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: Germany prospects overshadowed by countryman competing in WHL

by Chapin Landvogt
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Marc Michaelis - Team Germany

Photo: Mannheim forward and 2014 prospect Marc Michaelis represented Germany at the 2013 U18 World Championship but did not compete internationally in the 2013-14 season (courtesy of ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

The 2013-14 season was one that had little excitement on the German front with respect to prospects with NHL ambitions, ultimately ending with a U18 World Championship tournament where Germany retained class retention with two victories over Denmark in the relegation round.

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2014 NHL Combine Video: Leon Draisaitl, Prince Albert Raiders

by Ken McKenna
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2014 NHL Combine - Leon Draisaitl - Prince Albert Raiders

Photo: Prince Albert Raiders forward and 2014 prospect Leon Draisaitl, shown here during the testing phase of the 2014 NHL Combine, competed for Germany at the 2014 World Championship (courtesy of Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)

It has been 13 years since a player that developed primarily in Germany was chosen in the first round of the NHL Draft. That drought seems as if it will come to an end at the 2014 edition of the draft when center Leon Draisaitl's name is called from podium.

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ISS Draft Rankings: Reinhart, Ekblad tighten hold on top slots

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Sam Reinhart - Kootenay Ice

Photo: Kootenay Ice captain and 2014 prospect Sam Reinhart will likely enter the 2014 NHL Draft as the top-ranked prospect according to ISS Hockey (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The calendar has flipped over to May, but the top 10 in the ISS Hockey ranking of the 2014 NHL Draft prospects looks an awful lot like the top of the order in April's rankings.

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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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