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Hughes tops roster for All-American Prospects Game

Projected No. 1 pick in 2019 NHL Draft one of 42 players that will skate in Sept. 19 game

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

Jack Hughes, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, was among the 42 United States-born players named to participate in the seventh USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, to be held at Xcel Energy Center on Sept. 19.

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2018 first-round NHL Draft pick tracker

Status of 31 players chosen in opening round in Dallas

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The 31 players picked in the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft have NHL hopes. Some have gotten a start toward their goal by signing their three-year entry-level contract.

The first three players picked at the draft, Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, Carolina Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov and Montreal Canadiens center Jesperi Kotkaniemi have signed, and more could as we get closer to the start of the 2018-19 season.

Here is a look at which players have signed and the status of the others:

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Seven prospects who raised 2019 NHL Draft stock at Hlinka Gretzky Cup

Podkolzin, Broberg, Dach among standouts in U18 tournament

by Guillaume Lepage @GLepageLNH / NHL.com/fr Staff Writer

EDMONTON -- Here are seven prospects eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft whose stock rose at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup, the annual under-18 tournament that ended Saturday with Canada's 6-2 victory against Sweden in the gold medal game (prospects in alphabetical order).

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Hughes thriving for United States at World Junior Summer Showcase

Forward prospect showing why he's projected No. 1 pick at 2019 NHL Draft

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

KAMLOOPS, British Columbia -- Jack Hughes has excelled against older, more developed competition his entire hockey career, so it's not surprising the 17-year-old forward is thriving with the United States at the World Junior Summer Showcase.

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Merkley signs entry-level contract with Sharks

Defenseman was No. 21 pick in 2018 NHL Draft

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Ryan Merkley, a first-round pick (No. 21) in the 2018 NHL Draft by the San Jose Sharks, signed an entry-level contract on Wednesday.

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Dahlin 'doesn't need to be the savior' for Sabres, GM says

Buffalo looking for defenseman, No. 1 pick in 2018 NHL Draft, to grow alongside youthful core

by Joe Yerdon / NHL.com Correspondent

BUFFALO -- Rasmus Dahlin, the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, should not be expected to revive the Buffalo Sabres by himself, general manager Jason Botterill said Monday.  

"He doesn't need to be the savior," Botterill said during the 18-year-old defenseman's introductory press conference in Buffalo. "It's a situation where we're excited about our young players such as [center] Jack [Eichel], [center] Sam [Reinhart], [defenseman] Rasmus Ristolainen. He can be part of this group and sort of grow together. 

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Islanders prospect Wahlstrom was viral sensation before being drafted

Forward scored memorable lacrosse-style goal as 9-year-old at TD Garden

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NHL Tonight: Oliver Wahlstrom

Oliver Wahlstrom's journey from viral star to NHL

NHL Tonight's Jamison Coyle takes an in-depth look at Oliver Wahlstrom and his journey to the NHL, from a nine-year-old viral star until now

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Oliver Wahlstrom is kind of a big deal. And he was years before he was selected in the 2018 NHL Draft.

Wahlstrom, who the New York Islanders selected with the No. 11 pick in the draft in Dallas on Friday, became famous for scoring a lacrosse-style goal as a 9-year-old at TD Garden, home of the Boston Bruins.

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Stars prospect drafted in fifth round while dad is using bathroom

Damiani taken with 137th pick but dad misses name being called, has big hug upon return

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Draft All-Access: Riley Damiani

Damiani's Dad misses draft selection

The Stars selected Riley Damiani with the 137th pick in the 2018 NHL Draft

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Riley Damiani's father was waiting for some time to hear his son's name called at the 2018 NHL Draft. 

However, nature called first.

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Blue-chip centers highlight 2019 NHL Draft prospects

Another Hughes expected to go in first round next year as part of loaded class

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

DALLAS -- The 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on June 21-22 is shaping up to be one for the ages.

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Rangers stick to rebuilding plan, select 10 players at NHL Draft

GM Gorton shifts focus to signing New York's restricted free agents

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

DALLAS -- The New York Rangers offered more proof of how committed they are to their ongoing rebuild by selecting 10 players in the 2018 NHL Draft this weekend, including three in the first round.

There was speculation going into the draft that the Rangers would try to trade some of their picks and/or prospects they've acquired since announcing they were rebuilding on Feb. 8 for players who could immediately make them better, but general manager Jeff Gorton said they weren't close to doing that.

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