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2014 NHL Draft Results – Round 1

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Kase hoping to display skills at U20 World Juniors

by Radoslav Vavrina
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Ondrej Kase - HC Chomutov

Photo: Chomutov Pirates forward and 2014 prospect Ondrej Kase is hoping to be a part of the Czech Republic’s team that will be taking part in the 2014 World Junior Championship later this month (courtesy of HC Chomutov)

It looks like it could be a solid draft year for the Czech Republic in 2014 with David Pastrňák and Jakub Vrána, two upper round candidates based in Sweden, and many more potential later round prospects playing either in Sweden, Canada or in their homeland. Thanks to a new rule implemented by the Czech Ice Hockey Association, prospects are also getting much more ice-time in the Extraliga than in recent years.

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Russia features some good, second-tier talent for 2014 draft

by Alessandro Seren Rosso
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Vladimir Tkachyov - Team Russia

Photo: Omskiye Yastrebi Omsk forward and 2014 prospect Vladimir Tkachyov was one of the more offensively productive players for Russia during the recent Subway Super Series (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

After having eight players selected during the 2013 NHL Draft, a decrease from 11 during the 2012 selections (three of them in the first round: Nail Yakupov, Mikhail Grigorenko, and Andrei Vasilevsky), Russia might see a rebound in the number of recruited players as the class of ’95- and ’96-born players is very solid and most likely better than the ’94 group.

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McCann steps into scoring role for Greyhounds

by Jason Menard
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Jared McCann - Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

Photo: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds forward and 2014 prospect Jared McCann has rebounded nicely from a concussion sustained in the 2013 OHL playoffs as he is now scoring at a better than point-per-game pace (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

After a sterling rookie regular season last year, you could forgive Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds forward Jared McCann for expecting more of the same as the playoffs began. But his very first playoff contest came to an abrupt end, knocked out of the playoffs due to a concussion suffered as a result of an open-ice hit by Owen Sound’s Cameron Brace.

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Pastrnak making his mark in Sweden’s Allsvenskan

by Radoslav Vavrina
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David Pastrnak - Sodertalje

Photo: Sodertalje forward and 2014 prospect David Pastrnak is currently tied for the team scoring lead with six goals and nine assists in 24 games (courtesy of HC Trinec)

Unable to create many opportunities for young players, Czech youth hockey is slowly losing influence. The system has been collapsing, with the main problems being economics and training methods. It's no wonder that talented Czech players try their luck abroad, not just in Canada or the United States, but also in Sweden, a country that has recently produced loads of big-time NHL prospects.

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Clarke shaking off the rust in return to Battalion lineup

by Jason Menard
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Blake Clarke - North Bay Battalion

Photo: North Bay Battalion forward and 2014 prospect Blake Clarke is returning to the Battalion lineup after an injury at the 2013 All-American Prospects Game (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

Now that his shoulder is a self-professed 100 per cent, North Bay Battalion forward Blake Clarke is ready to press it firmly to the grindstone — the first step in forging what he hopes will be a successful NHL career that starts with a first-round selection in the 2014 NHL Draft.

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