2015 NHL Draft Review: Dergachyov, Guryanov top the 2015 Russian crop

by Alessandro Seren Rosso
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Alexander Dergachyov - Team Russia

Photo: SKA-1946 St. Petersburg forward and 2015 prospect Alexander Dergachyov competed in the MHL in 2014-15, posting 10 goals and 39 points in 45 games, then adding 18 points in 19 playoff games (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

While the number of Russian players in the NHL has decreased when compared to the early 2000’s, a trend reversal is expected in the next few years, especially considering the difficult economic situation of the KHL. Some evidence of this change includes the offseason movement of some of the KHL’s top players crossing the Atlantic in a fashion that hasn’t been seen in many years, with players like Artemi Panarin, Evgeny Medvedev, Sergei Plotnikov and others venturing forth to the NHL. Read more»

Colorado Avalanche 2015 NHL Draft Preview

by Chau Vo
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Conner Bleackley - Colorado Avalanche

Photo: Colorado Avalanche prospect Conner Bleackley served as captain for the Red Deer Rebels for the last two seasons, and was Colorado’s first round pick (23rd overall) at the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

For the fourth time in six years, the Colorado Avalanche will be selecting in the top ten at the NHL Draft. Despite a late surge to attempt to salvage their season, the team could not overcome their poor start to make back-to-back postseason appearances. Read more»

Virtanen gained valuable experience with Vancouver’s AHL affiliate in Utica

by Tony Androckitis
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Jake Virtanen - Utica Comets

Photo: Utica Comets forward and Vancouver Canucks prospect Jake Virtanen had a busy 2014-15 season with a stop in the WHL, a gold medal win at the 2015 World Juniors, and his first pro action in the AHL (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

When Jake Virtanen arrived in Utica after his WHL playoff run with the Calgary Hitmen came to an end, he was expecting to come in and practice with the Vancouver Canucks‘ top minor league affiliate, the Utica Comets, to learn about the game at the professional level. Read more»

NHL Draft Primer: Top ten for 2015 more than just McDavid, Eichel

by David Hahn
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Connor McDavid - Erie Otter; Jack Eichel - Boston University

Photo: Erie Otters forward Connor McDavid and Boston University forward Jack Eichel are the top-ranked prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft according to NHL Central Scouting (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images (L) and Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images (R))

The cream of the crop won’t have to wait long to hear their names called at the 2015 NHL Draft. Unlike most years, this truly is a deep draft, where numerous talents will be counted on as possible franchise players, and could possibly include every name on this list. Read more»

San Jose Sharks 2015 NHL Draft Preview

by Craig Fischer
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Nikolay Goldobin - San Jose Sharks

Photo: San Jose Sharks prospect Nikolay Goldobin was no stretch when he was selected 27th overall at the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Dan Hamilton/Icon Sportswire)

Holding the ninth overall pick after a season of struggle, disappointment and growing pains, the San Jose Sharks will station themselves near the front of the stage at the 2015 NHL Draft in Sunrise, Florida. It will be the highest selection the organization has had since it took Logan Couture with the same pick back in 2007.

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