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2014 NHL Draft Results – Round 1

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Top Prospect Game rosters showcase wealth of 2013 talent

by Kevin Forbes

Adam Erne - Quebec Remparts

Photo: Quebec Remparts scorer Adam Erne will play for Team Orr at the 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, the first time in nearly two decades that this event has taken place in Atlantic Canada (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

"Nate or Seth" might not have the same ring to it that "Taylor or Tyler" had a couple years ago, but phonetics aside, Nathan MacKinnon and Seth Jones find themselves in a similar situation to Hall and Seguin before them: competing to be the first player drafted in the upcoming NHL Draft.

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Off the Radar: Norlov could generate NHL interest with continued strong offensive showing

by Mike Farkas

Oskar Norlov - Rogle BK

Photo: Rogle BK forward Oskar Norlov's draft stock may have been hindered in 2011-12 due to injury (courtesy of EliteProspects)

This month’s Off the Radar segment takes us off the map for our North American readers.

Ängelholm, Sweden, in a different life, was perhaps a border town adjacent to Denmark – today, a picturesque city on Sweden’s Western coast that is home to the historic Rögle Bandyklubb, better known as Rögle BK, and perhaps best known for providing the hockey world with famed defenseman, Kenny Jönsson. Soon, they hope to provide the hockey world with Oskar Norlöv.

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

by Brian Fogarty

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

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

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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