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2010 NHL Draft: Buffalo Sabres squander draft year on busted defensive prospects

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2010 NHL Draft: Buffalo Sabres squander draft year on busted defensive prospects

Photo: Mark Pysyk missed the last two months of this season after collapsing during a pickup basketball game. (Courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

The Buffalo Sabres needed a facelift at the 2010 NHL Draft. Once a high-flying scoring machine, the Sabres never adequately addressed the departures of co-captains Chris Drury and Danny Briere in 2007. With a potential franchise defenseman in Tyler Myers and the emergence of Ryan Miller as an elite goaltender, the Sabres nevertheless decided that they needed to re-tool from the back end out. It was a strange move, given that the team’s 207 goals allowed in 2009-10 season were the fewest in seven years—a big reason why they managed to capture a division title after failing to make the playoffs in the two previous seasons. Read more »

Prospect Impressions: Expected top three picks for NHL Draft feature in plays 6 thru 10

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Prospect Impressions: Expected top three picks for NHL Draft feature in plays 6 thru 10

Photo: Erie Otters center and 2015 prospect Connor McDavid was recently awarded the Red Tilson Trophy as the CHL Player of the Year for 2014-15 (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

For the past few months, Prospect Impressions has spotlighted the top plays performed by NHL prospects from around the globe. The top 10 features some of the best prospects available for the 2015 NHL Draft, including what is currently expected to be the first three skaters off the board. Read more »

Veleno the latest exceptional junior as Sea Dogs make him top pick in QMJHL draft

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Veleno the latest exceptional junior as Sea Dogs make him top pick in QMJHL draft

Joseph Veleno will now be associated with an elite group of young players, some of whom are already established stars in the NHL.

The 15 year old Veleno, who isn’t NHL Draft-eligible until 2018, was selected first overall by the Saint John Sea Dogs in the 2015 QMJHL Entry Draft on Saturday. He was a year younger than anyone else eligible, and becomes just the fifth player in CHL history to have been granted “exceptional player” status, the first outside of the OHL. Read more »

NHL Draft Primer: Numerous decorated international competitors available in the second and third rounds

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NHL Draft Primer: Numerous decorated international competitors available in the second and third rounds

Photo: Ilves forward and 2015 prospect Roope Hintz played for Finland at the 2015 World Junior Championship, picking up two assists in five games in that tournament (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Among European skaters available for the 2015 NHL Draft, there are numerous players who have impressive track records playing for their respective countries. Taking a look at players 11 thru 24 in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings, a few standout players burst onto the scene this season thanks to their performances at the international level. Read more »

SHL Prospects Notebook, June, 2015: A new champion, NHL Draft prospects, and more in this 2014-15 wrap-up

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SHL Prospects Notebook, June, 2015: A new champion, NHL Draft prospects, and more in this 2014-15 wrap-up

Photo: Skelleftea AIK forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Axel Holmstrom had a breakout season in the SHL in 2014-15 and was a driving force in Skelleftea’s run to the SHL finals (courtesy of Skelleftea AIK/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

The 2014-15 season in Sweden wrapped up a good month ago and was quickly followed by an exciting World Championship tournament that featured a Swedish team with a number of SHL, NLA, and KHL-based players – one that couldn’t get further than the quarterfinals, however. Read more »

Boston Bruins prospects get trial by necessity in 2014-15

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Boston Bruins prospects get trial by necessity in 2014-15

Photo: Boston’s youngest rookie this season, David Pastrnak, was also its most electrifying. (Courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

For the Boston Bruins—as well as their fans—the 2014-15 season was unacceptable. After a year full of injuries and underachievement, the Bruins failed to make the playoffs for the first time in eight years. The team’s only consolation is that the coaching staff had several chances to view their promising stable of prospects throughout the season. Read more »

2010 NHL Draft: Montreal Canadiens draft class short on NHL-caliber talent

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2010 NHL Draft: Montreal Canadiens draft class short on NHL-caliber talent

Photo: Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher took his game to another level in 2014-15, scoring 24 goals and 47 points in 82 games (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon Sportswire)

The Montreal Canadiens traded away several positions in the 2010 draft. Of the five players selected, only Brendan Gallagher has managed to stick in the NHL. At this point, the draft class has to be considered a disappointment. Read more »

NHL Draft Primer: Garland, Mangiapane, Tkachev among re-entry options at the forward positions

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NHL Draft Primer: Garland, Mangiapane, Tkachev among re-entry options at the forward positions

Photo: Barrie Colts forward and 2015 prospect Andrew Mangiapane is ranked 85th among North American skaters for the 2015 NHL Draft by NHL Central Scouting (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Approximately twenty percent of players chosen at the NHL Draft over the course of the last few years were selected in their second or third time through the process. It’s a growing trend every season, and one that offers hope for players who did not hear their name called the year before. Read more »

Prospect Impressions: The countdown of NHL prospect highlights from 2014-15 continues with plays 11-15

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Prospect Impressions: The countdown of NHL prospect highlights from 2014-15 continues with plays 11-15

Photo: New York Rangers rookie forward Kevin Hayes (#13) turned in a solid first NHL season, posting 17 goals and 45 points in 70 games in 2014-15 (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

Last week, we kicked off the countdown of the top 20 NHL prospect Plays of the Year with numbers 20-16. This week, Hockey’s Future brings you the next five plays. This group features a potential top 10 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, two ridiculous plays from the NHL, one player with a flair for baseball skills, and a KHL talent familiar to New Englanders. Read more »

‏2010 NHL Draft: Anaheim Ducks cashed in on early round selections

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‏2010 NHL Draft: Anaheim Ducks cashed in on early round selections

Photo: Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler has competed in the NHL playoffs four times in his career, posting three goals and 20 points in 41 postseason games (courtesy of Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire)

The Anaheim Ducks were in a somewhat precarious position entering the 2010 NHL Draft. They had an extra first round pick thanks to the Chris Pronger trade, but had very little in the meaty middle rounds. With a history of doing poorly outside of the first three rounds of the draft, the organization had five players to pick in rounds 5-7. Read more »

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