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2016 NHL Draft Preview: Less touted Sweden group still features solid talents led by Asplund

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2016 NHL Draft Preview: Less touted Sweden group still features solid talents led by Asplund

Photo: Lulea goaltender and 2016 prospect Filip Gustavsson has represented Sweden in international play, winning bronze at the U17, and silver at the Ivan Hlinka and U18 (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

Another season has come and gone, and Sweden is again looking to see a number of their young hockey prospects become NHL properties. Nonetheless, it will probably be fewer than in recent years where it has been commonplace to see upwards of 20 Swedes being taken in the NHL Draft. Read more »

2011 NHL Draft: St. Louis Blues found plenty of value in the second round

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2011 NHL Draft: St. Louis Blues found plenty of value in the second round

Photo: Dmitrij Jaskin took some time arriving as an NHL player, but the extra work has made him one of the game’s better young two-way players (courtesy of Steve Kingsman/Icon Sportswire)

There may not be a better drafting team in the second round than the St. Louis Blues. They have found plenty of gems beyond the first round – from Steve Staios, Igor Korolev, Jay McClement, and Jochen Hecht to David Backes and Jake Allen – and the same can be said for 2011. Read more »

2016 NHL Draft Preview: Tkachuk, Chychrun head OHL crop dominated by three teams

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2016 NHL Draft Preview: Tkachuk, Chychrun head OHL crop dominated by three teams

Photo: London Knights forward and 2016 prospect Matthew Tkachuk produced 107 points in 57 games in his OHL rookie season, then counted 40 points in 18 playoff games – including the Memorial Cup-winning goal (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

There is a lot of high-end talent from the OHL entering this year’s NHL Draft – and you could have spent most of this season travelling a 400-km stretch of the 401 catching most of it.

The London Knights, Mississauga Steelheads, and Windsor Spitfires dominate this year’s rankings – and arguably, all three teams have other players who could hear their names called early on in this year’s draft. Read more »

2011 NHL Draft: Boston Bruins find – and eventually trade – Zdeno Chara’s replacement

by Pat O'Rourke
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2011 NHL Draft: Boston Bruins find – and eventually trade – Zdeno Chara’s replacement

Photo: Boston Bruins forward prospect Alexander Khokhlachev has seen only limited time in the NHL since being chosen by the Bruins in the second round of the 2011 NHL Draft (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

While it feels like decades given the current state of the organization, it was just five years ago that the Boston Bruins went into the NHL Draft with the rare daily double of a top-10 pick and possession of Lord Stanley’s cup, having just won its first title in 39 years that June. Read more »

(Video) 2016 NHL Draft Prospect: Award-filled season has Laine poised for a high NHL Draft selection

by Ken McKenna
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(Video) 2016 NHL Draft Prospect: Award-filled season has Laine poised for a high NHL Draft selection

Photo: Tappara forward and 2016 prospect Patrik Laine produced seven goals and 12 points in 10 games at the 2016 IIHF World Championship, helping Team Finland take home a silver medal (courtesy of Anna Sergeeva/Getty Images)

In the span of a year and one month, Finnish forward Patrik Laine produced a body of work that would be impressive for players even many years older than the 18-year-old winger. Read more »

2011 NHL Draft: Vancouver Canucks placed puzzling bets

by Peter Prohaska
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2011 NHL Draft: Vancouver Canucks placed puzzling bets

Photo: Alexandre Grenier made his NHL debut in 2015-16, not accomplishing much on the scoreboard during six games, but emerging in one piece (courtesy of Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)

For the Vancouver Canucks, the question of whom to select at the 2011 NHL Draft was secondary. After clinching the President’s Trophy and a Western Conference title, the primary concern was adding pieces to make another run to the Stanley Cup finals, not the state of the prospect pool. Read more »

Prospect Impressions: Alex Nylander shines, Milano brings Cleveland a championship, Top 5 plays of the year

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Prospect Impressions: Alex Nylander shines, Milano brings Cleveland a championship, Top 5 plays of the year

Photo: Edmonton Oilers rookie forward is one of three finalists for the 2015-16 Calder Trophy, which is presented to the NHL’s top rookie (courtesy of Chris LaFrance/Icon Sportswire)

The final Prospect Impressions of the year is finally here, and the top five plays of the 2015-16 season have arrived.

The Nylander name is a strong one, with a storied past that includes an NHL veteran, an NHL rookie, and a player sure to hear his name called early in the 2016 NHL Draft. But a most familiar name has provided the top individual effort in the now completed 2015-16 campaign. Read more »

(Video) 2016 NHL Draft Prospect: Top U.S.-born prospect Matthews may be headed to Canadian hockey hotbed

by Ken McKenna
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(Video) 2016 NHL Draft Prospect: Top U.S.-born prospect Matthews may be headed to Canadian hockey hotbed

Photo: Top 2016 prospect Auston Matthews competed for Team USA at the 2016 IIHF World Championship, posting six goals and nine points in 10 games (courtesy of Pavel Bednyakov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

He has gone coast-to-coast atop the rankings for the 2016 NHL Draft, so the likelihood that center Auston Matthews will be passed over for Finnish star Patrik Laine seems unlikely. The Toronto Maple Leafs, holders of the first pick in this year’s draft, will ultimately decide Matthews fate, but it seems likely that the Scottsdale, AZ native will be donning the blue-and-white at next Friday’s proceedings. Read more »

2011 NHL Draft: New York Rangers find great value in first round but miss with later picks

by Mike Farkas
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2011 NHL Draft: New York Rangers find great value in first round but miss with later picks

Photo: New York Rangers forward J.T. Miller has been one of the best value picks in the 2011 NHL Draft and has evolved into an effective offensive option. (courtesy David Hahn/Icon Sportswire)

The New York Rangers returned to the postseason in the 2010-11 season, but it was not an overly auspicious year in general for the club. As a result, the fringe playoff team did not make a lot of deadline moves – as they would in the coming years – that would diminish their draft ammunition substantially. They did bring in veteran Bryan McCabe in exchange for Tim Kennedy and a third round selection, but did really nothing further during the season. Read more »

Several Ottawa Senators prospects enjoy exciting seasons

by Kristopher Bras
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Several Ottawa Senators prospects enjoy exciting seasons

Photo: Ottawa Senators prospect Ben Harpur has the hardest shot among the organization’s prospects. The first year pro appeared in ECHL, AHL, and NHL games this season. (Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Ottawa Senators took a beating this year in both the NHL and AHL, but there was still plenty for fans to get excited about—and each Hockey’s Future award category has a clear winner.

Ottawa doesn’t have any prospects in the OHL or WHL right now, which is probably why the system is underestimated so often. The team’s biggest stories and best players are all found in the QMJHL, NCAA, and SHL. Read more »

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