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2014 NHL Draft Results – Round 1

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Phoenix Coyotes 2013 draft preview

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Mark Visentin - Portland Pirates

Photo: Rookie goaltender Mark Visentin, the Coyotes 27th overall pick in 2010, appeared in 30 games for the AHL’s Portland Pirates in 2012-13 (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

For the first time in four seasons, the Phoenix Coyotes missed the playoffs. After having their most successful postseason in franchise history, the Coyotes struggled to string wins together until it was too late. With a slew of young defensemen looking to make the jump to the next level, the Coyotes are in a position where a good forward can fall right into their laps at the 12th pick.

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Greyhounds’ Nurse the best of the OHL’s 2013 crop

by Jason Menard
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2013 NHL Draft - Darnell Nurse, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

Photo: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds defenseman Darnell Nurse is at the top of the OHL rankings for the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

In five of the last six years, an OHL forward has been taken first overall in the annual NHL Draft. And in 2011, forward Gabriel Landeskog was the second selection when the Edmonton Oilers broke from tradition and selected the WHL’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins with the top pick.

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Pesce heads otherwise weak 2013 crop from NCAA

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Brett Pesce - University of New Hampshire

Photo: University of New Hampshire defenseman Brett Pesce has an impressive season for the Wildcats as a true freshman (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

 

This year’s class of collegians eligible for this year’s NHL Draft isn’t as strong as in recent drafts. Nevertheless, the NCAA does have some players who could hear their names called when the draft gets underway on June 30th at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

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Nashville Predators 2013 draft preview

by Shaun Bisson
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Austin Watson - Nashville Predators

Photo: Owner of the fouth overall pick in 2013, Nashville has not made a pick in the first round since selecting Austin Watson 18th overall in 2010 (courtesy of Warren Wimmer/Icon SMI)

After missing out on the playoffs this season, the Nashville Predators are in a precarious situation heading into this weekend’s NHL Draft. General Manager David Poile and the Preds hold the fourth overall pick and with a number of options for picks. Last year the Predators appeared to be a team that could contend for a cup title, but heading into next season, the Predators look like a team in a mini-rebuild. The Preds have only had one general manager in the history of their franchise, and the club is putting their faith in Poile to make the right choice with the highest pick since the franchise's first draft in 1998.

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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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