The 2013-14 season is drawing to a close, but hockey fans can still look forward to June’s NHL draft. The Hockey News’ Draft Preview 2014 will have you prepped and ready for that first selection in Philadelphia. Meet this year’s projected Big Four, who are all worthy of the coveted first overall spot. The best of the rest are covered in our Hot 100 rankings with insight from a number of scouts.
The Draft Preview also includes:
-Ken Campbell talks to Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray about his plan to make the Sabres a contender once again.
-History was made in 1989, when Mats Sundin became the first European player drafted in the No. 1 spot. Uffe Bodin explores how that day changed the NHL forever.
-We get a behind the scenes look at the draft day from the player’s perspective. Daniel Tkaczuk puts you inside his head on the day he was picked fifth overall in 1997.
-Matt Larkin explores how the key to a team’s success may hide in those late-round gems.
-In our Team Reports, we analyze what needs each organization has to fill on draft day.
-This year’s entry draft is keeping it all in the family. Get introduced to the prospects whose names may sound familiar.
-Kasperi Kapanen and William Nylander get a closer look. Find out why both players have the potential to surpass their successful fathers.
-To whet your appetite for 2015 and beyond, Ryan Kennedy gives a sneak peak of who to look out for in the coming years.