2015 NHL Draft Review: Eriksson Ek, Larsson lead talented but reduced group from Sweden

by Chapin Landvogt
Gabriel Carlsson - Columbus Blue Jackets - 2015 NHL Draft

Photo: Linkoping defenseman Gabriel Carlsson was one of two defenders chosen by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

Sweden once again proved to be the hottest European commodity at the NHL Draft. This is a trend that began in 2011, when Sweden saw an outstanding and record-setting 28 players taken, eight more than the year before. In 2012, another 22 were selected. In 2013, that number increased slightly, seeing another 25 Swedes taken. Then it 2014, it became 31, 28 of whom were Swedish-born. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: Notes and Numbers from Sunrise

by Ken McKenna
Dylan Strom, Connor McDavid, and Jack Eichel - 2015 NHL Draft - Round One

Photo: The Arizona Coyotes’ Dylan Strome (L), Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid (C), and Buffalo Sabres’ Jack Eichel were the top three picks of the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Perhaps the most anticipated NHL Draft in the past decade is now in the books. The 2015 draft class of 211 players, led by top talents Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, have found new homes in the NHL and will begin their journey to a pro career beginning with the coming summer development camps put on by the 30 NHL clubs. Read more»

The Top 5 undersized prospects available for the 2015 NHL Draft

by Craig Fischer
Jeremy Bracco - Team USA

Photo: U.S. NTDP forward and 2015 prospect Jeremy Bracco is likely to have his name called in the second round of the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

For as long as hockey has existed, there have been small, undersized players that have found a way to change the game like very few can. Theoren Fleury, Glenn Resch, Martin St. Louis, Johnny Gaudreau, and Tyler Johnson–they’ve all been told they were too small, too short, and just not big enough for a sport of giants; but they never listened. Call it heart, call it willful ignorance, or thick skin, these players defied the odds in a league with an archaic belief that size matters; and they did it well. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: Hockey’s Future Staff Mock Draft

by HF Staff
Match Marner - Lawson Crouse - Noah Hanifin - Jack Eichel - Connor McDavid - Dylan Strome - 2015 NHL Draft Top Prospects

Photo: 2015 NHL Draft prospects (front l-r) Mitch Marner and Lawson Crouse, and (back I-r) Noah Hanifin, Jack Eichel, Connor McDavid, and Dylan Strome are players expected to be chosen at the top of the draft being held in Sunrise, FL on 6/26 & 27 (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Just like that, another year is over. The Chicago Blackhawks have won their third Stanley Cup in six years, elevating the team’s exciting roster to dynasty status. For the rest of the league, the 2015 NHL Draft now looms large on the calendar, taking place June 26th and 27th at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft Preview: Carlsson, Eriksson Ek tops among prospect group from Sweden

by Chapin Landvogt
2015 NHL Combine - Gabriel Carlsson - Linkoping

Photo: Linkoping defenseman and 2015 prospect Gabriel Carlsson is the top defensive prospect to come out of Sweden for the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

In a draft class as pumped up and anticipated as this year’s is, it should come as no surprise that Sweden will likely be the producer of over 20 players taken by NHL teams over the course of the 2015 NHL Draft. For several years now, Sweden has established itself as the third-largest provider of NHL-drafted talent, coming in after Canada and the USA. Read more»

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