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2014 NHL Draft: Tampa Bay Lightning draft preview

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Anthony DeAngelo - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Anthony DeAngelo was one of four defensemen the Tampa Bay Lightning selected in the 2014 NHL Draft. The Lightning picked DeAngelo 19th overall. (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

 

Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman proved, once again, that the franchise is not afraid of taking risks in the early rounds of the NHL Draft.

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2014 NHL Draft: Vancouver Canucks draft review

by Larenzo Jensen
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Jake Virtanen - Vancouver Canucks

Photo: Vancouver’s sixth overall pick, Jake Virtanen, tied for second in goals among draft-eligible CHL players with 45 tallies for the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

The Vancouver Canucks were one of the busiest teams during the 2014 NHL Draft, selecting seven players, while moving disgruntled center Ryan Kesler to Anaheim and defenseman Jason Garrison to Tampa Bay.

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2014 NHL Draft: San Jose Sharks draft review

by Craig Fischer
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Nikolay Goldobin - San Jose Sharks

Photo: Nikolay Goldobin, San Jose’s top pick at 27th overall, ranked seventh overall in OHL scoring with 94 points in 67 games for Sarnia in 2013-14 (courtesy of Derik Hamilton/Icon SMI)

 

Coming into the 2014 NHL Draft in Philadelphia, General Manager Doug Wilson and the San Jose Sharks were making substantial noise and looked to be on the precipice of a big change, a monumental rebuild of sorts that would alter the culture and look of the Sharks for years to come. Instead of a loud boom, in typical Sharks fashion, the 2014 draft quietly ushered in a new age for the San Jose organization.

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2014 NHL Draft: Minnesota Wild draft review

by Peter Prohaska
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Alex Tuch - Minnesota Wild

Photo: The Wild selected USNTDP winger and Boston College commit Alex Tuch with the 18th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

Though there was talk of somehow reacquiring a second round pick, the Minnesota Wild had limited assets to offer as enticement. Chuck Fletcher did pick up an additional seventh round pick in 2015 in exchange for moving down one pick, but in the end the braintrust seemed content to stick with its hand in Philadelphia.

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2014 NHL Draft: Philadelphia Flyers draft review

by Jashvina Shah
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Travis Sanheim - Philadelphia Flyers

Photo: The Philadelphia Flyers once again went heavy on defense at the draft, selecting Travis Sanheim 17th overall and adding three other defensemen in the later rounds. (courtesy of Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

The home team did not make much of a splash at the 2014 NHL Draft, failing to trade up for a higher pick in the first round. The Philadelphia Flyers again made defense a priority, drafting Travis Sanheim with their 17th overall pick. They added two more defensemen before the night was done, adding Mark Friedman in the third round.

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2014 NHL Draft: Buffalo Sabres draft review

by Jason Chen
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Sam Reinhart - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Forward Sam Reinhart was selected second overall by the Buffalo Sabres. Reinhart is the highest selection the Sabres have made since they picked Pierre Turgeon first overall in 1987. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

General manager Tim Murray was all business at his first NHL Draft, wasting little time making his picks. The Buffalo Sabres are quite deep at every position, but since the focus was on defensemen last year with Rasmus Ristolainen and Nikita Zadorov, the attention shifted toward forwards this year. The Sabres used seven of their nine draft picks on forwards, including four in the first two rounds.

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2014 NHL Draft: New Jersey Devils draft review

by John Iadevaia
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John Quenneville - New Jersey Devils

Photo: John Quenneville was one of several prospects selected in the 2014 NHL Draft to have NHL bloodlines. His second cousin, Joel, is the current head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Entering the draft, the New Jersey Devils were playing with house money. The NHL had rescinded part of the penalty from the Ilya Kovalchuk cap-circumventing contract and gave the team their first round pick back. Thus, the team entered Philadelphia with six picks.

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2014 NHL Draft: Los Angeles Kings draft review

by Jason Lewis
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Adrian Kempe - Los Angeles Kings

Photo: Seventeen-year-old winger Adrian Kempe spent most of his 2013-14 season playing for Modo in the SHL, Sweden’s top pro league (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Kings, who have had their pipeline thinned out somewhat after years of dealing picks, did a wonderful job of re-stocking the cupboards at the 2014 NHL Draft.

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2014 NHL Draft: Nashville Predators draft review

by Tony Piscotta
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Kevin Fiala - Nashville Predators

Photo: Nashville’s first pick at 11th overall, 17-year-old Kevin Fiala produced in the SHL and on the international stage for Switzerland in 2013-14 (courtesy of Derik Hamilton/Icon SMI)

The Nashville Predators went into the draft looking to address their well-chronicled need for scoring help and general manager David Poile felt things fell just the way they were hoping they would go. 

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