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2014 NHL Draft: USHL draft review

by Ken McKenna
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2014 NHL Draft - Joshua Jacobs - New Jersey Devils

Photo: Indiana Ice defenseman and New Jersey Devils prospect Joshua Jacobs was the first defender chosen from the USHL at the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

It came as little surprise that USHL prospects once again dotted the seven rounds of the NHL Draft last month in Philadelphia. A total of 18 players were taken from the United States’ top developmental league (excluding the NTDP players), with only one of them being a goalie. Of the remaining 17 players, 13 were forwards. Ironically, the Midwest archrivals Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues each selected three USHL players, more than any other team. Read more»

2014 NHL Draft: OHL draft review

by Jason Menard
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2014 NHL Draft - Sam Bennett - Calgary Flames

Photo: The Calgary Flames made Kingston Frontenacs center Sam Bennett the top forward chosen out of the OHL when they nabbed with the fourth pick overall at the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

 

The Ontario Hockey League is not shy about professing itself as the premier route to “The Show”. And with nearly 20 per cent of this year’s drafted players coming out of the OHL — including 10 first-rounders — it’s clear that the “O” is not planning to relinquish its crown. Read more»

2014 NHL Draft: Florida Panthers draft review

by Brian Fogarty
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Aaron Ekblad - Florida Panthers

Photo: Defenseman Aaron Ekblad was the top selection in the 2014 NHL Draft. Ekblad is the second defenseman in Panthers franchise history to be drafted first overall, the other being Ed Jovanovski in 1994. (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon has been steadily building a team geared for long-term NHL success by building through the NHL Draft, making key trades and signing stop-gap free agents to meet salary needs.

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2014 NHL Draft: NCAA draft review

by DJ Powers
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2014 NHL Draft - Thatcher Demko - Vancouver Canucks

Photo: Boston College goaltender and Vancouver Canucks prospect Thatcher Demko was the first collegian chosen on the second day of the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Derik Hamilton/Icon SMI)

 

The 2014 NHL Draft proved to be very good for NCAA hockey as 61 current and future collegians were selected by NHL teams. Read more»

2014 NHL Draft: Russia/KHL draft review

by Alessandro Seren Rosso
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2014 NHL Draft - Vladislav Kamenev - Nashville Predators

Photo: Metallurg Magnitogorsk forward and Nashville Predaors prospect Vladislav Kamenev is the first Russian player that team has drafted since the 2004 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

After having just eight players selected in 2013, NHL teams gave some attention to Russian players at the 2014 NHL Draft. In all, 13 Russian players were selected, the highest number since the 2006 draft class that included current NHL players Semyon Varlamov, Nikolai Kulemin, and Artem Anisimov. Six of this year’s draftees are already playing in North America, while seven spent the 2013-14 season in Russia. Read more»