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2014 NHL Combine Video: Jared McCann, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

by Ken McKenna
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2014 NHL Combine - Jared McCann - Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

Photo: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds forward and 2014 prospect Jared McCann picked up seven points in nine postseason games for the Greyhounds (courtesy of Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)

While he may believe that he has to work on his consistency over the course of a season, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds forward Jared McCann was Mr. Consistency when it came to his ranking for the 2014 NHL Draft.

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San Jose Sharks 2014 NHL Draft preview

by Craig Fischer
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Mirco Mueller - Everett Silvertips

Photo: San Jose traded up to 18th overall at the 2013 NHL Draft to select Swiss defenseman Mirco Mueller, a smart do-it-all blueliner for the WHL’s Everett Silvertips (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

For the first time in a long time, the San Jose Sharks will head into the draft as rebuilders. After a long reign as contenders and potential Stanley Cup hoisters, General Manager Doug Wilson will be closing the window on his perennial powerhouse team.

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AHL Western Conference notebook, June, 2014

by Tony Androckitis
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Brett Ritchie - Texas Stars

Photo: Texas Stars rookie forward and Dallas Stars prospect Brett Ritchie had a productive postseason for the Calder Cup champion Stars, posting seven goals and four assists in 13 playoff games (courtesy of John Rivera/Icon SMI)

The American Hockey League concluded its 2013-14 season Tuesday night as the Texas Stars defeated the St. John’s IceCaps in overtime for the third straight game of the Calder Cup finals, claiming the championship in five games – the AHL Stars’ first Calder Cup Championship in franchise history.

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Calgary Flames 2014 NHL Draft preview

by Brian Jung
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Morgan Klimchuk - Team WHL

Photo: Calgary’s 28th overall pick in 2013, Morgan Klimchuk, was the third of three first-round picks by the Flames last summer (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

With another constructive season in the books, the Calgary Flames closed out the 2013-14 season on several positive notes, which includes selecting the fourth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.

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Carolina Hurricanes 2014 NHL Draft preview

by Cory Lavalette
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Elias Lindholm - Carolina Hurricanes

Photo: Forward Elias Lindholm was selected by the Carolina Hurricanes fifth overall in the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Bill Streicher/Icon SMI)

It is a new era in Carolina. The only general manager the team has known since its move to Raleigh, Jim Rutherford, retired then later surprisingly took the same job with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Rutherford's heir apparent, former captain Ron Francis, has taken the reins and is charged with overseeing the Hurricanes' draft.

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Los Angeles Kings 2014 NHL Draft preview

by Jason Lewis
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Valentin Zykov - Los Angeles Kings

Photo: Winger Valentin Zykov, the 37th overall selection in 2013, was the Kings’ top pick last summer. The Stanley Cup champs still have their 2014 first round pick, slotted at 29th overall (courtesy of Noah Graham/NHLI via Getty Images)

Even though the 2013-14 season that saw the Los Angeles Kings wrap up their second championship in three seasons just ended less than a few weeks ago, it is already time to think about the future.

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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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