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2015 NHL Draft: Toronto Maple Leafs draft review

by Ed Dermit
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2015 NHL Draft: Toronto Maple Leafs draft review

Photo: The Toronto Maple Leafs selected Mitch Marner with the 4th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. (Courtesy of Mike Ehrmann/Getty Image)

The Toronto Maple Leafs entered the 2015 NHL Draft with a mission to stockpile talent, as part of their well-publicized rebuild plan. To that end, they quickly turned their seven selections into nine, trading their 24th overall selection to acquire additional picks in the upper rounds. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Ottawa Senators draft review

by Kristopher Bras
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2015 NHL Draft: Ottawa Senators draft review

Photo: Thomas Chabot had 41 points (12 goals, 29 assists) in 66 games with the Sea Dogs last season. (Courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

The Ottawa Senators have a storied knack for finding top talent at unexpected draft positions. Whether they’re grabbing two-time Norris winner Erik Karlsson at 15th overall, or digging Calder nominee Mark Stone up at 178th, the team’s scouts have always kept the depth chart stocked with dynamic young prospects—no matter where the team picks from. Still, that didn’t stop GM Bryan Murray from cashing in some assets to strengthen the team’s position at the 2015 NHL Draft. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: New York Rangers draft review

by Leslie Treff
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2015 NHL Draft: New York Rangers draft review

Photo: Winger Robin Kovacs won awards for most goals (17) and points (28) for a junior playing in the Allsvenskan men’s league in 2014-15. (Courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

The New York Rangers went into the 2015 NHL Draft with only four picks over the seven-round event. As expected, the Rangers made several trades to add selections during the two-day draft, to wind up with a full complement of seven picks. But for the third year in a row, the Blueshirts had no first-round pick. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Buffalo Sabres draft review

by Jason Chen
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2015 NHL Draft: Buffalo Sabres draft review

Photo: Jack Eichel led Boston University to the Frozen Four finals, totalling 71 points (26 goals, 45 assists) in 40 games as a freshman. (Courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

In most cases, a winning record and a championship trophy would be considered a triumphant year, but not for the Buffalo Sabres, a rebuilding team more concerned with stockpiling talent. Losing was winning for the Sabres, because each loss meant getting closer and closer to their prize: Connor McDavid. A generational talent, McDavid could single-handedly alter the course of a franchise and provide multiple winning records and trophies for years to come. Read more »

2016 NHL Draft: Big Finns Puljujarvi, Laine amongst top 2016 European prospects

by Chapin Landvogt
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2016 NHL Draft: Big Finns Puljujarvi, Laine amongst top 2016 European prospects

Photo: Karpat forward Jesse Puljujarvi (L) and Omsk forward Dmitri Sokolov (R) are among the top forwards out of Europe for the 2016 NHL Draft (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images and Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

The 2015 NHL Draft has come and gone. While most NHL teams and their fans are still pondering the possibilities of their new assets heading into the future, the next draft class from Europe is preparing itself for a big 2015-16 season, which at the moment has a number of extremely fascinating talents that scouts are very excited to see starting next month at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in Bratislava, Slovakia and Breclav, Czech Republic. While some of these players may eventually wind up in North America as soon as this winter, fans may just see U.S. wunderkind Auston Matthews in a pro European jersey this winter, as well. Read more »

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