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2016 NHL Draft: Hockey’s Future Staff Mock Draft

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2016 NHL Draft: Hockey’s Future Staff Mock Draft

Photo: Five top prospects for the 2016 NHL Draft were the guests of the NHL during the Stanley Cup Final, with forwards (L-R) Pierre-Luc Dubois, Auston Matthews, Matthew Tkachuk, Patrik Laine, and Alexander Nylander taking Game Four in San Jose (courtesy of Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

While the 2016 NHL Draft lacks some of the drama that was provided leading up to last year’s draft, when Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel vied for the right to go first overall, there is nevertheless some very good talent to be had at the top of this year’s event. And even beyond the top 5, NHL clubs drafting in the first round should be able to land some good talent that will almost certainly suit up for NHL action in the not too distant future. Read more »

2016 NHL Draft Preview: A few Czech selection possibilities, but Slovakia lacks homegrown prospects

by Derek O'Brien
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2016 NHL Draft Preview: A few Czech selection possibilities, but Slovakia lacks homegrown prospects

Photo: Dukla Jihlava forward and 2016 prospect Ondrej Najman competed for the Czech Republic in international play in 2015-16, performing well at both the World Junior A Challenge and the U18 World Championship (courtesy of Tim Bates/OJHL Images)

As has been the case for a number of years, very few of the top NHL Draft prospects from the Czech Republic and Slovakia play at home nowadays. The top Czechs for this year’s draft play in North America, but there will be at least one homegrown talent who is sure to be drafted, along with a handful of probable late-rounders. Read more »

2016 NHL Draft Preview: Puljujarvi, Laine the cream of a solid Finland crop

by Tony Piscotta
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2016 NHL Draft Preview: Puljujarvi, Laine the cream of a solid Finland crop

Photo: Karpat Oulu forward and 2016 prospect Jesse Puljujarvi earned MVP honors at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship while playing alongside Sebastian Aho and Patrik Laine for Finland’s gold medal squad (courtesy of MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/Getty Images)

If Patrik Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi were the only players coming out of Finland this year, the 2016 NHL Draft would still be a big one for Suomi fans. Much like the Tyler vs. Taylor theme of the 2010 NHL Draft — when media sources tried to determine whether current Dallas Star Tyler Seguin or Edmonton’s Taylor Hall would be the top overall selection — Puljujarvi and Laine have been in the media spotlight all season and are surefire first-round picks. But those two are just part of what is expected to be a large class of Finnish players taken in the 2016 NHL Draft. Read more »

2016 NHL Draft Preview: Bean heads WHL group that could have light first round presence

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2016 NHL Draft Preview: Bean heads WHL group that could have light first round presence

Photo: Calgary Hitmen defenseman and 2016 prospect Jake Bean scored the most goals of any WHL defender in the 2015-16 season, netting 24 goals in the regular season (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

For the second straight year, the concept of generational talent will emerge as the key talking point at the NHL Draft.

By the time the festivities get underway in Buffalo next weekend, the Auston Matthews watch will have been percolating since the day after Connor McDavid was selected first overall a year ago. Expect a large contingent of Toronto Maple Leafs fans to attend the First Niagara Center (soon to be KeyBank Center) to welcome Matthews to the NHL. Read more »

2016 NHL Draft Preview: Less touted Sweden group still features solid talents led by Asplund

by Chapin Landvogt
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2016 NHL Draft Preview: Less touted Sweden group still features solid talents led by Asplund

Photo: Lulea goaltender and 2016 prospect Filip Gustavsson has represented Sweden in international play, winning bronze at the U17, and silver at the Ivan Hlinka and U18 (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

Another season has come and gone, and Sweden is again looking to see a number of their young hockey prospects become NHL properties. Nonetheless, it will probably be fewer than in recent years where it has been commonplace to see upwards of 20 Swedes being taken in the NHL Draft. Read more »

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