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2014 NHL Draft Results – Round 1

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Calgary Saddledome readies for 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

by Glen Erickson
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Aaron Ekblad - Barrie Colts

Photo: Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad is the top-rated defenseman taking part in the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, although Central Scouting’s highest ranked North American forward, Sam Bennett, will miss the game due to injury (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

With 40 of the top junior players from the Canadian Hockey League arriving in this bustling National Hockey League city in wintery western Canada, there is a very solid chance this annual all-star game of sorts will capture plenty of attention from Calgary and area sports fans when Team Cherry faces off against Team Orr in the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on Wednesday night.

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Beyond Tomorrow: Jackson making a case for first round potential in 2015

by Chau Vo
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Robby Jackson - Chicago Steel

Photo: Chicago Steel forward and 2015 draft prospect Robby Jackson developed his game in the LA Selects and LA Junior Kings programs (courtesy of Serena Dalhamer)

In 1988, shockwaves were sent throughout Canada and California when Canadian icon and arguably the greatest hockey player to ever play the game, Wayne Gretzky, was traded from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings. But the after-effects of that trade created a hockey boom in the Golden State and its legacy is still felt more than 25 years later. 29 NHL players have called California home, and an even greater number fill out the ranks of the top North American junior leagues and NCAA collegiate teams.

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Imports top QMJHL 2014 draft prospects at season’s midpoint

by Kevin Forbes
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Daniel Audette - Sherbrooke Phoenix

Photo: Sherbrooke Phoenix forward and 2014 draft prospect Daniel Audette is the son of former NHL forward Donald Audette, and a top prospect for this year’s draft out of the QMJHL (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

The QMJHL was the toast of the hockey world at the 2013 NHL Draft. Not only had the league just taken home their third consecutive Memorial Cup win, this time courtesy of the Halifax Mooseheads, but two of that team's top players went first and third in the NHL Draft. Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin were joined by four other QMJHL players hearing their name called in the first round, and a total of 31 QMJHL players were chosen in last year's draft.

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2014 WJC Video: Julius Honka, Finland

by Chapin Landvogt
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Julius Honka - Team Finland

Photo: Finland defenseman and 2014 prospect Julius Honka has been a top rookie in the WHL during the 2013-14 season (courtesy of LUDVIG THUNMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

To look at the stat line for Finland defender Julius Honka following the completion of the 2014 World Junior Championship, it would be easy to assume that the offensive defenseman didn't have an effective showing at this event.

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2014 WJC Video: Leon Draisaitl, Germany

by Chapin Landvogt
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Leon Draisaitl - Team Germany

Photo: Prince Albert Raiders forward and 2014 prospect Leon Draisaitl scored at a point-per-game pace during the 2014 World Juniors despite missing time due to penalties and suspensions (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

While the goal may have been modest, Germany's 2014 World Junior Championship entry managed to maintain their place among hockey's top countries at the U20 level by virtue of their winning a best-of-three, relegation round series over a tough Norway squad. By virtue of their win, Germany will take part in the 2015 WJC that will be held in Toronto, ON and Montreal, QC a year from now, while Norway once again drops down to the Division 1A WJC.

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