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2014 NHL Draft: Philadelphia Flyers draft review

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Travis Sanheim - Philadelphia Flyers

Photo: The Philadelphia Flyers once again went heavy on defense at the draft, selecting Travis Sanheim 17th overall and adding three other defensemen in the later rounds. (courtesy of Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

The home team did not make much of a splash at the 2014 NHL Draft, failing to trade up for a higher pick in the first round. The Philadelphia Flyers again made defense a priority, drafting Travis Sanheim with their 17th overall pick. They added two more defensemen before the night was done, adding Mark Friedman in the third round.

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2014 NHL Draft: Buffalo Sabres draft review

by Jason Chen
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Sam Reinhart - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Forward Sam Reinhart was selected second overall by the Buffalo Sabres. Reinhart is the highest selection the Sabres have made since they picked Pierre Turgeon first overall in 1987. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

General manager Tim Murray was all business at his first NHL Draft, wasting little time making his picks. The Buffalo Sabres are quite deep at every position, but since the focus was on defensemen last year with Rasmus Ristolainen and Nikita Zadorov, the attention shifted toward forwards this year. The Sabres used seven of their nine draft picks on forwards, including four in the first two rounds.

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2014 NHL Draft: New Jersey Devils draft review

by John Iadevaia
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John Quenneville - New Jersey Devils

Photo: John Quenneville was one of several prospects selected in the 2014 NHL Draft to have NHL bloodlines. His second cousin, Joel, is the current head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Entering the draft, the New Jersey Devils were playing with house money. The NHL had rescinded part of the penalty from the Ilya Kovalchuk cap-circumventing contract and gave the team their first round pick back. Thus, the team entered Philadelphia with six picks.

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2014 NHL Draft: Los Angeles Kings draft review

by Jason Lewis
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Adrian Kempe - Los Angeles Kings

Photo: Seventeen-year-old winger Adrian Kempe spent most of his 2013-14 season playing for Modo in the SHL, Sweden’s top pro league (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Kings, who have had their pipeline thinned out somewhat after years of dealing picks, did a wonderful job of re-stocking the cupboards at the 2014 NHL Draft.

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2014 NHL Draft: Nashville Predators draft review

by Tony Piscotta
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Kevin Fiala - Nashville Predators

Photo: Nashville’s first pick at 11th overall, 17-year-old Kevin Fiala produced in the SHL and on the international stage for Switzerland in 2013-14 (courtesy of Derik Hamilton/Icon SMI)

The Nashville Predators went into the draft looking to address their well-chronicled need for scoring help and general manager David Poile felt things fell just the way they were hoping they would go. 

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2014 NHL Draft: Blackhawks’ draftee Starrett to develop in the USHL, NCAA

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2014 NHL Draft - Beau Starrett - Chicago Blackhawks

Photo: The Chicago Blackhawks used a third round pick at the 2014 NHL Draft to select potential power forward Beau Starrett, who will be playing the 2014-15 season with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL (courtesy of Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

After three years of playing high school hockey in Massachusetts, Beau Starrett put his name on the map with the South Shore Kings in the USPHL this season.

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2014 NHL Draft: Pittsburgh Penguins draft review

by Ian Altenbaugh
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Kasperi Kapanen - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Finnish Forward Kasperi Kapanen was selected 22nd overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Kapanen was one of the top-rated European skaters heading into the 2014 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

The Pittsburgh Penguins stole a lot of headlines on day one of the 2014 NHL Draft, trading star sniper James Neal to the Nashville Predators for forwards Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling, then picking forward Kasperi Kapanen at the 22nd overall spot.

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2014 NHL Draft: Day Two run on goaltenders maintains goalie quota from 2013

by Tony Piscotta
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2014 NHL Draft - Mason McDonald - Calgary Flames

Photo: The Calgary Flames selection of Charlottetown Islanders goaltender Mason McDonald at the 2014 NHL Draft began a run that ended with 21 goaltenders being chosen in this draft (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

There was a bit of a mild surprise on Friday night when Boston College goalie Thatcher Demko and the other top rated goaltenders went unselected in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.

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2014 NHL Draft: Notes and numbers from Philadelphia

by Ken McKenna
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2014 NHL Draft - Aaron Ekblad - Florida Panthers

Photo: Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad signifies his draft position after being chosen first overall at the 2014 NHL Draft by the Florida Panthers (courtesy of Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

The 2014 NHL Draft has come and gone, and another 210 players become the property of NHL teams for at least the next two years in most cases.

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