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2008 NHL Draft marked by selections of Stamkos, Doughty, Karlsson

Inside story of first round that made big impact on League

by Adam Kimelman @NHLadamK / NHL Deputy Managing Editor

Drew Doughty carried the Stanley Cup around the ice at Staples Center, having achieved his dream when the Los Angeles Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils in Game 6 of the 2012 Final.

Smiling and cheering, he looked to pass the Cup to his beaming defense partner. On that day, it was Rob Scuderi.

But it very nearly was another player, one who was available 11 picks after the Kings took Doughty No. 2 in the 2008 NHL Draft, and who could have given Los Angeles two franchise defensemen from that class.

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Tkachuk gets big assist from family entering 2018 NHL Draft

Brady hopes to follow father Keith, brother Matthew into League

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

Brady Tkachuk won't soon forget the days of roller hockey on the driveway in front of his St. Louis home with his two siblings.

The games usually pitted Brady and younger sister Taryn against their older brother, Matthew. They were intense, competitive and, as it turns out, destructive. 

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Dahlin, expected No. 1 pick in 2018 NHL Draft, seems destined for stardom

Swedish defenseman, 18, drawing high praise, comparisons to Lidstrom, Karlsson

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

BUFFALO -- Rasmus Dahlin hasn't played a minute in the NHL, but experts already are comparing the 18-year-old from Sweden to some of the League's biggest names, past and present.

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Sharks headed for playoffs, new identity minus Marleau, Thornton

Postseason will be major test for San Jose without mainstays

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

SAN JOSE -- Brent Burns is on a roll. He's riffing, and the smile is creeping across his face, his missing teeth flashing and his beard flying. He's laughing, amused at himself and his teammate and all the possibilities.

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Hischier, Zadina prepared for NHL Draft with same Halifax host family

Surrogate parents housed, bonded with potential top-five pick for second straight season

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

There was a moment at the 2017 NHL Draft when Ash and Mandy Phillips might have been mistaken for Rino and Katja Hischier.

After New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero announced Nico Hischier as the No. 1 pick onstage at United Center in Chicago, television cameras panned to commotion in the seats. A group of people was cheering with such excitement that it was logical to assume they had to be related to the Switzerland-born teenager.

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World's Longest Hockey Game enduring passion for Oilers optometrist

Players compete for 251 hours on his rink in latest record-setting cancer fundraiser

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

STRATHCONA COUNTY, Alberta -- It all began with a promise.

Not long before Terry Saik died of colon cancer in 1991, he made a request of his son, Dr. Brent Saik.

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Barkov brings unique two-way game to Panthers, game film shows

Viewing video with Florida coaches reveals what makes center so effective

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- The first video clip runs for a few seconds. Florida Panthers coach Bob Boughner spots something already.

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Jets keeping closer eye on prospects with AHL affiliate in-house

Say improved logistics make for better player development in new NHL model

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WINNIPEG -- Here is one way to almost guarantee a hockey season full of travel nightmares: having players fly dozens of times between Winnipeg, in the center of Canada, and St. John's, the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador at the easternmost point of the country, with no direct flights.

Between 2011-12 and 2014-15, the Winnipeg Jets and their American Hockey League affiliate at the time, the St. John's IceCaps, carried on their business this way, at times defying the travel gods in winter weather, separated by 2 1/2 time zones and, as the crow flies, 2,004 miles.

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Lightning owner building legacy of winning, community involvement

NHL All-Star Weekend chance for Vinik to showcase investment in team

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

Jeff Vinik has returned to his hotel suite for a 30-minute respite.

The popular 58-year-old chairman and governor of the Tampa Bay Lightning is between meetings with the NHL's Board of Governors on an early December afternoon in Manalapan, Florida. Stacks of papers cover the table near the living room, some neatly piled, some strewn about, all important to any number of his business ventures. The Sports Business Journal is sitting next to the stacks of papers. His laptop is open to the NHL.com stats page. Lightning forwards Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos are at the top as the League's leading scorers with 40 and 38 points, respectively.

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2017 was Centennial year to remember in NHL

Looking back at celebration filled with hockey legends, historic events, lifetime's worth of memories

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

Glenn Hall was looking around the Toronto hotel ballroom last New Year's Eve, the NHL's year-long Centennial celebration quietly underway with an elegant dinner hosted by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, and the man known as Mr. Goalie was softly taking inventory of four men.

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