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Nashville Predators have promising prospects in Europe and NCAA ranks

by Tony Piscotta
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Jimmy Vesey - Harvard Crimson

Photo: Jimmy Vesey was Harvard’s leading scorer in 2013-14 with 13 goals and 22 points in 31 games for the Crimson (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

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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Haula earns Prospect of the Year award for Minnesota Wild

by Peter Prohaska
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Erik Haula - Minnesota Wild

Photo: Rookie pro Erik Haula turned an injury call-up into more than half a season in St. Paul with the Wild (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon SMI)

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.

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Winning goal on your stick? Don’t sweat it with Right Guard Xtreme Clear!

by HF Staff
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Right Guard Xtreme Clear

Photo: When the game is on the line, stay cool as Kane with Right Guard Xtreme Clear antipersperant and deodorant (courtesy of Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

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!

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Niku, Parikka prominent on defense for Finland at the U18

by Chapin Landvogt
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Jarkko Parikka - Team Finland

Photo: Team Finland defenseman Jarkko Parikka played for the Des Moines Buccaneers in the 2013-14 season, picking up eight points in 51 games (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

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.

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Prokhorkin the best of a thin crop of center prospects playing in the KHL

by Alessandro Seren Rosso
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Patrick Bjorkstrand - Team Denmark

Photo: Medvescak Zagreb forward Patrick Bjorkstrand, shown here competing for Denmark at the 2013 World Championship, could be looking to follow his brother Oliver to North America after a solid 2013-14 season in the KHL (courtesy of JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

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Graduation of MacKinnon and Barrie allows other prospects to step into the spotlight

by Chau Vo
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Stefan Elliott - Colorado Avalanche

Photo: Defenseman Stefan Elliott spent most of 2013-14 with Lake Erie in the AHL, but he returned to the NHL late in the season and scored a goal in an April 13th overtime loss in Anaheim (courtesy of Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)

As the 2013-14 hockey season ends for many Colorado Avalanche prospects, there are still a few competing for their respective league championships.

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Oil Kings’ Lazar, Samuelsson top center prospects competing in WHL

by Glen Erickson
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Nic Petan and Brendan Leipsic - Portland Winterhawks

Photo: Winnipeg Jets prospect Nic Petan (#19) and Nashville Predators prospect Brendan Leipsic (#28) of the Portland Winterhawks have much to smile about as they will be competing in their fourth straight WHL Championship series (courtesy of Ben Nelms/Getty Images)

The defensemen, goaltenders and wingers have all been covered, so it is time to take a look at the top centers prospects that competed in the WHL during the 2013-14 season.

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Wennberg tops a strong group of forward prospects playing in Sweden

by Chapin Landvogt
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Alexander Wennberg - Team Sweden

Photo: Frolunda Indians forward and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Alexander Wennberg saw his first extended action in Sweden’s top league during the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

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.

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Kanzig stands on guard for Royals

by Glen Erickson
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Keegan Kanzig - Victoria Royals

Photo: Victoria Royals defenseman and Calgary Flames prospect Keegan Kanzig is getting his first taste of the pro game after joining the Abbotsford Heat for the AHL playoffs (courtesy of Ben Nelms/Getty Images)

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.

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Off the Radar: Five overlooked prospects for the 2014 NHL Draft

by Chris Roberts
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Adam Helewka - Spokane Chiefs

Photo: Spokane Chiefs forward Adam Helewka nearly doubled his point total of 2012-13, picking up 50 points during the 2013-14 campaign (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

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.

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