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NHL draft predictions: Who could be traded, wild cards, more

Our panel checks in on the prospects they most want to see in the NHL, veterans who could be traded, best picks of the past five years and more.

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Get to know this year's top NHL draft prospects

Which NHL player would top prospects like to play with? Which brand would they love to represent? We asked, and they answered.

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Final 2018 NHL mock draft

Ahead of Friday's NHL draft in Dallas, Chris Peters makes his final mock draft picks of the season.

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2018 NHL draft board: Top 20

There's skill galore in the top 20 on this year's NHL draft board. Chris Peters explores the top names available.

NHL draft prospect risers and fallers

Following the past season and the NHL scouting combine, who is climbing -- or dropping -- on draft boards?

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Andrei Svechnikov, ESPN's No. 2 prospect for the NHL Draft, said he looked up to Pavel Bure as a kid growing up in Russia. He believes he can play a top six role as soon as next season in the NHL. It appears likely he will go second overall to the Carolina Hurricanes. Svechnikov visited the Canes in Raleigh soon after the NHL Scouting Combine and left feeling he had a good meeting with the organization.

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Trotz to coach Islanders after leaving Captials

The Around The Horn crew debate on who benefits most after Barry Trotz signs on to coach the New York Islanders after a Stanley Cup-winning season with the Capitals.

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Czech winger Filip Zadina, ESPN's No. 3 ranked prospect for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, shared his thoughts on rumors he could slide further down the draft than previously expected: "Sometimes I'd be tagged in a tweet and I'd read it. Sometimes I was laughing. I saw one that [had him ranked] ninth place. It's a draft, so maybe I fall, but I don't think so." Zadina sounds confident he will be picked either by the Montreal Canadiens at No. 3 or the Ottawa Senators at No. 4, which coincidentally (or not) are the only two teams he follows on Instagram, as was pointed out to him during his pre-draft press conference.

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Greg Wyshynski and Arash Markazi of ESPN on the best and worst of the NHL Awards at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas.

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