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2015 NHL Draft Results – Round 1

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NHL Draft Primer: WHL and QMJHL stars dominate 11-24 group of North American skaters

by David Hahn
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NHL Draft Primer: WHL and QMJHL stars dominate 11-24 group of North American skaters

Photo: Kelowna Rockets forward and 2015 prospect Nick Merkley led the WHL Champion Rockets in scoring during the 2014-15 regular season with 90 points in 72 games (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

Among North American skaters ranked 11 through 24 in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft, the WHL and QMJHL claim a majority of them. It’s a deep group from the two leagues this year, with a pair of high-end competitors adding to this group from the OHL and USHL. Read more »

NHL Draft Primer: Numerous decorated international competitors available in the second and third rounds

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NHL Draft Primer: Numerous decorated international competitors available in the second and third rounds

Photo: Ilves forward and 2015 prospect Roope Hintz played for Finland at the 2015 World Junior Championship, picking up two assists in five games in that tournament (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Among European skaters available for the 2015 NHL Draft, there are numerous players who have impressive track records playing for their respective countries. Taking a look at players 11 thru 24 in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings, a few standout players burst onto the scene this season thanks to their performances at the international level. Read more »

SHL Prospects Notebook, June, 2015: A new champion, NHL Draft prospects, and more in this 2014-15 wrap-up

by Chapin Landvogt
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SHL Prospects Notebook, June, 2015: A new champion, NHL Draft prospects, and more in this 2014-15 wrap-up

Photo: Skelleftea AIK forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Axel Holmstrom had a breakout season in the SHL in 2014-15 and was a driving force in Skelleftea’s run to the SHL finals (courtesy of Skelleftea AIK/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

The 2014-15 season in Sweden wrapped up a good month ago and was quickly followed by an exciting World Championship tournament that featured a Swedish team with a number of SHL, NLA, and KHL-based players – one that couldn’t get further than the quarterfinals, however. Read more »

NHL Draft Primer: Garland, Mangiapane, Tkachev among re-entry options at the forward positions

by David Hahn
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NHL Draft Primer: Garland, Mangiapane, Tkachev among re-entry options at the forward positions

Photo: Barrie Colts forward and 2015 prospect Andrew Mangiapane is ranked 85th among North American skaters for the 2015 NHL Draft by NHL Central Scouting (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Approximately twenty percent of players chosen at the NHL Draft over the course of the last few years were selected in their second or third time through the process. It’s a growing trend every season, and one that offers hope for players who did not hear their name called the year before. Read more »

NHL Draft Primer: A look at intriguing North American goaltenders available in 2015

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NHL Draft Primer: A look at intriguing North American goaltenders available in 2015

Photo: Barrie Colts goaltender and 2015 prospect Mackenzie Blackwood was fourth in wins in the OHL with 33 during the 2014-15 regular season, and he added five more in the 2015 OHL playoffs (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

There are a number of quality goaltenders available in the 2015 NHL Draft, with a wide range of prospects available with size, maneuverability, and determination. It’s a particularly strong group from North American junior leagues, with the USHL and NAHL well represented. At the top of the list, a pair of QMJHL goaltenders vie for the top spot, while another from the OHL could be the first goaltender to hear his name called in late June. Read more »

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