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2014 NHL Draft: OHL draft review

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2014 NHL Draft - Sam Bennett - Calgary Flames

Photo: The Calgary Flames made Kingston Frontenacs center Sam Bennett the top forward chosen out of the OHL when they nabbed with the fourth pick overall at the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

 

The Ontario Hockey League is not shy about professing itself as the premier route to “The Show”. And with nearly 20 per cent of this year’s drafted players coming out of the OHL — including 10 first-rounders — it’s clear that the “O” is not planning to relinquish its crown. Read more »

2014 NHL Draft: Florida Panthers draft review

by Brian Fogarty
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Aaron Ekblad - Florida Panthers

Photo: Defenseman Aaron Ekblad was the top selection in the 2014 NHL Draft. Ekblad is the second defenseman in Panthers franchise history to be drafted first overall, the other being Ed Jovanovski in 1994. (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon has been steadily building a team geared for long-term NHL success by building through the NHL Draft, making key trades and signing stop-gap free agents to meet salary needs.

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2014 NHL Draft: NCAA draft review

by DJ Powers
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2014 NHL Draft - Thatcher Demko - Vancouver Canucks

Photo: Boston College goaltender and Vancouver Canucks prospect Thatcher Demko was the first collegian chosen on the second day of the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Derik Hamilton/Icon SMI)

 

The 2014 NHL Draft proved to be very good for NCAA hockey as 61 current and future collegians were selected by NHL teams. Read more »

2014 NHL Draft: Russia/KHL draft review

by Alessandro Seren Rosso
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2014 NHL Draft - Vladislav Kamenev - Nashville Predators

Photo: Metallurg Magnitogorsk forward and Nashville Predaors prospect Vladislav Kamenev is the first Russian player that team has drafted since the 2004 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

After having just eight players selected in 2013, NHL teams gave some attention to Russian players at the 2014 NHL Draft. In all, 13 Russian players were selected, the highest number since the 2006 draft class that included current NHL players Semyon Varlamov, Nikolai Kulemin, and Artem Anisimov. Six of this year’s draftees are already playing in North America, while seven spent the 2013-14 season in Russia. Read more »

2014 NHL Draft: WHL draft review

by Glen Erickson
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2014 NHL Draft - Sam Reinhart - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Kootenay Ice forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Sam Reinhart was the Sabres highest selection since Pierre Turgeon was chosen first overall by the club back in 1987 (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

 

Heading into the 2014 NHL Draft, both the Western Hockey League (WHL) and Ontario Hockey League (OHL) knew their top eligible prospects would be jockeying for the coveted first pick overall. When the Florida Panthers did not receive a satisfactory offer after openly shopping the number one pick, they chose to select defenseman Aaron Ekblad of the Barrie Colts. Read more »

2014 NHL Draft: Finland draft review

by Tony Piscotta
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2014 NHL Draft - Ville Husso - St. Louis Blues

Photo: St. Louis Blues fourth round selection Ville Husso was one of two Finnish goaltenders chosen at the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

 

The 2014 NHL Draft in Philadelphia was not expected to match the excitement of last year when two players from Finland were selected in the first eight picks, and that was indeed the case. Read more »

2014 NHL Draft: St. Louis Blues draft review

by Suraj Sukumar
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Robby Fabbri - St. Louis Blues

Photo: Robby Fabbri, selected 21st overall by St. Louis, was a top goal scorer in 2013-14 for the OHL champion and Memorial Cup runner-up Guelph Storm (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

 

With 10 picks, the St. Louis Blues used the 2014 NHL Draft to replenish their coffers and added some very respectable talent to the pipeline. This was the first time since 2008 the Blues drafted double-digit players, and based on their success the last time around, this could be considered an extremely important draft for the Blues down the line. Read more »

2014 NHL Draft: QMJHL draft review

by Kevin Forbes
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2014 NHL Draft - Ivan Barbashev - St. Louis Blues

Photo: St. Louis Blues prospect Ivan Barbashev, the first of two 2014 second round picks for that club, will be looking to join former Moncton Wildcats teammate Dmitri Jaskin on the Blues’ roster (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

 

In some ways, it is disappointing that a year after having 31 players chosen at the NHL Draft (including the current Calder Trophy winner), the QMJHL dropped to having only 17 players selected in the 2014 draft. On the other hand, it is a return to familiar territory for the league. Historically, the QMJHL seems to follow particularly strong years with weaker cohorts (and early speculation for the 2015 draft points to an upswing of QMJHL players once again). Read more »

2014 NHL Draft: Sweden draft review

by Chapin Landvogt
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2014 NHL Draft - Marcus Pettersson - Anaheim Ducks

Photo: Anaheim Ducks prospect Marcus Pettersson was the top Swedish defenseman chosen at the 2014 NHL Draft, going 38th overall to the Ducks (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

The 2014 NHL Draft has come and gone and as expected, a number of young talents who were both born and raised in Sweden, or are ranked as Swedish prospects because they’ve spent at least the last season in Sweden, have now become the property of an NHL team. All in all, it was a total of 31 players chosen, 28 of whom are Swedish-born. This ties the record number set at the 2011 NHL Draft. Read more »

Uher, Payerl eyeing spots on Pittsburgh Penguins’ NHL roster

by Ian Altenbaugh
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Dominik Uher - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Forward Dominik Uher is one of several Pittsburgh Penguins prospects who is vying for an NHL roster spot out of training camp. Uher spent the last two seasons playing for the Penguins AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre. (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

 

 The Pittsburgh Penguins head into the 2014-15 season with an incomplete NHL roster, and while some of that could change from now to start of the season, the organization seems content to let their prospects battle for whatever remaining spots there might be.

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