2014 NHL Draft: Kapanen, Nylander form European contingent with NHL bloodlines

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2014 NHL Draft - Kasperi Kapanen - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: KalPa Kuopio forward Kasperi Kapanen was chosen 22nd overall at the 2014 NHL Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The NHL Draft has always seen its share of players with family ties but the 2014 edition that took place in Philadelphia this weekend could just as easily have been called Father's Day.

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2014 NHL Draft Preview: Nylander tops Swedish draft class with European flavor

by Chapin Landvogt
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William Nylander - 2014 NHL Draft - Top Prospects Media Availability

Photo: MODO forward and 2014 prospect William Nylander enters the 2014 NHL Draft as a top 10 prospect accodring to most scouting services (courtesy of Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

The trend in recent years that has seen the number of Swedish born and raised players chosen by NHL teams at the NHL Draft has continued to grow and serve as proof that the nation of Sweden is currently one ofthe top developers of hockey talent on the planet.

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2014 NHL Combine: William Nylander, MODO

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2014 NHL Combine - William Nylander - MODO

Photo: MODO forward and 2014 prospect William Nylander is ranked second among European skaters for the 2014 NHL Draft by NHL Central Scouting (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

Through the 2013 portion of the 2013-14 season, forward William Nylander was struggling to live up to his reputation as a top prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft. The skilled forward and son of former star NHL forward Michael Nylander had played for two different organizations at various levels of Swedish hockey, but only occasionally showed flashes of the high-end talent that gained him his high ranking.

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Klingberg, Hagg tops among defensive prospects that competed in Sweden in 2013-14

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John Klingberg - Dallas Stars

Photo: Frolunda defenseman and Dallas Stars prospect John Klingberg has gotten a small taste of North American hockey the past couple of seasons, but will move to North America for the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Andrew Dieb/Icon SMI)

As the 2014 NHL Draft approaches, it is important to take note that the NHL is currently chock full of players hailing from Sweden. In particular, it would have been difficult to find many NHL rosters that lacked a Swede patrolling the blueline this past season.

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Eager Lindholm developing nicely under tutelage of Ducks’ Niedermayer

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Hampus Lindholm - Anaheim Ducks

Photo: Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm finished second in scoring among rookie defensemen in the 2013-14 regular season, behind Boston Bruins’ rookie defender Torey Krug (courtesy of John Cordes/Icon SMI)

He was a surprise top-10 selection at the 2012 NHL Draft, but Anaheim Ducks rookie defenseman Hampus Lindholm has at times looked like a seasoned NHL veteran at the tender age of 20.

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