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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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Scouting 2018 NHL draft prospect Brady Tkachuk

Like his dad Keith and brother Matthew, prospect Brady Tkachuk plays with an edge. We asked a scout to size up the big winger, then let Tkachuk respond.

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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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2017-18 NHL Awards

Our 2018 NHL Awards ballots

Don't blame us! Here are the top five on each award from PHWA members Emily Kaplan and Greg Wyshynski, along with their explanations.

All of the 2018 NHL Award winners

Who won all of the major hardware for the 2017-18 season? Get the full rundown here.

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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.

Chris Peters, Special to ESPN14h ago

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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.

Chris Peters, Special to ESPN15h ago

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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.

Greg Wyshynski, ESPN1d ago

Devils

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Taylor Hall was super interested in seeing the Hart Trophy voting. Here it is.

Greg Wyshynski, ESPN1d ago

Golden Knights

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George McPhee of the Vegas Golden Knights is the 2017-18 winner of the NHL General Manager of the Year Award.

Arash Markazi, ESPN Senior Writer1d ago

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Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators has captured the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the "goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position," as selected by NHL General Managers.

Arash Markazi, ESPN Senior Writer1d ago

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Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland is the recipient of the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award, which is presented "to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice, during the regular season and who plays a leading role in his community growing the game of hockey."

Arash Markazi, ESPN Senior Writer1d ago

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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin captured his seventh career Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy as the League's top goal-scorer.

Arash Markazi, ESPN Senior Writer1d ago

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Vegas Golden Knights head coach Gerard Gallant wins the Jack Adams Award as "the NHL coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success."

Arash Markazi, ESPN Senior Writer1d ago

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U.S. Olympic champion skier Lindsey Vonn taking photos of her boyfriend Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban at the NHL Awards.

Arash Markazi, ESPN Senior Writer1d ago

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