro career beginning with the coming summer development camps put on by the 30 NHL clubs. Read more »

[2015 NHL Draft] First Round, Tenth Overall: Colorado Avalanche add a top offensive prospect in Mikko Rantanen

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[2015 NHL Draft] First Round, Tenth Overall: Colorado Avalanche add a top offensive prospect in Mikko Rantanen

Photo: In addition to adding some talented youth with the trade of Ryan O’Reilly, the Colorado Avalanche also added Finnish forward Mikko Rantanen on Day 1 of the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

The Colorado Avalanche already have some skilled, younger players in hand in the form of Matt Duchene, Nathan MacKinnon, and Gabriel Landeskog, but they couldn’t pass up the opportunity to add a potential power forward at the 2015 NHL Draft with their selection of Finland’s Mikko Rantanen. Read more »

[2015 NHL Draft] First Round, Ninth Overall: San Jose Sharks add more Swiss to the mix with Timo Meier

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[2015 NHL Draft] First Round, Ninth Overall: San Jose Sharks add more Swiss to the mix with Timo Meier

Photo: The San Jose Sharks looked to bolster their forward ranks with the selection of right winger Timo Meier from the Halifax Mooseheads at the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/Hf)

The Sharks used their first round pick in 2013 on Swiss defender Mirco Mueller, and a second round pick (53rd overall) in 2014 on Swiss forward Noah Rod so perhaps it should have come as less of a surprise that the Sharks ended up with Timo Meier, of the Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL). Meier put up 90 points this season as part of a line with Nikolaj Ehlers (WPG), but the Sharks are betting that the production is good evidence of his skill level and his versatility.

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[2015 NHL Draft] First Round, Eighth Overall: Blue Jackets bolster defense by taking Zack Werenski

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[2015 NHL Draft] First Round, Eighth Overall: Blue Jackets bolster defense by taking Zack Werenski

Photo: The Columbus Blue Jackets added to their defensive depth with the selection of University of Michigan defender Zach Werenski at the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

Zach Werenski was not the highest rated defenseman in the draft, but judging from the smile on his face when the Columbus Blue Jackets selected him 8th overall in the first round, that did not matter much. The acquisition addressed the organization’s need for a quality defenseman. Read more »

[2015 NHL Draft] First Round, Seventh Overall: Philadelphia Flyers add another top defensive prospect with the selection of Provorov

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[2015 NHL Draft] First Round, Seventh Overall: Philadelphia Flyers add another top defensive prospect with the selection of Provorov

Photo: Although already stocked with talented, young defensemen, the Philadelphia Flyers couldn’t pass up the chance to add talented Brandon Wheat Kings defender Ivan Provorov at the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

Although possessing several excellent defensive prospects, the Philadelphia Flyers were undoubtedly overjoyed to select Ivan Provorov with the seventh overall pick. It did not necessary represent a position of need for the Flyers, with Travis Sanheim, Shayne Gostisbehere and Samuel Morin already in the fold. Still, Ivan Provorov rose all season in the draft ranking until he was discussed as a potential third overall. It would have been a great surprise to see the young Russian slip out of the top ten, and he represents a value pick at this slot.

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