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Gavrikov keen on crossing the ocean as a fully developed player

by Alessandro Seren Rosso
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Vladislav Gavrikov - Team Russia

Photo: Yaroslavl Lokomotiv defenseman and 2014 prospect Vladislav Gavrikov is ranked 17th among European skaters for the 2014 NHL Draft by Central Scouting (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

One of the top-ranked Russian defensemen for the 2014 NHL Draft, Vladislav Gavrikov, had an eventful season, culminating with his inclusion in NHL Central Scouting's draft rankings.

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Winnipeg Jets 2014 NHL Draft preview

by Charlie Beattie
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Josh Morrissey - Team WHL

Photo: Defenseman Josh Morrissey, Winnipeg’s 13th overall pick in 2013 shown here representing the WHL in the Subway Super Series, led WHL defensemen with 28 goals in 2013-14 (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

The Winnipeg Jets concluded their third season since relocation in the same place as the first two; out of the playoffs and seeking to answer organizational questions regarding what it will take to get them out of the middle of the pack and bring playoff hockey to Winnipeg for the first time since 1995.

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2014 NHL Combine: William Nylander, MODO

by Ken McKenna
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2014 NHL Combine - William Nylander - MODO

Photo: MODO forward and 2014 prospect William Nylander is ranked second among European skaters for the 2014 NHL Draft by NHL Central Scouting (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

Through the 2013 portion of the 2013-14 season, forward William Nylander was struggling to live up to his reputation as a top prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft. The skilled forward and son of former star NHL forward Michael Nylander had played for two different organizations at various levels of Swedish hockey, but only occasionally showed flashes of the high-end talent that gained him his high ranking.

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Klingberg, Hagg tops among defensive prospects that competed in Sweden in 2013-14

by Chapin Landvogt
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John Klingberg - Dallas Stars

Photo: Frolunda defenseman and Dallas Stars prospect John Klingberg has gotten a small taste of North American hockey the past couple of seasons, but will move to North America for the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Andrew Dieb/Icon SMI)

As the 2014 NHL Draft approaches, it is important to take note that the NHL is currently chock full of players hailing from Sweden. In particular, it would have been difficult to find many NHL rosters that lacked a Swede patrolling the blueline this past season.

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Vancouver Canucks 2014 NHL Draft preview

by Larenzo Jensen
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Bo Horvat - London Knights

Photo: The Canucks selected Bo Horvat ninth overall, then the club’s earliest pick since 1999, at the 2013 NHL Draft. Vancouver will move up to sixth overall in 2014 (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

It may have been former General Manager Mike Gillis that coined the term "reset," but it is the current tandem of President Trevor Linden and new General Manager Jim Benning that will enact a true organizational reset for the Vancouver Canucks.

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New Jersey Devils 2014 NHL Draft preview

by John Iadevaia
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Steve Santini - New Jersey Devils

Photo: Defenseman Steve Santini is one of several strong defensive prospects in the New Jersey Devils system. Santini was drafted in the second round of the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

Stacked with 12 shootout loses and inconsistent play throughout the year, the New Jersey Devils missed the playoffs for the third time in four years. Once more, scoring was the culprit as the Devils failed to finish off their opponents when they had to in regulation.

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Minnesota Wild 2014 NHL Draft preview

by Peter Prohaska
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Kurtis Gabriel - Owen Sound Attack

Photo: Kurtis Gabriel, Minnesota’s 81st overall pick in 2013, scored four points in his eight-game pro debut following a productive over-age season with Owen Sound (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Five years ago, Chuck Fletcher and his staff took over a Minnesota Wild system that severely lacked upside. The draft record of the club throughout the mid-2000s was middling despite some later round picks that worked out, mostly due to a series of underwhelming first round selections.

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2014 NHL Combine Video: Kasperi Kapanen, KalPa Kuopio

by Ken McKenna
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2014 NHL Combine - Kasperi Kapanen - KalPa Kuopio

Photo: KalPa Kuopio forward and 2014 prospect Kasperi Kapanen is ranked 13th overall by ISS Hockey in their final rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

Whether looking at the top 2014 prospects from North America or Europe, NHL bloodlines run strong among several of those high-end players available for this year's NHL Draft. It is especially strong in the European contingent as the top two Euro prospects according to NHL Central Scouting – Kasperi Kapanen and William Nylander – both have fathers that turned in lengthy and successful careers in hockey's top league.

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System depth and versatility apparent in Chicago Blackhawks prospect awards

by Brad Gardner
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John Hayden - Yale University Bulldogs

Photo: Yale forward John Hayden, #21 right, got off to a slow start in 2013-14, but doubled his freshman year point total with eight points in the final nine games of the season (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

The Chicago Blackhawks had several prospects make an impact at the NHL level in 2013-14. Those players, along with others that stood out in the CHL, NCAA, and international levels, are featured below in this season’s prospect awards.

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