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New Jersey Devils 2013 draft preview

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New Jersey Devils 2013 draft preview

Photo: Defenseman Adam Larsson was selected 4th overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 2011 NHL Draft. (Rich Graessle/Icon SMI)

The New Jersey Devils started the lockout shortened 2012-13 season on fire. Following a home-and-home sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins in February, New Jersey sat atop of the Eastern Conference. Then the injuries started to take their toll. Without key contributors like Dainius Zubrus, Martin Brodeur and Ilya Kovalchuk, the team tumbled down the standings. An inability to score, combined with some terrible luck down the stretch, kept New Jersey out of the playoffs for a second time in three years.  

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Adaptation to OHL mostly successful for Tolchinsky

by Alessandro Seren Rosso
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Adaptation to OHL mostly successful for Tolchinsky
Photo: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds forward Sergey Tolchinsky had a productive first season in the OHL (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

Sergei Tolchinsky is one of the series of ’95-born Russian players who crossed the pond last summer to have a better chance of being drafted into the NHL. Some of them didn’t have luck, like Vladimir Ionin, but others managed to win a spot on a team without standing out too much (think about players like Vladimir Bryukvin or Sam Babintsev), while others became impact players. Sergei Tolchinsky belongs to this latter category, with other players like Valentin Zykov and Nikita Zadorov.

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Florida Panthers 2013 draft preview

by Brian Fogarty
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Florida Panthers 2013 draft preview

Photo: Selected 3rd overall in the 2010 NHL Draft, defenseman Erik Gudbranson recently completed his second full season in the NHL. (courtesy of Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

One year after a surprising trip to the playoffs, the Florida Panthers fell to the bottom of the league standings. For a team in transition such a drop is disheartening. There is a however a silver lining to the Panthers poor season, as the second-overall draft pick in 2013 can yield a potential superstar.

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Video: 2013 NHL Combine – Max Domi, OHL

by Ken McKenna
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Video: 2013 NHL Combine – Max Domi, OHL
Photo: London Knights forward Max Domi was a key performer for that team in 2012-13 as he helped lead the Knights to a second consecutive Memorial Cup berth (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

 

When the last name of “Domi” comes up in a hockey-related conversation, the inevitable conclusion is that this reference is to former NHL tough-guy, Tie Domi. But the former Toronto Maple Leafs' forward has a son named Max who happens to be a pretty good hockey player, and who could in time change the perception of the Domi name.

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Colorado Avalanche 2013 draft preview

by Blake Benzel
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Colorado Avalanche 2013 draft preview

Photo: Colorado’s second overall pick in 2011, Gabriel Landeskog made an immediate impact in the lineup and was named the team’s captain in 2012 (courtesy of Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Colorado Avalanche have had quite a bit of turnover already in their off-season, first firing former Head Coach Joe Sacco, then hiring Patrick Roy to be their new bench boss and Vice President of Hockey Ops and promoting Joe Sakic to be their Executive Vice President of Hockey Ops. Roy and Sakic have joined the fray and will look to help the team improve upon their prospect base that has them sitting 29th in the NHL in that regard.

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