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Coming into the 2015 NHL Draft the Minnesota Wild‘s prospect pool was one of the league’s weakest thanks to a combination of graduations, misses at the 2011 NHL draft, bewildering picks in other recent draft classes, valuable picks (especially the 2013 first-rounder) sent away for established players, and lack of late-round successes lately. The team needs to win more than one playoff round to justify such costly gambles, but it seemed to readjust its prospect development strategy for this draft. Moving away from drafting players with limited ability and upside is a major step in the right direction.
The Montreal Canadiens went to the 2015 NHL Draft with five picks, and selected near the end of each round. The only exception was the team’s fifth round pick, acquired when they traded Daniel Briere to Colorado for P.A. Parenteau. General Manager Marc Bergevin was inactive on the trade front, and held on to all of his picks—selecting when his turn came up. Read more »
After making nine picks per draft for the previous three drafts, the Dallas Stars may have felt as if they had some room to play with their 2015 picks. They came into the weekend a touch shorthanded due to previous trades and then exchanged their seventh round choice for the rights to goaltender Antti Niemi. All told, the Stars made five selections. With the 12th pick, they provided probably the first real surprise of the draft when they selected Russian winger Denis Guryanov.
For the first time since the 2006-07 season, the Boston Bruins found themselves on the outside looking in at the NHL playoffs despite a 41-27-14 record and 96-point finish. While the Bruins still had a chance to make the playoffs during the final days of the season, missing the party was enough for the team to pull the trigger on many changes within the organization. The biggest was at the general manager position, where former Bruins defenseman Don Sweeney replaced Peter Chiarielli, who departed to take the same job with the Edmonton Oilers. Read more »
After a disappointing end to the Los Angeles Kings‘ 2014-15 season, the team went into one of the deepest NHL Drafts in recent memory needing to fill some holes and restock. Unfortunately, with just six picks going at the actual draft table, the Kings had the fewest number of selections since 2012. Read more »
After hiring Head Coach John Hynes earlier in the month, General Manager Ray Shero proclaimed he would mold the New Jersey Devils into a fast, attacking, supportive team. The 2015 NHL Draft provided him with the chance to put his own stamp on the team and begin rebuilding the Devils farm system. The organization entered Sunrise, Florida with six selections and needs at almost every position, most notably at forward. Read more »
The 2010 Edmonton Oilers draft class is somewhat of an enigma. Aside from Taylor Hall, who was and has been an obvious lock for NHL success, the rest who followed have remained question marks for the Oilers. Many of the picks experienced setbacks related to injury, inconsistent performance, or otherwise. Read more »