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2014 NHL Draft Results – Round 1

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

by Brian Fogarty
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
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
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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Montreal Canadiens 2013 draft preview

by David Thicke

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

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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