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2015 NHL Draft Review: Dergachyov, Guryanov top the 2015 Russian crop

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2015 NHL Draft Review: Dergachyov, Guryanov top the 2015 Russian crop

Photo: SKA-1946 St. Petersburg forward and 2015 prospect Alexander Dergachyov competed in the MHL in 2014-15, posting 10 goals and 39 points in 45 games, then adding 18 points in 19 playoff games (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

While the number of Russian players in the NHL has decreased when compared to the early 2000’s, a trend reversal is expected in the next few years, especially considering the difficult economic situation of the KHL. Some evidence of this change includes the offseason movement of some of the KHL’s top players crossing the Atlantic in a fashion that hasn’t been seen in many years, with players like Artemi Panarin, Evgeny Medvedev, Sergei Plotnikov and others venturing forth to the NHL. Read more »

Colorado Avalanche 2015 NHL Draft Preview

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Colorado Avalanche 2015 NHL Draft Preview

Photo: Colorado Avalanche prospect Conner Bleackley served as captain for the Red Deer Rebels for the last two seasons, and was Colorado’s first round pick (23rd overall) at the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

For the fourth time in six years, the Colorado Avalanche will be selecting in the top ten at the NHL Draft. Despite a late surge to attempt to salvage their season, the team could not overcome their poor start to make back-to-back postseason appearances. Read more »

Virtanen gained valuable experience with Vancouver’s AHL affiliate in Utica

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Virtanen gained valuable experience with Vancouver’s AHL affiliate in Utica

Photo: Utica Comets forward and Vancouver Canucks prospect Jake Virtanen had a busy 2014-15 season with a stop in the WHL, a gold medal win at the 2015 World Juniors, and his first pro action in the AHL (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

When Jake Virtanen arrived in Utica after his WHL playoff run with the Calgary Hitmen came to an end, he was expecting to come in and practice with the Vancouver Canucks‘ top minor league affiliate, the Utica Comets, to learn about the game at the professional level. Read more »

NHL Draft Primer: Top ten for 2015 more than just McDavid, Eichel

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NHL Draft Primer: Top ten for 2015 more than just McDavid, Eichel

Photo: Erie Otters forward Connor McDavid and Boston University forward Jack Eichel are the top-ranked prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft according to NHL Central Scouting (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images (L) and Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images (R))

The cream of the crop won’t have to wait long to hear their names called at the 2015 NHL Draft. Unlike most years, this truly is a deep draft, where numerous talents will be counted on as possible franchise players, and could possibly include every name on this list. Read more »

San Jose Sharks 2015 NHL Draft Preview

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San Jose Sharks 2015 NHL Draft Preview

Photo: San Jose Sharks prospect Nikolay Goldobin was no stretch when he was selected 27th overall at the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Dan Hamilton/Icon Sportswire)

Holding the ninth overall pick after a season of struggle, disappointment and growing pains, the San Jose Sharks will station themselves near the front of the stage at the 2015 NHL Draft in Sunrise, Florida. It will be the highest selection the organization has had since it took Logan Couture with the same pick back in 2007.

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Arizona Coyotes 2015 NHL Draft Preview

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Arizona Coyotes 2015 NHL Draft Preview

Photo: Arizona Coyotes prospect Brendan Perlini, taken in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft, is expected to make an immediate offensive impact once he starts his pro career (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Even for the eternal optimist, it’s hard to look at the Arizona Coyotes as they currently stand and think positive thoughts. The team missed the playoffs for the third consecutive season, the organization was forced into trading two of their core players in Keith Yandle and Antoine Vermette, and now a messy and frustrating legal situation is front and center. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Hockey’s Future Staff Mock Draft

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2015 NHL Draft: Hockey’s Future Staff Mock Draft

Photo: 2015 NHL Draft prospects (front l-r) Mitch Marner and Lawson Crouse, and (back I-r) Noah Hanifin, Jack Eichel, Connor McDavid, and Dylan Strome are players expected to be chosen at the top of the draft being held in Sunrise, FL on 6/26 & 27 (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Just like that, another year is over. The Chicago Blackhawks have won their third Stanley Cup in six years, elevating the team’s exciting roster to dynasty status. For the rest of the league, the 2015 NHL Draft now looms large on the calendar, taking place June 26th and 27th at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. Read more »

Nashville Predators 2015 NHL Draft preview

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Nashville Predators 2015 NHL Draft preview

Photo: Nashville Predators prospect Kevin Fiala, selected in the first round at the 2014 NHL Draft, could challenge for the Calder Trophy in 2015-16 (courtesy of Danny Murphy/Icon Sportswire)

A late season swoon and a first-round playoff loss to the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks took some luster off what was a very promising 2014-15 season in Nashville. The Predators, expected to struggle when the season started, led the Central Division for much of the year. Rookie Filip Forsberg led the team in scoring while veteran Mike Ribeiro returned to the form he showed during his days with the Dallas Stars.

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2015 NHL Draft Preview: Carlsson, Eriksson Ek tops among prospect group from Sweden

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2015 NHL Draft Preview: Carlsson, Eriksson Ek tops among prospect group from Sweden

Photo: Linkoping defenseman and 2015 prospect Gabriel Carlsson is the top defensive prospect to come out of Sweden for the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

In a draft class as pumped up and anticipated as this year’s is, it should come as no surprise that Sweden will likely be the producer of over 20 players taken by NHL teams over the course of the 2015 NHL Draft. For several years now, Sweden has established itself as the third-largest provider of NHL-drafted talent, coming in after Canada and the USA. Read more »

2010 NHL Draft: Atlanta’s final draft left little value for today’s Winnipeg Jets

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2010 NHL Draft: Atlanta’s final draft left little value for today’s Winnipeg Jets

Photo: Winnipeg Jets prospect Alex Burmistrov had enough NHL production early in his career to tantalize fans but he may be happier home in Russia (courtesy of Terry Lee/Icon Sportswire)

The 2010 NHL Draft was the final draft for the Atlanta Thrashers organization before their move to Winnipeg. The draft overall was a failure for the organization, with no players selected in the draft on the current Jets roster.

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