NHL Draft Primer: A look at intriguing North American goaltenders available in 2015

by David Hahn
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Mackenzie Blackwood - Barrie Colts

Photo: Barrie Colts goaltender and 2015 prospect Mackenzie Blackwood was fourth in wins in the OHL with 33 during the 2014-15 regular season, and he added five more in the 2015 OHL playoffs (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

There are a number of quality goaltenders available in the 2015 NHL Draft, with a wide range of prospects available with size, maneuverability, and determination. It’s a particularly strong group from North American junior leagues, with the USHL and NAHL well represented. At the top of the list, a pair of QMJHL goaltenders vie for the top spot, while another from the OHL could be the first goaltender to hear his name called in late June. Read more»

2010 NHL Draft: St. Louis Blues found franchise cornerstones in 2010 draft

by Suraj Sukumar
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Vladimir Tarasenko - St. Louis Blues

Photo: Vladimir Tarasenko, the Blues’ second pick of the first round in 2010, was tenth in scoring in the NHL this season (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon Sportswire)

While the 2010 NHL Draft was hit or miss as a whole for the St. Louis Blues, their top two picks in Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko have turned into franchise players who should have a major role to play moving forward. They are two of the best young players in the NHL and have proven to be two of the Blues best draft picks over the past ten years.

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Toronto Maple Leafs prospects make smooth transition to pros in 2014-15

by Ed Dermit
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Photo: Dominic Toninato had 16 goals and 26 points in his sophomore season at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. (Courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

Photo: Dominic Toninato had 16 goals and 26 points in his sophomore season at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. (Courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

Toronto Maple Leafs President Brendan Shanahan has committed the organization to a long-term rebuild through drafting and player development at the forefront of the team’s blueprint for future success.  This has put the spotlight squarely on current prospects in the development pipeline. Read more»

2010 NHL Draft: Minnesota Wild started its second act at the 2010 draft

by Peter Prohaska
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Mikael Granlund - Minnesota Wild

Photo: 2010 first-round pick Mikael Granlund was the first elite talent drafted by the Minnesota Wild since Brent Burns in 2003 (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon Sportswire)

It is not much exaggeration to say that the 2010 NHL Draft is the most important event in the brief history of the Minnesota Wild thus far. Not just the players drafted, but also those subsequently acquired, have transformed the Wild into a Stanley Cup contender. The young franchise risked stagnation, a victim of middling finishes and some notable draft misses. Read more»

2010 NHL Draft: Dallas Stars master the art of the middle round again at 2010 draft

by Mike Farkas
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John Klingberg - Dallas Stars

Photo: Dallas Stars fifth-rounder John Klingberg spent seasons post-draft in Sweden and Finland before impacting the NHL in his rookie season. (courtesy of Matt Cohen/Icon Sportswire)

Short on picks, but not on talent, the 2010 NHL Entry Draft saw former General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk take a chance on some high-ceiling players with mixed results to date. John Klingberg’s emergence in a Calder-caliber season has quickly turned into the crown jewel of the group. Anecdotally, the Stars have now had a fifth round draft pick play in the NHL for six straight drafts culminating with this one in 2010 – they did not make a fifth round selection in 2004. With two players still in the organization and one a young star, the upside for this draft remains intact. Read more»

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