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2015 NHL Draft: Tampa Bay Lightning draft review

by Chris Roberts
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2015 NHL Draft: Tampa Bay Lightning draft review

Photo: Mitchell Stephens had 48 points (22 goals, 26 assists) in 62 games with the OHL’s Saginaw Spirit in 2014-15. (Courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

Less than two weeks after his team lost in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman went back to work at maintaining a strong foundation for his team through the draft. With a young roster on the rise that perhaps arrived as a legitimate contender a year early, Yzerman didn’t have any particular needs to fill at the 2015 NHL Draft. Instead, he replenished his team’s system with players of quality character and skill. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Winnipeg Jets draft review

by Patrick Allen
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2015 NHL Draft: Winnipeg Jets draft review

Photo: Incoming University of Michigan freshman Kyle Connor, the 17th overall pick at the 2015 NHL Draft, is yet another high-end skater for the Jets prospect group (courtesy of Mark Ehrmann/Getty Images)

With two first-round picks in the 2015 NHL Draft, the Winnipeg Jets were in a terrific position to add to what is already considered to be one of the deepest prospect pools in the NHL. The Jets have a collection of young talent that is bursting at the seams and eager to help improve a team fresh off the franchise’s first playoff appearance since relocating to Winnipeg. Read more »

2016 NHL Draft: Matthews, Chychrun head preseason list of North American prospects

by David Hahn
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2016 NHL Draft: Matthews, Chychrun head preseason list of North American prospects

Photo: U.S. NTDP forward Auston Matthews and Sarnia Sting defenseman Jakob Chychrun are the top two North American prospects for the 2016 NHL Draft heading into the 2015-16 season (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images and CHL Images)

With the 2015 NHL Draft in the rear-view mirror, the next draft class from North America in 2016 features a deep group from the United States and the OHL. With Auston Matthews in the news lately due to his interest in playing abroad, that offers an opportunity to take a look at the top draft-eligible skaters from North America. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Detroit Red Wings draft review

by Ryan Womeldorf
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2015 NHL Draft: Detroit Red Wings draft review

Photo: the Detroit Red Wings have not drafted many Russian-born prospects in recent years, but made an exception for outstanding Cape Breton winger Evgeny Svechnikov, selecting him 19th overall at the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Detroit Red Wings continue their march against time and lowered expectations, still contending in the Atlantic Division as everyone awaits their downfall. Another 100-point season later, things are at an odd crossroads for yet another offseason in Detroit. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Florida Panthers draft review

by David Hahn
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2015 NHL Draft: Florida Panthers draft review

Photo: In 2014-15, Lawson Crouse had 51 points in 56 games with the OHL’s Frontenacs and helped Team Canada to the gold at the World Junior Championship (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

The Florida Panthers are on the verge of an identity crisis after missing the playoffs again for the 13th time in 14 seasons. For a fanbase that has only seen the playoffs four times since the team’s inception in 1993, General Manager Dale Tallon is facing a critical turning point for the franchise. Read more »

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