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The Hockey News Draft Preview 2021

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1991 draft revisionist history

ROUND 1 EVERYTHING WENT haywire following the 1991 draft, but the class eventually met the hype. Phenom Eric Lindros refused to play for Quebec after it drafted him first overall, but, after a trade to Philadelphia a year later, he delivered a Hall of Fame career. The class of ’91 was a minefield from pick to pick in the first round. Three of the top six slots yielded Hall of Famers, as No. 3 selection Scott Niedermayer became one of the sport’s consummate winners, while Peter Forsberg, chosen sixth overall, was one of the most dominant centers of his generation. Pat Falloon, however, fell well short of expectations as the No. 2 selection, as did top-15 picks Scott Lachance (No. 3), Alek Stojanov (No. 7) and Tyler Wright (No. 12). That’s not to…

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2024 one to watch

ASK SCOUTS ABOUT the best 2006 birthdays in America and they’ll point you to Shattuck-St. Mary’s prep school. The under-14 team was loaded this year, and one of the top players was center Macklin Celebrini, a Vancouver native who lived in California thanks to his dad’s job as director of sports medicine and performance for the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. “He’s got some of the best hockey sense I’ve ever seen,” said coach Christian Bragnalo. “He has the ability to make plays at top speed, and he’s really strong on the puck. So he can win puck battles or he can beat you with skill, and he has really developed an elite one-timer, especially on the power play.” Ben Umhoefer, director of boys hockey at Shattuck, loves Celebrini’s cohort, as the…

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vegas golden knights

THE GOLDEN KNIGHTS have been much more than an expansion aberration in the time since they took the NHL by storm in 2017-18. In the franchise’s four seasons of existence, Vegas ranks third in shots, third in shots allowed and third in goal differential (behind only Boston and Tampa Bay.) It has been sustained excellence and it doesn’t look like it’s going to end anytime soon. Alec Martinez and Tomas Nosek are the only regulars who are pending UFAs this summer. IMMEDIATE NEEDS: The balance in the Golden Knights’ lineup runs the full 200 feet of the ice. There’s speed, size, strength, depth and intensity. If Vegas fails to get to the Cup final this year, monitor where it fell short against either Colorado or the North Division winner. That’s the…

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san jose sharks

THE BOOK IS STILL not closed on the 2018 trade that brought Erik Karlsson to San Jose, even if it seems like that deal was ages ago. Ottawa receives San Jose’s second-round pick this year as the final piece. It will likely be a top-40 draft selection and a valuable building block that the Sharks dearly could use as they rebuild their development system. It will go down as a 7-for-2 trade even though Rudolfs Balcers is a Shark again after two years with the Senators. IMMEDIATE NEEDS: The Sharks made nine selections in the 2020 draft, and all of them were forwards. Thomas Bordeleau and Ozzy Wiesblatt are still a couple years away, so San Jose needs to latch on to some middle-six scorers to give the top line some…

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nashville predators

THERE AREN’T MANY who are over the moon about the Predators’ overall prospect group. Dealing picks at past deadlines and a few blunders on draft day are to blame. But if ever there was a time for Nashville to start stocking up, this is it. At one point this season, there was chatter that a full-scale rebuild was on the horizon. If Nashville can refill its pipeline with a few top prospects, it’s worth considering. IMMEDIATE NEEDS: Nashville has maintained one of the league’s best bluelines. However, top-six scoring remains a problem. That game-changing scorer has been incredibly elusive, which is why the Preds have been so quick to splash money in free agency. Unfortunately, none of those moves have paid dividends. LONG-TERM NEEDS: If the Predators do start the teardown in…

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edmonton oilers

REMEMBER FOUR YEARS ago when Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl signed those massive contracts and some critics said, fine, but two guys combining for $21 million is almost 30 percent of the salary cap – it’s not going to work. Now, McDavid, the league’s best player, is very reasonable at $12.5 million and Draisaitl is a bargain at $8.5 million. IMMEDIATE NEEDS: The Oilers have been in need of a supporting cast since the day McDavid and Draisaitl signed those deals. But there was always so much bad money on the books that it made it impossible to bring in marquee UFA forwards. GM Ken Holland has some roster flexibility this summer and will go hunting for top-six scoring help. LONG-TERM NEEDS: The Oilers have needed a goalie of the future ever…