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2014 NHL Draft Results – Round 1

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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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Soberg hoping to become second NHL draftee in family

by Chapin Landvogt
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Markus Soberg - Norway

Photo: Norwegian forward Markus Soberg has spent the past two seasons playing in Sweden for Frolunda (courtesy of hockeypuck.blogg.no)

 

At the 2011 IIHF U18 tournament in Dresden and Crimmitschau, Germany, more than a few people in the hockey community found themselves raising their eyebrows with respect to a pair of brothers suiting up for Team Norway.

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Anaheim Ducks 2013 draft preview

by Jason Lewis
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Cam Fowler - Anaheim Ducks

Photo: The Ducks have selected 10 defensemen in their past three drafts, including Cam Fowler 12th overall in 2010. (courtesy of John Cordes/Icon SMI)

 
The Anaheim Ducks had a more successful 2013 season than many people expected. After struggling in the 2011-12 season and failing to make the playoffs, the franchise looked ready for a rebuild. However, with a fresh season under new coach Bruce Boudreau in 2013, they surprised everyone and won the Pacific Division. The wealth of prospects that the franchise has are developing well, and a few are starting to poke into the NHL and make an impact.

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