NHL Draft Coverage

2014 NHL Draft Results – Round 1

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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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Detroit Red Wings 2012 draft review

by Mike Farkas
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Photo: Selected 80th overall in 2012, Jake Paterson is one of only five goaltenders the Red Wings have drafted in the past 10 years. (Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

 

The Detroit Red Wings came into the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh with only six picks, including no first-rounder, and elected to see those picks through without making any moves. The Wings 2012 draft class had a familiar flavor to it as well. Their first selection was highly skilled Czech Martin Frk from Halifax (QMJHL) and their last selection was an enormous Swede that only Hakan Andersson could spot.

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San Jose Sharks 2012 draft review

by David Thicke
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Photo: Selected 17th overall by San Jose, Tomas Hertl was the highest drafted Czech player in the 2012 NHL Draft. (Ken McKenna/HF)

 

Compared to past years, the 2012 NHL Entry Draft was very quiet for the San Jose Sharks and GM Doug Wilson. The team did nothing in terms of draft day trades, which is unusual, but the organization was still able to select their target player, Tomas Hertl from the Czech League. The Sharks looked at moving up if Hertl might not be available at the 17th overall spot and had decided they would trade down if he was taken early.

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