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Montreal Canadiens 2015 NHL Draft preview

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Montreal Canadiens 2015 NHL Draft preview

Photo: Montreal’s 1st round pick in 2014 (26th overall), Nikita Scherbak had 82 points in 65 WHL games this season. (Courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon Sportswire)

Montreal Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin has been able to maintain a strong system in terms of prospects while continually improving the big league team. He recently re-signed Jeff Petry, who was acquired at the deadline, ensuring that the two draft picks given up in the deal (2015 2nd and 4th) won’t be for naught. Read more »

Tampa Bay Lightning 2015 NHL Draft Preview

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Tampa Bay Lightning 2015 NHL Draft Preview

Photo: The Tampa Bay Ligthning’s 1st round pick in 2014 (19th overall) won the the OHL’s Defenseman of the Year award this season. (Courtesy of Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire)

A trip to the Stanley Cup Finals guaranteed the Tampa Bay Lightning‘s first round pick would be either 29th or 30th overall, but that pick was dealt to the Philadelphia Flyers in the Braydon Coburn trade prior to the deadline. Fortunately, the Lightning also owned the New York Rangers’ first round pick, acquired in last year’s Martin St. Louis/Ryan Callahan swap. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft Preview: White heads golden group from U.S. NTDP

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2015 NHL Draft Preview: White heads golden group from U.S. NTDP

Photo: U.S. NTDP forward and 2015 prospect Colin White is one of a few NTDP players that will move on to Boston College in the fall (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

The 2014-15 season was another one in which the U.S. National Team Development Program saw its work culminate in a gold medal at the U18 World Championship, this time around in Zug, Switzerland. Read more »

Toronto Maple Leafs 2015 NHL Draft Preview

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Toronto Maple Leafs 2015 NHL Draft Preview

Photo: It didn’t take long for William Nylander, Toronto’s 1st round pick  in 2014 (8th overall), to make the jump to North America, joining the Toronto Marlies after the WJC’s (Courtesy of CHL Images)

The 2015 NHL Draft represents the start of a new era in the history of the Toronto Maple Leafs franchise. President Brendan Shanahan has committed the Leafs to a new strategic direction that is focused on scouting, drafting and patiently developing impactful NHL players into the cornerstones of a sustainable winning franchise. Read more »

Carolina Hurricanes 2015 NHL Draft Preview

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Carolina Hurricanes 2015 NHL Draft Preview

Photo: The Carolina Hurricanes bolstered their depth between the pipes when they selected Alex Nedeljkovic in the 2nd round (37th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft. (Courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire)

For the seventh time in eight seasons, the Hurricanes enter the NHL offseason with a top-15 pick in the upcoming draft. With the fifth overall selection on June 26, Carolina should be able to add to its stockpile of young talent, and perhaps even land a player that can contribute as soon as next season. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft Preview: Malgin the top prospect competing in Switzerland

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2015 NHL Draft Preview: Malgin the top prospect competing in Switzerland

Photo: ZSC Lions forward and 2015 prospect Denis Malgin posted two goals and eight points in 23 games in Switzerland’s top league this season (courtesy of Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

After Switzerland was overlooked in the 2009 NHL Draft, the small country with a population of around 8 million and only 26,415 licensed hockey players has managed to have at least two players chosen per draft since that down year. Read more »

Calgary Flames 2015 NHL Draft Preview

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Calgary Flames 2015 NHL Draft Preview

Photo: Calgary Flames prospect Sam Bennett, the fourth overall pick at the 2014 NHL Draft, missed most of the 2014-15 OHL season but had four points in the NHL playoffs (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon Sportswire)

For the first time in two years the Calgary Flames will be selecting outside of the top ten in the upcoming draft. General Manager Brad Treliving enters his second season at the head of the draft table for Calgary and will have a collection of nine draft picks, including the 15th pick overall and three second round picks. Read more »

Anaheim Ducks 2015 NHL Draft Preview

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Anaheim Ducks 2015 NHL Draft Preview

Photo: Anaheim Ducks prospect Nick Ritchie, selected tenth overall at the 2014 NHL Draft, finished fourth in scoring in the OHL playoffs with 26 points in 14 games (courtesy of John Cordes/Icon Sportswire)

After an impressive run during both the regular season and the post-season, the Anaheim Ducks will gear up to select late in the 2015 first round. Fortunately for them this is a solid enough year where plenty of great talent will still available.

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New York Islanders 2015 NHL Draft Preview

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New York Islanders 2015 NHL Draft Preview

Photo:  Michael Dal Colle, the Islanders’ 5th overall selection in the 2014 draft, led the Oshawa Generals to a Memorial Cup Championship this season. (Courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

The New York Islanders finished the 2014-2015 season with a 47-28-7 record, giving them 101 points—good enough to finish third in the Metropolitan Division. Facing off against the Washington Capitals in the first round, the Islanders lost in Game 7 of what was a competitive back-and-forth series. Read more »

Chicago Blackhawks 2015 NHL Draft Preview

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Chicago Blackhawks 2015 NHL Draft Preview

Photo: Chicago Blackhawks prospect Nick Schmaltz, drafted 20th overall at the 2014 NHL Draft, was the top-scoring freshman for North Dakota, with 26 points in 38 games (courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon Sportswire)

After the Blackhawks defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 on June 15th, the great debate began again as to whether or not Chicago is considered a modern-day dynasty in the NHL. Winning three Stanley Cups in just six seasons, especially in the salary-cap era, is no easy feat, but the Blackhawks have continued to be the cream of the crop come the postseason. While free agent signings and trades always help add depth to a team like the Blackhawks, it’s to smart drafting that Chicago can credit a fair amount of its success.

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