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Trio eligible for 2018 NHL Draft had mentor in Hischier

Halifax teammates, Canada U-18 hopefuls watched 2017 top pick develop, handle expectations in juniors

by Aaron Vickers / NHL.com Correspondent

CALGARY -- Three skaters eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft had a front-row seat of what they might expect this season.

Forward Benoit-Olivier Groulx, defenseman Jared McIsaac and goaltender Alexis Gravel, who each play for Halifax of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, watched their teammate, center Nico Hischier, handle his stressful, season-long draft year. 

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Stars add 2018 NHL Draft to 25th anniversary celebration

Event to be held at American Airlines Center on June 22-23

by Sean Shapiro / NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars will mark their 25th anniversary this season. Hosting the 2018 NHL Draft certainly will be a nice finish to that year-long celebration.

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Stars to host 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center

Event to be held in Dallas from June 22-23

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NEW YORK - The Dallas Stars™ will host the 2018 NHL Draft™ at American Airlines Center, the National Hockey League, Stars and city of Dallas announced today. The 2018 event will mark the first time the Stars and the city of Dallas will host the NHL Draft. The Dallas Stars franchise will celebrate the organization's 25th anniversary during the upcoming 2017-18 season, and will host special events throughout the year to commemorate the Club's milestone.

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Svechnikov to sign with Barrie of Ontario Hockey League

Right wing, potential top pick in 2018 NHL Draft, will play juniors in CHL

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Right wing Andrei Svechnikov, a candidate to be the No. 1 pick of the 2018 NHL Draft, will officially sign with Barrie of the Ontario Hockey League prior to the start of training camp next month, according to agent Mark Gandler.

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Necas, Hurricanes agree to terms

Carolina selected center with No. 12 pick in 2017 NHL Draft

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The Carolina Hurricanes agreed to terms with center Martin Necas on a three-year, entry-level contract on Friday.

Necas, 18, was the No. 12 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.

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Panthers keep collecting Finland-born prospects

2017 second-round pick Aleksi Heponiemi latest to follow Aleksander Barkov

by Alain Poupart / NHL.com Correspondent

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers' search for high-scoring prospects continues to take them to Finland.

The Panthers used two of their five selections in the 2017 NHL Draft on a forward from Finland: Aleksi Heponiemi in the second round (No. 40) and Sebastian Repo in the sixth round (No. 184). This followed the free agent signing of forward Henrik Haapala, the leading scorer in the Finnish Elite League last season, and the selection of center Henrik Borgstrom with the No. 23 pick of the 2016 NHL Draft.

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Andrei Svechnikov taken by Barrie with first pick of CHL Import Draft

2018 NHL Draft forward prospect had 58 points in 48 games with Muskegon of USHL this season

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Forward Andrei Svechnikov, a candidate to be the first pick of the 2018 NHL Draft, was selected by Barrie of the Ontario Hockey League with the first pick of the 2017 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft on Wednesday.

Svechnikov (6-foot-1, 188 pounds) played for Muskegon of the United States Hockey League this season. He was sixth in the league with 58 points (29 goals, 29 assists) in 48 games and was named the league's rookie of the year. He also helped Russia win the bronze medal at the 2017 IIHF World Under-18 Championship with a team-best nine points (four goals, five assists) in seven games.

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Eeli Tolvanen not disappointed he fell to Predators in Draft

Forward was projected by many to go in top 20 of first round, dropped to No. 30

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- Eeli Tolvanen was on the ice Monday for the first day of Nashville Predators development camp after being selected in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft in Chicago on Friday.

The Predators took Tolvanen with the 30th pick after he had 54 points (30 goals, 24 assists) in 52 games for Sioux City of the United States Hockey League this season.

"It's been kind of crazy," the 18-year-old forward said. "I was in Chicago with family. I got drafted on Friday and spent Saturday with my family in Chicago, and then I flew here Sunday morning. Now we're just starting camp, and it's hard work. The first day, it's not easy. It was the first time skating in four weeks."

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2018 NHL Draft should have plenty of impact talent

Sweden defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, USHL forward Andrei Svechnikov among top candidates to go No. 1

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- No sooner had the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas ended Saturday than teams turned their attention to next year.

There should be no shortage of impact talent available in the 2018 draft.

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Eventful weekend for Blackhawks as hosts of NHL Draft

Chicago makes four trades, selects nine players in two days

by Brian Hedger / NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- It was a memorable two days for the Chicago Blackhawks at the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas.

The Blackhawks hosted the event for the first time and took full advantage of being center stage.

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