Chicago Blackhawks 2014 NHL Draft preview

by Brad Gardner
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Ryan Hartman - Plymouth Whalers

Photo: Chicago’s selection of Ryan Hartman at 30th overall in 2013 added a hard-working complementary forward to the team’s shallow pool of wingers in the system (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The Chicago Blackhawks will head into the 2014 NHL Draft with eight picks and another opportunity to augment the depth and versatility in the pipeline.

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Pittsburgh Penguins 2014 NHL Draft preview

by Ian Altenbaugh
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Tristan Jarry - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Goaltender Tristan Jarry was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round of the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

The Pittsburgh Penguins head into the 2014 NHL Draft under new management. Jim Rutherford, who retired from the Carolina Hurricanes general manager position in late April, was hired in early June to take the same job in Pittsburgh. Head coach Dan Bylsma was fired the same day Rutherford was hired, and while the Penguins have yet to find a replacement, Rutherford is optimistic a head coach will be in place by the start of free agency on July 1st.

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Buffalo Sabres 2014 NHL Draft preview

by Jason Chen
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Rasmus Ristolainen - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen was selected eighth overall in the 2013 NHL Draft. Ristolainen was one of two first round picks the Sabres had in 2013. (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Buffalo Sabres' horrendous start to the 2013-14 season was the clear signal that the team needed to make drastic changes. Ted Nolan replaced Ron Rolston as head coach early in the season, and Darcy Regier was fired after 16 years with the team after a few disappointing seasons and a spotty draft record.

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Nashville Predators 2014 NHL Draft preview

by Tony Piscotta
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Jonathan-Ismael Diaby - Victoriaville Tigres

Photo: The selection of Jonathan-Ismael Diaby at 64th overall in 2013 added more size and a nasty physical edge to the Nashville blue line prospects (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

The second straight season of missing the playoffs led to the dismissal of Barry Trotz, the only coach the Nashville Predators have had in their 15 years of existence. With David Poile as the general manager and much of the hockey operations team still in place it is not likely that Nashville's organizational philosophy will be all that different.

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2014 NHL Combine Video: Jared McCann, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

by Ken McKenna
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2014 NHL Combine - Jared McCann - Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

Photo: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds forward and 2014 prospect Jared McCann picked up seven points in nine postseason games for the Greyhounds (courtesy of Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)

While he may believe that he has to work on his consistency over the course of a season, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds forward Jared McCann was Mr. Consistency when it came to his ranking for the 2014 NHL Draft.

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