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Pick-by-pick analysis of Round 1 of the NHL draft

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Stars

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Like everyone else here in Dallas, legendary Stars center Mike Modano heard the jeers for NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. They started early and continued throughout the first round of the NHL Draft on Saturday night, usually at Bettman's encouragement. They stopped when Modano and Stars captain Jamie Benn surprised Dallas fans with an appearance on stage when the team made their pick. "He couldn't wait for us to get out there. He was struggling. I told him I'd go out there and tell everybody to back off on Gary a little bit. ‘Well, they might start booing you,' he said. That be shortlived," said Modano with a laugh. "Poor Gary. He get it everywhere. They booed him when he came out when Jersey [won the Cup] in Reunion Arena, so he's no stranger to that."

Greg Wyshynski, ESPN31m ago

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Jim Montgomery is Jamie Benn's fifth head coach in the NHL with the Dallas Stars. "So this isn't new for me," he said after appearing on stage with the team at the NHL Draft. "You never want to do that in nine years. But it's a business. Hopefully [Montgomery] is the last coach I have here."

Greg Wyshynski, ESPN1h ago

Coyotes

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It's not every day you hear someone declare their devotion to the Arizona Coyotes. But center Barrett Hayton, a surprise at No. 5, said it was his primary desire for an NHL home. "I like everything about the direction they're going in. I can't lie: It's the organization I wanted to go to the most," he said. "From the combine, the interviews, watching their team. I'm a big hockey fan myself, so keeping up with the core group they have. It's just a special group."

Greg Wyshynski, ESPN1h ago

Senators

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Brady Tkachuk said the Ottawa Senators, who drafted him No. 4 overall, have "great management." He said he hasn't discussed returning to Boston University with the Senators management yet, but will do so with the team and his family. He'll be a sophomore at BU if he returns, but said "I feel like I can be ready" for the NHL is necessary.

Greg Wyshynski, ESPN2h ago

Sabres

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Dahlin happy to call Buffalo home

Rasmus Dahlin is excited to finally put the Sabres sweater on and expresses his emotions when he heard his name called first in the NHL draft.

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Hurricanes

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Andrei Svechnikov has earned comparisons to every Russian player that's come through the NHL. So which player does the No. 2 overall pick of the Carolina Hurricanes think his game resembles? "Evgeny Kuznetsov and Marian Hossa," he said, indicating he found inspiration in Hossa's all-around game beyond goal scoring.

Greg Wyshynski, ESPN2h ago

Sabres

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Rasmus Dahlin, the No. 1 overall pick, said he hasn't thought about being the Buffalo Sabres' savior. "I just want to be the best player I can be for them."

Greg Wyshynski, ESPN2h ago

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A lot of activity already on the NHL Draft floor as teams arrive. Uncertainty reigns supreme in the first round. As one scout noted, after Rasmus Dahlin and Andrei Svechnikov go first and second overall, respectively, as expecting, no one is quite sure where things go next. The Montreal Canadiens remain a big wild card with options to use the No. 3 pick or try to trade down while still getting the center they are believed to covet.

Chris Peters, Special to ESPN4h ago

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