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2015 NHL Draft: Ottawa Senators ‘Release the Lehner’ in trade with Sabres

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2015 NHL Draft: Ottawa Senators ‘Release the Lehner’ in trade with Sabres

Photo: Robin Lehner has a career save percentage of .914 in the NHL through five seasons in Ottawa (three of them partial). (Courtesy of Jason Kopinski/Icon Sportswire)

The Ottawa Senators have traded Robin Lehner and David Legwand to the Buffalo Sabres for the 21st overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. The trade ends weeks of speculation that began when the Senators signed Andrew Hammond to a three-year one-way contract on May 20th, a move that left the Sens with three NHL goaltenders. The Senators now own two 1st round selections in today’s draft, at 18th and 21st overall. 

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Vancouver Canucks 2015 NHL Draft Preview

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Vancouver Canucks 2015 NHL Draft Preview

Photo: Vancouver Canucks prospect Jared McCann was the team’s second first-round pick (24th overall) at the 2014 NHL Draft and the second-leading scorer on a deep Sault Ste. Marie team (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Returning to the playoffs is always a positive, but for the Vancouver Canucks a somewhat lackluster series against the rival Calgary Flames ended the season far too soon, leaving the franchise and its fans a palpable sense of arriving at a kind of crossroads. The double trends of a declining veteran group and a rising young group mainly composed of prospects must meet in the middle soon for another chance at a Stanley Cup. On the other hand, the Canucks’ teams of the 2000s etched a worthy place in team history, and with new management in place the future group of players looks strong enough to establish its own identity down the road. Adding another strong draft class over the weekend is of real importance.

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New York Rangers 2015 NHL Draft Preview

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New York Rangers 2015 NHL Draft Preview

Photo: Without a 1st round draft pick in hand, the New York Rangers made Brandon Halverson their highest selection in the 2nd round (59th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft. (Courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

For the second straight year, the New York Rangers positioned themselves for a run towards the Stanley Cup Finals. This time around, injuries and inconsistent play did them in as the team wasted another chance at its first championship since 1994. Read more »

Pittsburgh Penguins 2015 NHL Draft Preview

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Pittsburgh Penguins 2015 NHL Draft Preview

Photo: Pittsburgh’s 1st round choice in 2014 (22nd overall), Kasperi Kapanen came crossed the ocean to join the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for the playoffs, scoring five points in seven games. (Courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

The Pittsburgh Penguins have not experienced a great deal of success at the NHL draft in recent years. The team has frequently traded away their first and second round picks and have failed to find much in the way of talent in the later rounds. That lack of organizational depth came to a head in the 2014-15 season, as the team sputtered offensively down the stretch and did not have the talent in the middle and bottom of their lineup to do any damage in the playoffs. Read more »

Philadelphia Flyers 2015 NHL Draft Preview

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Philadelphia Flyers 2015 NHL Draft Preview

Photo: Philadelphia’s 2nd round pick (48th overall) in 2014, Nicolas Aube-Kebel scored 80 points (38 goals, 42 assists) this season with the Val-d’Or Foreurs (Courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

After making the playoffs last season, the Flyers stumbled this year. The difficult season left Philadelphia with the 7th overall pick, one of two 1st round selections the Flyers have in the draft. Read more »

St. Louis Blues 2015 NHL Draft Preview

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St. Louis Blues 2015 NHL Draft Preview

Photo: St. Louis Blues prospect Robby Fabbri, selected 21st overall at the 2014 NHL Draft, missed time with injury in the 2014-15 OHL season but scored at a 100-point pace (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Judging by the success of the St. Louis Blues both in the NHL and at the NHL Entry Draft, 2015 has very little meaning in terms of prospects. The Blues seemed to do well at the 2014 NHL Draft and have replenished the pipeline in a big way. Not only did they draft ten players last year, but they came away with some of the best potential steals of the draft, including Ivan Barbashev of the QMJHL‘s Moncton Wildcats in the second round (33rd overall).

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Ottawa Senators 2015 NHL Draft Preview

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Ottawa Senators 2015 NHL Draft Preview

Photo: Though the Senators did not have a 1st round choice in 2014, they were pleased to steal stay-at-home defenceman Andreas Englund from the 2nd round (40th overall). (Courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Ottawa Senators have a knack for nabbing top-tier players outside of the top 10 at the NHL draft. This year, they will need it—the team does not pick until the 18th spot. Luckily, this year’s glut of earnest youngsters runs deep. Read more »

Edmonton Oilers 2015 NHL Draft Preview

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Edmonton Oilers 2015 NHL Draft Preview

Photo: Edmonton Oilers prospect Leon Draisaitl, the third overall pick at the 2014 NHL Draft, was not quite ready for NHL duty with the Oilers but led the Kelowna Rockets to a WHL title (courtesy of Steve Alkok/Icon Sportswire)

Somewhere out there, the NHL Draft Gods are looking out for the Edmonton Oilers. After finishing 28th in the league at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, Edmonton looked poised to pick up a top defensive prospect such as Noah Hanifin after some lucky franchises claimed generational talents Connor McDavid as the top pick and Jack Eichel as the second. But on April 18th, Bill Daly held aloft an Oilers logo on his placard indicating the team who would select first overall after winning the draft lottery. This is the fourth time in the last six seasons that the Oilers have been awarded the privilege.

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Columbus Blue Jackets 2015 NHL Draft Preview

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Columbus Blue Jackets 2015 NHL Draft Preview

Photo: Columbus’ 1st round choice in 2014 (16th overall), Sonny Milano picked up 68 points on a dismal Plymouth team last season. (Courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

It may be hard to conclude that the Columbus Blue Jackets are in an enviable situation following missing the playoffs in four of the last five years, but Columbus may be setup to make a serious impact in the upcoming 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Read more »

Montreal Canadiens 2015 NHL Draft preview

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Montreal Canadiens 2015 NHL Draft preview

Photo: Montreal’s 1st round pick in 2014 (26th overall), Nikita Scherbak had 82 points in 65 WHL games this season. (Courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon Sportswire)

Montreal Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin has been able to maintain a strong system in terms of prospects while continually improving the big league team. He recently re-signed Jeff Petry, who was acquired at the deadline, ensuring that the two draft picks given up in the deal (2015 2nd and 4th) won’t be for naught. Read more »

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