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Get to know a draft pick — Matthew Tkachuk

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Like we’ve done in the past, we’re profiling top prospects who may hear their names called in the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

But this year, something new — we’re featuring special guest analysis from Ryan Kennedy, associate senior writer and prospect expert at The Hockey News.

Matthew Tkachuk (LW)

Height: 6-foot-2 Weight: 200 pounds Shoots: Left

Team: London Knights (OHL)

Country: U.S.

NHL Central Scouting ranking: No. 2 North American skater

Kennedy says: “Other than his explosiveness, there’s really nothing Tkachuk is missing right now. Skating can be worked on, but his natural gifts aren’t found in a lot of other players.

“The son of ex-NHLer Keith Tkachuk has size, smarts, a competitive mean streak and excellent hand-eye coordination that makes him a tip-in machine in front of the net. He scored the overtime winner at the Memorial Cup, and helped Team USA to bronze at the world juniors.

“If he doesn’t go straight to the NHL, he’ll be a buzzsaw – again – in the OHL. Though he’s not really fast, he is strong on his skates and wins battles.”

Related: Tkachuk pumps draft stock, says ‘people want winners’

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Agent: Drouin has withdrawn trade request, ‘wants to be back in Tampa’

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Allan Walsh, the agent for Tampa Bay forward Jonathan Drouin, told ESPN on Thursday that Drouin’s trade request from earlier this season has officially been withdrawn.

“As Jo said at the end of the season, he wants to be back in Tampa next year,” Walsh emailed ESPN. “It’s a tight-knit group, and going forward, he’s happy being part of it.”

Drouin’s mid-season trade request came while on assignment in AHL Syracuse, a situation that eventually led to a team-issued suspension after Drouin failed to report for a Crunch game.

There were widespread rumors Bolts GM Steve Yzerman would move Drouin by the trade deadline but, when a deal wasn’t reached, Yzerman said there was potential for the former No. 3 overall pick to return to the Lightning organization.

Drouin was recalled in early April, and scored goals in both of Tampa Bay’s final two games of the regular season. That proved a foreshadow for the playoffs, where Drouin played exceptionally well and racked up 14 points in 17 games.

Most assumed the reconciliation process had come full circle after Tampa’s elimination in the Eastern Conference Final, when Yzerman said “the best thing for this team is Jonathan Drouin being on it.”

Looking ahead, it’s worth noting that Drouin has one year left on his entry-level deal, meaning this is a pivotal campaign for his next contract — which should be an interesting negotiation between Walsh and Yzerman.

Report: Jackets add Shaw to Tortorella’s staff

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Columbus has reportedly found a replacement for Craig Hartsburg.

Per the Dispatch, the Jackets have hired longtime NHL coach Brad Shaw to serve as an assistant on John Tortorella’s staff.

Shaw, 52, was one of two candidates interviewed for the position — ex-Minnesota assistant Darryl Sydor was the other — and is certainly the more experienced of the pair.

Shaw spent the last 10 years as an assistant with the Blues and, prior to that, had a brief head coaching stint with the Islanders, along with some AHL head coaching experience as well.

Prior to his coaching days, Shaw was a journeyman blueliner with nearly 400 games of NHL experience. He’s since transitioned into a bench boss that primarily works with defensemen, which will be important in Columbus.

The club has two key youngsters manning the blueline — 22-year-old Ryan Murray, 21-year-old Seth Jones — and could possibly have a third next season, as 18-year-old super prospect Zach Werenski looks to make the big club after winning the Calder Cup with AHL Lake Erie.

Sens hire veteran goalie coach Groulx

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Ottawa has found a replacement for Rick Wamsley — on Friday, the club announced that longtime NHL goaltending guru Pierre Groulx would become its new goalie coach.

Groulx has held similar roles in Florida, Montreal and AHL Portland prior to taking this Sens gig and in taking it, he reunites with a familiar face from his Panther days — Craig Anderson, who spent three seasons under Groulx from 2006-09.

Per a report from NHL.com’s Kevin Woodley, Ottawa originally offered the position to Vancouver goalie guru Rollie Melanson, who turned down the gig in order to stay on with the Canucks in a developmental role.

Related: Canucks name Cloutier goalie coach

Get to know a draft pick — Pierre-Luc Dubois

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Like we’ve done in the past, we’re profiling top prospects who may hear their names called in the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

But this year, something new — we’re featuring special guest analysis from Ryan Kennedy, associate senior writer and prospect expert at The Hockey News.

Pierre-Luc Dubois (C)

Height: 6-foot-2 Weight: 201 pounds Shoots: Left

Team: Cape Breton (QMJHL)

Country: Canada

NHL Central Scouting ranking: No. 1 North American skater

Kennedy says: “There’s some added intrigue in Dubois, in that he did play some center late in the season and if NHL teams see him as more of a pivot than a winger, his value increases. Either way, Dubois is a fantastic player.

“Not only did he put up a slew of points in the Quebec League, but he did so while playing a complete 200-foot game and exhibiting a nasty edge in the process. Sometimes he steps over the line, but any NHL exec will tell you it’s easier to pull a kid back than to convince him to go further.

“Dubois is big, skilled and competitive – what else do you need in a power forward?”

Related: Dubois: ‘I think in the long run, I can be a first-line center in the NHL’

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