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Beaudin determined to keep building two-way game for Blackhawks

Defenseman prospect working to improve physical presence

by Chris Kuc / NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Nicolas Beaudin was in the crowd the day Corey Crawford brought the Stanley Cup to Chateauguay, Quebec, after the goaltender helped the Chicago Blackhawks win the championship in 2015.

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Kotkaniemi could open season with Canadiens

No. 3 pick in 2018 Draft may prove to be good fit at center

by Sean Farrell / NHL.com Correspondent

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Jesperi Kotkaniemi made such a strong impression at Montreal Canadiens development camp, the possibility of making his NHL debut this season is on the radar.

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Anderson could use versatility to make Devils roster

Forward prospect eager to start 'climbing up the ranks'

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

NEWARK, N.J. -- Joey Anderson appears physically and mentally ready for whatever plan the New Jersey Devils have for him this season.

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Mismash hopes to bring physical style to Predators after college

Forward prospect heading into sophomore season at North Dakota

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- Grant Mismash could be an impact player for the Nashville Predators someday, but for now the forward is on track to be one for the University of North Dakota this season.

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Bernard-Docker, Tychonick hope to stay together with Senators

Ottawa defensemen prospects have played on same pair since age 10

by Callum Fraser / NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Jacob Bernard-Docker and Jonathan Tychonick appear destined to be defense partners for life.

Selected by the Ottawa Senators with the Nos. 26 and 48 picksin the 2018 NHL Draft, Bernard-Docker and Tychonick first played alongside each other at age 10 in minor hockey. They also roomed together and won gold medals playing for Canada West at the 2017 World Junior A Challenge.

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Andersson, Chytil focal points of Rangers rebuild

Center prospects set for first full NHL seasons amid growing expectations

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil are connected to the point that they're routinely talked about in the same sentence, usually one right after the other.

These days, with the New York Rangers in full-scale rebuilding mode, the top center prospects are mentioned quite often because in many respects, they are the faces of New York's youth movement, and the first two members of its revamped and deep prospect pool who can break through to become everyday NHL players.

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Groulx impressing Ducks with skill, intellect

Center prospect lauded for attention to detail, competitive nature

by Dan Arritt / NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Benoit-Olivier Groulx grew up with a professional hockey coach at the dinner table. It's routinely evident in the way he plays the game.

Groulx's acute hockey sense and attention to detail on each end of the ice helped set him apart when the Anaheim Ducks were ready to make their second pick of the 2018 NHL Draft. They selected the 6-foot-1, 195-pound center from Halifax of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League at No. 54.

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Noel using size to make statement with Panthers

6-foot-5 forward prospect aims to get stronger on road to NHL

by Alain Poupart / NHL.com Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Serron Noel clearly stands out among Florida Panthers prospects, and the reason is his size.

It's Noel's 6-foot-5, 205-pound stature that will be his ticket to the NHL, even though the 17-year-old forward prospect said he accepts it might take some time to get there.

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McLeod continuing to develop offensively with Oilers

Forward, selected in second round of 2018 Draft, has good release, working on scoring more

by Derek Van Diest / NHL.com Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Ryan McLeod picked a good season to break out offensively with Mississauga of the Ontario Hockey League. 

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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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