2014 NHL Draft: NHL’s Western Conference adds more forward talent

by Tony Piscotta
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2014 NHL Draft - Leon Draisaitl, Aaron Ekblad, and Sam Reinhart

Photo: The players chosen with the top three selections in the 2014 NHL Draft – Leon Draisaitl (L), Aaron Ekblad (C), and Sam Reinhart (R) – pose in front of the draft stage at Well Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The NHL's Western Conference had some of the most dominant teams in the 2013-14 season — including Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles — thanks largely to forwards such as the Kings' Anze Kopitar, Anaheim's Corey Perry and the Chicago's' Jonathan Toews.

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2014 NHL Draft Preview: Thinner QMJHL pack led by Ehlers

by Kevin Forbes
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Nikolaj Ehlers - Team Orr - 2014 CHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: Halifax Mooseheads forward and 2014 prospect Nikolaj Ehlers was named the CHL Rookie of the Year for the 2013 -14 season (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

After a banner year in 2013 at the NHL Draft, the QMJHL appears to have settled back to more familiar levels when it comes to the draft class of 2014. While there may be no Nathan MacKinnon or Jonathan Drouin to highlight the list of eligible players this year, it is another Halifax Moosehead, Nikolaj Ehlers, who appears set to be the first QMJHL player to hear his name called on Friday night in Philadelphia.

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2014 U18 Relegation Preview: Germany, Denmark looking to avoid relegation

by Chapin Landvogt
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Germany vs. Denmark - World Championship

Photo: Denmark and Germany have met on the international stage on many occasions, and will renew their rivalry at the 2014 U18 World Championship in the best-of-three relegation round (courtesy of JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/GettyImages)

As was done at the U20 WJC in Malmo, Sweden this past winter, the relegation round at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship will consist of a best-of-three playoff format. And much like at that WJC, the relegation round will feature Germany facing a Scandinavian country.

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2014 U18 Video: Martin Eskildsen, Denmark

by Chapin Landvogt
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Martin Eskildsen - Team Denmark

Photo: Vojens forward and 2014 prospect Martin Eskildsen has spent parts of the past three seasons playing in Denmark’s top league for the Sønderjyske squad (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Denmark is headed to a relegation round showdown with Germany at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship. Both countries were winless in the preliminary round of the tournament, placing those countries at the bottom of their respective groups and on a relegation collision course.

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2014 U18 Video: Alexander True, Denmark

by Chapin Landvogt
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Alexander True - Team Denmark

Photo: Rungsted forward and 2015 prospect Alexander True saw his first action in Denmark’s top league during the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Denmark entered the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship with little hope of avoiding the relegation round, and that is how their tournament has unfolded so far. The Danes have completed their preliminary round slate, losing all four games while being outscored 25-5 in those games.

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