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Hunter puts players on NHL path with London

Coach has sent 19 players from OHL to first round of Draft

by Mike Zeisberger @Zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

LONDON, Ont. -- 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

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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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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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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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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Hughes headlines 2018 USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game

Forward, projected to be No. 1 pick in 2019 Draft, will lead Team Leopold against Team Langenbrunner

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

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Jack Hughes, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, will headline a talented group of United States-born players participating in the 2018 USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game at Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; HockeyTV.com).

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Suzuki eyes roster spot with Canadiens

Center, acquired in trade with Golden Knights, could play with Montreal this season

by Sean Farrell / NHL.com Correspondent

MONTREAL -- Nick Suzuki welcomes his new opportunity to play in the NHL with the Montreal Canadiens this season.

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Pettersson, Dahlen impress at Young Stars Classic, eager to help Canucks

Forward prospects hope close friendship continues as teammates in NHL

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

PENTICTON, B.C. -- Jonathan Dahlen was excited to be reunited with good friend, fellow countryman and former linemate Elias Pettersson at the 2018 Young Stars Classic over the weekend. Now the Vancouver Canucks forward prospects hope to stay together in the regular season.

Pettersson, the No. 5 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft by the Canucks, is expected to play a top-six role in the NHL with power-play opportunities; Dahlen faces an uphill battle against 15 other NHL-experienced forwards who require waivers.

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Kotkaniemi making case to stick with Canadiens

No. 3 pick felt he got better during prospects tournament

by Sean Farrell / NHL.com Correspondent

LAVAL, Quebec -- Jesperi Kotkaniemi felt he got better every day as he progressed through the Montreal Canadiens prospect tournament.

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Juolevi staying patient on road to NHL

Canucks defenseman prospect selected No. 5 in 2016 Draft expected to start season in AHL

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

PENTICTON, B.C. -- If Olli Juolevi handles opposing NHL forwards as well as he does the media, the 20-year-old's first year of professional hockey in North America should be relatively easy.

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