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2015 NHL Draft: Philadelphia Flyers draft review

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2015 NHL Draft: Philadelphia Flyers draft review

Photo: ISS Hockey correctly ranked Ivan Provorov at 7th overall, where he was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers. (Courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

After struggling in the 2014-15 season, the Philadelphia Flyers earned the seventh overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. Overall, Philadelphia had nine picks, including two in the first round. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: St. Louis Blues draft review

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2015 NHL Draft: St. Louis Blues draft review

Photo: 2015’s 56th overall pick Vince Dunn, top five in scoring on a deep Niagara squad, adds some offensive flair to a solid St. Blues defensive prospect pool (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

After replenishing their prospect pool with ten selections in the 2014 NHL Draft, the St. Louis Blues used the 2015 NHL Draft to beef up their prospect depth at key positions. The Blues only have three goaltenders and three centers in the pipeline, and they used three of their six picks on those positions. Even with goaltenders Jordan Binnington and Ville Husso looking like legitimate prospects, at least, and Ivan Barbashev and Robby Fabbri being two centers who might be ready to make an impact soon, the Blues had plenty of room and reason to add some much needed depth to complement their best prospects.

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Devils’ prospects Santini, Wood look to motivate each other at Boston College

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Devils’ prospects Santini, Wood look to motivate each other at Boston College

Photo: Boston College defenseman and New Jersey Devils prospect Steve Santini will look to bounce back from an injury-shortened 2014-15 campaign when the Eagles begin their 2015-16 season in the Fall (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

Steve Santini and Miles Wood have shared parallel paths on their way to the NHL.

They were both drafted in the 2013 NHL Draft by the host team, the New Jersey Devils. Santini was a skilled defenseman taken in the second round on his way to a prestigious college hockey program. Meanwhile, Wood was a relatively unknown forward selected in the fourth round who was still playing in prep school. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Columbus Blue Jackets draft review

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2015 NHL Draft: Columbus Blue Jackets draft review

Photo: Columbus Blue Jackets draft pick Zach Werenski was one of Team USA’ s best defensemen in the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Ever since Jarmo Kekalainen took the helm in 2013, the Columbus Blue Jackets have been pointed in a positive direction. Heading into the 2015 NHL Draft, the club had spent a number of selections on forwards, boasting an enviable group of high-caliber, quality scorers. The major question heading into the draft was what the team would do to bolster the blueline. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Arizona Coyotes draft review

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2015 NHL Draft: Arizona Coyotes draft review

Photo: Coyotes top prospect Dylan Strome, the third overall pick at the 2015 NHL Draft, becomes another strong building block as Arizona seeks to stabilize the franchise on and off the ice (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

The Arizona Coyotes have been engaged in a legal squabble with the city of Glendale over arena issues, but for the 2015 NHL Draft weekend, General Manager Don Maloney and company were able to put those business headaches aside in favor of adding to one of the deepest prospect groups in the NHL. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: San Jose Sharks draft review

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2015 NHL Draft: San Jose Sharks draft review

Photo: Timo Meier nearly tripled his scoring in his second year with Halifax, making the Swiss power winger a logical selection at ninth overall (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

After one of the worst franchise finishes in recent memory, the San Jose Sharks went into the 2015 NHL Draft with their highest selection since 2009. This was a big draft for the organization not only because of the quality of the 9th overall pick in this highly-touted draft class, but because of the sheer abundance of picks the team had to try and turn their tides of fortune around.

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2015 NHL Draft Review: Eriksson Ek, Larsson lead talented but reduced group from Sweden

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2015 NHL Draft Review: Eriksson Ek, Larsson lead talented but reduced group from Sweden

Photo: Linkoping defenseman Gabriel Carlsson was one of two defenders chosen by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

Sweden once again proved to be the hottest European commodity at the NHL Draft. This is a trend that began in 2011, when Sweden saw an outstanding and record-setting 28 players taken, eight more than the year before. In 2012, another 22 were selected. In 2013, that number increased slightly, seeing another 25 Swedes taken. Then it 2014, it became 31, 28 of whom were Swedish-born. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Anaheim Ducks draft review

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2015 NHL Draft: Anaheim Ducks draft review

Photo: The Anaheim Ducks added to their wealth of young defensive talents by selecting Jacob Larsson 27th overall at the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Recently, the Anaheim Ducks have started to have fewer and fewer draft picks due to trades for established talents. However, at the 2015 NHL Draft, they were able to bring aboard seven new prospects chosen from all over the globe. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Tampa Bay Lightning draft review

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2015 NHL Draft: Tampa Bay Lightning draft review

Photo: Mitchell Stephens had 48 points (22 goals, 26 assists) in 62 games with the OHL’s Saginaw Spirit in 2014-15. (Courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

Less than two weeks after his team lost in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman went back to work at maintaining a strong foundation for his team through the draft. With a young roster on the rise that perhaps arrived as a legitimate contender a year early, Yzerman didn’t have any particular needs to fill at the 2015 NHL Draft. Instead, he replenished his team’s system with players of quality character and skill. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Winnipeg Jets draft review

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2015 NHL Draft: Winnipeg Jets draft review

Photo: Incoming University of Michigan freshman Kyle Connor, the 17th overall pick at the 2015 NHL Draft, is yet another high-end skater for the Jets prospect group (courtesy of Mark Ehrmann/Getty Images)

With two first-round picks in the 2015 NHL Draft, the Winnipeg Jets were in a terrific position to add to what is already considered to be one of the deepest prospect pools in the NHL. The Jets have a collection of young talent that is bursting at the seams and eager to help improve a team fresh off the franchise’s first playoff appearance since relocating to Winnipeg. Read more »

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