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2015 NHL Draft Results – Round 1

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2015 NHL Draft: Chicago Blackhawks draft review

by Anthony Lyen
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2015 NHL Draft: Chicago Blackhawks draft review

Photo: Chicago Blackhawks prospect Graham Knott, the team’s first selection of the 2015 NHL Draft, brings defensive ability in a power winger’s frame (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

As General Manager Stan Bowman, Senior Director of Amateur Scouting Mark Kelley and the rest of the Chicago Blackhawks brass headed to the 2015 NHL Draft in Sunrise, Florida, it was no secret that Blackhawks upper management were about to have not only a busy draft, but a busy summer as well. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft Review: Russia a factor in this year’s draft selections

by Alessandro Seren Rosso
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2015 NHL Draft Review: Russia a factor in this year’s draft selections

Photo: Metallurg Magnitogorsk goaltender and Washington Capitals prospect Ilya Samsonov was the only goaltender chosen in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

After a few years in which drafting Russians was considered a risky practice, NHL teams turned their attention back to that country, selecting 18 Russian players at the 2015 NHL Draft, including 10 playing in the different Russian leagues. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Philadelphia Flyers draft review

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2015 NHL Draft: Philadelphia Flyers draft review

Photo: ISS Hockey correctly ranked Ivan Provorov at 7th overall, where he was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers. (Courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

After struggling in the 2014-15 season, the Philadelphia Flyers earned the seventh overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. Overall, Philadelphia had nine picks, including two in the first round. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: St. Louis Blues draft review

by Suraj Sukumar
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2015 NHL Draft: St. Louis Blues draft review

Photo: 2015’s 56th overall pick Vince Dunn, top five in scoring on a deep Niagara squad, adds some offensive flair to a solid St. Blues defensive prospect pool (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

After replenishing their prospect pool with ten selections in the 2014 NHL Draft, the St. Louis Blues used the 2015 NHL Draft to beef up their prospect depth at key positions. The Blues only have three goaltenders and three centers in the pipeline, and they used three of their six picks on those positions. Even with goaltenders Jordan Binnington and Ville Husso looking like legitimate prospects, at least, and Ivan Barbashev and Robby Fabbri being two centers who might be ready to make an impact soon, the Blues had plenty of room and reason to add some much needed depth to complement their best prospects.

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2015 NHL Draft: Columbus Blue Jackets draft review

by David Hahn
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2015 NHL Draft: Columbus Blue Jackets draft review

Photo: Columbus Blue Jackets draft pick Zach Werenski was one of Team USA’ s best defensemen in the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Ever since Jarmo Kekalainen took the helm in 2013, the Columbus Blue Jackets have been pointed in a positive direction. Heading into the 2015 NHL Draft, the club had spent a number of selections on forwards, boasting an enviable group of high-caliber, quality scorers. The major question heading into the draft was what the team would do to bolster the blueline. Read more »

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