NHL Draft Coverage

2014 NHL Draft Results – Round 1

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St. Louis Blues 2013 draft review

by Suraj Sukumar
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Tommy  Vannelli - St. Louis Blues

Photo: The Blues made only four selections in the 2013 draft, the first of which was defenseman Tommy Vannelli midway throught he second round (courtesy of Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The St. Louis Blues had only four draft picks in 2013, and were unable to select a player until the 47th overall pick. The Blues already boast high-end skill at the forward positions and tried to improve their defensive prospects in this year's draft.

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Ottawa Senators 2013 draft review

by Jason Chen
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Curtis Lazar - Ottawa Senators

Photo: Selected 17th overall, forward Curtis Lazar was the first of seven picks made by the Ottawa Senators in the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The Ottawa Senators have done a great job of unearthing NHL-caliber players in the later rounds of the NHL Draft, getting the most out of their late picks to provide support for their top players. The Senators have leaned strongly towards the Swedish junior circuit, a league their scouts are very familiar with, but the organization has also taken chances on hometown kids. General Manager Bryan Murray made a point of drafting hard working, supporting cast-type players in 2013.

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Dallas Stars 2013 draft review

by Mike Farkas
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Valeri Nichushkin with Jim Nill - Dallas Stars

Photo: New General Manager Jim Nill (right) and the Stars’ 10th overall selection, Russian winger Valeri Nichushkin, will play key roles in the club’s future (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon SMI)

It might be a new ranch, but it is not his first rodeo. Dallas Stars new General Manager Jim Nill embarked on his first substantial opportunity to put his mark on his new team at the National Hockey League Entry Draft in Newark, NJ in the midst of an otherwise indiscernible June afternoon and evening. Nill and his staff entered the day with nine picks in seven rounds, including five of the first 68 selections. Like many drafts as they approach, this one was touted as the “next great one” and if that is any indication (it normally is not), the Stars were primed to really push their already burgeoning prospect pool to the boiling point.

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Winnipeg Jets 2013 draft review

by Brian Fogarty
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Photo: Defenseman Josh Morrissey was the first of 10 picks selected by the Winnipeg Jets at the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy Rich Graessle/Icon SMI)

The Winnipeg Jets came into the 2013 NHL Draft with a lot of picks and a lot of prospect holes to fill. With 10 picks, including three in the first two rounds, general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff was able to add offensive skill, mobility, and a much needed boost to the goaltending depth chart. That he was also able to get offensive punch from the blue line and a spectacularly talented scorer in the second round came as particularly interesting bonuses.

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