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2015 NHL Draft: Columbus Blue Jackets draft review

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2015 NHL Draft: Columbus Blue Jackets draft review

Photo: Columbus Blue Jackets draft pick Zach Werenski was one of Team USA’ s best defensemen in the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Ever since Jarmo Kekalainen took the helm in 2013, the Columbus Blue Jackets have been pointed in a positive direction. Heading into the 2015 NHL Draft, the club had spent a number of selections on forwards, boasting an enviable group of high-caliber, quality scorers. The major question heading into the draft was what the team would do to bolster the blueline. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Arizona Coyotes draft review

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2015 NHL Draft: Arizona Coyotes draft review

Photo: Coyotes top prospect Dylan Strome, the third overall pick at the 2015 NHL Draft, becomes another strong building block as Arizona seeks to stabilize the franchise on and off the ice (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

The Arizona Coyotes have been engaged in a legal squabble with the city of Glendale over arena issues, but for the 2015 NHL Draft weekend, General Manager Don Maloney and company were able to put those business headaches aside in favor of adding to one of the deepest prospect groups in the NHL. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: San Jose Sharks draft review

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2015 NHL Draft: San Jose Sharks draft review

Photo: Timo Meier nearly tripled his scoring in his second year with Halifax, making the Swiss power winger a logical selection at ninth overall (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

After one of the worst franchise finishes in recent memory, the San Jose Sharks went into the 2015 NHL Draft with their highest selection since 2009. This was a big draft for the organization not only because of the quality of the 9th overall pick in this highly-touted draft class, but because of the sheer abundance of picks the team had to try and turn their tides of fortune around.

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2015 NHL Draft Review: Eriksson Ek, Larsson lead talented but reduced group from Sweden

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2015 NHL Draft Review: Eriksson Ek, Larsson lead talented but reduced group from Sweden

Photo: Linkoping defenseman Gabriel Carlsson was one of two defenders chosen by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

Sweden once again proved to be the hottest European commodity at the NHL Draft. This is a trend that began in 2011, when Sweden saw an outstanding and record-setting 28 players taken, eight more than the year before. In 2012, another 22 were selected. In 2013, that number increased slightly, seeing another 25 Swedes taken. Then it 2014, it became 31, 28 of whom were Swedish-born. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Anaheim Ducks draft review

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2015 NHL Draft: Anaheim Ducks draft review

Photo: The Anaheim Ducks added to their wealth of young defensive talents by selecting Jacob Larsson 27th overall at the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Recently, the Anaheim Ducks have started to have fewer and fewer draft picks due to trades for established talents. However, at the 2015 NHL Draft, they were able to bring aboard seven new prospects chosen from all over the globe. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Tampa Bay Lightning draft review

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2015 NHL Draft: Tampa Bay Lightning draft review

Photo: Mitchell Stephens had 48 points (22 goals, 26 assists) in 62 games with the OHL’s Saginaw Spirit in 2014-15. (Courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

Less than two weeks after his team lost in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman went back to work at maintaining a strong foundation for his team through the draft. With a young roster on the rise that perhaps arrived as a legitimate contender a year early, Yzerman didn’t have any particular needs to fill at the 2015 NHL Draft. Instead, he replenished his team’s system with players of quality character and skill. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Winnipeg Jets draft review

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2015 NHL Draft: Winnipeg Jets draft review

Photo: Incoming University of Michigan freshman Kyle Connor, the 17th overall pick at the 2015 NHL Draft, is yet another high-end skater for the Jets prospect group (courtesy of Mark Ehrmann/Getty Images)

With two first-round picks in the 2015 NHL Draft, the Winnipeg Jets were in a terrific position to add to what is already considered to be one of the deepest prospect pools in the NHL. The Jets have a collection of young talent that is bursting at the seams and eager to help improve a team fresh off the franchise’s first playoff appearance since relocating to Winnipeg. Read more »

2016 NHL Draft: Matthews, Chychrun head preseason list of North American prospects

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2016 NHL Draft: Matthews, Chychrun head preseason list of North American prospects

Photo: U.S. NTDP forward Auston Matthews and Sarnia Sting defenseman Jakob Chychrun are the top two North American prospects for the 2016 NHL Draft heading into the 2015-16 season (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images and CHL Images)

With the 2015 NHL Draft in the rear-view mirror, the next draft class from North America in 2016 features a deep group from the United States and the OHL. With Auston Matthews in the news lately due to his interest in playing abroad, that offers an opportunity to take a look at the top draft-eligible skaters from North America. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Detroit Red Wings draft review

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2015 NHL Draft: Detroit Red Wings draft review

Photo: the Detroit Red Wings have not drafted many Russian-born prospects in recent years, but made an exception for outstanding Cape Breton winger Evgeny Svechnikov, selecting him 19th overall at the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Detroit Red Wings continue their march against time and lowered expectations, still contending in the Atlantic Division as everyone awaits their downfall. Another 100-point season later, things are at an odd crossroads for yet another offseason in Detroit. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Florida Panthers draft review

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2015 NHL Draft: Florida Panthers draft review

Photo: In 2014-15, Lawson Crouse had 51 points in 56 games with the OHL’s Frontenacs and helped Team Canada to the gold at the World Junior Championship (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

The Florida Panthers are on the verge of an identity crisis after missing the playoffs again for the 13th time in 14 seasons. For a fanbase that has only seen the playoffs four times since the team’s inception in 1993, General Manager Dale Tallon is facing a critical turning point for the franchise. Read more »

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