Photo: The Minnesota Wild’s 2014 first round selection, Alex Tuch, will attend Boston College starting in the Fall of 2014 (courtesy of Derik Hamilton/Icon SMI)
Below is the list of all NCAA-bound players that appeared on NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings whose commitments (verbal or otherwise) to college programs have been verified. Players with an “N/A” appeared in the midterm rankings, but were not included in the final rankings (although they have been noted on it). Read more »
Photo: Forward Sonny Milano was one of seven picks the Columbus Blue Jackets made in the 2014 NHL Draft. Milano was picked 16th overall. (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)
The Columbus Blue Jackets were coming off a successful seasons entering the 2014 NHL Draft and the future looks bright for the youthful team. After having three first round picks and eight overall picks in last year’s draft, Columbus was able to address a lot of its offensive needs. This year GM Jarmo Kekalainen put together a balanced draft that added depth to the Blue Jackets’ system in every area.
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Photo: Kingston center Sam Bennett was Calgary’s 4th overall selection, the highest pick in Flames’ history (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
As the Calgary Flames advance into the next stages of their rebuild, the selection of six prospects from the 2014 NHL Draft will look to provide additional strength to the foundation. Read more »
Photo: Finnish blueliner Julius Honka, the Stars’ 14th overall selection, led rookie WHL defensemen in scoring with 56 points in 62 games for Swift Current (courtesy of Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
With nine selections in hand, the Dallas Stars went to work and did not step too far out of their comfort zone. An organizational need was addressed in the first round, and nearly every subsequent round after, as the Stars selected seven defensemen, one goaltender and one forward. Read more »
Photo: The Carolina Hurricanes selected defenseman Haydn Fleury seventh overall in the 2014 NHL Draft. Fleury was the second defensemen selected in 2014. (courtesy Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
It is a new era in the Carolina Hurricanes front office. The only general manager Raleigh had ever known, Jim Rutherford, “retired” then took the same job in Pittsburgh, leaving his understudy, former player Ron Francis, on his own for his first NHL Draft.
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Photo: Defenseman Andreas Englund was one of three defensemen selected by the Ottawa Senators in the 2014 NHL Draft. The Senators picked Englund 40th overall. (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
Prior to the NHL Draft, Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray possessed distinct, possibly incompatible priorities: trade Jason Spezza, and replace the 2014 first round pick which he dealt last summer in exchange for Bobby Ryan. The former happened days later in a deal that sent Spezza to the Dallas Stars, but the latter move never materialized.
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Photo: Detroit drafted Michigan native Dylan Larkin, committed to play for the University of Michigan, with the 15th overall pick of the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
If it was not already clear what position the Detroit Red Wings felt needed to be addressed in their organization it certainly became so after the 2014 NHL Draft. Detroit used six of their seven picks on sizable centers. Read more »
Photo: Forward David Pastrnak was selected 25th overall by the Boston Bruins in the 2014 NHL Draft. Pastrnak projects to be a dynamic offensive talent. (courtesy of John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
The Boston Bruins did not make any blockbuster deals at the NHL Draft or in the days following like last season moving Tyler Seguin to Dallas, but Boston did make several interesting selections in Philadelphia.
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Photo: William Nylander was one of five forwards the Toronto Maple Leafs selected in the 2014 NHL Draft. Toronto drafted Nylander eighth overall. (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Toronto Maple Leafs‘ director of amateur scouting, Dave Morrison, used the 2014 NHL Draft to select players with a strong competitive demeanor and good offensive upside.
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Photo: Red Deer Rebels captain Conner Bleackley, picked 23rd overall, was the top pick by the Avalanche in the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)
After the Avalanche’s 2014 postseason run came to an end, head coach Patrick Roy and executive VP of hockey operations Joe Sakic got right to work molding their team’s prospect pool to their likings. Read more »