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2015 NHL Draft Preview: No surprises among OHL prospects with McDavid as top prospect

by Jason Menard
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2015 NHL Draft Preview: No surprises among OHL prospects with McDavid as top prospect

Photo: Erie Otters forward Connor McDavid will enter the 2015 NHL Draft as the very likely first overall selection in the draft (courtesy of Aaron Bel/OHL Images)

Let’s just get Connor McDavid’s name out of the way. You know he’s going number one in the 2015 NHL Draft. I know he’s going number one. People in countries that don’t even have ice likely know he’s going number one. For the seventh time in the last nine years, a player from the OHL will be going first overall. Read more »

NHL Draft Primer: Finnish star on top among European skaters despite strong Swedish crop

by David Hahn
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NHL Draft Primer: Finnish star on top among European skaters despite strong Swedish crop

Photo: TPS Turku forward and 2015 prospect Mikko Rantanen produced nine goals and 28 points in 56 games in Liiga in 2014-15 (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

NHL Central Scouting hasn’t been able to nail down a consistent list among European skaters eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, with wide-ranging fluctuations occurring among these talented prospects. Once ranked as the top European skater during the middle of the season, Oliver Kylington has fallen out of the top five, and right out of the first round according to some draft pundits. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft Preview: Strong QMJHL class led by Meier, Zboril

by Chris Roberts
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2015 NHL Draft Preview: Strong QMJHL class led by Meier, Zboril

Photo: Halifax Mooseheads forward and 2015 prospect Timo Meier turned in a strong second season in the QMJHL, as well as good performances at the U20 World Junior Championship and CHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images)

There were just five players from the QMJHL selected in the first two rounds of the 2014 NHL Draft; this year, it’ll be a shock if that number isn’t at least doubled. In fact, Nikolaj Ehlers was the only QMJHL player to be taken in the first round, whereas at least four or five are expected to be taken in the 2015 NHL Draft. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft Preview: Napravnik top German prospect, others from Norway, Denmark, and Austria

by Chapin Landvogt
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2015 NHL Draft Preview: Napravnik top German prospect, others from Norway, Denmark, and Austria

Photo: Eisbaeren Berlin forward and 2015 prospect Kai Wissmann worked his way up through various levels of German hockey in 2014-15 to earn a 10-game audition with Berlin of the DEL (courtesy of Marco Leipold/City-Press via Getty Images)

For a draft that has been as anticipated and bantered about in such high tones as the 2015 NHL Draft, players and talents coming from countries such as Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Norway, much less areas such as Northern Italy, have understandably gotten lost in the pack. This is also a bit more complicated when players from these countries have spent their season in better leagues in countries such as those in Finland, Germany, Russia, and Sweden, technically being ranked for the draft as members of those nations. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft Preview: Provorov, Barzal lead solid group of WHL prospects

by Glen Erickson
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2015 NHL Draft Preview: Provorov, Barzal lead solid group of WHL prospects

Photo: Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman and 2015 prospect Ivan Provorov turned in a strong 2014-15 season in the WHL, and further helped his draft stock with good showings at the 2015 World Junior Championship and 2015 CHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

Here’s a look at our top 10 prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft from the Western Hockey League, with the consensus top four rather apparent.

Our list contains six forwards and four defensemen. A total of six players toiled in the Western Conference. Only the Brandon Wheat Kings managed two players in our ranking. There is a definite Canadian presence in our ranking, with seven canucks on the list. Two Americans and one Russian round out the ranking. All 10 were invited to the NHL Combine. Read more »

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