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2020 NHL Draft first-round pick signings tracker

Status of 31 players chosen in opening round

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The 31 players picked in the first round of the 2020 NHL Draft have NHL hopes. Some have gotten a start toward that goal by signing a three-year, entry-level contract.

More could sign as we make our way through the 2020-21 season.

Here is a look at which players have signed and the status of the others:

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NHL Insider

Top wing in NHL in 3 seasons debated

Pastrnak, Kucherov, Panarin, Rantanen among favorites of NHL.com writers

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NHL Network is spending the offseason presenting the best current NHL players at each position. On Sunday, the network's producers and analysts chose the top 20 wings in the League in a special program that airs at 6 p.m. ET on NHL Network. To add to that conversation, we asked eight NHL.com writers to pick the player they think will be the best wing in three seasons. Here are their choices:

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Team Reset

Blues expect Krug to add quickness, bolster potent power play

Clifford brought in for forward depth following first-round playoff exit

by Tracey Myers @Tramyers_NHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

After the NHL Draft, free agency and other offseason moves, NHL.com is examining where each team stands in preparation for the 2020-21 regular season, which is targeted to start Jan. 1. Today, the St. Louis Blues:

The St. Louis Blues made a major change at defenseman, agreeing with Torey Krug on a seven-year contract Oct. 9 and not re-signing captain Alex Pietrangelo.

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NHL Insider

Colliton talks Blackhawks rebuild in Q&A

Coach tells NHL.com about expectations for young goalies, defense

by Tracey Myers @Tramyers_NHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

The NHL season is targeted to start Jan. 1, but Jeremy Colliton is already looking at forward combinations and defense pairs.

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Team Reset

Flyers counting on Gustafsson to help improve power play, key transition

Defenseman scored 29 points for Blackhawks, Flames last season

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

After the NHL Draft, free agency and other offseason moves, NHL.com is examining where each team stands in preparation for the 2020-21 regular season, which is targeted to start Jan. 1. Today, the Philadelphia Flyers:

Erik Gustafsson wasn't signed to replace Matt Niskanen, but the Philadelphia Flyers feel the 28-year-old defenseman can give them something they were lacking.

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Color of Hockey

Color of Hockey: Kirwan, Jean savor Stanley Cup win with Lightning

Tampa Bay assistants are first Black coaches to be part of NHL championship team

by William Douglas @WDouglasNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

William Douglas has been writing The Color of Hockey blog for the past eight years. Douglas joined NHL.com in March 2019 and writes about people of color in the game. Today, he profiles Tampa Bay Lightning video coach Nigel Kirwan and goalie coach Frantz Jean, the first two Black coaches to be part of a Stanley Cup-winning team.

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NHL Insider

Top defenseman in NHL in 3 seasons debated

Makar, Jones, Heiskanen, Hughes among favorites of NHL.com writers

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NHL Network is spending the offseason presenting the best current NHL players at each position. On Sunday, the network's producers and analysts chose the top 20 defensemen in the League in a special program that airs at 6 p.m. ET on NHL Network. To add to that conversation, we asked eight NHL.com writers to pick the player they think will be the best defenseman in three seasons. Here are their choices:

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Short Shifts

'Miracle on Ice' scene recreated with skeletons for Halloween display

Sharks fan decorates in unique fashion in honor of 40th anniversary of Lake Placid team

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

Do you Boo-lieve in miracles?

Anne Eichhorn does. The San Jose resident and dedicated Sharks fan celebrated the 40th anniversary of the "Miracle on Ice" for her latest hockey-themed Halloween display.

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NHL Insider

Canadiens' 'Punch Line' was no joke, ended Stanley Cup title drought

Richard, Lach, Blake dominated NHL for four seasons

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

It had been 12 years since the Montreal Canadiens' most recent Stanley Cup championship in 1931. Twice in that span, the team had failed to make the playoffs; not once in a dozen years had they gone as far as the Final.

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Team Reset

Islanders look to future with addition of Sorokin

Rookie goalie could make impact this season as complement to Varlamov

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

After the NHL Draft, free agency and other offseason moves, NHL.com is examining where each team stands in preparation for the 2020-21 regular season, which is targeted to start Jan. 1. Today, the New York Islanders: 

The New York Islanders have little flexibility to alter their roster this offseason due to the NHL salary cap, which remained $81.5 million, so little they had to trade a top-four defenseman for draft picks after reaching the Eastern Conference Final for the first time since 1993. 

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