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Philadelphia Flyers 2015 NHL Draft Preview

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Philadelphia Flyers 2015 NHL Draft Preview

Photo: Philadelphia’s 2nd round pick (48th overall) in 2014, Nicolas Aube-Kebel scored 80 points (38 goals, 42 assists) this season with the Val-d’Or Foreurs (Courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

After making the playoffs last season, the Flyers stumbled this year. The difficult season left Philadelphia with the 7th overall pick, one of two 1st round selections the Flyers have in the draft. Read more »

St. Louis Blues 2015 NHL Draft Preview

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St. Louis Blues 2015 NHL Draft Preview

Photo: St. Louis Blues prospect Robby Fabbri, selected 21st overall at the 2014 NHL Draft, missed time with injury in the 2014-15 OHL season but scored at a 100-point pace (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Judging by the success of the St. Louis Blues both in the NHL and at the NHL Entry Draft, 2015 has very little meaning in terms of prospects. The Blues seemed to do well at the 2014 NHL Draft and have replenished the pipeline in a big way. Not only did they draft ten players last year, but they came away with some of the best potential steals of the draft, including Ivan Barbashev of the QMJHL‘s Moncton Wildcats in the second round (33rd overall).

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Ottawa Senators 2015 NHL Draft Preview

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Ottawa Senators 2015 NHL Draft Preview

Photo: Though the Senators did not have a 1st round choice in 2014, they were pleased to steal stay-at-home defenceman Andreas Englund from the 2nd round (40th overall). (Courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Ottawa Senators have a knack for nabbing top-tier players outside of the top 10 at the NHL draft. This year, they will need it—the team does not pick until the 18th spot. Luckily, this year’s glut of earnest youngsters runs deep. Read more »

Edmonton Oilers 2015 NHL Draft Preview

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Edmonton Oilers 2015 NHL Draft Preview

Photo: Edmonton Oilers prospect Leon Draisaitl, the third overall pick at the 2014 NHL Draft, was not quite ready for NHL duty with the Oilers but led the Kelowna Rockets to a WHL title (courtesy of Steve Alkok/Icon Sportswire)

Somewhere out there, the NHL Draft Gods are looking out for the Edmonton Oilers. After finishing 28th in the league at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, Edmonton looked poised to pick up a top defensive prospect such as Noah Hanifin after some lucky franchises claimed generational talents Connor McDavid as the top pick and Jack Eichel as the second. But on April 18th, Bill Daly held aloft an Oilers logo on his placard indicating the team who would select first overall after winning the draft lottery. This is the fourth time in the last six seasons that the Oilers have been awarded the privilege.

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Columbus Blue Jackets 2015 NHL Draft Preview

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Columbus Blue Jackets 2015 NHL Draft Preview

Photo: Columbus’ 1st round choice in 2014 (16th overall), Sonny Milano picked up 68 points on a dismal Plymouth team last season. (Courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

It may be hard to conclude that the Columbus Blue Jackets are in an enviable situation following missing the playoffs in four of the last five years, but Columbus may be setup to make a serious impact in the upcoming 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Read more »

Montreal Canadiens 2015 NHL Draft preview

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Montreal Canadiens 2015 NHL Draft preview

Photo: Montreal’s 1st round pick in 2014 (26th overall), Nikita Scherbak had 82 points in 65 WHL games this season. (Courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon Sportswire)

Montreal Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin has been able to maintain a strong system in terms of prospects while continually improving the big league team. He recently re-signed Jeff Petry, who was acquired at the deadline, ensuring that the two draft picks given up in the deal (2015 2nd and 4th) won’t be for naught. Read more »

Tampa Bay Lightning 2015 NHL Draft Preview

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Tampa Bay Lightning 2015 NHL Draft Preview

Photo: The Tampa Bay Ligthning’s 1st round pick in 2014 (19th overall) won the the OHL’s Defenseman of the Year award this season. (Courtesy of Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire)

A trip to the Stanley Cup Finals guaranteed the Tampa Bay Lightning‘s first round pick would be either 29th or 30th overall, but that pick was dealt to the Philadelphia Flyers in the Braydon Coburn trade prior to the deadline. Fortunately, the Lightning also owned the New York Rangers’ first round pick, acquired in last year’s Martin St. Louis/Ryan Callahan swap. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft Preview: White heads golden group from U.S. NTDP

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2015 NHL Draft Preview: White heads golden group from U.S. NTDP

Photo: U.S. NTDP forward and 2015 prospect Colin White is one of a few NTDP players that will move on to Boston College in the fall (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

The 2014-15 season was another one in which the U.S. National Team Development Program saw its work culminate in a gold medal at the U18 World Championship, this time around in Zug, Switzerland. Read more »

Toronto Maple Leafs 2015 NHL Draft Preview

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Toronto Maple Leafs 2015 NHL Draft Preview

Photo: It didn’t take long for William Nylander, Toronto’s 1st round pick  in 2014 (8th overall), to make the jump to North America, joining the Toronto Marlies after the WJC’s (Courtesy of CHL Images)

The 2015 NHL Draft represents the start of a new era in the history of the Toronto Maple Leafs franchise. President Brendan Shanahan has committed the Leafs to a new strategic direction that is focused on scouting, drafting and patiently developing impactful NHL players into the cornerstones of a sustainable winning franchise. Read more »

Carolina Hurricanes 2015 NHL Draft Preview

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Carolina Hurricanes 2015 NHL Draft Preview

Photo: The Carolina Hurricanes bolstered their depth between the pipes when they selected Alex Nedeljkovic in the 2nd round (37th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft. (Courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire)

For the seventh time in eight seasons, the Hurricanes enter the NHL offseason with a top-15 pick in the upcoming draft. With the fifth overall selection on June 26, Carolina should be able to add to its stockpile of young talent, and perhaps even land a player that can contribute as soon as next season. Read more »

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