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Matthew Strome offers size, strength around net

Biggest of three hockey-playing brothers toughened at young age

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

Every Thursday, NHL.com will look ahead to the 2017 NHL Draft with an in-depth profile on one of its top prospects.

Hamilton left wing Matthew Strome is the biggest and strongest of the Strome siblings in his draft-eligible season.

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Eeli Tolvanen takes slower path to NHL

Teenager opted to leave Finland, play in USHL to boost chances in draft

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

Every Thursday, NHL.com will look ahead to the 2017 NHL Draft with an in-depth profile on one of its top prospects.

Eeli Tolvanen could be playing professionally in Liiga, the top league in his native Finland.

However, the top 2017 NHL Draft prospect understood that to reach his ultimate goal, he had to leave his homeland and take a slower path to the pros.

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2017 Draft: Lottery to be held April 29

Drawing will be used to determine order of first 15 picks

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NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League announced today the 2017 NHL Draft Lottery, used to determine the order of selection for the first 15 picks in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft, will be held on Saturday, April 29 in Toronto. The results of the Draft Lottery will be announced shortly after 8 p.m. ET, during live coverage of the event on NBC, CBC and TVA. Coverage on CBC begins at 7:30 p.m., ET.

The 2017 NHL Draft Lottery will consist of three drawings: the 1st Lottery Draw will determine the club selecting first overall, the 2nd Lottery Draw will determine the club selecting second overall and the 3rd Lottery Draw will determine the club selecting third overall.

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2017 Draft: Nolan Patrick of Brandon ranked No. 1

Center tops NHL Central Scouting final list of North American skaters

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

Brandon center Nolan Patrick is No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters for the 2017 NHL Draft.

NHL Central Scouting revealed its final list of the top North American skaters and goaltenders, and top international skaters and goaltenders Tuesday.

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2017 Draft: Nico Hischier staying humble

Halifax forward, potential No. 1 pick defers credit to teammates for successful first season in North America

by Guillaume Lepage @GLepageLNH / LNH.com Staff Writer

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia -- His name is on everyone's lips here and his game makes NHL scouts salivate, with several among them thinking he might be the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.

But you won't hear any of that coming from Nico Hischier.

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2017 Draft: Ryan Poehling named to World U-18 team

St. Cloud State center, No. 14 on Central Scouting midterm ranking, to play for U.S. at tournament

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

Two players ranked in the top 30 in NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking will play for the United States at the 2017 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.

The tournament will be held April 13-23 in Slovakia. The U.S. has won a medal the past 13 years, including bronze at the 2016 tournament in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

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5 questions from Central Scouting final meetings

Potential of defenseman going in top 10, goalie class among topics discussed

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

TORONTO -- There may not be a generational player available in the 2017 NHL Draft as was the case the past two years, but evaluators at NHL Central Scouting had plenty of reasons to be excited preparing the final rankings of North American skaters and goaltenders.

"It's always a challenging task to find consensus [among the scouts], but the meetings were quite productive in having lively discussion and exchanging opinions and arguments to reach a comprehensive viewpoint," said Dan Marr, director of NHL Central Scouting. "The scouting this year was much more of a grind not only for Central Scouting but for all NHL scouting staffs in that the pool of players did not separate themselves as much.

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Injuries shouldn't hurt Nolan Patrick on Draft board

NHL Central Scouting director expects center to remain top-rated prospect

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

TORONTO -- The status of Brandon center Nolan Patrick was one of the many talking points heading into NHL Central Scouting's final meetings to determine the top North American skaters and goaltenders eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft.

Patrick, No. 1 on Central Scouting's midterm list of North American skaters, missed 35 games with an upper-body injury in the regular season and all four games of the Western Hockey League playoffs against Medicine Hat with a lower-body injury.

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How top prospects stack up against NHL stars

Comparing Draft-eligible players to Anze Kopitar, John Tavares, others

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

TORONTO -- Each year, every top prospect eligible for the NHL Draft can usually target a current NHL player he feels has a style similar to his.

In 2015, Jack Eichel (Buffalo Sabres) compared himself to Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter. In 2016, center Auston Matthews (Toronto Maple Leafs) said he felt Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks best represented what he was trying to do on the ice, and Patrik Laine (Winnipeg Jets) attempted to model his game after that of Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin.

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2017 NHL Draft tickets to go on sale April 7

Event will be held June 23-24 at United Center in Chicago

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Tickets for the 2017 NHL Draft at United Center on June 23-24 will go on sale April 7, the Chicago Blackhawks announced Friday.

Tickets will be available through ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster (800-745-3000).

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