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2014 NHL Draft Results – Round 1

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Kämpf, Kepka hope national team exposure helps their 2013 draft standing

by Radoslav Vavrina
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David Kämpf - Czech Republic

Photo: Chomutov Jr. forward David Kämpf is currently ranked 95th among international skaters by the NHL's Central Scouting (courtesy of Luboš Lang/Czech Ice Hockey Association)

Junior hockey season in the Czech Republic is already entering into its second phase, with teams in the Under-20 and Under-18 category going all in to salvage their hopes of winning their respective Extraligas. Most of the Czech-based players eligible for the upcoming NHL Draft play in the U-20 Extraliga that has now, in late January, reached the end of its regular season.

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Johnson has strong family ties in USHL, NCAA

by Tom Schreier
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Luke Johnson - Lincoln Stars

Photo: Lincoln Stars forward and University of North Dakota recruit Luke Johnson was recently ranked 78th in Central Scouting's midterm rankings (courtesy of Brandon Anderson)

A University of North Dakota recruit who recently was named an A-List prospect by NHL Central Scouting, Luke Johnson is a 5’11”, 178-pound, two-way forward currently playing for the Lincoln Stars of the USHL.

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Czech defender Pisarik could draw some attention at 2013 NHL Draft

by Radoslav Vavrina
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Alex Pisarik - Czech Republic

Photo: The 2013 draft class for the Czech Republic isn't deep, but one player whose name could be called is Třinec defender Alex Pisarik (courtesy of Luboš Lang/Czech Ice Hockey Association)

At last year's NHL Draft, Canadian and American defensemen took over a large part of the first round. Seven of them were selected among the top ten of the draft, an indication that the 2012 North American defensive class was simply exceptional.

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Santini leads a solid crop of 2013 NTDP prospects

by Tom Schreier
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Hudson Fasching - Apple Valley High School

Photo: U.S. NTDP forward Hudson Fasching, shown here playing for Apple Valley (MN) High School, is a top 2013 forward prospect from the U.S. national program (courtesy of Josh Holmberg /Icon SMI)

The U.S. National Development Team Program (NTFP) has developed into one of the top producers of talent eligible for the NHL Draft. With each passing year, the number of players drafted by NHL clubs directly from this program grows, making it THE top producer of American talent for the NHL.

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Nichushkin tops Russian draft crop at mid-season

by Alessandro Seren Rosso
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Bogdan Yakimov - Russia

Photo: At 6-5 and 202 pounds, Russian forward Bogdan Yakimov possesses the type of size that NHL teams currently covet in a forward prospect (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Considered one of the top birth years in Russian hockey, the 1995 class has seen several of the top players leave Russia to play Major Junior Hockey in North America, a fact that is reflected in this list of 2013 prospects.

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