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IN JUNE, THE HOCKEY WORLD will focus on Chicago for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Draft Day is usually an eagerly-awaited event, when talented young players take their first steps toward pro careers. It is usually a time for great excitement, as each club and its fans dream of the possibilities that come with new faces.

In other words, Draft Day is usually very special and well worth its year-long wait.

But this year? Not so much.

Three months out, the hockey world should already realize that 2017 is not a strong draft year. In fact, it has all the signs of a classic weak one ...

 Player of the Month

TkachukGenerational defensemen don't come along often, so it's no suprise that Sweden's Rasmus Dahlin has made headlines as a potential No. 1 pick in the loaded 2018 draft. He has already starred in the World Juniors and SHL playoffs.

Top 2017 Prospects

2017 NHL Entry DraftThe 2017 NHL Entry Draft takes place next June in Chicago. Get a sense of the draft class with a comprehensive look at top prospects. You'll find photos, video clips, links to news stories, and much more for 150-plus players. Bookmark the page, because profiles will be added during the season.

NCAA Recruiting History

Mike AntonovichThis guy here is Mike Antonovich, one of the first players recruited by the University of Minnesota after freshmen were allowed to play varsity. In an effort to expand this site's scope, NCAA recruiting history will be added, beginning with the Gophers' recruits since 1969. Look for new schools each month.

Let Me Do the Research for You

Research, Baby!I own a lot of hockey publications, spanning the past 50 years, and I have access to many newspapers online. If you are working on a big research project, my services are available. E-mail me at dan@hockeydraftcentral.com.