NHL Draft Coverage

2014 NHL Draft Results – Round 1

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Minnesota Wild 2013 draft review

by Peter Prohaska
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Gustav Olofsson - Minnesota Wild

Photo: The Wild used their first draft pick on a defenseman for the third straight year with the selection of Gustav Olofsson at 46th overall (courtesy of Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

 
The Wild's big free agent signings last season may have dented the scouting budget. The Wild stayed pretty close to home this year, not drafting a player out of Europe for the first time in team history. The scouting staff did travel coast to coast in Canada with a studied focus on defense and size, but with an implicit directive of taking the long view with this draft class. Several of these players will be playing at the NCAA level next year and keeping tabs will mean a two hour drive rather than an eight hour flight. It also means that all of these players remain two years away from consideration at the professional level. All in all, it was quite an unspectacular draft that will take much patience to assess properly.

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Vancouver Canucks 2013 draft review

by Larenzo Jensen
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Bo Horvat - Vancouver Canucks

Photo: The Canucks traded into the top-10 to select Bo Horvat with the ninth overall pick, the highest pick by Vancouver since the Sedins were drafted 2nd and 3rd overall in 1999 (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

The Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey would be the setting for the Vancouver Canucks to leave an indelible mark, not just in regards to their own draft and future, but to the host city and their hockey fortunes as well.

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Pittsburgh Penguins 2013 draft review

by Ian Altenbaugh
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Tristan Jarry - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Goaltender Tristan Jarry was the Pittsburgh Penguin first pick of the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Pittsburgh Penguins were expected to make some noise at the 2013 NHL Draft. Heading into the draft weekend, the organization was having difficulties signing star defenseman Kris Letang to a long-term deal, creating speculation that the organization might try to shop him for a high draft pick.

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New Jersey Devils 2013 draft review

by John Iadevaia
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Photo: Defenseman Steve Santini was the first player selected by the New Jersey Devils in the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

As the hosts of the 2013 NHL Draft, the New Jersey Devils opened with a bang and closed on a touching note. With the team on the clock for their first round selection, Commissioner Gary Bettman arrived to the podium to announce that New Jersey had traded their first round pick to the Vancouver Canucks for goaltender Cory Schneider.

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Trio of teams had good showing at the 2013 NHL Draft

by Ian Altenbaugh
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2013 NHL Draft - Rasmus Ristolainen, Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Finnish defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen was the first of 11 players to have the Buffalo Sabres call their name at the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The 2013 NHL Draft was considered by many to be the deepest draft in the last decade, with potential franchise players not just available at the top of the order, but all the way through the first round and into the second.

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