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2014 NHL Draft Results – Round 1

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Video: 2013 Ivan Hlinka – Nick Schmaltz, USA

by Chapin Landvogt
Nick Schmaltz - Team USA

Photo: 2014 prospect Nick Schmaltz will play another season in the USHL before moving on to the University of North Dakota (courtesy of Martin Rose/Getty Images)


After dropping an opening-day overtime loss to Finland at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, the USA bounced back on Day 2 to take a 4-2 victory over Russia. One of the scoring stars in that game for Team USA was forward Nick Schmaltz, who netted a goal and chipped in two assists for a three-point game.

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2014 prospect Pyrochta hoping to stick with Czech Extraliga squad

by Radoslav Vavrina

Filip Pyrochta - Liberec White Tigers

Photo: 2014 prospect Filip Pyrochta hails from the same Czech hometown as NHL players Patrik Elias and Martin Erat (courtesy of the Liberec White Tigers)


The Czech Republic had one of its least successful drafts this year in New Jersey, but that doesn't mean the next one won't feature any Czech players that could be picked in the early rounds. Swedish-based offensive marvel Jakub Vrána, who will definitely be considered one of the top European skaters, isn't the only one though. Still playing in his homeland and just about to take a leap into the Czech Extraliga is young defenseman Filip Pyrochta.

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Poganski hopes physical play will gain attention of NHL scouts

by Justin Felisko
Austin Poganski - Tri-City Storm

Photo: 2014 prospect Austin Poganski will spend the 2013-14 season with the USHL’s Tri-City Storm before moving on to the University of North Dakota (courtesy of the Tri-City Storm)


When Austin Poganski takes the ice for the U.S. Under-18 Select Team this weekend at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, much will have changed since the St. Cloud, MN native made his red, white and blue debut last year.

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OHL 2013 draft review

by Jason Menard
Bo Horvat - Vancouver Canucks

Photo: Vancouver Canucks propsect Bo Horvat, the second OHL player chosen at the 2013 NHL Draft, had his day made more memorable due to his inclusion in the Cory Schneider deal (courtesy of CHL Images)


Since the NHL Draft was instituted in 1969, the Ontario Hockey League has proven to be the richest source of future talent in the world. And with six of the previous seven first-overall selections coming from the middle Canadian Hockey League association, there was no reason to believe that the province of Ontario (and parts of Michigan and Pennsylvania) wouldn’t be fertile soil again for the next generation of professionals.

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Russia/KHL 2013 draft review

by Alessandro Seren Rosso
Valeri Nichushkin - Dallas Stars

Photo: Dallas Stars prospect Valeri Nichushkin was the first Russian player chosen at the 2013 NHL Draft, going 10th overall to the Stars (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)


The number of players drafted out of the KHL at the 2013 NHL Draft wasn’t large, but confirmations and surprises were there as always in each NHL Draft. The scarce number of players coming out of the top Russian league is due not only to the infamous “Russian Factor”, but also to the fact that many junior players are now playing in the CHL, something that wasn’t happening as often until recent years.

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