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Metropolitan Division team needs for 2015 draft

Wednesday, 06.24.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

The 2015 NHL Draft will be a great opportunity for teams to shore up positions of need with an injection of energetic, young talent.

As the first round of the draft draws near, there's no better time to take a glimpse at the possible draft needs of all 30 teams.

While there still may be trades and surprises in the works leading up to the draft, which will be held June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., the priorities likely will remain the same. Here's a breakdown of what Metropolitan Division teams could be looking to do when they arrive in Florida.

New GM Shero sees fresh challenge in building Devils

Wednesday, 06.24.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Ray Shero doesn't believe he's in familiar territory as general manager for the New Jersey Devils as he was almost a decade ago when hired by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the same role.

Still, it's hard to ignore the comparisons.

The Penguins had just completed a fourth straight season of having failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs when Shero was hired to replace Craig Patrick as GM in May 2006. Patrick, an iconic figure in Pittsburgh, had served as GM for 16 seasons.

"It's never a seamless transition; going into Pittsburgh there were people working for Craig for 16 years, so it takes a little time. The same can be said for those working for Lou Lamoriello in New Jersey," Shero said.

P.K. Subban excited about larger role at NHL Awards

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 11:54 PM / 2015 NHL Awards

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

LAS VEGAS -- Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban is not only nominated for the Norris Trophy at this year's NHL Awards show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports), but he will be an important part of the broadcast for a second consecutive year.

Subban will be the host of the Samsung NHL Social Lounge, interviewing players backstage and checking out what is trending on social media. It is a step up from last year's job when Subban hosted the red carpet arrivals of the players prior to the ceremony.

With his role escalating, it would be fair to wonder if Subban is preparing a bid to actually host the show one year.

Forward Beleskey unlikely to re-sign with Ducks

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 11:27 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

Matt Beleskey is expected to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 after rejecting a contract offer from the Anaheim Ducks.

"We made an offer and they rejected it immediately," Ducks general manager Bob Murray said Tuesday. "So, I don't think there's anything else happening there. I said that when we kept him at the trade deadline, that I doubted it was going to work, and they obviously feel they're going to do a lot better.

"I'm very comfortable with the offer we made, we made a really good offer, and it's just a part of hockey now."

Price driven by desire to lift Canadiens to Stanley Cup

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 8:33 PM / 2015 NHL Awards

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

LAS VEGAS -- For years, as criticism surrounded Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price at a young age, he told people to be patient.

A goaltender's prime normally doesn't begin until his late 20s, Price would say over and over as he fielded questions about the inconsistency in his game earlier in his career.

Price turns 28 in August.

He was right.

After years of doubt about his long-term potential to become an elite NHL goalie, Price had a season for the ages and is in line to have that performance rewarded here Wednesday at the NHL Awards (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports).

Sharks' Burns waits for moves, excited about DeBoer

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 6:45 PM / NHL Insider

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

LAS VEGAS -- San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns is enjoying his summer, including a trip here to attend the 2015 NHL Awards show.

But he can't stop thinking about the future, specifically as it relates to his team.

"It's going to be an interesting next couple of weeks," Burns said Tuesday during his media availability before the Awards show on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports).

The Sharks missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2003 and their general manager, Doug Wilson, has implied that it will be a summer of changes in San Jose.

Toews, Blackhawks face tough reality of salary cap

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 6:39 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

LAS VEGAS -- Eight days after being crowned the best, Jonathan Toews said the Chicago Blackhawks are prepared for the worst.

Toews knows the salary cap, which will be $71.4 million for the 2015-16 season, is expected to play a role in dismantling some of the pieces to Chicago's Stanley Cup championship team. It's a reality that he expects will hit him and his teammates, the ones who stay and the ones who go, hard soon, perhaps as early as this week.

"We're all pretty realistic about what might happen," Toews said Tuesday from the MGM Grand Garden Arena, where the NHL Awards will take place Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports).

Dubnyk set to cash in on success, hopes it's with Wild

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 4:10 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

LAS VEGAS -- After a season in which he was good enough to become a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, goalie Devan Dubnyk doesn't want much to change. Dubnyk said Tuesday he wants to stay with the Minnesota Wild and is hopeful of signing a new contract before he can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

"I want to be there and hopefully they want to have me there," Dubnyk said from the MGM Grand Garden Arena, where the 2015 NHL Awards show will take place Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN). "Nothing has changed that way, so we'll continue to go forward. It's still where I would like to be and get something done. It's been a busy time and over the next week here we'll try to get something going. We're still trying to get something done."

Analytics, stats making way into draft process

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

This season the NHL took a deep dive into the world of advanced analytics, taking the "fancy stats" debate more into the mainstream.

That trend soon could reach the amateur hockey level.

More teams are using advanced analytics in their quest for any extra information they can find when judging prospects.

Players picked at the 2015 NHL Draft, which will be held June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., certainly will be viewed through that spectrum.

The first round of the draft is Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports); rounds 2-7 are Saturday (10 a.m. ET; NHLN, TVA Sports).

"I think the trickle down has started to seep into the majority of organizations," Florida Panthers director of scouting Scott Luce said. "I think all organizations are trying to fine-tune what and how they can take the data and how they can use it and better utilize it for decision-making when it comes to making a draft pick at the draft."

Crosby remains no-doubt No. 1 pick in 2005 re-draft

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor will take a look back at the NHL drafts from five, 10 and 15 years ago this week, leading up to the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. How would a redo of those drafts look today?

There wasn't much debate regarding who the first pick of 2005 NHL Draft would be, and 10 years later there isn't much more Sidney Crosby could have done for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Penguins were the lucky team that won a special lottery drawing for the right to pick first, and the reward has been a player who has ranged from outstanding to dominant during the past decade.

Crosby has won the Hart Trophy twice, the Art Ross Trophy twice and two Olympic gold medals. He captained the Penguins to the 2009 Stanley Cup one season after helping them reach the Stanley Cup Final.

A number of the players picked after Crosby have done pretty well also. But with 10 years of hindsight, how would that draft go if the same players were made available today?

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