2016 NHL Draft: Columbus Blue Jackets bring draft riser Dubois into the fold

by Ken McKenna
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2016 NHL Draft - Pierre-Luc Dubois - Columbus Blue Jackets

Photo: Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Pierre-Luc Dubois was all smiles after the team made him the third pick overall at the 2016 NHL Draft (courtesy of Jen Fuller/Getty Images)

 

 

The Columbus Blue Jackets provided the first mild surprise of the 2016 NHL Draft when they chose center/winger Pierre-Luc Dubois of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles with the third selection overall. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: Winnipeg Jets add draft’s top sniper in Patrik Laine

by Ken McKenna
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2016 NHL Draft - Patrik Laine - Winnipeg Jets

Photo: Winnipeg Jets prospect Patrik Laine had a decorated 2015-16 season in which he won two gold medals, and was named MVP of the Liiga playoffs and the World Championship (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

 

With Auston Matthews off the board as expected, the Winnipeg Jets used the second pick overall in the 2016 NHL Draft to add some offensive punch to their already solid prospect pool with the selection of winger Patrik Laine of Tappara Tampere. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: Toronto Maple Leafs add Matthews to increasingly talented stable

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2016 NHL Draft - Auston Matthews - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Newly-minted Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Auston Matthews will get his first action in the new Maple Leafs sweater at the team’s summer development camp in early July (courtesy of Jeffrey T. Barnes/Getty Images)

 

 

To the surprise of few, the Toronto Maple Leafs used the first overall selection at the 2016 NHL Draft on center Auston Matthews, the player widely regarded as the draft’s top prospect. The talented center competed in Switzerland last season, but he should be a strong candidate to make the Maple Leafs roster for the start of the 2016-17 season. Read more»

2011 NHL Draft: St. Louis Blues found plenty of value in the second round

by Suraj Sukumar
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Dmitri Jaskin - St. Louis Blues

Photo: Dmitrij Jaskin took some time arriving as an NHL player, but the extra work has made him one of the game’s better young two-way players (courtesy of Steve Kingsman/Icon Sportswire)

 

 

There may not be a better drafting team in the second round than the St. Louis Blues. They have found plenty of gems beyond the first round – from Steve Staios, Igor Korolev, Jay McClement, and Jochen Hecht to David Backes and Jake Allen – and the same can be said for 2011. Read more»

2011 NHL Draft: Boston Bruins find – and eventually trade – Zdeno Chara’s replacement

by Pat O'Rourke
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Alexander Khokhlachev - Boston Bruins

Photo: Boston Bruins forward prospect Alexander Khokhlachev has seen only limited time in the NHL since being chosen by the Bruins in the second round of the 2011 NHL Draft (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

 

 

While it feels like decades given the current state of the organization, it was just five years ago that the Boston Bruins went into the NHL Draft with the rare daily double of a top-10 pick and possession of Lord Stanley’s cup, having just won its first title in 39 years that June. Read more»