The Nashville Predators entered the 2013 NHL Draft with ten draft picks — selecting four players from Europe including a pair of goalies — and then taking a seventh-round flier on University of North Dakota-bound forward Wade Murphy with a seventh-round pick.
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By way of reintroducing the good people of Des Moines to professional hockey, the Wild fell well short of making a splash this season. In the NHL, a playoff berth and first-round series win over Central Division winner Colorado are real accomplishments, but there were moments of intense growing pains.
It's late in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup playoffs, the score is tied 3-3 and the puck is on your stick in the slot. The players around you, the goaltender facing you, even the fans in the stands are sweating in anticipation of your next move. But you're as cool as a cucumber because you're protected by Right Guard Xtreme Clear antipersperant and deodorant, keeping you sweat and odor-free during life's high-pressure moments. Wrister, top shelf, Right Guard Xtreme Clear for the win. Bring on the Stanley Cup!
Despite failing to medal at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, host team Finland was received well by the hometown fans in Lappeenranta and Imatra. Many of Finland’s players stood out positively in their five games, with blueliners Sami Niku and Jarkko Parikka having been very noticeable on the blueline.
The infamous "Russian Factor" is taking its toll on the sheer number of drafted prospects playing in Russia as nowadays, the NHL franchises are scared to draft directly from Russia, causing many top prospects to decide to cross the pond earlier and play some seasons in the Canadian major junior system in order to improve their chances of being chosen at the NHL Draft.
For the better part of the last 25 years, Sweden has continued to provide the world with some of the best and most exciting forward talent anywhere. That trend has continued in recent years and is testified to in the fact that no European nation has seen as many players drafted in recent years than has Sweden.
At first glance, one might assume that a player who checks in at 6’6” has got to be the tallest player on his team in a league full of teenagers. In fact, at that height, the player is probably always the tallest player in the room, at a restaurant or in a gym.
The 2014 NHL Draft is still two months away, but it is never too early to take a look at some of the prospects eligible for this year's draft that have been passed over in previous drafts. This edition of "Off the Radar" looks at five prospects that could finally have their names called over the course of the two-day draft taking place in Philadelphia, PA in late June.