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2014 NHL Draft: Day Two run on goaltenders maintains goalie quota from 2013

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2014 NHL Draft - Mason McDonald - Calgary Flames

Photo: The Calgary Flames selection of Charlottetown Islanders goaltender Mason McDonald at the 2014 NHL Draft began a run that ended with 21 goaltenders being chosen in this draft (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

There was a bit of a mild surprise on Friday night when Boston College goalie Thatcher Demko and the other top rated goaltenders went unselected in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.

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2014 NHL Draft: Notes and numbers from Philadelphia

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2014 NHL Draft - Aaron Ekblad - Florida Panthers

Photo: Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad signifies his draft position after being chosen first overall at the 2014 NHL Draft by the Florida Panthers (courtesy of Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

The 2014 NHL Draft has come and gone, and another 210 players become the property of NHL teams for at least the next two years in most cases.

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2014 NHL Draft: Sabres, Hurricanes most productive from the Eastern Conference

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2014 NHL Draft - Sam Reinhart, Brandon Lemieux - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: The Buffalo Sabres added to their already deep draft pool with nine selections at the 2014 NHL Draft, including first round pick Sam Reinhart (L) and second round selection Brandon Lemieux (R) (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The NHL's Western Conference currently has the bragging rights to league supremacy as a a result of the Los Angeles Kings five-game Stanley Cup final win over the New York Rangers. While the results from the 2014 NHL Draft may not alter the current lock the West has on the NHL's most prized trophy, at least one team in the Eastern Conference might be offering a ray of hope for the future.

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2014 NHL Draft: Canucks, Kings most prominent Western teams at draft

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2014 NHL Draft - Jake Virtanen - Vancouver Canucks

Photo: Despite having a shoulder injury needing repair, the Vancouver Canucks made Calgary Hitmen forward Jake Virtanen their top pick at the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Derik Hamilton/Icon SMI)

The Vancouver Canucks figure to have a new look in the coming years with new general manager Jim Benning and a new head coach in Willie Desjardins. The makeover in Vancouver started on Friday afternoon even before the 2014 NHL Draft began when the Canucks engineered a series of trades — one of which sent veteran Ryan Kesler to the Anaheim Ducks in a multi-player deal.

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2014 NHL Draft: Belle Tire, Chicago Mission programs produce several NHL draftees

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2014 NHL Draft - Alex Nedeljkovic - Carolina Hurricanes

Photo: Plymouth Whalers goaltender and former Belle Tire player Alex Nedeljkovic was chosen in the second round of the 2014 NHL Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes (courtesy of Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

It's no secret that youth hockey in the United States has made great strides the past few decades.

Players from more geographical locations continue to appear on the rosters of major junior teams in Canada, as well as USHL and NAHL clubs in the U.S. The National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, MI and the squads at the northeastern private schools and NCAA college teams also have more American players than ever.

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2014 NHL Draft: NHL’s Western Conference adds more forward talent

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2014 NHL Draft - Leon Draisaitl, Aaron Ekblad, and Sam Reinhart

Photo: The players chosen with the top three selections in the 2014 NHL Draft – Leon Draisaitl (L), Aaron Ekblad (C), and Sam Reinhart (R) – pose in front of the draft stage at Well Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The NHL's Western Conference had some of the most dominant teams in the 2013-14 season — including Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles — thanks largely to forwards such as the Kings' Anze Kopitar, Anaheim's Corey Perry and the Chicago's' Jonathan Toews.

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2014 NHL Draft Preview: USHL features solid group led by Schmaltz

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Nick Schmaltz - Green Bay Gamblers

Photo: Green Bay Gamblers forward and 2014 prospect Nick Schmaltz will join his brother Jordan this fall at the University of North Dakota (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

The USHL has been churning out top flight NCAA talent for over a decade now and has become more and more important in the eyes of the NHL scouting community. Known primarily as the top league for the development of future NCAA players, an increasing number of USHL grads have seen their path lead to the NHL.

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