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2015 NHL Draft: Friday Morning Links

Good Morning Hockey Fans! Today is one of the most exciting days in hockey. This evening, NHL fans will focus their attention to the 2015 NHL Draft. Teams look to pick their next star or shore up their lineups. Here are a few of the links that are making the rounds in the hockey world today.

The first round of the draft is Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports); rounds 2-7 are Saturday (10 a.m. ET; NHLN, TVA Sports). (NHL.COM)

Draft Links

NHL draft day arrives for expected No. 1 pick Connor McDavid (

On eve of NHL draft, questions swirl about what teams will be dealing (USA Today)

Zach Weresnski – Comparables (

Michael Russo of the Star and Tribune has the latest on the Devan Dubnyk saga: On eve of NHL draft, Wild appears in no hurry to deal (Star Tribune) and Dubnyk’s wild year continues with winning the Masterton Trophy (Star Tribune) One more: Latest Devan Dubnyk/Minnesota Wild update (Russo’s Rants)

GM Fletcher not dealing second-round pick — so far (Star Tribune)

Get to know a draft pick — Zach Werenski (Pro Hockey Talk)

UFA of the Day: Antti Niemi (Pro Hockey Talk)

NHL mock draft: Red Wings go Swedish in first round (Detroit Free Press)

The 10 prospects who will wreck everyone’s draft rankings (The Hockey News)

2015 Draft Preview – St. Louis Blues playing with house money (The Hockey News)

‘Anything is possible’ when it comes to Kessel, says Shanahan (The Hockey News)

College Hockey Stories

College Hockey Should Adopt 3-on-3 OT (The Hockey Writers)

UND’s Gage Ausmus Named Captain (The Hockey Writers)

Boston University, Quinn Agree to Five-Year Contract (Go Terriers)

College hockey’s impact on NHL continues to grow (NHL.COM)

Hanifin, draft prospects bond with kids at clinic (NHL.COM)

I don’t think any of us would be shocked to see Jack Eichel make the jump to the NHL. I think that he’s accomplished all that he can accomplish at the collegiate level. BU coach thinks Eichel will be in NHL ‘all next year’ (NHL.COM)

NHL Expansion

NHL owners approve evaluating possible expansion teams (