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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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Pittsburgh Penguins 2013 draft preview

by Ian Altenbaugh
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Pittsburgh Penguins 2013 draft preview

Photo: Selected 22nd overall, Olli Maatta was one of two defensemen the Pittsburgh Penguins selected in the 1st round of the 2012 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Following a disappointing exit in the third round of the NHL playoffs, the Pittsburgh Penguins head into the 2013 NHL Draft as a team in need of minor roster re-tooling. The franchise traded their first, second, and fifth round picks in order to acquire rental players Jarome Iginla, Doug Murray, and Brendan Morrow, and consequentially will not have a selection until the third round.

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Video: 2013 NHL Combine – Aleksander Barkov, Finland

by Ken McKenna
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Video: 2013 NHL Combine – Aleksander Barkov, Finland
Photo: Finnish forward Aleksander Barkov has already spent two seasons in Finland’s top league despite being only 17 years of age (courtesy of Nick Turchiaro/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

A fan looking for a player among the top prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft that is physically ready to move to the NHL next season might look no further than Finnish forward Aleksander Barkov, the 6'2”, 205-pound center who played for Tappara in Finland's top league, the SM-liiga.

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