Photo: Despite having a shoulder injury needing repair, the Vancouver Canucks made Calgary Hitmen forward Jake Virtanen their top pick at the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Derik Hamilton/Icon SMI)
The Vancouver Canucks figure to have a new look in the coming years with new general manager Jim Benning and a new head coach in Willie Desjardins. The makeover in Vancouver started on Friday afternoon even before the 2014 NHL Draft began when the Canucks engineered a series of trades — one of which sent veteran Ryan Kesler to the Anaheim Ducks in a multi-player deal.
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.
Photo: Calgary’s 28th overall pick in 2013, Morgan Klimchuk, was the third of three first-round picks by the Flames last summer (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)
With another constructive season in the books, the Calgary Flames closed out the 2013-14 season on several positive notes, which includes selecting the fourth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.
Photo: Drummondville defenseman Ryan Culkin, signed to an entry-level contract by Calgary in March, led Voltigeurs blueliners with 11 points in 11 QMJHL playoff games (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
Although the Calgary Flames did not make the playoffs for a fifth consecutive year, most of the prospects in the system were involved in postseason play.
Photo: Calgary Flames forward Sean Monahan, shown here scoring a shootout goal against the Los Angeles Kings’ Jonathan Quick, was second in goals for the Flames in 2013-14, behind Mike Cammalleri (courtesy of Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)
Fatigue is something you can expect in any hockey player at the close of a hockey season. In an Olympic year, the wearinenss is even more visible than after any other campaign, resulting in many stars sitting out the IIHF World Championship tournament contested in May of each year.