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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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AHL

AHL Notebook: Defenseman prospects add early intrigue to season

MacDonald, Guhle among those to watch as season enters second month

by Patrick Williams / NHL.com Correspondent

For a long time, there was a belief that a young defenseman needs at least 200 professional games to fully mature as a player.

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NHL Draft

2019 Draft Diary: Dylan Cozens

Forward discusses leaving home at age 14, looks ahead to Canada Russia Series

by Dylan Cozens / Special to NHL.com

Dylan Cozens (6-foot-3, 181 pounds), a projected top-5 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver on June 21-22, will write a monthly diary this season for NHL.com leading up to the draft. The 17-year-old forward is in his second season with Lethbridge of the Western Hockey League. Winner of the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy as the WHL Rookie of the Year last season, Cozens leads the Hurricanes with 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 10 games. In his first entry, Cozens discusses life in Whitehorse, Yukon, and his start to the 2018-19 season.

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2018 Canada Russia Series rosters announced

Cozens one of seven players to earn A rating from NHL Central Scouting among those participating

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

Dylan Cozens, a center with Lethbridge of the Western Hockey League, was among seven players who earned an A rating from NHL Central Scouting in its preliminary players to watch list for the 2019 NHL Draft that will play in the 2018 Canada Russia Series.

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Lavoie using speed, skating ability to succeed in QMJHL

Halifax center who has played behind Hischier, Zadina looking to make name for himself

by Guillaume Lapage @GLepageLNH / LNH.com Staff Writer

Every Thursday, NHL.com will look ahead to the 2019 NHL Draft with an in-depth profile on one of its top prospects.

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Red Wings prospect Jack Adams inspired by late brother

Mark Adams, who won national title for Providence College, died last week at 27

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

BOSTON -- Every day, Mark Adams would text his brother, Jack, to ask him the hockey questions. How did practice go? What line are you on? Have you worked on the things we talked about? He would send the messages, and Jack, a Detroit Red Wings prospect who is a sophomore at Union College in Schenectady, New York, would put them into practice. 

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NHL Insider

Hunter puts players on NHL path with London

Tavares, Marner, Kadri among 19 coach has sent from OHL to first round of Draft

by Mike Zeisberger @Zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

LONDON, Ontario -- Dale Hunter looks at the London Knights practicing and tries to project who will be the next John Tavares, the next Nazem Kadri, the next Patrick Kane, the next Rick Nash.

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Holtby call inspired Flyers goalie prospect Hart

Pep talk from Capitals veteran after 2017 World Juniors loss helped him learn to handle adversity

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

VOORHEES, N.J. -- Carter Hart needed one phone call and one half-serious, half-joking threat to readjust after one of the biggest disappointments of his hockey life.

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news

5 things learned from USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game

Projected top NHL Draft pick Hughes has goal, assist; Boldy earns MVP honors

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

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Matthew Boldy of USA Hockey's Under-18 National Team Development Program was named Most Valuable Player at the USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game at Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday.

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Dellandrea signs three-year contract with Stars

Center was first-round pick at 2018 NHL Draft

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Ty Dellandrea, who was a first-round pick (No. 13) in the 2018 NHL Draft, signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Dallas Stars on Wednesday.

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