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Ekblad makes good first impression at Panthers’ development camp

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2014 NHL Draft - Aaron Ekblad - Florida Panthers

Photo: Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad was the first pick of the Florida Panthers at the 2014 NHL Draft, as well as the first selection overall (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

 

Growing up in Windsor, ON, just across the river from Detroit, Aaron Ekblad followed the Detroit Red Wings as a child. He attributes watching Nicklas Lidstrom as the reason he wears the number five today. Read more »

2014 NHL Draft: New York Rangers draft review

by Leslie Treff
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Ryan Mantha - New York Rangers

Photo: Ryan Mantha was one of three defensemen the New York Rangers selected in the 2014 NHL Draft. Mantha was picked in the 4th round, 104th overall. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

 The New York Rangers went into the 2014 NHL Draft with only four selections, in the second through fifth rounds. During the draft, New York made trades to add two additional picks, giving the Rangers seven selections for the first time since 2009.

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2014 NHL Draft: Edmonton Oilers draft review

by Kady Hobbins
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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 »