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2014 NHL Draft Results – Round 1

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Toronto Maple Leafs 2013 draft preview

by John-Eric Iannicello
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Tyler Biggs - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Forward Tyler Biggs was one of two players the Toronto Maple Leafs selected in first round of the 2011 NHL Draft. (Courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The Toronto Maple Leafs earned their first playoff berth in nine years after a successful 2012-13 season which saw them finish fifth overall in the East. Though the Leafs lost in a hard-fought first round series against the Boston Bruins, the future remains bright in Toronto, as they are finally at the end of a lengthy rebuild.

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Dallas Stars 2013 draft preview

by Mike Farkas
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Radek Faksa - Kitchener Rangers

Photo: Radek Faksa, the 13th overall pick in 2012, is only the third forward selected in the first round by Dallas since former captain Brenden Morrow was drafted in 1997 (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Upheaval was required after the Dallas Stars failed to clinch a playoff berth for the fifth consecutive season. General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk fell on the sword despite a plethora of in-season moves that unloaded roster players. Long-time Red Wings Assistant GM Jim Nill came in and dispatched Head Coach Glen Gulutzan as well.

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Jones the top 2013 WHL prospect in group dominated by defensemen

by Glen Erickson
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Seth Jones - Portland Winterhawks

Photo: Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones has been the top-rated defender for the 2013 NHL Draft since the start of the 2012-13 season (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

Here’s a look at our top 10 prospects from the Western Hockey League for the 2013 NHL Draft, a group that includes a very top-heavy batch of elite defensemen. All players in our ranking attended the NHL Combine last month.

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San Jose Sharks 2013 draft preview

by Craig Fischer
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Tomas Hertl - San Jose Sharks

Photo: The Sharks selected Czech center Tomas Hertl 17th overall in 2012. Hertl is the only first round pick in the Sharks organization from the last five draft classes (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

Just a day after trading defensemen Douglas Murray to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for draft picks, San Jose Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson made it clear that the team would not be rebuilding like many suspected; it would be refreshing.

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Tampa Bay Lightning 2013 draft preview

by Jeff Terry
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Slater Koekkoek - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Defenseman Slater Koekkoek was one of two selections the Tampa Bay Lightning made in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft. (courtesy of CHL Images)

The Tampa Bay Lightning failed to make the playoffs for the second consecutive season and Head Coach Guy Boucher was eventually relieved of his duties and replaced by Jon Cooper, the coach of the Lightning's AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch. Goaltending and defense proved once again to be the team weakness, as they dropped to 14th in the East, and locked up the third overall pick in this June's draft.

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