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2014 NHL Draft Results – Round 1

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Philadelphia Flyers 2012 draft review

by Chris Shafer
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scott laughton - Philadelphia Flyers

Photo: Drafted 20th overall in 2012, Scott Laughton has already drawn comparisons to former Flyers captain Mike Richards for his gritty, two-way style of play. (Bill Streicher/Icon SMI)

While the 2012 NHL Draft was far quieter for the Philadelphia Flyers than previous ones, the organization still got the job done. Though no major trades occurred, General Manager Paul Holmgren addressed his prospect pool perfectly. The organization went with the best available in the first round, answered some goaltending concerns in the second, and eventually secured some defensive depth to compete with current prospects.

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Ottawa Senators 2012 draft review

by John Henkelman
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Cody Ceci - Ottawa Senators

Photo: One of the many highly regarded defensemen in the 2012 NHL Draft, Cody Ceci brings a solid puck-moving presence to the Senators back-end. (Ken McKenna/HF)

The Ottawa Senators came into the 2012 NHL Draft looking to add a puck-moving defensemen and some additional long-term talent between the pipes. Ottawa has to be pleased with their haul, coming away with three offensive-minded defensemen, two CHL goaltenders with considerable upside, and a couple of skilled forwards.

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Buffalo Sabres 2012 draft review

by Tony Musso
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Mikhail Grigorenko - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Center Mikhail Grigorenko was one of two centers the Sabres selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft. (Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

The Buffalo Sabres entered the 2012 NHL Draft with four of the top 50 picks for the first time since 1998. Sabres brass knew they needed to get bigger and add more depth up the middle and addressed that by selecting five centers, including two in the first round. General Manager Darcy Regier had a clear plan in this draft, which was executed to near perfection.

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Toronto Maple Leafs 2012 draft review

by John-Eric Iannicello
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Matt Finn - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Widely regarded as a potential first-round pick, Matt Finn slipped to the second round where the Maple Leafs were happy to select him with the 35th overall pick. (Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

The Toronto Maple Leafs went into the 2012 NHL Draft with six selections, including the fifth overall. While General Manager Brian Burke did little to surprise with his selections, there was some big news at the conclusion of the draft.

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