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2015 NHL Draft: Boston Bruins draft review

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2015 NHL Draft: Boston Bruins draft review

Photo: The Bruins surprised everybody when they took (left to right) Jakub Zboril, Zachary Senyshyn, and Jake DeBrusk with picks 13-15 at the 2015 NHL Draft. (Courtesy of Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

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 »

2015 NHL Draft: Los Angeles Kings draft review

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2015 NHL Draft: Los Angeles Kings draft review

Photo: Los Angeles added talented Slovakian defender Erik Cernak to the prospect pool with its first pick (43rd overall) at the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

‏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 »

2015 NHL Draft: New Jersey Devils draft review

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2015 NHL Draft: New Jersey Devils draft review

Photo: Mackenzie Blackwood’s six top-ten finishes in the Draft Combine fitness testing were the most among all competitors. (Courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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 »

2010 NHL Draft: Edmonton Oilers picked first overall but largely missed elsewhere

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2010 NHL Draft: Edmonton Oilers picked first overall but largely missed elsewhere

Photo: Edmonton Oiler Taylor Hall was the first overall pick at the 2010 NHL Draft. He has been one of the best scorers in the NHL ever since, despite some injury troubles (courtesy of Steven Alkok/Icon Sportswire)

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 »

2010 NHL Draft: Carolina Hurricanes grab rare triple-crown of prospects

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2010 NHL Draft: Carolina Hurricanes grab rare triple-crown of prospects

Photo: Both taken in the 2010 draft, Jeff Skinner and Justin Faulk quickly became top players in the Carolina organization. (Courtesy of Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire)

The Carolina Hurricanes’ 2010 draft easily goes down as the team’s best since it moved to North Carolina. Six of the eight players selected have played an NHL game, and three are already key players with their respective teams. Read more »

2010 NHL Draft Review: Chicago Blackhawks 2010 draft class yielded mixed results

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2010 NHL Draft Review: Chicago Blackhawks 2010 draft class yielded mixed results

Photo: Chicago Blackhawks prospect Stephen Johns, selected 60th overall at the 2010 NHL draft, led Rockford in playoff scoring to cap off a career-best scoring season in 2014-15 (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

The Chicago Blackhawks went into the 2010 NHL Entry Draft plagued by uncertainty. Sure, the team was fresh off winning their first Stanley Cup in 49 years, but the celebration could only last so long. The fact of the matter was the Blackhawks were pressed against the salary cap, so the offseason would see general manager Stan Bowman make a flurry of trades and signings to ensure the Blackhawks were both cap-compliant and a Cup contender. It probably sounds familiar.

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CHL Import Draft: Zacha prime example of Import drafting success, plus a review of 2015 draft

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CHL Import Draft: Zacha prime example of Import drafting success, plus a review of 2015 draft

Photo: HC Kosice forward Radovan Bondra was a fifth round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks, and was also the eighth selection overall of the 2015 CHL Import Draft (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

For junior hockey enthusiasts, has there been a better month of hockey? The Stanley Cup was awarded to the Chicago Blackhawks, the 2015 NHL Draft lived up to expectations, free agency is looming and the 2015 CHL Import Draft capped off a busy month of June. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Winners, losers, and in between from this weekend’s draft

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2015 NHL Draft: Winners, losers, and in between from this weekend’s draft

Photo: Seattle Thunderbirds forward Mathew Barzal was ranked as a top-10 talent, but fell to the New York Islanders at 16th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

With the 2015 NHL Draft in the rear-view mirror, hope and optimism abounds among NHL organizations and their fans. It’s truly a great time of year, and with 211 picks in the books, this draft should be remembered for years to come. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Notes and Numbers from Sunrise

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2015 NHL Draft: Notes and Numbers from Sunrise

Photo: The Arizona Coyotes’ Dylan Strome (L), Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid (C), and Buffalo Sabres’ Jack Eichel were the top three picks of the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Perhaps the most anticipated NHL Draft in the past decade is now in the books. The 2015 draft class of 211 players, led by top talents Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, have found new homes in the NHL and will begin their journey to a pro career beginning with the coming summer development camps put on by the 30 NHL clubs. Read more »

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