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2010 NHL Draft: Franchise-record 13 selections buffs blueline, depth chart for Florida Panthers

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2010 NHL Draft: Franchise-record 13 selections buffs blueline, depth chart for Florida Panthers

Photo: Nick Bjugstad has become a solid NHL goal scorer, this season netting 24 in 72 games. (Courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

Florida Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon amassed a staggering 13 picks for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, the most in franchise history. Although the Panthers had an abysmal 32-37-13 season, the team owned three first round picks, assuring to reinvigorate the franchise with talent and youth. After employing the likes of Bryan McCabe, Steve Reinprecht, and Cory Stillman in the twilight of their careers, Florida desperately needed impact players at key positions. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft Preview: No surprises among OHL prospects with McDavid as top prospect

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2015 NHL Draft Preview: No surprises among OHL prospects with McDavid as top prospect

Photo: Erie Otters forward Connor McDavid will enter the 2015 NHL Draft as the very likely first overall selection in the draft (courtesy of Aaron Bel/OHL Images)

Let’s just get Connor McDavid’s name out of the way. You know he’s going number one in the 2015 NHL Draft. I know he’s going number one. People in countries that don’t even have ice likely know he’s going number one. For the seventh time in the last nine years, a player from the OHL will be going first overall. Read more »

Prospect Impressions: Top five NHL prospect highlights of the year for 2014-15

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Prospect Impressions: Top five NHL prospect highlights of the year for 2014-15

Photo: London Knights forward and Arizona Coyotes prospect Max Domi capped off a fine junior career by winning a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Through the second half of the 2014-15 season, Prospect Impressions has brought you the top NHL prospect game highlights of the week. Now that the season in winding down, so too is this series. We’ve been counting down the top plays of the year, which finally culminates with the top five incredible plays made by some top-flight NHL prospects. Read more »

Washington Capitals 2015 NHL Draft Preview

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Washington Capitals 2015 NHL Draft Preview

Photo: Washington’s first round pick in 2013, Andre Burakovsky scored 22 points (9 goals, 13 assists) in his NHL rookie season. (Tony Quinn/Icon Sportswire)

The 2014-15 season ended in great disappointment for the Washington Capitals, but the outlook for them is certainly bright. Despite losing a 3-1 series lead over the New York Rangers in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Capitals appear to have several years of contention left in them. Read more »

Florida Panthers 2015 NHL Draft Preview

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Florida Panthers 2015 NHL Draft Preview

Photo: The Florida Panthers made current Calder Trophy finalist Aaron Ekblad the 1st overall selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft (Courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon Sportswire)

The eyes of the hockey world will be upon the BB&T Center in Sunrise as the Florida Panthers host the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. This marks the second time that the team has hosted the draft, the first of them in 2001 when they acquired Valeri Bure to play alongside of his brother Pavel. While you shouldn’t expect any blockbuster moves from the hosts, it’s entirely reasonable to suggest that this is still an important draft for General Manager Dale Tallon, who is in his fifth year at the helm. Read more »

2010 NHL Draft: Toronto Maple Leafs fail to improve after flurry of trades

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2010 NHL Draft: Toronto Maple Leafs fail to improve after flurry of trades

Photo: Petter Granberg has not finished with a negative plus/minus rating at the AHL or NHL level since arriving in Toronto two years ago. (Courtesy of  Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)

The second NHL Draft for the Toronto Maple Leafs under President and General Manager Brian Burke saw the team make seven selections in the draft, however only two of the picks were originally theirs. In a whirlwind of activity, Burke traded five of their original picks and re-acquired five in a series of player trades and transactions to move the Leafs up or down in the draft.

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NHL Draft Primer: Finnish star on top among European skaters despite strong Swedish crop

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NHL Draft Primer: Finnish star on top among European skaters despite strong Swedish crop

Photo: TPS Turku forward and 2015 prospect Mikko Rantanen produced nine goals and 28 points in 56 games in Liiga in 2014-15 (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

NHL Central Scouting hasn’t been able to nail down a consistent list among European skaters eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, with wide-ranging fluctuations occurring among these talented prospects. Once ranked as the top European skater during the middle of the season, Oliver Kylington has fallen out of the top five, and right out of the first round according to some draft pundits. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft Preview: Strong QMJHL class lead by Meier, Zboril

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2015 NHL Draft Preview: Strong QMJHL class lead by Meier, Zboril

Photo: Halifax Mooseheads forward and 2015 prospect Timo Meier turned in a strong second season in the QMJHL, as well as good performances at the U20 World Junior Championship and CHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images)

There were just five players from the QMJHL selected in the first two rounds of the 2014 NHL Draft; this year, it’ll be a shock if that number isn’t at least doubled. In fact, Nikolaj Ehlers was the only QMJHL player to be taken in the first round, whereas at least four or five are expected to be taken in the 2015 NHL Draft. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft Preview: Napravnik top German prospect, others from Norway, Denmark, and Austria

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2015 NHL Draft Preview: Napravnik top German prospect, others from Norway, Denmark, and Austria

Photo: Eisbaeren Berlin forward and 2015 prospect Kai Wissmann worked his way up through various levels of German hockey in 2014-15 to earn a 10-game audition with Berlin of the DEL (courtesy of Marco Leipold/City-Press via Getty Images)

For a draft that has been as anticipated and bantered about in such high tones as the 2015 NHL Draft, players and talents coming from countries such as Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Norway, much less areas such as Northern Italy, have understandably gotten lost in the pack. This is also a bit more complicated when players from these countries have spent their season in better leagues in countries such as those in Finland, Germany, Russia, and Sweden, technically being ranked for the draft as members of those nations. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft Preview: Provorov, Barzal lead solid group of WHL prospects

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2015 NHL Draft Preview: Provorov, Barzal lead solid group of WHL prospects

Photo: Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman and 2015 prospect Ivan Provorov turned in a strong 2014-15 season in the WHL, and further helped his draft stock with good showings at the 2015 World Junior Championship and 2015 CHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

Here’s a look at our top 10 prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft from the Western Hockey League, with the consensus top four rather apparent.

Our list contains six forwards and four defensemen. A total of six players toiled in the Western Conference. Only the Brandon Wheat Kings managed two players in our ranking. There is a definite Canadian presence in our ranking, with seven canucks on the list. Two Americans and one Russian round out the ranking. All 10 were invited to the NHL Combine. Read more »

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