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2014 NHL Draft Results – Round 1

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Zadorov hitting his stride with the Knights

by Jason Menard
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Nikita Zadorov - London Knights

Photo: London Knights defenseman and 2013 draft prospect Nikita Zadorov is preparing for his team's OHL Conference Championship series with Plymouth (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

“La Femme Nikita” is the story of a secret assassin who works in the shadows. Le “blueliner” Nikita, London Knights' Nikita Zadorov, has no such anonymity. After all, at 6’7” with a propensity for big hits and a big shot, it’s hard to miss the Russian defenseman.

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Beyond Tomorrow: Draisaitl makes a solid first impression

by Brian Fogarty
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Leon Draisaitl - Prince Albert Raiders

Photo: Prince Albert Raiders forward and 2014 draft prospect Leon Draisaitl is a finalist for the WHL's Rookie of the Year award (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The Prince Albert Raiders have struggled to make the playoffs for the last several years, despite the best efforts of players like current team leader and first-round NHL draft pick, Mark McNeil (CHI). Enter Leon Draisaitl, a German-born WHL rookie and 2014 draft-eligible forward who scored at nearly a point-per-game pace in his rookie season. Draisaitl and McNeil combined for 125 points and led the Raiders to their first post-season appearance in almost a decade.

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2013 ISS Draft Rankings: Little change in Top 30, with Jones, Nichushkin still the top prospects

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Seth Jones - Portland Winterhawks

Photo: Portland Winterhawks defenseman and 2013 draft prospect Seth Jones holds a now familiar place at the top of ISS Hockey's ranking of this year's prospects for the NHL Draft (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The U-18 World Junior Championship is set to begin in just a few short days, an event that could bring the last major shake-up in the rankings of the 2013 NHL Draft prospects. So it is no surprise that the pre-WJC release of ISS Hockey's ranking of the top 30 NHL Draft prospects sports few surprises, and instead reflects pretty much the status quo from the March rankings.

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2013 ISS Draft Rankings: Status quo as Seth Jones leads unchanged top five

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Nathan MacKinnon - Team Cherry

Photo: After sliding very slightly in the rankings the past couple of months, Halifax Mooseheads forward Nathan MacKinnon, shown here taking part in the 2013 CHL Top Prospects Game, has settled into the third slot in the ISS rankings (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

While the previous two months of International Scouting Services' 2013 NHL Draft rankings featured some significant change at the top of the ranks, the March edition instead looks a good bit like the February rankings.

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Off the Radar: Arvidsson hoping to build off of strong WJC showing

by Mike Farkas
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Viktor Arvidsson - Sweden

Photo: Swedish forward Viktor Arvidsson has been a productive player for his country in international play (courtesy of Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Surpassed by opponents and passed over by scouts, Viktor Arvidsson is a frequent silver medalist without an NHL affiliation. The latter figures to be changing this summer, though, after his impressive performance for Sweden at the recently-concluded World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.

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