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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).
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »