2014 NHL Draft: QMJHL draft review

by Kevin Forbes
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2014 NHL Draft - Ivan Barbashev - St. Louis Blues

Photo: St. Louis Blues prospect Ivan Barbashev, the first of two 2014 second round picks for that club, will be looking to join former Moncton Wildcats teammate Dmitri Jaskin on the Blues’ roster (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

 

In some ways, it is disappointing that a year after having 31 players chosen at the NHL Draft (including the current Calder Trophy winner), the QMJHL dropped to having only 17 players selected in the 2014 draft. On the other hand, it is a return to familiar territory for the league. Historically, the QMJHL seems to follow particularly strong years with weaker cohorts (and early speculation for the 2015 draft points to an upswing of QMJHL players once again). Read more»

2014 NHL Draft: Edmonton Oilers draft review

by Kady Hobbins
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Leon Draisaitl - Edmonton Oilers

Photo: Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton’s third overall pick, tied for fourth overall in WHL scoring with 105 points in 64 games for Prince Albert (courtesy of Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

 

As the Edmonton Oilers continue to rebuild their hockey club under the leadership of General Manager Craig MacTavish, their pool of draft selections for 2014 suffered some losses in a number of mid-season deals. Read more»