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2015 NHL Draft: Columbus Blue Jackets draft review

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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 »

2015 NHL Draft: Arizona Coyotes draft review

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2015 NHL Draft: Arizona Coyotes draft review

Photo: Coyotes top prospect Dylan Strome, the third overall pick at the 2015 NHL Draft, becomes another strong building block as Arizona seeks to stabilize the franchise on and off the ice (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

 

 

The Arizona Coyotes have been engaged in a legal squabble with the city of Glendale over arena issues, but for the 2015 NHL Draft weekend, General Manager Don Maloney and company were able to put those business headaches aside in favor of adding to one of the deepest prospect groups in the NHL. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: San Jose Sharks draft review

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2015 NHL Draft: San Jose Sharks draft review

Photo: Timo Meier nearly tripled his scoring in his second year with Halifax, making the Swiss power winger a logical selection at ninth overall (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

 

After one of the worst franchise finishes in recent memory, the San Jose Sharks went into the 2015 NHL Draft with their highest selection since 2009. This was a big draft for the organization not only because of the quality of the 9th overall pick in this highly-touted draft class, but because of the sheer abundance of picks the team had to try and turn their tides of fortune around.

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2015 NHL Draft Review: Eriksson Ek, Larsson lead talented but reduced group from Sweden

by Chapin Landvogt
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2015 NHL Draft Review: Eriksson Ek, Larsson lead talented but reduced group from Sweden

Photo: Linkoping defenseman Gabriel Carlsson was one of two defenders chosen by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

 

 

Sweden once again proved to be the hottest European commodity at the NHL Draft. This is a trend that began in 2011, when Sweden saw an outstanding and record-setting 28 players taken, eight more than the year before. In 2012, another 22 were selected. In 2013, that number increased slightly, seeing another 25 Swedes taken. Then it 2014, it became 31, 28 of whom were Swedish-born. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Anaheim Ducks draft review

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2015 NHL Draft: Anaheim Ducks draft review

Photo: The Anaheim Ducks added to their wealth of young defensive talents by selecting Jacob Larsson 27th overall at the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

Recently, the Anaheim Ducks have started to have fewer and fewer draft picks due to trades for established talents. However, at the 2015 NHL Draft, they were able to bring aboard seven new prospects chosen from all over the globe. Read more »

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