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2014 NHL Draft: QMJHL draft review

by Kevin Forbes
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2014 NHL Draft - Ivan Barbashev - St. Louis Blues

Photo: St. Louis Blues prospect Ivan Barbashev, the first of two 2014 second round picks for that club, will be looking to join former Moncton Wildcats teammate Dmitri Jaskin on the Blues’ roster (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

 

In some ways, it is disappointing that a year after having 31 players chosen at the NHL Draft (including the current Calder Trophy winner), the QMJHL dropped to having only 17 players selected in the 2014 draft. On the other hand, it is a return to familiar territory for the league. Historically, the QMJHL seems to follow particularly strong years with weaker cohorts (and early speculation for the 2015 draft points to an upswing of QMJHL players once again). Read more »

2014 NHL Draft: Sweden draft review

by Chapin Landvogt
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2014 NHL Draft - Marcus Pettersson - Anaheim Ducks

Photo: Anaheim Ducks prospect Marcus Pettersson was the top Swedish defenseman chosen at the 2014 NHL Draft, going 38th overall to the Ducks (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

The 2014 NHL Draft has come and gone and as expected, a number of young talents who were both born and raised in Sweden, or are ranked as Swedish prospects because they’ve spent at least the last season in Sweden, have now become the property of an NHL team. All in all, it was a total of 31 players chosen, 28 of whom are Swedish-born. This ties the record number set at the 2011 NHL Draft. Read more »

Uher, Payerl eyeing spots on Pittsburgh Penguins’ NHL roster

by Ian Altenbaugh
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Dominik Uher - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Forward Dominik Uher is one of several Pittsburgh Penguins prospects who is vying for an NHL roster spot out of training camp. Uher spent the last two seasons playing for the Penguins AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre. (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

 

 The Pittsburgh Penguins head into the 2014-15 season with an incomplete NHL roster, and while some of that could change from now to start of the season, the organization seems content to let their prospects battle for whatever remaining spots there might be.

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2014 NHL Draft: Washington Capitals draft review

by Jason Lewis
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Jakub Vrana - Washington Capitals

Photo: Forward Jakub Vrana was one of five forwards the Capitals selected in the 2014 NHL Draft. Vrana is a skilled forward who spent much of the 2013-14 playing in Sweden. (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

After missing the playoffs in the 2013-14 season the Washington Capitals parted ways with head coach Adam Oates and general manager George McPhee. In his place, former assistant GM Brian McClellan stepped up to the podium at the 2014 NHL Draft.

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2014 NHL Draft: Anaheim Ducks draft review

by Chris Phifer
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Nick Ritchie - Anaheim Ducks

Photo: The Ducks selected power forward Nick Ritchie, OHL Peterborough’s leader in goals and points in 2013-14, with the 10th overall pick at the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

 

The Anaheim Ducks were one of the most talked about teams heading into the NHL draft, mainly due to rumors circulating about them being in active trade talks to an acquire a new center. Read more »

Beyond Tomorrow: McDavid, Eichel head Class of 2015

by Chau Vo
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Connor McDavid - Erie Otters

Photo: Erie Otters forward and 2015 prospect Connor McDavid finished fourth in OHL scoring during the 2013-14 regular season and 10th in the 2014 OHL playoffs (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

The 2014 NHL Draft prospects enjoyed a great weekend in Philadelphia late last month as they passed another milestone on their journey to the NHL. The Class of 2015 now gets its turn in the spotlight, and it is also time for Beyond Tomorrow to shift the focus to the 2016 prospects. Read more »

2014 NHL Draft: Winnipeg Jets draft review

by Charlie Beattie
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Nikolaj Ehlers - Winnipeg Jets

Photo: Winnipeg selected dynamic Danish forward Nikolaj Ehlers, the fourth-leading scorer in the entire QMJHL as a rookie, with the 9th overall pick at the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

 

The narrative surrounding the Winnipeg Jets leading up to the draft was more about potential wheeling and dealing surrounding their current roster (specifically Evander Kane) than the selections in front of them, with even general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff hinting that the Jets could make a notable deal at the draft. Read more »

Ekblad makes good first impression at Panthers’ development camp

by Tony Androckitis
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2014 NHL Draft - Aaron Ekblad - Florida Panthers

Photo: Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad was the first pick of the Florida Panthers at the 2014 NHL Draft, as well as the first selection overall (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

 

Growing up in Windsor, ON, just across the river from Detroit, Aaron Ekblad followed the Detroit Red Wings as a child. He attributes watching Nicklas Lidstrom as the reason he wears the number five today. Read more »

2014 NHL Draft: New York Rangers draft review

by Leslie Treff
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Ryan Mantha - New York Rangers

Photo: Ryan Mantha was one of three defensemen the New York Rangers selected in the 2014 NHL Draft. Mantha was picked in the 4th round, 104th overall. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

 The New York Rangers went into the 2014 NHL Draft with only four selections, in the second through fifth rounds. During the draft, New York made trades to add two additional picks, giving the Rangers seven selections for the first time since 2009.

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