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2016 NHL Draft Primer: Amonte, De Jong, LaFontaine among potential late-round selections

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2016 NHL Draft Primer: Amonte, De Jong, LaFontaine among potential late-round selections

Photo: Saginaw Spirit forward Tye Felhaber posted 18 goals and 38 points in 64 games in 2015-16 (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

 

While most of the attention is paid to the first round of the draft, it is what happens on the second day that often defines a scouting staff. The next part in our NHL Draft Primer series looks at a few candidates to be taken in the later rounds. There are many different ways to make it to the NHL, and while statistics will tell you that these players often don’t make it to the top level of the game, it is just the first step in a long journey. Read more »

2011 NHL Draft: Majority of New York Islanders picks already out of the organization

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2011 NHL Draft: Majority of New York Islanders picks already out of the organization

Photo: Ryan Strome has had some up-and-downs in his brief NHL career but still has great upside for the New York Islanders. (courtesy Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

 

The New York Islanders went into the 2011 NHL Draft with a top five pick for a third consecutive season. The franchise had selected John Tavares with the first overall pick in 2009 and Nino Niederreiter with the fifth overall pick in 2010. They went into the draft looking to add another cornerstone as a rebuilding franchise. Read more »

2011 NHL Draft: Washington Capitals four picks have yet to play in NHL

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2011 NHL Draft: Washington Capitals four picks have yet to play in NHL

Photo: Sixth round pick Travis Boyd is the only of four 2011 NHL Draft selections to be signed by the Washington Capitals (courtesy Graig Abel/Getty images).

 

 

The 2011 NHL Draft was a forgettable one for the Washington Capitals.

Washington traded away its first round pick to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Troy Brouwer and Chicago used that pick to select Philip Danault. That transaction left Washington with just four picks, all on the second day of the draft. Read more »

2011 NHL Draft: Pittsburgh Penguins found trade chips and depth throughout draft

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2011 NHL Draft: Pittsburgh Penguins found trade chips and depth throughout draft

Photo: The Pittsburgh Penguins found a formidable winger in the seventh round of the 2011 NHL Draft with the selection of Scott Wilson (courtesy Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire).

 

 

The 2011 NHL Draft was a success for the Pittsburgh Penguins. None of the five players the team selected that year have developed into stars, but every single one of them has played in at least one NHL game, and several look like they should have productive NHL careers.

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2011 NHL Draft: Florida Panthers add cornerstone player and find value in mid-round picks

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2011 NHL Draft: Florida Panthers add cornerstone player and find value in mid-round picks

Photo: Third overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft Jonathan Huberdeau has become a dynamic forward for the Florida Panthers, scoring 50-plus points in back-to-back season. (courtesy Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

 

 

Although the Florida Panthers drafted cornerstone players Aleksander Barkov and Aaron Ekblad in 2013 and 2014, the organization built its foundation primarily in the 2011 NHL Draft, Dale Tallon’s second as general manager.

The 2015-16 version of the Panthers, which qualified for the playoffs and had its best regular season in franchise history, featured two players from the 2011 NHL Draft – Jonathan Huberdeau and Vincent Trocheck – playing vital roles for the team. Logan Shaw, Kyle Rau and Rocco Grimaldi all played varying roles for the team as well. The Panthers drafted 23 players in the 2010 and 2011 drafts, 15 of which have played in the NHL. Read more »

Shift in organizational strategy creates deep Toronto Maple Leafs Top 20

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Shift in organizational strategy creates deep Toronto Maple Leafs Top 20

Photo: After winning the OHL, CHL and Memorial Cup MVP, it’s no surprise London Knights forward Mitch Marner remains the top prospect in the Toronto Maple Leafs organization. (courtesy Terry Wilson / CHL Images)

 

 

The Toronto Maple Leafs have underwent a tremendous organizational overhaul in the past 18 months, and, as a result, the team’s prospect group is one of the best in the NHL. They’ll add to their already-impressive group in the upcoming draft, where they currently own 12 picks.

Because of the amount of trades and new prospects in the organization there has been a lot of movement in the Maple Leafs Top 20 prospects, though the Top 3 remains the same. Read more »

Gusev among top NHL properties that competed in the KHL in 2015-16

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Gusev among top NHL properties that competed in the KHL in 2015-16

Photo: Minnesota Wild forward prospect Kirill Kaprizov (R) competed for Team Russia at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, where Russia won silver after falling in overtime to Finland in the gold medal game (courtesy of MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/Getty Images)

 

 

The KHL continues to produce good players at a good pace, but nowadays there are more players moving to North America than before, therefore leaving the KHL with a slightly inferior number of drafted prospects than before. Read more »

2011 NHL Draft: Anaheim Ducks discovered talents in every round

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2011 NHL Draft: Anaheim Ducks discovered talents in every round

Photo: Five years after he was drafted, Anaheim’s John Gibson has appeared in 66 NHL games, Garret Sparks is second with 17 (courtesy of Ric Tapia/Icon Sportswire)

 

 

The Anaheim Ducks hit on some key players in their selections at the 2011 NHL Draft. The team might have walked away from the draft saying that the best case scenario is getting a top-six winger, a bottom-four defender, a starting goalie, and a bottom-six center. Hitting on all those is not a bad weekend’s work. Read more »

2011 NHL Draft: Dallas Stars bet on size and found some players

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2011 NHL Draft: Dallas Stars bet on size and found some players

Photo: Dallas Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak split his time between the NHL and AHL in 2015-16, appearing in just 19 games for Dallas and eight games for the Texas Stars (courtesy of Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

 

The Dallas Stars went to St. Paul, Minnesota looking at physical tools and going after players with size in the 2011 NHL Draft.

Dallas drafted a pair of tall defensemen (Jamie Oleksiak and Troy Vance) that each topped 6’5″, while they also loaded up on a pair of power forwards in Brett Ritchie and Matej Stransky. Read more »

2011 NHL Draft: Detroit Red Wings found players even without a first-round pick

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2011 NHL Draft: Detroit Red Wings found players even without a first-round pick

Photo: Tomas Jurco has developed into an NHL player, but the Red Wings need a lot more from him next season (courtesy of Tony Ding/Icon Sportswire)

 

 

The 2010-11 season was one of the last standout seasons in a long line of playoff seasons for the Detroit Red Wings. Keep in mind, this was prior to the realignment that resulted in the current divisional format, so the Detroit Red Wings were (somewhat unfairly) still in the Western Conference. Read more »

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