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Posted On Thursday, 06.04.2015 / 4:28 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - Combing the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine

Saint John's Chabot not thrown by offbeat question

BUFFALO -- Thomas Chabot said the NHL Scouting Combine this week has been an interesting, and at times surprising, experience.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound defenseman from Saint John of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, No. 16 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters for the 2015 NHL Draft, said by the end of the week he'll have interviewed with 26 teams.

"It's been pretty good so far," Chabot said Thursday. "Nice to see that some teams want to talk to you and you can prove and show what type of guy you are off the ice. Just to answer the questions is pretty nice."

Posted On Thursday, 06.04.2015 / 1:48 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - Combing the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine

Erie's Strome ready to help younger brother in OHL

BUFFALO -- Erie Otters forward Dylan Strome had some help in his adjustment to the Ontario Hockey League from his older brother Ryan Strome, who spent four seasons in the OHL with the Barrie Colts and Niagara IceDogs.

Now Strome can do the same for the third brother in the family, Matthew, who was drafted by the Hamilton Bulldogs with the eighth pick of the 2015 OHL draft.

"We're talking," Dylan said. "It's really early, he just got drafted. Throughout the summer we'll talk."

It's likely they'll be similar conversations to the ones he and Ryan have had during the past few seasons as Dylan developed into a top prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft and Ryan into a top-six forward with the New York Islanders.

Posted On Wednesday, 06.03.2015 / 2:52 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Flyers see 2015 draft as good time to have high pick

The Philadelphia Flyers would have preferred a more successful season to having the seventh pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, but they are excited about the talent that will be available to them.

In addition to having their own pick in the first round, they also have the Tampa Bay Lightning's top pick, acquired for defenseman Braydon Coburn earlier this season. Philadelphia has five picks in the first three rounds and seven of the first 99 selections of the draft, which will be held in Sunrise, Fla., on June 26-27.

"I think we're really excited about the opportunity," Flyers director of scouting Chris Pryor said Wednesday. "It's something that Ron [Hextall, Flyers general manager] has spent a lot of time with, accumulating assets. It's a good year to have a lot of picks, as deep as it is. We're excited. Hopefully it enables us to fill some areas we need a little more of and there's some quality guys available that we're hoping are still there when we pick."

Posted On Sunday, 05.31.2015 / 10:53 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Oshawa tops Kelowna in OT to win Memorial Cup

Anthony Cirelli scored his second goal 1:28 into overtime to give the Oshawa Generals a 2-1 win against the Kelowna Rockets in the championship game of the 2015 Memorial Cup played at Pepsi Colisee in Quebec City.

Oshawa forward Tobias Lindberg (Ottawa Senators) carried the puck into the Kelowna zone and sent a pass back to Chris Carlisle, who one-timed it from above the right circle. Kelowna goalie Jackson Whistle stopped the shot with his left pad, but Cirelli, who had been screening Whistle, knocked the loose puck into the net.

"I came off the bench, Lindberg had it, made a nice pass to Carlisle at the point and I went to the net," Cirelli said on Sportsnet. "He made a nice shot. Fortunately for me I just banged it in."

Posted On Sunday, 05.17.2015 / 3:53 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - Rangers-Lightning series blog

Boyle misses Lightning practice, uncertain for Game 2

NEW YORK -- Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brian Boyle did not practice Sunday because of an undisclosed injury and his status is unknown for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers on Monday at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

"I don't know," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said when asked about Boyle's potential availability for Game 2. "I don't know the answer to that. Honestly, I don't."

Boyle did not play in Game 1 on Saturday; he was replaced in the lineup by rookie Jonathan Marchessault.

Posted On Friday, 05.15.2015 / 1:45 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2015 NHL Draft blog

First round of 2015 NHL Draft coming into form

The start of the conference finals not only means four teams remain in the race for the Stanley Cup. It also affects the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft, which will be held June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.

After the NHL Draft Lottery set the order for the first 14 picks, the end of the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs established how the next 12 picks will go.

The order is determined in two parts. First are non-division winners eliminated in the first two rounds placed in inverse order of regular-season standings. Then come division winners who lost in the first two rounds in inverse order of regular-season point totals.

Posted On Sunday, 04.26.2015 / 6:42 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2015 NHL Draft blog

White overtime goal gives U.S. Under-18 gold medal

Colin White, No. 29 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters for the 2015 NHL Draft, scored with 7:16 left in overtime to give the United States a 2-1 win against Finland in the gold-medal game of the 2015 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Zug, Switzerland.

Right wing Jeremy Bracco skated the puck into the Finland zone along the left-wing boards and cut through the high slot, drawing the attention of the Finland defense. White found an open spot behind them in the slot and one-timed Bracco's pass past Finland goalie Veini Vehvilainen.

"This is unbelievable," White said, according to the IIHF website. "Winning on an overtime game-winner … there's no feeling like it. A lot of credit goes to my linemates. Jeremy Bracco put the puck right on my stick. I was lucky enough to put it in."

Posted On Thursday, 04.23.2015 / 3:38 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Top draft prospects focused on Memorial Cup

While most of the hockey world is focused on the Stanley Cup Playoffs, a number of top prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft are pushing to advance to the Memorial Cup.

The champions from the top three Canadian junior leagues, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League and the Western Hockey League, will join the host Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL for the 2015 Memorial Cup tournament, which will be held May 21-31.

The final push starts Thursday in the Ontario Hockey League when the Erie Otters host the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in Game 1 of the OHL Western Conference Final.

Leading Erie is center Connor McDavid, who leads all OHL players in goals (11) and points (23). The top-ranked player in NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters, McDavid has at least one point in all nine of Erie's playoff games.

Posted On Saturday, 04.11.2015 / 11:37 AM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Senators at Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers will have a different look to their lineup Saturday against the Ottawa Senators (12:30 p.m. ET; SN, RDS2, TSN5, CSN-PH).

The Senators enter the final day of the season holding the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference and need at least one point against the Flyers to clinch their playoff spot. They also can move as high as third in the Atlantic Division with a win and a regulation loss by the Detroit Red Wings.

The Senators still can get into the postseason with a regulation loss but would need help from the Pittsburgh Penguins or Boston Bruins.

Posted On Thursday, 04.09.2015 / 2:14 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Hurricanes at Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- The city of Philadelphia was a special place for the Lowe family prior to Thursday.

But with Carolina Hurricanes rookie defenseman Keegan Lowe making his NHL debut here against the Philadelphia Flyers (7 p.m. ET; FS-CR, CSN-PH), the area earned even more meaning.

Kevin Lowe, now the president of hockey operations of the Edmonton Oilers, was part of the Oilers' championship teams that beat the Flyers in the Stanley Cup Final in 1985 and 1987.

"He was able to get here before me yesterday so he picked me up from the airport," Keegan Lowe, 22, said. "So we were driving into the city, going to the restaurants he would have gone to when he was here playing, telling a few stories. Definitely awesome to have him here. … First thing he said was that [Philadelphia] is one of the best places in the League to play your first game."

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