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2014 NHL Draft Results – Round 1

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Beyond Tomorrow: Thomson adjusting to higher level of play in WHL

by Brian Fogarty
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Jordan Thomson - Kamloops Blazers

Photo: Kamloops Blazers defenseman Jordan Thomson is currently considered to be one of the top defenders available for the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Jordan Thomson ranks among the top defensemen of the 2014 NHL Draft class. ISS lists Thomson 11th overall, and fourth among the defenseman available for the draft. So far in his rookie WHL season, Thomson has a goal and five assists in 23 games.

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Mooseheads’ Drouin making his case as a top prospect

by Kevin Forbes
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Jonathan Drouin - Halifax Mooseheads

Photo: Halifax Mooseheads' forward Jonathan Drouin has teamed with fellow 2013 NHL Draft prospect Nathan MacKinnon to form a deadly offensive duo for that CHL's top-ranked team (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

It would be difficult to call Jonathan Drouin a draft year surprise. After all, he was selected second only to Nathan MacKinnon in the 2011 QMJHL Entry Draft for a reason. He then went on to serve notice of his abilities with a strong rookie debut, including a magical playoff run alongside MacKinnon and the rest of the Halifax Mooseheads. He followed up that performance by helping Team Canada win their fifth consecutive gold medal at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament this summer.

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Pats’ Klimchuk working to become all-around player

by Glen Erickson
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Morgan Klimchuk - Regina Pats

Photo: Regina Pats winger and 2013 NHL Draft prospect Morgan Klimchuk is one of the highest rated WHL forwards according to Central Scouting (courtesy of Keith Hershmiller)

There would seem to be some merit in applying a “sharpshooter” label on Morgan Klimchuk of the Regina Pats.

It’s a handle that would relate to his off-season penchant to occupy time with friends as a paintballer. And of course, during the winter months, Klimchuk has become effective at directing pucks past opposition goaltenders in an accurate and timely fashion.

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Giugovaz a bright spot in tough season for Petes

by Jason Menard
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Michael Giugovaz - Peterborough Petes

Photo: Peterborough Petes goaltender Michael Giugovaz is currently ranked among the top goaltenders available for the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Terry Wilson / OHL Images)

Few things have gone right this season for the OHL cellar-dwelling Peterborough Petes. But even in the darkness of the league’s basement, they’ve found a bright light in the form of rookie netminder and 2013 draft-eligible prospect, Michael Giugovaz.

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Scout’s Perch: Four Nations lacks star power but not talent

by Josh Deitell
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Steve Santini - USA

Photo: U.S. NTDP defenseman Steve Santini is considered a top defensive prospect for the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Sitting in a sea of peacoats, it’s difficult to feel unique.

The idea of scouting as an exercise in finding diamonds in the rough is long dead. This is particularly evident at talent gatherings like the Four Nations Tournament, which took place from November 6th thru the 10th in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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