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2014 NHL Draft Results – Round 1

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NHL Draft may be just out of reach for 2013 Swiss prospects

by Rafik Soliman
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NHL Draft may be just out of reach for 2013 Swiss prospects
Photo: Siwss defenseman Dean Kukan is developing his game outside of the Swiss leagues, as he plays for Lulea in Sweden (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

 

It has been a strong season for Swiss hockey. Not only did they reach the quarterfinals at both the junior and senior levels, but they even managed, for the first time in almost a century, to be the runner-up for the senior World Championship title. But this recent and unexpected success does not mean that everything in the junior development system is rosy, and that Switzerland will produce NHL-caliber prospects for the next decade.

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Top European prospect Barkov looking to become known commodity in NHL

by Tony Piscotta
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Top European prospect Barkov looking to become known commodity in NHL
Photo: Tappara forward Aleksander Barkov has proven his game against men in the Sm-Liiga, and now looks to test his abilities in North America (courtesy of Yury Kuzmin/KHL Photo Agency via Getty Images)

 

For most North American hockey fans, the top prospects in this year's NHL Draft, Halifax Mooseheads forwards Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin, and Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones, are well known commodities.

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Boston Bruins 2013 draft preview

by Richard Murray
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Boston Bruins 2013 draft preview

Photo: Selected second overall in 2010, forward Tyler Seguin is the highest drafted pick the Boston Bruins have made since they took Joe Thornton first overall in 1997. (courtesy of Robin Alam/Icon SMI)

The 2013 season did not end the way the Boston Bruins would have liked, but the 2013 NHL Draft will give the organization the ability to add some needed depth to their prospect ranks. The Bruins however will not be able to draft until 60th overall, as Boston moved its first round pick to Dallas, in the Jamoir Jagr trade.

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Winnipeg Jets 2013 draft preview

by Brian Fogarty
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Winnipeg Jets 2013 draft preview

Photo: Selected 8th overall in the 2010 NHL Draft, forward Alex Burmistrov was the final first-round pick the Atlanta Thrashers organization would ever make. The Thrashers moved to Winnipeg in 2011 and became the Jets. (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

The Winnipeg Jets finished the season ninth overall in the Eastern Conference, just four points out of the playoffs. On the whole however, it was a disappointing season for the organization. Although they showed fight down to the final week of the shortened season, several flaws in the team makeup became evident as the season wore on, and there are areas of concern that must be addressed in the upcoming draft.

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Barkov, Ristolainen likely first rounders among Finland’s 2013 prospects

by Tony Piscotta
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Barkov, Ristolainen likely first rounders among Finland’s 2013 prospects
Photo: Tappara forward Aleksander Barkov should be the highest drafted Finnish player since Mikael Granlund was chosen ninth overall in 2010 (courtesy of Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

 

The number of players drafted from Finland will likely never again reach the record numbers prior to the 2004-05 NHL lockout. Since that time, NHL clubs have tended to see how players from Finland and other European countries develop and then sign them as free agents rather than drafting youngsters.

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