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2014 NHL Draft Results – Round 1

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Boston Bruins 2012 draft review

by Bill Ladd
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Malcolm Subban - Boston Bruins

Photo: Selected 24th overall, Malcolm Subban was the second goaltender taken in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft. (Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

Selecting 24th overall, the Boston Bruins were in some unfamiliar territory at the 2012 NHL Draft, having picked among the top 10 in the previous two years. However, despite their lower slot, the Bruins still managed to draft a potential franchise player when they selected goaltender Malcolm Subban.

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Colorado Avalanche 2012 draft review

by John Canario
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Photo: Winger Troy Bourke is one of five forwards the Colorado Avalanche selected at the 2012 NHL Draft. (Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

 

As predicted in the Colorado Avalanche's draft preview, general manager Greg Sherman and director of amateur scouting Rick Pracey targeted scoring forwards in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, selecting two left wingers and three pivots with their five selections.

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New York Rangers 2012 draft review

by Leslie Treff
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Photo: Cristoval "Boo" Nieves was one of only four players drafted by the New York Rangers in 2012. (Ian Altenbaugh/HF)

 

The successful rebuild of the New York Rangers has been based on the identity of speed, grittiness, and character. Eleven of the roster players have developed in the system, and the Rangers are not afraid to promote young players at any time of the year. Although the point of having a system through which prospects develop is to graduate them to the NHL roster, sustained success can leave a system needing replenishment.

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St. Louis Blues 2012 draft review

by Randall Ritchey
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Photo: Mackenzie MacEachern (left) and Samuel Kurker (right) are two of four players the Blues drafted who are bound for the NCAA. (Ian Altenbaugh/HF)

 

The St. Louis Blues entered the 2012 NHL Draft with a loaded prospect pool, consisting of players such as Vladimir Tarasenko, Jaden Schwartz, and Ty Rattie, who rely more on their speed, skill, and hockey IQ, than size and grit. The main focus for the Blues in 2012 was adding size, grit, and offensive depth to the cupboards.

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Nashville Predators 2012 draft review

by Eugene Oliker
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Photo: Selected in the fourth round, forward Zach Stepan plays a similar style of game as his cousin, New York Rangers forward Derek Stepan. (Ian Altenbaugh/HF)

 

In many ways, the Nashville Predators 2012 NHL Draft strategy mirrored the one they used for their 2011 draft. As in 2011, the Predators once again focused on forwards and selected only two defensemen and one goalie. The organization also once again selected a handful of overage prospects as well as several who are bound for the NCAA.

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