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Jones taking potential Avalanche snub in stride

by Tony Piscotta
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Jones taking potential Avalanche snub in stride

Photo: Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones and his fellow 2013 NHL Draft top prospects have been kept busy on Draft Weekend with various events in the NYC/NJ area (courtesy of Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

For much of the 2012-13 season, Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones was considered the consensus top prospect in the upcoming 2013 NHL Draft. With the Colorado Avalanche holding the top pick it appeared to be a foregone conclusion that Jones would be heading to Denver, where his father once played professional basketball and where Seth first started playing hockey.

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Lindholm, Wennberg top another solid Swedish NHL Draft crop

by Chapin Landvogt
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Lindholm, Wennberg top another solid Swedish NHL Draft crop

Photo: Djurgarden forward Alexander Wennberg has seen his 2013 NHL Draft stock rise steadily this season, to the point where he has an outside chance of being chosen among the top 10 picks (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

In recent years, the number of Swedish born-and-raised players picked by NHL teams during the NHL Draft has continued to serve as proof that the nation of Sweden is currently one of the top developers of hockey talent on the planet.

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Future college rivals Shore, Olofsson prepare for NHL Draft

by Justin Felisko
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Future college rivals Shore, Olofsson prepare for NHL Draft

Photo: Denver University forward Quentin Shore, shown here competing at the 2012 All-American Prospects Game, hopes to join brothers Drew and Nick as an NHL prospect (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Colorado College’s Gustav Olofsson watched on from his Broomfield, CO, home as Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks began taking their rounds hoisting the Stanley Cup following the Blackhawks wild, come-from-behind 3-2 Game 6 victory.

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Mooseheads’ trio among the top prospects for 2013 from the QMJHL

by Kevin Forbes
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Mooseheads’ trio among the top prospects for 2013 from the QMJHL

Photo: Halifax Mooseheads forwards Jonathan Drouin (L) and Nathan MacKinnon (R) head a strong 2013 draft class from the QMJHL (courtesy of Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

If the pre-draft hype is to be believed, 2013 will be a banner year for draft-eligible players coming out of the QMJHL. Not only is the league celebrating their third consecutive Memorial Cup championship, this time led by a pair of draft-eligible Halifax Mooseheads in Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin, but as many as eight or nine QMJHL players could be selected in the first round of this year's draft.

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New York Rangers 2013 draft preview

by Leslie Treff
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New York Rangers 2013 draft preview

Photo: Selected 15th overall in the 2011 draft, forward J.T. Miller has quickly developed into a promising NHL player. (courtesy of Will Schneekloth/Icon SMI)

The New York Rangers have been through a lot of changes since the 2012 draft, most notably obtaining elite forward Rick Nash, which cost the team this year's first round selection, and gritty forward Ryan Clowe at the trade deadline, which cost New York's second round pick. So, unless there are more trades over the next few days, the Rangers will be very quiet in the early rounds on Sunday. But do not put it past General Manager and President Glen Sather to make some noise, as there are valuable players, including prospects, who can be traded to either move up in the draft or obtain an extra selection.

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