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Columbus Blue Jackets focused on adding defense at 2009 NHL Draft

by Richard Greco

David Savard - Columbus Blue Jackets

Photo: Defenseman David Savard appears to have carved out a role with the Columbus Blue Jackets this season. Savard was selected 94th overall in the 2009 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon SMI)

The Columbus Blue Jackets spent four of their six selections in the 2009 NHL Draft stocking up defenders. Of those defensemen, top pick John Moore (NYR) and third round selection David Savard are both in the NHL, while Thomas Larkin and Anton Blomqvist, as expected, are going to need a bit more time to develop.

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MacKinnon makes first appearance atop Calder Poll with strong January showing

by Tony Piscotta

Nathan MacKinnon - Colorado Avalanche

Photo: Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon turned in a strong month of January to earn the top spot in this month’s Calder Poll, with MacKinnon appearing to be a front-runner for the Calder Trophy heading into the Olympic break (courtesy of Russell Lansford/Icon SMI)

For the fourth straight month, a new player takes over the top spot in the Hockey's Future Calder Poll as Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon assumes the top spot in what was a near consensus among the HF staff.

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Buffalo Sabres used 2009 NHL Draft to add size and toughness

by Jason Chen

Marcus Foligno - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Selected in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL Draft, forward Marcus Foligno has carved out a role in the NHL as a big, physical forward who can chip in offensively. (courtesy of Jerome Davis/Icon SMI)

Despite improving their standing in the Northeast Division at the conclusion of the 2008-09 season, the Buffalo Sabres found themselves out of playoff contention for the second year in a row.

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2014 WJC Review: Effort not in doubt despite Czech Republic’s medal-less showing

by Radoslav Vavrina

Martin Prochazka - Team Czech Republic

Photo: HC Litomerice forward Martin Prochazka (L) was one of the more effective offensive performers for the Czech Republic at the 2014 World Junior Championship (courtesy of LUDVIG THUNMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

At the 2014 World Junior Championship in Malmö, Sweden, the Czech Republic had a simple goal of reaching the quarterfinals, at the least. That mission was accomplished and it was a successful tournament for the Czechs, even though it looked at times like they could have gone farther.

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2014 WJC Review: USA finishes disappointing fifth after winning gold in 2013

by DJ Powers

Nic Kerdiles - Team USA

Photo: University of Wisconsin forward and Anaheim Ducks prospect Nic Kerdiles led the way on offense for Team USA at the 2014 World Junior Championship, picking up seven points in five games (courtesy of uce Bennett/Getty Images)

A year after capturing the gold medal at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Russia, the Americans finished out of medal contention this year with a fifth-place finish. Although Team USA as a whole played well in the tournament, the team couldn’t quite find the same magic at this year's WJC.

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2014 WJC Review: Canada misses out on bronze for second straight year

by Kevin Forbes

Anthony Mantha - Team Canada

Photo: Val d’Or Foreurs forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha was the main offensive threat for Team Canada at the 2014 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

For the second year in a row, Team Canada took the somber and quiet flight home from the World Junior Championship without a medal to show for their efforts. Thankfully for the young men who made up the team, it was also a second straight year where other news in the hockey world quickly drew the attention of media and fans elsewhere. Meanwhile, Hockey Canada is left to once again regroup and diagnose what went wrong and how they can find a way back to their winning ways that were once commonplace and are now proving to be more and more elusive.

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Beyond Tomorrow: Greenway the latest Shattuck product with shot at the NHL

by Chau Vo

Jordan Greenway - Team USA

Photo: U.S. NTDP forward and 2015 prospect Jordan Greenway played for Team USA at the 2014 World U17 Hockey Challenge, picking up five points in six games for the gold medal squad (courtesy of Tom Sorensen/USA Hockey)

In 1996, JP Parise, father of Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise, was approached to take over a fledgling hockey program for a small but well known boarding school in Faribault, Minnesota. Since then, the program has gone on to win multiple national championships at all levels of minor hockey while attracting the services of young talented stars like Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, and Nathan MacKinnon.

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Transatlantic sojourn paying off for Notre Dame’s DiPauli

by Tom Schreier

Thomas DiPauli - Team USA

Photo: University of Notre Dame forward and Washington Capitals prospect Thomas DiPauli has struggled with injuries so far in 2013-14, but still managed to make Team USA’s World Junior Championship squad (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Tommy DiPauli would call his biography “The Story of Sketchy Dips.” As a kid, his favorite television show was the “Powerpuff Girls.” His celebrity crush is Thor. Yes, DiPauli is one of a kind.

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Each of the seven 2009 draft picks by the Detroit Red Wings are still with organization

by Adam Schnepp

Tomas Tatar - Detroit Red Wings

Photo: Tomas Tatar finally broke into the Red Wings roster for good in 2013-14, including an appearance in the NHL Winter Classic in Detroit (courtesy of Steven King/Icon SMI)

The old axiom says, "to the victor go the spoils," but that is not always the case. The Detroit Red Wings lost a heart-wrenching Game 7 to the Pittsburgh Penguins on home ice in the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals, but the organization suffered no Cup hangover (or in this case near-Cup hangover) when it came to the 2009 NHL Draft.

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Rangers’ Llewellyn credits brother with move to OHL

by Jason Menard

Darby Llewellyn - Kitchener Rangers

Photo: Kitchener Rangers forward and 2014 prospect Darby Llewellyn came to the Rangers from the Detroit Honeybaked U16 program (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

If Kitchener Rangers fans want to thank anyone for the presence of 20-goal-man Darby Llewellyn on their favourite team’s roster, they can simply turn to Darby’s older brother, Tristin.

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