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2015 NHL Draft: Ottawa Senators draft review

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2015 NHL Draft: Ottawa Senators draft review

Photo: Thomas Chabot had 41 points (12 goals, 29 assists) in 66 games with the Sea Dogs last season. (Courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

The Ottawa Senators have a storied knack for finding top talent at unexpected draft positions. Whether they’re grabbing two-time Norris winner Erik Karlsson at 15th overall, or digging Calder nominee Mark Stone up at 178th, the team’s scouts have always kept the depth chart stocked with dynamic young prospects—no matter where the team picks from. Still, that didn’t stop GM Bryan Murray from cashing in some assets to strengthen the team’s position at the 2015 NHL Draft. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: New York Rangers draft review

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2015 NHL Draft: New York Rangers draft review

Photo: Winger Robin Kovacs won awards for most goals (17) and points (28) for a junior playing in the Allsvenskan men’s league in 2014-15. (Courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

The New York Rangers went into the 2015 NHL Draft with only four picks over the seven-round event. As expected, the Rangers made several trades to add selections during the two-day draft, to wind up with a full complement of seven picks. But for the third year in a row, the Blueshirts had no first-round pick. Read more »

Dove-McFalls looking to lead Saint John in 2015-16

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Dove-McFalls looking to lead Saint John in 2015-16

Photo: Saint John Sea Dogs forward and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Samuel Dove-McFalls was one of five forwards chosen by the Flyers at the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

The last five weeks have been quite the experience for Samuel Dove-McFalls. The Saint John Sea Dogs’ forward was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the fourth round (98th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft last month, then attended the Flyers’ annual development camp in the middle of July. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Buffalo Sabres draft review

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2015 NHL Draft: Buffalo Sabres draft review

Photo: Jack Eichel led Boston University to the Frozen Four finals, totalling 71 points (26 goals, 45 assists) in 40 games as a freshman. (Courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

In most cases, a winning record and a championship trophy would be considered a triumphant year, but not for the Buffalo Sabres, a rebuilding team more concerned with stockpiling talent. Losing was winning for the Sabres, because each loss meant getting closer and closer to their prize: Connor McDavid. A generational talent, McDavid could single-handedly alter the course of a franchise and provide multiple winning records and trophies for years to come. Read more »

2016 NHL Draft: Big Finns Puljujarvi, Laine amongst top 2016 European prospects

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2016 NHL Draft: Big Finns Puljujarvi, Laine amongst top 2016 European prospects

Photo: Karpat forward Jesse Puljujarvi (L) and Omsk forward Dmitri Sokolov (R) are among the top forwards out of Europe for the 2016 NHL Draft (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images and Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

The 2015 NHL Draft has come and gone. While most NHL teams and their fans are still pondering the possibilities of their new assets heading into the future, the next draft class from Europe is preparing itself for a big 2015-16 season, which at the moment has a number of extremely fascinating talents that scouts are very excited to see starting next month at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in Bratislava, Slovakia and Breclav, Czech Republic. While some of these players may eventually wind up in North America as soon as this winter, fans may just see U.S. wunderkind Auston Matthews in a pro European jersey this winter, as well. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Carolina Hurricanes draft review

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2015 NHL Draft: Carolina Hurricanes draft review

Photo: The Carolina Hurricanes hope that Hanifin, their 5th overall draft choice in 2015, will be able to jump directly into the pros. (Courtesy of Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

From the Carolina Hurricanes’ perspective, things could not have gone much better for them in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft. While the top two picks were signed, sealed and delivered when Edmonton won the NHL Draft Lottery, how the rest of the top 10 would shake out was very much a mystery. Read more »

Penguins’ Murray anxiously awaits next challenge

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Penguins’ Murray anxiously awaits next challenge

Photo: Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins goaltender and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Matt Murray led the AHL in three categories in his rookie season (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

Expectations were tempered for Pittsburgh Penguins goaltending prospect Matt Murray. Heading into the 2014-15 season, his first year as a pro, Murray was expected to compete with veteran Jeff Zatkoff for starts in the AHL. Instead, the first-year goalie finished the 2014-15 season as AHL Goaltender of the Year, AHL Rookie of the Year, and led the league in goals-against average, shutouts, and save percentage. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: New York Islanders draft review

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2015 NHL Draft: New York Islanders draft review

Photo: Islanders 16th overall pick Mathew Barzal had 57 points (12 goals, 45 assists) in 44 games for the Seattle Thunderbirds in 2014-15. (Courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

After five top-five selections in the previous six NHL Drafts, the New York Islanders made strides this season to avoid another draft lottery situation. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Vancouver Canucks draft review

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2015 NHL Draft: Vancouver Canucks draft review

Photo: Minnesota native Brock Boeser was one of the most dangerous scorers in the 2015 draft class (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Vancouver Canucks prospects pool might be the least of the franchise’s worries at this moment in time. Ranked right in the middle of the league prior to the 2015 NHL Draft, the group boasts some areas of strength but fails to inspire much confidence on the whole. There is some quality (especially at center) and some quantity (especially on defense) and the Canucks added more of both to the prospect pool. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft Review: White, Roslovic top NTDP draft selections

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2015 NHL Draft Review: White, Roslovic top NTDP draft selections

Photo: Ottawa Senators first round pick at the 2015 NHL Draft, forward Colin White, will move on from the U.S. NTDP program to play for Boston College starting in the Fall (courtesy of Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Despite yet another gold medal at the U18 World Championship, this time around in Zug, Switzerland, the U.S. NTDP saw relatively few players taken at the 2015 NHL Draft. To a degree that can be accredited to having a number of key players on the team who will first be eligible for the 2016 draft, including no less than captain Luke Kunin, top scorer Auston Matthews, Matt Tkachuk, Clayton Keller, Chad Krys, and Jamie McAvoy. As many as three of these players are looking like surefire first round picks for next summer’s draft. Read more »

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