[2015 NHL Draft] First Round, Eighth Overall: Blue Jackets bolster defense by taking Zack Werenski

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Zach Werenski - Columbus Blue Jackets

Photo: The Columbus Blue Jackets added to their defensive depth with the selection of University of Michigan defender Zach Werenski at the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

Zach Werenski was not the highest rated defenseman in the draft, but judging from the smile on his face when the Columbus Blue Jackets selected him 8th overall in the first round, that did not matter much. The acquisition addressed the organization’s need for a quality defenseman. Read more»

[2015 NHL Draft] First Round, Seventh Overall: Philadelphia Flyers add another top defensive prospect with the selection of Provorov

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Ivan Provorov - Philadelphia Flyers

Photo: Although already stocked with talented, young defensemen, the Philadelphia Flyers couldn’t pass up the chance to add talented Brandon Wheat Kings defender Ivan Provorov at the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

Although possessing several excellent defensive prospects, the Philadelphia Flyers were undoubtedly overjoyed to select Ivan Provorov with the seventh overall pick. It did not necessary represent a position of need for the Flyers, with Travis Sanheim, Shayne Gostisbehere and Samuel Morin already in the fold. Still, Ivan Provorov rose all season in the draft ranking until he was discussed as a potential third overall. It would have been a great surprise to see the young Russian slip out of the top ten, and he represents a value pick at this slot.

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[2015 NHL Draft] First Round, Sixth Overall: New Jersey Devils add center depth with selection of Pavel Zacha

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Pavel Zacha - New Jersey Devils

Photo: The New Jersey Devils addressed a need up the middle with the selection of Pavel Zacha in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft (Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

With the sixth overall pick at the 2015 NHL Draft, the New Jersey Devils selected center Pavel Zacha from the OHL’s Sarnia Sting. Zacha is a powerful, aggressive and skilled center who might remind observers more of Bobby Holik than of Patrik Elias. That said, the standout for the Sarnia Sting offers incredible upside.

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2015 NHL Draft: Oilers shore up blueline with Reinhart acquisition

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Photo: 21-year-old defenseman Griffin Reinhart will offer immediate help to the Oiler blueline. (Image courtesy of Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

Photo: 21-year-old defenseman Griffin Reinhart will offer immediate help to the Oiler blueline. (Image courtesy of Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

The Edmonton Oilers acquired Griffin Reinhart from the New York Islanders during the 2015 NHL Draft in exchange for the 16th and 33rd overall picks. The move gives Edmonton a defenseman who is three years further along in his development than if they had used the 16th pick to acquire one. 

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[2015 NHL Draft] First Round, Fifth Overall: Carolina Hurricanes help an area of need by drafting Noah Hanifin

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Noah Hanifin - Carolina Hurricanes

Photo: Boston College defenseman Noah Hanifin was the first selection for the Carolina Hurricanes at the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Image)

One of the smoothest skaters and headiest players in the 2015 NHL Draft is Boston College defenseman Noah Hanifin. The Carolina Hurricanes obviously took a liking to the player thought by many to be the best defenseman in this draft, making Hanifin the fifth overall selection of the draft. Read more»

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