Photo: Nashville’s first pick at 11th overall, 17-year-old Kevin Fiala produced in the SHL and on the international stage for Switzerland in 2013-14 (courtesy of Derik Hamilton/Icon SMI)
The Nashville Predators went into the draft looking to address their well-chronicled need for scoring help and general manager David Poile felt things fell just the way they were hoping they would go.
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: The selection of Jonathan-Ismael Diaby at 64th overall in 2013 added more size and a nasty physical edge to the Nashville blue line prospects (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
The second straight season of missing the playoffs led to the dismissal of Barry Trotz, the only coach the Nashville Predators have had in their 15 years of existence. With David Poile as the general manager and much of the hockey operations team still in place it is not likely that Nashville's organizational philosophy will be all that different.
Photo: Goaltender Marek Mazanec made his North American debut in 2013-14, earning 25 NHL starts due to injuries in Nashville as well as 31 starts in AHL Milwaukee (courtesy of Juan Salas/Icon SMI)
Spring 2014 brought about the end of the first phase in Nashville's hockey evolution. The always-appreciated Barry Trotz makes way for unceremoniously-dumped Peter Laviolette, a coach who will be expected to make even more of this always promising team.