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Ottawa Senators 2014 NHL Draft preview

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Curtis Lazar - Ottawa Senators

Photo: The Ottawa Senators selected forward Curtis Lazar 17th overall in the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

The Ottawa Senators are in for another interesting, potentially franchise-altering offseason. Following former captain Daniel Alfredsson's footsteps last summer, the 2013-14 Senators captain Jason Spezza is likely on his way out. Two more top-six forwards, Ales Hemsky and Milan Michalek, might be following suit. With valuable assets to shop around, general manager Bryan Murray will remain busy leading up to the 2014 NHL draft.

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New York Islanders 2014 NHL Draft preview

by Christian Litscher
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Ryan Pulock - New York Islanders

Photo: The New York Islanders selected defenseman Ryan Pulock 15th overall in the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

It has already been a busy offseason for New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow. Slotted with fifth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, Snow was faced with the tough decision of whether to give the Buffalo Sabres their 2014 first round pick or their 2015 first round pick as a result of the Thomas Vanek trade.

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2014 NHL Draft: HF Staff Mock Draft

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Aaron Ekblad, Sam Reinhart, Sam Bennett - 2014 NHL Draft

Photo: Defenseman Aaron Ekblad (left) and forwards Sam Reinhart (center) and Sam Bennett (right) will learn where they begin their professional careers at the 2014 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images and Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Now that the Los Angeles Kings have hoisted their second Stanley Cup in three years, the hockey world can now focus on the 2014 NHL Draft that will take place on June 27th and 28th at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Phoenix Coyotes 2014 NHL Draft preview

by Pat Paeplow
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Yan-Pavel Laplante - Victoriaville Tigres

Photo: Yan-Pavel Laplante, the Coyotes’ 62nd overall pick in 2013, split the 2013-14 season between the Charlottetown Islanders and Victoriaville Tigres in the QMJHL before making his pro debut with AHL Portland (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

In August of 2013, the Phoenix Coyotes were purchased by IceArizona. Operating under an autonomous ownership group for the first time since 2009, rumors and speculation of the club’s demise or relocation were finally put to rest.

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Dallas Stars 2014 NHL Draft preview

by Mike Farkas
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Remi Elie - Belleville Bulls

Photo: Winger Remi Elie was traded from London to Belleville early in the 2013-14 season. The Stars’ 40th overall selection in 2013 was a point-per-game player following the trade (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

One might argue that this group is a year ahead of schedule. A not-yet-fully-formed Dallas Stars team, with a defense that is in transition, ended up making the postseason and taking a strong Ducks team to the bitter end of game six.

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Philadelphia Flyers 2014 NHL Draft preview

by Jashvina Shah
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Sam Morin - Philadelphia Flyers

Photo: Defenseman Sam Morin was selected 11th overall in the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Philadelphia Flyers returned to the playoffs this season after a one-year hiatus, although they were unable to move past the first round. After the season ended, the Philadelphia front office promoted then-GM Paul Holmgren to team president while hiring Ron Hextall in his place.

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Anaheim Ducks 2014 NHL Draft preview

by Chris Phifer
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Keaton Thompson - North Dakota Fighting Sioux

Photo: The third of five Anaheim picks in 2013, defenseman Keaton Thompson made his college hockey debut with the University of North Dakota in 2013-14 (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

The Anaheim Ducks enter the summer of 2014 with a bit of disappointment after losing to the eventual Stanley Cup Champions, the Los Angeles Kings, in the second round despite finishing atop the NHL standings at the conclusion of the regular season. Their performance this season was seen as a pleasant surprise though, and with so many young players within the organization showing promise, there is plenty to look forward to for Ducks fans.

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Chicago Blackhawks 2014 NHL Draft preview

by Brad Gardner
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Ryan Hartman - Plymouth Whalers

Photo: Chicago’s selection of Ryan Hartman at 30th overall in 2013 added a hard-working complementary forward to the team’s shallow pool of wingers in the system (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The Chicago Blackhawks will head into the 2014 NHL Draft with eight picks and another opportunity to augment the depth and versatility in the pipeline.

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Pittsburgh Penguins 2014 NHL Draft preview

by Ian Altenbaugh
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Tristan Jarry - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Goaltender Tristan Jarry was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round of the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

The Pittsburgh Penguins head into the 2014 NHL Draft under new management. Jim Rutherford, who retired from the Carolina Hurricanes general manager position in late April, was hired in early June to take the same job in Pittsburgh. Head coach Dan Bylsma was fired the same day Rutherford was hired, and while the Penguins have yet to find a replacement, Rutherford is optimistic a head coach will be in place by the start of free agency on July 1st.

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Buffalo Sabres 2014 NHL Draft preview

by Jason Chen
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Rasmus Ristolainen - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen was selected eighth overall in the 2013 NHL Draft. Ristolainen was one of two first round picks the Sabres had in 2013. (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Buffalo Sabres' horrendous start to the 2013-14 season was the clear signal that the team needed to make drastic changes. Ted Nolan replaced Ron Rolston as head coach early in the season, and Darcy Regier was fired after 16 years with the team after a few disappointing seasons and a spotty draft record.

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