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Dansk headlines top NHL-drafted goaltenders in the OHL

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Oscar Dansk - Erie Otters

Photo: Erie Otters goaltender and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Oscar Dansk leads OHL goalies in goals-against average with a 2.15 average in 30 games this season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

You can judge a fine wine by its vintage. For the next generation of NHL goaltenders, the second and third round of 2012 was a particularly fine year. The top five NHL-drafted netminders currently playing in the OHL were drafted within 52 picks of one another, and all are currently playing key roles in the playoff fortunes of their respective squads.

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Brotherly advice helping Whalers’ Peters navigate his draft year

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Alex Peters - Plymouth Whalers

Photo: Plymouth Whalers defenseman and 2014 prospect Alex Peters played for Team Orr in the 2014 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, getting on the scoresheet via a two-minute penalty (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Plymouth Whalers’ defense prospect Alex Peters benefits from a pair of older brothers who have been through the NHL Draft experience and seen it all — literally, as they both bring a goal line perspective to the game and the draft process that Alex says has been beneficial.

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Toronto Maple Leafs used 2009 NHL Draft to add skill and toughness to prospect pool

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Nazem Kadri - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs seventh overall in the 2009 NHL Draft, forward Nazem Kadri has developed into a solid top-six forward in the NHL. (courtesy of Nick Turchiaro/Icon SMI)

Brian Burke's first draft as General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs featured a variety of picks intended to help implement his somewhat idiosyncratic vision for a franchise in dire need of direction. The Maple Leafs finished the 2008-09 season with 34 wins and 81 points, and had missed the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.

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2014 WJC Review: Sweden settles for silver after disappointing OT loss

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Filip Forsberg - Team Sweden

Photo: Team Sweden forward and Nashville Predators prospect Filip Forsberg wore the captain’s “C” at the 2014 World Junior Championship, and was among the best player’s participating at that event (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

It simply wasn’t supposed to go this way. The script was different and everyone knew it heading in, seeing a loaded Swedish roster ready to bring home Gold while playing, well, at home.

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Chatham top Whalers player from large group eligible for the 2014 draft

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Connor Chatham - Plymouth Whalers

Photo: Plymouth Whalers forward and 2014 prospect Connor Chatham changed his development path after the firing of former University of Denver head coach, George Gwodzecky (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Connor Chatham’s path to the NHL Draft was diverted thanks to a coaching change in the U.S. collegiate ranks — and an American team’s success at grooming American players has led to another top U.S. prospect passing through Plymouth en route to the 2014 NHL Draft.

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Washington Capitals enjoying benefits of a fruitful 2009 NHL Draft class

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Marcus Johansson - Washington Capitals

Photo: Selected 24th overall in the 2009 NHL Draft, forward Marcus Johansson has developed into a very solid top-six forward for the Washington Capitals. (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon SMI)

The Washington Capitals entered the 2009 NHL Draft following a very emotional playoff exit where they lost in the Eastern Conference Semifinals to their rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins, in a decisive game seven.

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BC Eagles take fifth consecutive Beanpot Championship

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Boston College - 2014 Beanpot Tournament Champions

Photo: The Boston College Eagles strike the traditional champions’ pose after posting a 4-1 win over Northeastern to take the 62nd annual Beanpot Championship (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

Boston College senior captain Patrick Brown only has 15 career collegiate goals, but when the Eagles needed a boost he had the magic touch, lifting the Eagles over Northeastern, 4-1, in the 62nd annual Beanpot Championship at TD Garden in Boston, MA.

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Attack’s Lindo learning from role models while trying to become one

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Jaden Lindo - Owen Sound Attack

Photo: Owen Sound Attack forward and 2014 prospect Jaden Lindo was ranked among the top 100 prospects in North America for this year’s NHL Draft in Central Scouting’s midterm rankings (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

For decades, when you think of hockey, you don’t often think of visible minorities. But that’s slowly changing. From Willie O’Ree to Grant Fuhr to P.K. Subban, it’s been proven that talent knows no race, religion, or colour — and Owen Sound Attack forward Jaden Lindo hopes to be a role model for the next generation of hockey players.

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Zadorov tops a solid group of NHL-drafted OHL defensemen

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Nikita Zadorov - London Knights

Photo: London Knights defenseman and Buffalo Sabres prospect Nikita Zadorov didn’t look out of place during seven NHL games played in the early portion of the 2013-14 season, but returned to the Knights following the 2014 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

The OHL has long been known for its ability to pump out marquee offensive talent, but don’t sell the league short on the blueline. This year’s elite draft-eligible defensemen, like Aaron Ekblad and Roland McKeown, have a number of role models within the league whose path they can follow to the draft podium and beyond.

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New York Rangers reaping the benefits of a strong 2009 draft class

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Chris Kreider - New York Rangers

Photo: Selected 19th overall in the 2009 NHL Draft, Chris Kreider is among the top forwards for the New York Rangers this year, with 13 goals and 17 assists through 52 games. (courtesy Jim McIsaac/NHLI via Getty Images)

The New York Rangers selected seven players in the 2009 NHL Draft. Of those seven, three are still part of the organization, including the team's first round selection and current first line NHL forward, Chris Kreider. Two additional players, second rounder Ethan Werek and fifth round selection Roman Horak, were traded in transactions that have proved very fruitful for New York.

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