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Svechnikov to sign with Barrie of Ontario Hockey League

Right wing, potential top pick in 2018 NHL Draft, will play juniors in CHL

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

Right wing Andrei Svechnikov, a candidate to be the No. 1 pick of the 2018 NHL Draft, will officially sign with Barrie of the Ontario Hockey League prior to the start of training camp next month, according to agent Mark Gandler.

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Necas, Hurricanes agree to terms

Carolina selected center with No. 12 pick in 2017 NHL Draft @NHL

The Carolina Hurricanes agreed to terms with center Martin Necas on a three-year, entry-level contract on Friday.

Necas, 18, was the No. 12 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.

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Panthers keep collecting Finland-born prospects

2017 second-round pick Aleksi Heponiemi latest to follow Aleksander Barkov

by Alain Poupart / Correspondent

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers' search for high-scoring prospects continues to take them to Finland.

The Panthers used two of their five selections in the 2017 NHL Draft on a forward from Finland: Aleksi Heponiemi in the second round (No. 40) and Sebastian Repo in the sixth round (No. 184). This followed the free agent signing of forward Henrik Haapala, the leading scorer in the Finnish Elite League last season, and the selection of center Henrik Borgstrom with the No. 23 pick of the 2016 NHL Draft.

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Andrei Svechnikov taken by Barrie with first pick of CHL Import Draft

2018 NHL Draft forward prospect had 58 points in 48 games with Muskegon of USHL this season

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

Forward Andrei Svechnikov, a candidate to be the first pick of the 2018 NHL Draft, was selected by Barrie of the Ontario Hockey League with the first pick of the 2017 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft on Wednesday.

Svechnikov (6-foot-1, 188 pounds) played for Muskegon of the United States Hockey League this season. He was sixth in the league with 58 points (29 goals, 29 assists) in 48 games and was named the league's rookie of the year. He also helped Russia win the bronze medal at the 2017 IIHF World Under-18 Championship with a team-best nine points (four goals, five assists) in seven games.

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Eeli Tolvanen not disappointed he fell to Predators in Draft

Forward was projected by many to go in top 20 of first round, dropped to No. 30

by Robby Stanley / Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- Eeli Tolvanen was on the ice Monday for the first day of Nashville Predators development camp after being selected in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft in Chicago on Friday.

The Predators took Tolvanen with the 30th pick after he had 54 points (30 goals, 24 assists) in 52 games for Sioux City of the United States Hockey League this season.

"It's been kind of crazy," the 18-year-old forward said. "I was in Chicago with family. I got drafted on Friday and spent Saturday with my family in Chicago, and then I flew here Sunday morning. Now we're just starting camp, and it's hard work. The first day, it's not easy. It was the first time skating in four weeks."

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2018 NHL Draft should have plenty of impact talent

Sweden defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, USHL forward Andrei Svechnikov among top candidates to go No. 1

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- No sooner had the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas ended Saturday than teams turned their attention to next year.

There should be no shortage of impact talent available in the 2018 draft.

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Eventful weekend for Blackhawks as hosts of NHL Draft

Chicago makes four trades, selects nine players in two days

by Brian Hedger / Correspondent

CHICAGO -- It was a memorable two days for the Chicago Blackhawks at the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas.

The Blackhawks hosted the event for the first time and took full advantage of being center stage.

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10 things learned at NHL Draft

Nico Hischier goes No. 1 to Devils; six Finns taken in first round in front of record crowd at United Center

by Adam Kimelman /

CHICAGO -- The Vegas Golden Knights hit quite the jackpot at the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas.

Participating in their first NHL draft, the Golden Knights made 12 picks, including three in the first round Friday, grabbing Portland center Cody Glass at No. 9, Owen Sound center Nick Suzuki at No. 13 and defenseman Erik Brannstrom of HV 71 in Sweden at No. 15.

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Golden Knights in 'pretty good place' after busy year ends at NHL Draft

Vegas GM George McPhee happy with plan, results following hectic 12 months launching new NHL franchise

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / Columnist

CHICAGO -- It was over. Not just the busy week, but the busy year launching the Vegas Golden Knights -- hiring the staff, scouting professionals and amateurs, preparing for the NHL Expansion Draft and the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas, and finally executing the plan.

George McPhee said as a general manager, you know when you've done a good job and when you haven't. When he stood up from the Vegas table on the floor of United Center on Saturday, he told his staff members they had done an excellent job.

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Jason Botterill pleased with first draft as Sabres GM

Hired six weeks ago, Buffalo executive makes most of six selections

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / Director of Editorial

CHICAGO -- The first draft for Jason Botterill as an NHL general manager had a little bit of everything.

The 2017 NHL Draft, which was held Friday and Saturday at United Center, was six weeks after Botterill became GM of the Buffalo Sabres, leaving his role as associate general manager with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Botterill, 41, was responsible for drafting and scouting several players who made important contributions to the Penguins' Stanley Cup championship teams in 2016 and this season. He was hired by Buffalo on May 11 to replace Tim Murray, who was fired on April 20. The condensed run-up to the draft because of the late hiring provided interesting challenges for Botterill and a scouting staff that he still is getting to know.

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