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2015 NHL Draft Review: Sharks make Meier the top pick from the QMJHL

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2015 NHL Draft Review: Sharks make Meier the top pick from the QMJHL

Photo: Halifax Mooseheads forward Timo Meier (San Jose Sharks) and Saint John Sea Dogs defenseman Jakub Zboril (Boston Bruins) were the top two selections from the QMJHL at the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

The QMJHL returned to being a most popular league amongst NHL scouts and executives this season, and that was proven at the 2015 NHL Draft. In total, 30 of the 211 picks at the draft were players who spent last season in the QMJHL, up from just 17 in the 2014 NHL Draft. Read more »

2015-16 NCAA commitments of NHL-drafted players

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2015-16 NCAA commitments of NHL-drafted players

Photo: NHL prospects Kyle Connor (Winnipeg Jets) and Brock Boeser (Vancouver Canucks) are two first round selections from the 2015 NHL Draft who are college-bound in 2015 (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

Below is the list of all players taken in the 2015 NHL Draft whose commitment (verbally or otherwise) has been verified as of July 1st. Unless otherwise indicated, all players will play in the NCAA this fall. This list does not include players that played in the NCAA in 2014-15. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Minnesota Wild draft review

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2015 NHL Draft: Minnesota Wild draft review

Photo: Joel Eriksson Ek, selected 20th overall at the 2015 NHL draft, becomes the Wild’s top center prospect (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

Coming into the 2015 NHL Draft the Minnesota Wild‘s prospect pool was one of the league’s weakest thanks to a combination of graduations, misses at the 2011 NHL draft, bewildering picks in other recent draft classes, valuable picks (especially the 2013 first-rounder) sent away for established players, and lack of late-round successes lately. The team needs to win more than one playoff round to justify such costly gambles, but it seemed to readjust its prospect development strategy for this draft. Moving away from drafting players with limited ability and upside is a major step in the right direction.

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2015 NHL Draft: Montreal Canadiens draft review

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2015 NHL Draft: Montreal Canadiens draft review

Photo: Noah Juulsen had 52 points in 68 games with the WHL’s Everett Silvertips in 2014-15. (Courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Montreal Canadiens went to the 2015 NHL Draft with five picks, and selected near the end of each round. The only exception was the team’s fifth round pick, acquired when they traded Daniel Briere to Colorado for P.A. Parenteau. General Manager Marc Bergevin was inactive on the trade front, and held on to all of his picks—selecting when his turn came up. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Dallas Stars draft review

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2015 NHL Draft: Dallas Stars draft review

Photo: Dallas Stars prospect Denis Guryanov, selected 12th overall at the 2015 NHL draft, projects as a top scoring threat at the NHL level (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

After making nine picks per draft for the previous three drafts, the Dallas Stars may have felt as if they had some room to play with their 2015 picks. They came into the weekend a touch shorthanded due to previous trades and then exchanged their seventh round choice for the rights to goaltender Antti Niemi. All told, the Stars made five selections. With the 12th pick, they provided probably the first real surprise of the draft when they selected Russian winger Denis Guryanov.

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2015 NHL Draft: Boston Bruins draft review

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2015 NHL Draft: Boston Bruins draft review

Photo: The Bruins surprised everybody when they took (left to right) Jakub Zboril, Zachary Senyshyn, and Jake DeBrusk with picks 13-15 at the 2015 NHL Draft. (Courtesy of Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

For the first time since the 2006-07 season, the Boston Bruins found themselves on the outside looking in at the NHL playoffs despite a 41-27-14 record and 96-point finish. While the Bruins still had a chance to make the playoffs during the final days of the season, missing the party was enough for the team to pull the trigger on many changes within the organization. The biggest was at the general manager position, where former Bruins defenseman Don Sweeney replaced Peter Chiarielli, who departed to take the same job with the Edmonton Oilers. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Los Angeles Kings draft review

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2015 NHL Draft: Los Angeles Kings draft review

Photo: Los Angeles added talented Slovakian defender Erik Cernak to the prospect pool with its first pick (43rd overall) at the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

‏After a disappointing end to the Los Angeles Kings‘ 2014-15 season, the team went into one of the deepest NHL Drafts in recent memory needing to fill some holes and restock. Unfortunately, with just six picks going at the actual draft table, the Kings had the fewest number of selections since 2012. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: New Jersey Devils draft review

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2015 NHL Draft: New Jersey Devils draft review

Photo: Mackenzie Blackwood’s six top-ten finishes in the Draft Combine fitness testing were the most among all competitors. (Courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

After hiring Head Coach John Hynes earlier in the month, General Manager Ray Shero proclaimed he would mold the New Jersey Devils into a fast, attacking, supportive team. The 2015 NHL Draft provided him with the chance to put his own stamp on the team and begin rebuilding the Devils farm system. The organization entered Sunrise, Florida with six selections and needs at almost every position, most notably at forward. Read more »

2010 NHL Draft: Edmonton Oilers picked first overall but largely missed elsewhere

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2010 NHL Draft: Edmonton Oilers picked first overall but largely missed elsewhere

Photo: Edmonton Oiler Taylor Hall was the first overall pick at the 2010 NHL Draft. He has been one of the best scorers in the NHL ever since, despite some injury troubles (courtesy of Steven Alkok/Icon Sportswire)

The 2010 Edmonton Oilers draft class is somewhat of an enigma. Aside from Taylor Hall, who was and has been an obvious lock for NHL success, the rest who followed have remained question marks for the Oilers. Many of the picks experienced setbacks related to injury, inconsistent performance, or otherwise. Read more »

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