Photo: Boston College goaltender and Vancouver Canucks prospect Thatcher Demko was the first collegian chosen on the second day of the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Derik Hamilton/Icon SMI)
The 2014 NHL Draft proved to be very good for NCAA hockey as 61 current and future collegians were selected by NHL teams. Read more»
Photo: Detroit drafted Michigan native Dylan Larkin, committed to play for the University of Michigan, with the 15th overall pick of the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
If it was not already clear what position the Detroit Red Wings felt needed to be addressed in their organization it certainly became so after the 2014 NHL Draft. Detroit used six of their seven picks on sizable centers. Read more»
Photo: Plymouth Whalers goaltender and former Belle Tire player Alex Nedeljkovic was chosen in the second round of the 2014 NHL Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes (courtesy of Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
It's no secret that youth hockey in the United States has made great strides the past few decades.
Players from more geographical locations continue to appear on the rosters of major junior teams in Canada, as well as USHL and NAHL clubs in the U.S. The National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, MI and the squads at the northeastern private schools and NCAA college teams also have more American players than ever.
Photo: U.S. NTDP forward and 2014 prospect Sonny Milano was an offensive force for that program this season as he totaled 86 points in 58 games (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)
Another year has come and gone for the U.S. National Team Development Program (NTDP) that has once again seen its work culminate in another gold medal at the U18 World Championship, this time around in Lappeenranta, Finland.
Photo: Defenseman Aaron Ekblad (left) and forwards Sam Reinhart (center) and Sam Bennett (right) will learn where they begin their professional careers at the 2014 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images and Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
Now that the Los Angeles Kings have hoisted their second Stanley Cup in three years, the hockey world can now focus on the 2014 NHL Draft that will take place on June 27th and 28th at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.