2011 NHL Draft: Despite lack of star power, Los Angeles Kings made a few picks matter

by Jason Lewis
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Andy Andreoff - Los Angeles Kings

Photo: Andy Andreoff of the Los Angeles Kings fits the team mold of big, strong, smart players who relish a physical style (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon Sportswire)

2010 started a new trend in drafting for the Los Angeles Kings. Instead of dealing with a heavy amount of picks and prospects, like the 10 selections they had in the 2009 and 2007 NHL Drafts, and the nine they had in 2008, the Kings started drafting fewer prospects. By virtue of success, and win-now trades, the Kings started depleting their cupboard and drafting opportunities in order to be a competitive team at the NHL level. Read more»

Career seasons for the majority of Boston Bruins’ NCAA and European prospects

by Pat O'Rourke
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Peter Cehlarik - Lulea

Photo: Boston Bruins prospect Peter Cehlarik had a career high 20 points in 46 games for Lulea of the SHL this past season. The third round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft also had five points in 11 playoff games. (courtesy Lulea Hockey/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

 

 

It has been a year of rising stock among the Boston Bruins’ NCAA prospects.

Of the 11 Bruins prospects spread throughout college hockey, many have enjoyed career seasons. Nine of those players helped their respective teams to NCAA tournament appearances.

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2011 NHL Draft: The Colorado Avalanche took a franchise cornerstone

by Peter Prohaska
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Gabriel Landeskog - Colorado Avalanche

Photo: Second overall pick Gabriel Landeskog won the Calder Trophy in 2012, an Olympic silver medal, and a World Championship gold medal, but awaits the support for NHL playoff success (courtesy of Dustin Bradford/Icon Sportswire)

 

 

Obviously, the 2010-11 NHL season was from the Colorado Avalanche perspective a forgettable one. The team finished a mere six points ahead of the cellar-dwelling Edmonton Oilers. Matt Duchene was the team’s leading scorer in just his second season in the league, but the goaltending trio of Craig Anderson, Peter Budaj and Brian Elliott all posted save percentages under .900. Legendary Avs Peter Forsberg and Adam Foote each played their last games in the NHL that season as well, signalling the closing of an era of dominance. Read more»

Europeans headline Washington Capitals Top 20 prospects

by Sean Shapiro
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Zach Sanford - Boston College

Photo: Boston College Eagle and Washington Capitals prospect Zach Sanford had a breakout season in 2015-16 with 39 points in 41 games. (courtesy of John Crouch/Icon Sportswire)

 

 

It’s the most important position on the ice and the Washington Capitals have invested heavily in goalies amongst their Top 20 prospects. Washington has a trio of goalies in the Top 20 including two in the top 10, while you can’t forget the franchise goalie Braden Holtby is only 26.

Washington also has a good collection of puck-moving defenseman, while there are a couple intriguing prospects and projects at other positions.

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Dallas Stars prospect awards reveal system strength and weakness

by Sean Shapiro
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Radek Faksa - Dallas Stars

Photo: Dallas Stars prospect Radek Faksa, the 13th pick of the 2012 Draft, was brought along slowly but emerged during the playoffs (courtesy of Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire)

 

 

Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill believes that it’s best to have prospects “over ripen” and over develop in the AHL. Although Dallas fell short in this season’s Stanley Cup playoffs, the patience paid off as AHL players made instant impacts for the NHL club.

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