NHL Draft Primer: Breaking down the top re-entry candidates on defense and in goal

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Liam Herbst - Ottawa 67's

Photo: Ottawa 67’s goaltender and 2015 prospect Liam Herbst posted a 24-8-3-1 record in 39 regular season games for the 67’s in 2014-15 (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Throughout the 2014-15 season, Hockey’s Future has released a monthly article entitled “Off the Radar”, a look at players who were passed over in previous iterations of the NHL Draft. While these players are often disappointed, being shrugged off in favor of other players, there is still hope in their second, or perhaps third time through the process. Read more»

NHL Draft Primer: Samsonov tops among European goalies, fan favorites not far behind

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Denis Godla - Team Slovakia

Photo: HK Orange 20 goaltender and 2015 prospect Denis Godla led his country to a bronze medal at the 2015 U20 World Junior Championship, where he was named that tournament’s Best Goaltender (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

As the focus shifts to European goaltending, there are a bevy of top talents available, but a few lingering fan favorites may have an opportunity to hear their name called at the 2015 NHL Draft. Among them, Ilya Samsonov leads the pack, with a pair of talented Czechs not far behind him. Those who attended or watched the 2015 World Junior Championship should recognize fan favorites George Sorensen and Denis Godla, two of a strong list of European options in net in this week’s NHL Draft Primer. Read more»

Prokhorkin, Kamenev the best among small group of NHL-drafted centers in Russia

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Vladislav Kamenev - Team Russia - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Metallurg Magnitogorsk forward and Nashville Predators prospect Vladislav Kamenev (L) posted a goal and three assists for Russia’s silver medal-winning squad at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

As might be noticed in international competition, the center position is often an area that Russia has some trouble filling with younger prospects, as that country instead fills with veterans like Pavel Datsyuk or Evgeny Malkin because of the apparent lack of production from younger, less established players. But recently, there have been some signs of trend inversion as there have been some centers drafted by NHL teams out of the KHL. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Panarin, Eichel shine at IIHF Worlds, more highlights from the OHL, AHL

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Artemi Panarin - Team Russia - 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship

Photo: Former SKA St. Petersburg forward and Chicago Blackhawks prospect Artemi Panarin signed his first NHL contract fresh off winning the 2015 Gagarin Cup, the KHL’s championship trophy (courtesy of Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

Artemi Panarin, the newest Chicago Blackhawk appears ready for the NHL, but before he gets there, an appearance at the 2015 IIHF World Championship is on tap. Likewise, top prospect Jack Eichel is playing in the tournament, and performing well at that. The human highlight reel strikes again for the Erie Otters, as Connor McDavid creates another present for the hockey world. The Washington Capitals are headed to Game Seven soon, but they wouldn’t have made it there if not for McDavid’s former teammate in Erie, Andre Burakovsky. The Los Angeles Kings may not have made the playoffs this year, but their AHL team is in the midst of a nice run towards the Calder Cup thanks in part to two of the Kings’ prospects. Read more»

The Top Five goalies not affiliated with NHL teams…yet

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Joel Lassinantti - Lulea Hockey - Champions Hockey League Quarter Final

Photo: Lulea goaltender Joel Lassinantti won the Honken Trophy this season as the SHL’s Goalie of the Year (courtesy of Lulea Hockey/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

You only have to look as far as the NHL playoffs to see how important a goalie is. Every time a team harmlessly bumps into an opposing netminder, it’s the NHL equivalent to World War 3. Read more»

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