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1998 Redraft: Datsyuk would be No. 1 pick, Lecavalier second

Forward was selected in sixth round by Red Wings

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

NHL.com will take a look back at the NHL drafts from five, 10 and 20 years ago this week, leading to the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center in Dallas. How would a redo of those drafts look today?

Pavel Datsyuk had been passed over twice when the Detroit Red Wings selected him in the sixth round of the 1998 NHL Draft at Marine Midland Arena in Buffalo.

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland long has been lauded for finding a superstar like Datsyuk so late in the draft. But as he always said, if he really was that smart he wouldn't have waited until the sixth round to select him.

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2018 NHL Draft: Top 10 defensemen

Dahlin, Bouchard among best prospects at position

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

In the days leading to the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center in Dallas on June 22-23, NHL.com will break down the top prospects by position. Today: The top defensemen available.

Rasmus Dahlin of Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League is not only the best defenseman of the 2018 NHL Draft, but the best player.

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Dahlin generating excitement for 2018 NHL Draft, Hedman says

Lightning defenseman can relate to hype surrounding likely No. 1 pick

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

Victor Hedman said the advent of social media has contributed to the excitement of Rasmus Dahlin likely becoming the first Sweden-born player chosen No. 1 in the NHL Draft since the Quebec Nordiques selected Mats Sundin in 1989.

The Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman has a good idea what Dahlin, 18 years old and No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's final list of International skaters, is going through as the most discussed blue-chip prospect from overseas of the 2018 draft in Dallas.

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Foudy aims to be first-round pick at 2018 NHL Draft

Strong second half of season with London has forward ranked No. 19 among North American skaters

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

Liam Foudy always believed if he got the right amount of ice time that he would be able to show NHL scouts his talent level.

The forward got his chance in the second half of the season with London of the Ontario Hockey League and made the most of it.

Foudy, 18, had 40 points (24 goals, 16 assists) in 65 games this season and is No. 19 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters for the 2018 NHL Draft, to be held June 22-23 at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The first round is June 22 (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS). Rounds 2-7 are June 23 (11 a.m. ET; NHLN, SN, TVAS).

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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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2008 Redraft: Stamkos remains No. 1 pick of Lightning

Center is two-time Richard Trophy winner; Holtby climbs 88 places to No. 5

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

NHL.com will take a look back at the NHL drafts from five, 10 and 20 years ago this week, leading to the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center in Dallas. How would a redo of those drafts look today?

How early did the Tampa Bay Lightning lock onto forward Steven Stamkos as a potential top pick for the 2008 NHL Draft at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa?

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Sandin's smooth skating could make him stand out in 2018 Draft

Sault Ste. Marie prospect has been compared to Blackhawks defenseman Keith

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

Rasmus Sandin can recall playing forward with defenseman Rasmus Dahlin for Sweden at the World Selects Under-13 Invitational in 2012-13 as if it were yesterday.

"We were selected as defensemen but the coach needed [Dahlin] to play center after an injury to one of our players," Sandin said. "So that just showed how much they valued his skating and offense, even as a 10-year-old."

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Kotkaniemi could be top-five pick at 2018 NHL Draft

17-year-old center impressed in Finland, draws comparisons to Kopitar

by Joe Yerdon / NHL.com Correspondent

Jesperi Kotkaniemi is getting a lot of attention leading up to the 2018 NHL Draft, and has the potential to be a top-five pick.

The center, who turns 18 on July 6, is No. 6 in NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of European skaters eligible for the draft at American Airlines Center in Dallas on June 22-23. The first round is June 22 (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS). Rounds 2-7 are June 23 (11 a.m. ET; NHLN, SN, TVAS).

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Smaller defensemen likely to be big names in NHL Draft

Hughes, Smith fit model of mobile new breed on blue line

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

Gone are the days when undersized defensemen were considered lucky to be selected in the first round of the NHL Draft.

NHL scouts and general managers no longer are hesitant to choose faster, more elusive players along the blue line over bigger, more physically imposing ones.

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Flames in difficult spot at NHL Draft after trading top three selections

Acquisitions of Hamonic, Smith leave Calgary picking 105th

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Unless the Calgary Flames can make one or more trades, the 2018 NHL Draft is shaping up to be an unusual and quiet one for them.

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