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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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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
With nine draft picks heading into the 2015 NHL Draft, Calgary Flames‘ GM Brad Treliving utilized a package of three picks to acquire one of the most promising up-and-coming defencemen in the game, Dougie Hamilton. GM Treliving sent the 15th pick overall and two second round picks (45 and 52) to the Boston Bruins in return for the 22-year-old blueliner. Last year, in his third NHL season, Hamilton posted career-highs in scoring with 10 goals and 32 assists. Calgary recently signed Hamilton to a six year contract, solidifying their defensive core for the long-term with a new key component. Read more »
The 2015 NHL Draft will go down as the NCAA’s most successful since 2003 while making history in the process. This year marked the first time in the history of the NHL Draft that three current collegians – that is those that played in the NCAA this past season – were taken in the top 10. Read more »
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