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Los Angeles Kings 2013 draft preview

by Jason Lewis
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Los Angeles Kings 2013 draft preview

Photo: The Los Angeles Kings 15th overall pick in 2011, Derek Forbort signed a pro contract in April and finished the season in AHL Manchester (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

After 2012 saw a first ever Stanley Cup for the Los Angeles Kings franchise, 2013 brought forth a noble defense of the title but elimination in the Conference Finals by the Chicago Blackhawks. In what is considered the most difficult of tasks, the Kings came just three wins from reaching a second consecutive final and a chance at repeating as champions.

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Calgary Flames 2013 draft preview

by HF Staff
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Calgary Flames 2013 draft preview

Photo: Sven Baertschi, Calgary’s 13th overall pick in 2011, finished 2012-13 on a seven-game point streak, scoring three goals and six assists (courtesy of Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Calgary Flames head into the 2013 NHL Draft four years removed from the playoffs. General Manager Jay Feaster has come to terms that the team is in a “rebuilding” mode rather than a “retooling” one. Gone is former captain Jarome Iginla and assistant captain Jay Bouwmeester, and in return are two first round picks acquired via both players waiving their no-trade clauses at trade deadline. The status of goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff is in the balance and his decision could also change the dynamics of the team next year should he decide to retire. The Flames find themselves at an interesting junction with a lot of questions to be answered. The upcoming draft could be the most important one in the team’s history.

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Beyond Tomorrow: Several future stars make their mark at the U18 tournament

by Brian Fogarty
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Beyond Tomorrow: Several future stars make their mark at the U18 tournament

Photo: Russian forward Ivan Barbashev had a strong rookie season in the QMJHL, a performance that landed him on that league’s All-Rookie Team (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

While most of the world’s best 16- and 17-year-old hockey players gathered in Sochi, Russia to play in the Under-18 World Junior Championship in late April, it was 15-year-old Connor McDavid who stole the show.

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Video: 2013 NHL Combine – Frederik Gauthier, QMJHL

by Ken McKenna
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Video: 2013 NHL Combine – Frederik Gauthier, QMJHL

Photo: Rimouski Oceanic forward Frederik Gauthier has watched his NHL Draft stock increase steadily over the course of the 2012-13 season (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

While the thought of drafting a solid two-way forward may not be appealing to the average hockey fan, judging by his steady rise in the 2013 NHL Draft rankings, it looks like hockey scouts are excited about the potential of Rimouski Oceanic center, Frederik Gauthier.

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Czech prospect Vrana adapting well to Swedish hockey

by Radoslav Vavrina
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Czech prospect Vrana adapting well to Swedish hockey

Photo: Czech forward Jakub Vrana currently plays hockey in Sweden, but could receive attention at the 2013 CHL Import Draft (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Adler, a small, rather nameless coastal resort just south of Sochi that is receiving worldwide attention as one of the hosting places of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, recently was packed with hockey scouts, journalists and the top players born in 1995 or later for the IIHF Under-18 World Championship.

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Top Prospects: Leagues

NCAA

  1. 1. Jack Eichel
  2. 2. Noah Hanifin
  3. 3. Zach Werenski
  4. 4. Gavin Bayreuther
  5. 5. Scott Savage
  6. 6. Alex Sakellaropoulos
  1. 7. Tyler Moy
  2. 8. Nick Schilkey
  3. 9. John Stevens
  4. 10. Brendan Harms
  5. 11. Shane Conacher
  6. 12. Mika Ilvonen

OHL

  1. 1. Connor McDavid
  2. 2. Dylan Strome
  3. 3. Mitch Marner
  4. 4. Lawson Crouse
  5. 5. Pavel Zacha
  6. 6. Travis Konecny
  7. 7. Vince Dunn
  8. 8. Mitchell Vande Sompel
  9. 9. Darby Llewellyn
  1. 10. Josh Sterk
  2. 11. Ryan Foss
  3. 12. Blake Clarke
  4. 13. Zach Bratina
  5. 14. Phil Baltisberger
  6. 15. Alexander Protapovich
  7. 16. Dmitrii Sergeev
  8. 17. Dakota Mermis
  9. 18. Max Iafrate
  10. 19. Gianluca Curcuruto

QMJHL

  1. 1. Timo Meier
  2. 2. Thomas Chabot
  3. 3. Evgeny Svechnikov
  4. 4. Filip Chlapik
  5. 5. Jakub Zboril
  6. 6. Daniel Sprong
  7. 7. Jeremy Roy
  8. 8. Dennis Yan
  9. 9. Anthony Beauvillier
  10. 10. Gabriel Gagne
  11. 11. Vladimir Tkachyov
  12. 12. Alexandre Goulet
  13. 13. Daniel Moynihan
  1. 14. Julio Billia
  2. 15. Matt Murphy
  3. 16. Anthony DeLuca
  4. 17. Emil Aronsson
  5. 18. Nikita Lyamkin
  6. 19. Mark Simpson
  7. 20. Kurt Etchegary
  8. 21. Scott Oke
  9. 22. Eric Brassard
  10. 23. Sebastien Auger
  11. 24. Denis Gorbunov
  12. 25. Philippe Gadoury
  13. 26. Jacob Sweeney

USA Juniors

  1. 1. Colin White
  2. 2. Edwin Minney
  3. 3. Ryan Hitchcock
  1. 4. Mitch Slattery
  2. 5. Nick Wolff
  3. 6. Dylan Malmquist

USHL

  1. 1. Kyle Connor
  2. 2. Brock Boeser
  3. 3. Thomas Novak
  1. 4. Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson
  2. 5. Seamus Malone
  3. 6. Karson Kuhlman

WHL

  1. 1. Mathew Barzal
  2. 2. Ivan Provorov
  3. 3. Paul Bittner
  4. 4. Jansen Harkins
  5. 5. Jake DeBrusk
  6. 6. Noah Juulsen
  7. 7. Nick Merkley
  8. 8. Ryan Pilon
  9. 9. Brandon Carlo
  10. 10. Austin Wagner
  1. 11. Reid Gardiner
  2. 12. Adam Helewka
  3. 13. Luke Philp
  4. 14. Riley Stadel
  5. 15. Dallas Valentine
  6. 16. Tyson Baillie
  7. 17. Kris Khenkel
  8. 18. Ty Edmonds
  9. 19. Austin Lotz
  10. 20. Spenser Jensen
  11. 21. Ty Stanton

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