NHL Draft Coverage

2014 NHL Draft Results – Round 1

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Los Angeles Kings 2013 draft preview

by Jason Lewis
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Derek Forbort - Manchester Monarchs

Photo: The Los Angeles Kings 15th overall pick in 2011, Derek Forbort signed a pro contract in April and finished the season in AHL Manchester (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

After 2012 saw a first ever Stanley Cup for the Los Angeles Kings franchise, 2013 brought forth a noble defense of the title but elimination in the Conference Finals by the Chicago Blackhawks. In what is considered the most difficult of tasks, the Kings came just three wins from reaching a second consecutive final and a chance at repeating as champions.

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Calgary Flames 2013 draft preview

by HF Staff
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Sven Baertschi - Calgary Flames

Photo: Sven Baertschi, Calgary’s 13th overall pick in 2011, finished 2012-13 on a seven-game point streak, scoring three goals and six assists (courtesy of Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Calgary Flames head into the 2013 NHL Draft four years removed from the playoffs. General Manager Jay Feaster has come to terms that the team is in a “rebuilding” mode rather than a “retooling” one. Gone is former captain Jarome Iginla and assistant captain Jay Bouwmeester, and in return are two first round picks acquired via both players waiving their no-trade clauses at trade deadline. The status of goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff is in the balance and his decision could also change the dynamics of the team next year should he decide to retire. The Flames find themselves at an interesting junction with a lot of questions to be answered. The upcoming draft could be the most important one in the team’s history.

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Beyond Tomorrow: Several future stars make their mark at the U18 tournament

by Brian Fogarty
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Ivan Barbashev - Russia

Photo: Russian forward Ivan Barbashev had a strong rookie season in the QMJHL, a performance that landed him on that league’s All-Rookie Team (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

 

While most of the world’s best 16- and 17-year-old hockey players gathered in Sochi, Russia to play in the Under-18 World Junior Championship in late April, it was 15-year-old Connor McDavid who stole the show.

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Video: 2013 NHL Combine – Frederik Gauthier, QMJHL

by Ken McKenna
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2013 NHL Combine - Frederik Gauthier

Photo: Rimouski Oceanic forward Frederik Gauthier has watched his NHL Draft stock increase steadily over the course of the 2012-13 season (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

 

While the thought of drafting a solid two-way forward may not be appealing to the average hockey fan, judging by his steady rise in the 2013 NHL Draft rankings, it looks like hockey scouts are excited about the potential of Rimouski Oceanic center, Frederik Gauthier.

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Czech prospect Vrana adapting well to Swedish hockey

by Radoslav Vavrina
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Jakub Vrana - Czech Republic

Photo: Czech forward Jakub Vrana currently plays hockey in Sweden, but could receive attention at the 2013 CHL Import Draft (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

 

Adler, a small, rather nameless coastal resort just south of Sochi that is receiving worldwide attention as one of the hosting places of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, recently was packed with hockey scouts, journalists and the top players born in 1995 or later for the IIHF Under-18 World Championship.

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