NHL Draft Coverage

2014 NHL Draft Results – Round 1

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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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Boston Bruins 2013 draft review

by Richard Murray
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Ryan Fitzgerald - Boston Bruins

Photo: Forward Ryan Fitzgerald was selected by the Boston Bruins 120th overall in the 2013 NHL Draft. Fitzgerald is expected to attend Boston College in the Fall. (courtesy Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

Despite not having a first round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, the Boston Bruins had several late picks that could turn out to be steals when all is said and done. There were rumors that Tyler Seguin might be moved at the draft, however that trade came in the following days, when he was moved in package to the Dallas Stars as part of a blockbuster seven-player trade.

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Nashville Predators 2013 draft review

by Shaun Bisson
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Seth Jones - Nashville Predators

Photo: The Predators landed defenseman Seth Jones, thought to be a potential first overall pick, with the fourth selection. Jones is expected to step into a top-pairing role alongside Shea Weber for Nashville next season (courtesy of Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

The Nashville Predators held the fourth overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, and found themselves the consensus “luckiest team in the draft.” Considered by many to be the best prospect available in the draft, Seth Jones fell from a potential first overall pick right into the hands of David Poile at fourth overall. The Preds entered the day with 10 draft picks and picked 10 players, but only after trading the 112th overall pick to St. Louis for 203rd overall and a pick in next year’s fourth round.

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