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St. Louis Blues 2014 NHL Draft preview

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Zach Pochiro - Prince George Cougars

Photo: Zach Pochiro, St. Louis’ 112th overall pick in 2013, was a point-per-game player while earning 123 penalty minutes for Prince George in 2013-14 (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

While the St. Louis Blues have not won a Stanley Cup, the current team they have put together seems to be on the right track.  There are very few holes on the NHL team, but they are running out of resources at the lower levels of hockey.

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2014 NHL Draft Preview: Uncertainty the word for Russia’s latest draft class

by Alessandro Seren Rosso
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Igor Shestyorkin - Team Russia

Photo: SKA St. Petersburg goaltender and 2014 prospect Igor Sheshtyorkin competed for Team Russia at the 2013 Subway Super Series (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

With the 2013-14 season now completed, and as the 2014 NHL Draft draws closer, the list of Russian prospects who are on the radar of the NHL scouting staffs gets thinner. The list of potential draftees playing in Russia is always somewhat difficult to gauge due to the infamous “Russian Factor” hanging over the heads of any player that chooses to stay in Russia to continue their development.

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2014 NHL Draft Preview: Ekblad heads another solid OHL class

by Jason Menard
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Aaron Ekblad - Barrie Colts

Photo: Barrie Colts defenseman and 2014 prospect Aaron Ekblad is said to be the most NHL-ready player in this year’s NHL Draft class (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

While it may not be the slam-dunk consensus that previous years have provided, either Sam Bennett or Aaron Ekblad are the odds-on favorites to be the sixth first-overall NHL Draft selection in the past nine years to come from the OHL.

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Florida Panthers 2014 NHL Draft preview

by Brian Fogarty
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Aleksander Barkov - Florida Panthers

Photo: The Florida Panthers selected center Aleksander Barkov second overall in the 2013 NHL Draft. Barkov was solid in his NHL rookie season, managing eight goals and 16 assists in 54 games. (courtesy of Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Florida Panthers head into the 2014 NHL Draft with the first overall pick. While Panthers general manager Dale Tallon is noncommittal about trading the pick, he will listen to offers that are presented.

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Detroit Red Wings 2014 NHL Draft preview

by Adam Schnepp
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Zach Nastasiuk - Owen Sound Attack

Photo: Zach Nastasiuk, Detroit’s 48th overall pick in 2013, served as captain for the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack in 2013-14 and then finished the year by making his pro debut with Grand Rapids (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Most organizations choose to either retool through free agency or rebuild through the draft. The Detroit Red Wings, however, chose to take the path least often employed and mixed retooling and rebuilding to continue their 23-year-long playoff streak.

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Tampa Bay Lightning 2014 NHL Draft preview

by Chris Roberts
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Jonathan Drouin - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Winger Jonathan Drouin had a standout season in the QMJHL, managing 108 points in only 46 games. Drouin was selected third overall in the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

Despite a first round playoff exit to the Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman has to be feeling pretty good about the position the organization is in right now. The Lightning finished a surprising second place in the Atlantic Division, with key contributions from young players like Tyler Johnson, Alex Killorn, and Ondrej Palat, among others.

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Ottawa Senators 2014 NHL Draft preview

by Peter Morrow
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Curtis Lazar - Ottawa Senators

Photo: The Ottawa Senators selected forward Curtis Lazar 17th overall in the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

The Ottawa Senators are in for another interesting, potentially franchise-altering offseason. Following former captain Daniel Alfredsson's footsteps last summer, the 2013-14 Senators captain Jason Spezza is likely on his way out. Two more top-six forwards, Ales Hemsky and Milan Michalek, might be following suit. With valuable assets to shop around, general manager Bryan Murray will remain busy leading up to the 2014 NHL draft.

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New York Islanders 2014 NHL Draft preview

by Christian Litscher
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Ryan Pulock - New York Islanders

Photo: The New York Islanders selected defenseman Ryan Pulock 15th overall in the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

It has already been a busy offseason for New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow. Slotted with fifth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, Snow was faced with the tough decision of whether to give the Buffalo Sabres their 2014 first round pick or their 2015 first round pick as a result of the Thomas Vanek trade.

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2014 NHL Draft: HF Staff Mock Draft

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Aaron Ekblad, Sam Reinhart, Sam Bennett - 2014 NHL Draft

Photo: Defenseman Aaron Ekblad (left) and forwards Sam Reinhart (center) and Sam Bennett (right) will learn where they begin their professional careers at the 2014 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images and Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Now that the Los Angeles Kings have hoisted their second Stanley Cup in three years, the hockey world can now focus on the 2014 NHL Draft that will take place on June 27th and 28th at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Phoenix Coyotes 2014 NHL Draft preview

by Pat Paeplow
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Yan-Pavel Laplante - Victoriaville Tigres

Photo: Yan-Pavel Laplante, the Coyotes’ 62nd overall pick in 2013, split the 2013-14 season between the Charlottetown Islanders and Victoriaville Tigres in the QMJHL before making his pro debut with AHL Portland (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

In August of 2013, the Phoenix Coyotes were purchased by IceArizona. Operating under an autonomous ownership group for the first time since 2009, rumors and speculation of the club’s demise or relocation were finally put to rest.

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