2014 NHL Draft: Carolina Hurricanes draft review

by Cory Lavalette
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Haydn Fleury - Carolina Hurricanes

Photo: The Carolina Hurricanes selected defenseman Haydn Fleury seventh overall in the 2014 NHL Draft. Fleury was the second defensemen selected in 2014. (courtesy Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

It is a new era in the Carolina Hurricanes front office. The only general manager Raleigh had ever known, Jim Rutherford, “retired” then took the same job in Pittsburgh, leaving his understudy, former player Ron Francis, on his own for his first NHL Draft.

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2014 NHL Draft: Ottawa Senators draft review

by Peter Morrow
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Andreas Englund - Ottawa Senators

Photo: Defenseman Andreas Englund was one of three defensemen selected by the Ottawa Senators in the 2014 NHL Draft. The Senators picked Englund 40th overall. (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

Prior to the NHL Draft, Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray possessed distinct, possibly incompatible priorities: trade Jason Spezza, and replace the 2014 first round pick which he dealt last summer in exchange for Bobby Ryan. The former happened days later in a deal that sent Spezza to the Dallas Stars, but the latter move never materialized.

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2014 NHL Draft: Detroit Red Wings draft review

by Adam Schnepp
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Dylan Larkin - Detroit Red Wings

Photo: Detroit drafted Michigan native Dylan Larkin, committed to play for the University of Michigan, with the 15th overall pick of the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

If it was not already clear what position the Detroit Red Wings felt needed to be addressed in their organization it certainly became so after the 2014 NHL Draft. Detroit used six of their seven picks on sizable centers. Read more»

2014 NHL Draft: Boston Bruins draft review

by Richard Murray
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David Pastrnak - Boston Bruins

Photo: Forward David Pastrnak was selected 25th overall by the Boston Bruins in the 2014 NHL Draft. Pastrnak projects to be a dynamic offensive talent. (courtesy of John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

 

The Boston Bruins did not make any blockbuster deals at the NHL Draft or in the days following like last season moving Tyler Seguin to Dallas, but Boston did make several interesting selections in Philadelphia.

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2014 NHL Draft: Toronto Maple Leafs draft review

by Ed Dermit
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William Nylander - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: William Nylander was one of five forwards the Toronto Maple Leafs selected in the 2014 NHL Draft. Toronto drafted Nylander eighth overall. (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

The Toronto Maple Leafs‘ director of amateur scouting, Dave Morrison, used the 2014 NHL Draft to select players with a strong competitive demeanor and good offensive upside.

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