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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 »

2010 NHL Draft: Late-round score saves draft for the Ottawa Senators

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2010 NHL Draft: Late-round score saves draft for the Ottawa Senators

Photo: Mark Stone had 26 reasons to show off his trademark post-goal fist pump with the Ottawa Senators this season. (Courtesy of Steven Kingsman/Icon Sportswire)

During Ottawa’s rollercoaster 2009-10 season, GM Brian Murray made a number of trades, starting with the blockbuster deal that sent miscreant Dany Heatley to the San Jose Sharks. As a result, the team entered the 2010 NHL Entry Draft with just five selections. Despite that, the Senators left Los Angeles with a late-round gem who would eventually break the team’s rookie scoring record. Read more »

Kapanen the best NHL-affiliated forward prospect coming out of Finland’s Liiga

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Kapanen the best NHL-affiliated forward prospect coming out of Finland’s Liiga

Photo: Pittsburgh Penguins forward prospect Kasperi Kapanen had a somewhat disappointing 2014-15 season in Finland’s Liiga but finished well competing for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the AHL playoffs (courtesy of Justin Berl/Icon Sportswire)

Liiga has steadily seen some of the top young forward prospects in Finland head elsewhere rather than pursuing careers in the nation’s top domestic pro league. That happened once again in 2014-15 as two of the heroes from the 2014 World Juniors — KalPa Kuopio left wing Artturi Lehkonen (Montreal) and Teuvo Teravainen (Chicago), Liiga’s sixth-leading scorer skating for Jokerit in 2013-14 — are no longer playing in Finland. Read more »

2010 NHL Draft: Jesper Fast salvages draft class for New York Rangers

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2010 NHL Draft: Jesper Fast salvages draft class for New York Rangers

Photo: Jesper Fast has picked up his game in the playoffs, chipping in with six points (three goals, three assists) in 17 games for the New York Rangers. (Courtesy of David Hahn/Icon Sportswire)

Were it not for the recent success of Jesper Fast, the 2010 NHL draft would have been a complete swing-and-miss for the New York Rangers. General Manager Glen Sather and Director of Player Personnel Gordie Clark oversaw the club’s activity at the draft, and an emphasis on size and strength played a prominent role. Read more »

2010 NHL Draft: Little impact for the Colorado Avalanche from 2010 draft class

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2010 NHL Draft: Little impact for the Colorado Avalanche from 2010 draft class

Photo: Colorado Avalanche goaltending prospect Calvin Pickard saw his first NHL action during the 2014-15 season, posting a 6-7-3 record in 16 NHL games (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

The Colorado Avalanche had eight selections at the 2010 NHL Draft, and only three players still remain with the organization. It is still unclear how big or little the draft will have an impact on the organization going forward but Joey Hishon and Calvin Pickard still have time to show that the 2010 class was not a complete dud. Read more »

Mersch making most of rookie season, aiding Monarchs’ run through AHL playoffs

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Mersch making most of rookie season, aiding Monarchs’ run through AHL playoffs

Photo: Manchester Monarchs forward and Los Angeles Kings prospect Michael Mersch is currently third overall in AHL playoff scoring with 11 goals and 18 points in 13 games for the Calder Cup Finals-bound Monarchs (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

The Manchester Monarchs completed the four-game sweep of the Hartford Wolf Pack to advance to their first-ever Calder Cup Finals appearance. Several Los Angeles Kings prospects are getting experience as well as exposure, but none more than rookie forward Michael Mersch, a former University of Wisconsin standout who has burst onto the scene down the stretch and in the postseason for the Kings’ AHL affiliate. Read more »

2010 NHL Draft: San Jose Sharks found talent for trading

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2010 NHL Draft: San Jose Sharks found talent for trading

Photo: San Jose’s 2010 draft had its best returns from American high schooler Charlie Coyle, the key component in the Brent Burns acquisition (courtesy of Paul Hebert/Icon Sportswire)

2010 was a heartbreaking year for the San Jose Sharks. They had a squad built for the playoffs, and after being the top team in the Western Conference for a second season in a row, they faltered in the Conference finals, failing to win a single game against the eventual Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks.
 
Due to their success, but ultimate failure, the Sharks would pick 28th overall in the 2010 NHL Draft – a tough pill to swallow for a team that hadn’t had a 1st round selection in the two years prior (and would trade one the next year).

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2014-15 Calder Poll: Hockey’s Future taps Flames’ Gaudreau as the top NHL rookie

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2014-15 Calder Poll: Hockey’s Future taps Flames’ Gaudreau as the top NHL rookie

Photo: Calgary Flames rookie Johnny Gaudreau followed up his selection as the Hobey Baker winner in 2014 by turning in a performance in his NHL rookie season that is likely to earn him the NHL’s Calder Trophy in 2015 (courtesy of Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)

The late-season playoff push in places like Calgary, Ottawa, Winnipeg, and Florida — all teams that were not expected to be in the playoff hunt — pushed several rookies into the spotlight. While all but the Florida Panthers made the playoffs, the fact that all had key contributions from first-year players made for an interesting Calder Trophy selection the 2014-15 season. Read more »

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