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Anaheim Ducks 2014 NHL Draft preview

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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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Nashville Predators 2014 NHL Draft preview

by Tony Piscotta
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Jonathan-Ismael Diaby - Victoriaville Tigres

Photo: The selection of Jonathan-Ismael Diaby at 64th overall in 2013 added more size and a nasty physical edge to the Nashville blue line prospects (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

The second straight season of missing the playoffs led to the dismissal of Barry Trotz, the only coach the Nashville Predators have had in their 15 years of existence. With David Poile as the general manager and much of the hockey operations team still in place it is not likely that Nashville's organizational philosophy will be all that different.

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2014 NHL Combine Video: Jared McCann, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

by Ken McKenna
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2014 NHL Combine - Jared McCann - Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

Photo: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds forward and 2014 prospect Jared McCann picked up seven points in nine postseason games for the Greyhounds (courtesy of Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)

While he may believe that he has to work on his consistency over the course of a season, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds forward Jared McCann was Mr. Consistency when it came to his ranking for the 2014 NHL Draft.

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San Jose Sharks 2014 NHL Draft preview

by Craig Fischer
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Mirco Mueller - Everett Silvertips

Photo: San Jose traded up to 18th overall at the 2013 NHL Draft to select Swiss defenseman Mirco Mueller, a smart do-it-all blueliner for the WHL’s Everett Silvertips (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

For the first time in a long time, the San Jose Sharks will head into the draft as rebuilders. After a long reign as contenders and potential Stanley Cup hoisters, General Manager Doug Wilson will be closing the window on his perennial powerhouse team.

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AHL Western Conference notebook, June, 2014

by Tony Androckitis
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Brett Ritchie - Texas Stars

Photo: Texas Stars rookie forward and Dallas Stars prospect Brett Ritchie had a productive postseason for the Calder Cup champion Stars, posting seven goals and four assists in 13 playoff games (courtesy of John Rivera/Icon SMI)

The American Hockey League concluded its 2013-14 season Tuesday night as the Texas Stars defeated the St. John’s IceCaps in overtime for the third straight game of the Calder Cup finals, claiming the championship in five games – the AHL Stars’ first Calder Cup Championship in franchise history.

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Calgary Flames 2014 NHL Draft preview

by Brian Jung
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Morgan Klimchuk - Team WHL

Photo: Calgary’s 28th overall pick in 2013, Morgan Klimchuk, was the third of three first-round picks by the Flames last summer (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

With another constructive season in the books, the Calgary Flames closed out the 2013-14 season on several positive notes, which includes selecting the fourth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.

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Carolina Hurricanes 2014 NHL Draft preview

by Cory Lavalette
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Elias Lindholm - Carolina Hurricanes

Photo: Forward Elias Lindholm was selected by the Carolina Hurricanes fifth overall in the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Bill Streicher/Icon SMI)

It is a new era in Carolina. The only general manager the team has known since its move to Raleigh, Jim Rutherford, retired then later surprisingly took the same job with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Rutherford's heir apparent, former captain Ron Francis, has taken the reins and is charged with overseeing the Hurricanes' draft.

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