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2014 NHL Draft Results – Round 1

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Beyond Tomorrow: Bittner’s decision to play in the WHL paying off

by Chau Vo
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Paul Bittner - Portland Winterhawks

Photo: Portland Winterhawks forward and 2015 prospect Paul Bittner ranks seventh in scoring for the Winterhawks while sporting a +24 rating (courtesy of Bryan Heim/Portland Winterhawks)

Hockey in Minnesota can be traced back to 1883 when Frank Barron introduced the game of ice polo to the town of St. Paul. 15 years later, the first hockey game in Minnesota would be played under the lights of Athletic Park in Minneapolis. The entire state quickly fell in love with the game and to help aid its growing popularity, communities all over the Gopher State began putting up their own ice rinks.

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Off the Radar: Ice’s Valiev making most of second NHL Draft chance

by Chris Roberts
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Rinat Valiev - Russia - 2013 Subway Super Series

Photo: Kootenay Ice defenseman and 2014 prospect Rinat Valiev competed for Russia in the 2013 Subway Super Series, posting no points and an even plus/minus rating in his two games vs. the WHL squad (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

As well as acting as the hub for the Kootenay Ice, Cranbrook, BC is widely regarded for its rich railway history which dates back to the turn of the twentieth century. So it’s almost poetic that Rinat Valiev landed there in an effort to get a potential NHL career back on track.

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67′s Konecny already in good company at 16

by Jason Menard
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Travis Konecny - Ottawa 67's

Photo: Ottawa 67′s forward and 2015 prospect Travis Konecny is second in scoring for the 67′s with 64 points in 55 games (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

It may be cold and snowy in Canada’s capital, but the path to the Sunshine State looks like it’s going to run from small-town Ontario, through Ottawa, to the podium at the 2015 NHL Draft in Sunrise, FL.

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Sting’s Goldobin setting lofty goals for himself

by Jason Menard
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Nikolay Goldobin - Sarnia Sting

Photo: Sarnia Sting forward and 2014 prospect Nikolay Goldobin is the Sting’s leading scorer this season with 81 points, a point total that ties him for fifth overall in the OHL (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

For most draft-eligible players, receiving a first-round grade and spot in the top 15 would be cause for celebration. But most players aren’t Sarnia Sting forward Nikolay Goldobin, a player who has set some lofty goals for himself.

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Off the Radar: Saints’ Bayreuther using NCAA stage to improve draft ranking

by Chris Roberts
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Gavin Bayreuther - St. Lawrence University

Photo: St. Lawrence University defenseman and 2014 prospect Gavin Bayreuther was passed over in the 2012 and 2013 NHL Drafts but could have his name called at this year’s draft in Philadelphia, PA (courtesy of Tara Freeman/SLU)

The NCAA narrative begins early for most players planning to play collegiate hockey. By Grade 10 the player is being actively recruited and generally takes the next year or two to choose the school they feel will be best suited to their needs. The top recruits – the ones with NHL interest – are typically selected in the NHL Draft prior to even suiting up for their school of choice.

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