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2014 NHL Draft Results – Round 1

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Montreal Canadiens 2013 draft preview

by David Thicke
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Nathan Beaulieu - Montreal Canadiens

Photo: Defenseman Nathan Beaulieu was selected 17th overall in the 2011 NHL Draft. Beaulieu made his NHL debut in 2012-13, appearing in six games and recording two assists. (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

The Montreal Canadiens surprised everyone by jumping from 15th place in the Eastern Conference in 2011-12 to second in the conference and winning their division in the lockout shortened 2012-13 season. The quick first round exit from the Stanley Cup playoffs by the Canadiens against the Ottawa Senators only confirmed to General Manager Marc Bergevin that his team is not built yet to be a yearly playoff contender in the Eastern Conference.

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Chicago Blackhawks 2013 draft preview

by Brad Gardner
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Phillip Danault - Victoriaville Tigres

Photo: Each of Chicago’s last four first-round picks have been forwards, including former Victoriaville Tigres captain Phillip Danault, selected 26th overall in 2011 (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

The Chicago Blackhawks will head into the 2013 NHL Draft with only one pick in the first three rounds after trading their second and third picks to Winnipeg in exchange for Johnny Oduya in 2011-12. The team has five total picks, a change of pace after having made 29 selections at the past three drafts. More than half of Chicago's picks in that time have come in the first three rounds, which has given the team several quality prospects at each position to build around.

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Vancouver Canucks 2013 draft preview

by Larenzo Jensen
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Brendan Gaunce - Belleville Bulls

Photo: Belleville Bulls center Brendan Gaunce, the Canucks 26th overall pick last summer, was the first of four forwards taken by Vancouver with their five picks in 2012 (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

After another quick exit from the Stanley Cup Playoffs at the hands of the San Jose Sharks, it is no secret that the winds of change are blowing in Vancouver. General Manager Mike Gillis has frequently used the term “reset” to describe the focus of this off-season for the Vancouver Canucks. In truth, anything short of fulfilling that term would be disastrous for Gillis, with local media already quoting the new phraseology. In addition, a restless fan base has voiced their opinion and made it clear that they will not be satisfied with the status quo.

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Washington Capitals 2013 draft preview

by Eric Scheib
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Tom Wilson - Washington Capitals

Photo: Forward Tom Wilson was one of two selections the Washington Capitals made in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The Washington Capitals had 14 drafted players appear on their NHL roster this season including eight former first round picks. They have had a knack for developing their high end prospects to be impact players on the team, but the prospect depth is not as deep as it was in previous years.

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Video: 2013 NHL Combine – Elias Lindholm, Sweden

by Ken McKenna
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2013 NHL Combine - Elias Lindholm

Photo: Swedish forward Elias Lindholm, shown here during the testing portion of the 2013 NHL Combine, is one of several forwards that are expected to be chosen in the top 10 of the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Keith Hamilton/Icon SMI)

 

Although the crop of Swedish prospects is not as deep as in recent years, there is still some good talent from that country at the top of the 2013 NHL Draft class. The best of this year's lot is forward Elias Lindholm of the Brynas organization.

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