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2015 NHL Draft Review: Kings’ selection Cernak the top Slovakia product in draft

by Chapin Landvogt
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2015 NHL Draft Review: Kings’ selection Cernak the top Slovakia product in draft

Photo: Topeka Roadrunners goaltender Matej Tomek, a third round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2015 NHL Draft, was the lone Slovakia-born goalie chosen in the draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

After a big year for Slovakian junior hockey in which the World Junior Championship team beat Sweden to take bronze, followed by the U18 club defeating Sweden 3-1 to kick off the 2015 U18 World Championship before slipping out of the tournament in the first round of the playoffs, there were naturally several players of interest to NHL teams at the 2015 NHL Draft. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Colorado Avalanche draft review

by Chau Vo
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2015 NHL Draft: Colorado Avalanche draft review

Photo: Left to right, the newest Colorado Avalanche prospects A.J. Greer (39th overall), Mikko Rantanen (10th overall), and Nicolas Meloche (40th overall) pose with team legends Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy at their introductory press conference in Denver (courtesy of AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

The 2015 NHL Draft was an exciting weekend for Colorado Avalanche fans as they finally saw an ending to the Ryan O’Reilly saga. To top things off, the franchise walked out of the draft with a plethora of young talents to boost the strength of their prospect pool. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft Review: Sharks make Meier the top pick from the QMJHL

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2015 NHL Draft Review: Sharks make Meier the top pick from the QMJHL

Photo: Halifax Mooseheads forward Timo Meier (San Jose Sharks) and Saint John Sea Dogs defenseman Jakub Zboril (Boston Bruins) were the top two selections from the QMJHL at the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

The QMJHL returned to being a most popular league amongst NHL scouts and executives this season, and that was proven at the 2015 NHL Draft. In total, 30 of the 211 picks at the draft were players who spent last season in the QMJHL, up from just 17 in the 2014 NHL Draft. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Minnesota Wild draft review

by Peter Prohaska
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2015 NHL Draft: Minnesota Wild draft review

Photo: Joel Eriksson Ek, selected 20th overall at the 2015 NHL draft, becomes the Wild’s top center prospect (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

Coming into the 2015 NHL Draft the Minnesota Wild‘s prospect pool was one of the league’s weakest thanks to a combination of graduations, misses at the 2011 NHL draft, bewildering picks in other recent draft classes, valuable picks (especially the 2013 first-rounder) sent away for established players, and lack of late-round successes lately. The team needs to win more than one playoff round to justify such costly gambles, but it seemed to readjust its prospect development strategy for this draft. Moving away from drafting players with limited ability and upside is a major step in the right direction.

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2015 NHL Draft: Montreal Canadiens draft review

by Shawn Wilken
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2015 NHL Draft: Montreal Canadiens draft review

Photo: Noah Juulsen had 52 points in 68 games with the WHL’s Everett Silvertips in 2014-15. (Courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Montreal Canadiens went to the 2015 NHL Draft with five picks, and selected near the end of each round. The only exception was the team’s fifth round pick, acquired when they traded Daniel Briere to Colorado for P.A. Parenteau. General Manager Marc Bergevin was inactive on the trade front, and held on to all of his picks—selecting when his turn came up. Read more »

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