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2015 NHL Draft Review: White, Roslovic top NTDP draft selections

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2015 NHL Draft Review: White, Roslovic top NTDP draft selections

Photo: Ottawa Senators first round pick at the 2015 NHL Draft, forward Colin White, will move on from the U.S. NTDP program to play for Boston College starting in the Fall (courtesy of Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Despite yet another gold medal at the U18 World Championship, this time around in Zug, Switzerland, the U.S. NTDP saw relatively few players taken at the 2015 NHL Draft. To a degree that can be accredited to having a number of key players on the team who will first be eligible for the 2016 draft, including no less than captain Luke Kunin, top scorer Auston Matthews, Matt Tkachuk, Clayton Keller, Chad Krys, and Jamie McAvoy. As many as three of these players are looking like surefire first round picks for next summer’s draft. Read more »

Zacha impresses Devils staff at development camp

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Zacha impresses Devils staff at development camp

Photo: The New Jersey Devils top pick from the 2015 NHL Draft, center Pavel Zacha of the OHL’s Sarnia Sting, took part in the Devils’ development camp this past week (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

It seemed like the moment the entire crowd at the AmeriHealth Pavilion were anticipating at Saturday’s Red-White scrimmage. Pavel Zacha, the New Jersey Devils‘ 2015 first round pick, retrieved a loose puck at center ice and appeared to have a clear breakaway on goal. Suddenly the whistle blew to signal an offside on one of Zacha’s teammates who was still in the offensive zone. While the fans serenaded the referee with a chorus of boos, Zacha bent over disappointed with a smirk on his face. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Washington Capitals draft review

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2015 NHL Draft: Washington Capitals draft review

Photo: Russian-born Ilya Samsonov was the top-ranked goaltender in the 2015 NHL Draft. (Courtesy of Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Another year, another successful regular season for the Washington Capitals. Led once again by superstar winger Alex Ovechkin, the Capitals were a little less flashy than in past years, but no less difficult to play against. They nearly got over the hump in the post season, but wound up relinquishing a 3-1 series lead to the New York Rangers. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft Review: Czech Republic goaltenders in demand at this year’s draft

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2015 NHL Draft Review: Czech Republic goaltenders in demand at this year’s draft

Photo: Kladno goaltender and Boston Bruins prospect Daniel Vladar was one of four goalies chosen out of the Czech Republic in the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

Despite a year that didn’t see the Czech Republic get much done internationally at the junior level, the 2015 NHL Draft saw a total of 11 Czech players taken by NHL teams, albeit the top three of Pavel Zacha (6th overall), Jakub Zboril (13th), and Filip Chlapik (48th) having spent this past season strutting their stuff in North America. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Chicago Blackhawks draft review

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2015 NHL Draft: Chicago Blackhawks draft review

Photo: Chicago Blackhawks prospect Graham Knott, the team’s first selection of the 2015 NHL Draft, brings defensive ability in a power winger’s frame (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

As General Manager Stan Bowman, Senior Director of Amateur Scouting Mark Kelley and the rest of the Chicago Blackhawks brass headed to the 2015 NHL Draft in Sunrise, Florida, it was no secret that Blackhawks upper management were about to have not only a busy draft, but a busy summer as well. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft Review: Russia a factor in this year’s draft selections

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2015 NHL Draft Review: Russia a factor in this year’s draft selections

Photo: Metallurg Magnitogorsk goaltender and Washington Capitals prospect Ilya Samsonov was the only goaltender chosen in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

After a few years in which drafting Russians was considered a risky practice, NHL teams turned their attention back to that country, selecting 18 Russian players at the 2015 NHL Draft, including 10 playing in the different Russian leagues. Read more »

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 »

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