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Posted On Wednesday, 11.07.2012 / 9:54 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

Big line leads Team QMJHL

Steve Spott, who will coach Team Canada at the 2013 World Junior Championship, is keeping a close eye on the Subway Super Series games as he goes about creating the roster he'll take with him to Russia in December.

After watching Wednesday's Super Series game in Val-d'Or, Quebec, he might have one line already set -- the trio of Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Huberdeau and Jonathan Drouin combined for 11 points as Team QMJHL beat Team Russia 5-2.

MacKinnon, a leading candidate to be the first pick of the 2013 NHL Draft, had a goal and three assists, more than making up for his minus-4 performance Monday in Team QMJHL's 6-2 loss in the Super Series opener Monday in Blainville, Quebec.

Huberdeau, the Florida Panthers' top prospect, added a pair of goals -- including the game-winner early in the second -- and an assist. Drouin, who sat out Monday's game with a foot injury, had a goal and three assists. MacKinnon's teammate with the Halifax Mooseheads, Drouin also likely will be a top 10 pick in June.

Francis Beauvillier also scored a goal for Team QMJHL, and goalies Zachary Fucale and Francois Brassard combined to stop 22 of 24 shots.

Andrei Sigarev and Vladimir Tkachev scored for Team Russia. Nail Yakupov and Mikhail Grigorenko, Russia's biggest offensive stars, were held scoreless after scoring a goal and an assist each Monday.

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.07.2012 / 8:53 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

Huberdeau, MacKinnon excel for Team QMJHL

Team QMJHL's two biggest offensive stars stepped up big in the second period to lead Team QMJHL to a 3-1 lead on Team Russia after two periods at their Subway Super Series game in Val-d'Or, Quebec.

Jonathan Huberdeau scored two goals in the period, both assisted by top 2013 NHL Draft prospect Nathan MacKinnon.

The pair started Monday's series opener on the same line, but were separated during the game, and started Wednesday's game on different lines. Coach Andre Tourigny reunited them during the second period and the pair clicked perfectly.

MacKinnon created a center-ice turnover, and then Huberdeau poked the loose puck through a Team Russia player to create a 2-on-0 rush with MacKinnon, who jumped into the play, took a pass from Huberdeau and returned it to the Florida Panthers top prospects for an easy goal at 3:51 of the period.

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.07.2012 / 8:04 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

Russia, QMJHL tied after one period

After one period, Team QMJHL and Team Russia are tied 1-1 in the second game of their portion of the Subway Super Series, in Val-d'Or, Quebec.

Team QMJHL opened the scoring less than a minute in, when Florida Panthers prospect Francis Beauvillier scored just 59 seconds into the game. Brent Andrews won a draw in Team Russia's end straight back to defenseman James Melindy at the blue line. Melindy moved the puck to Beauvillier at the outside edge of the right circle. Beauvillier's quick shot went past goalie Andrey Vasilevskiy to make it 1-0.

The hosts nearly made it 2-0 when Charles Hudon had a shorthanded breakaway moments later, but Vasilevskiy made the save.

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.06.2012 / 11:43 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

U.S. headed to World Junior A semifinals

After a slow start offensively, the U.S. opened things up in the second period en route to a 4-3 defeat of Switzerland on Tuesday, the second day of the World Junior A Challenge, being played at Mariners Center in Yarmouth, N.S.

The U.S. trailed 1-0 after one period, but scored four goals in the second, including three in the first 5:39 of the period, to blow the game open and earn a spot in the tournament semifinals Friday. The U.S. won Group B with a 2-0 record that includes Monday's 9-1 defeat of Canada East.

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Posted On Monday, 11.05.2012 / 11:57 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Fitzgerald leads U.S. at World Junior A opener

Ryan Fitzgerald opened eyes when he had three assists at the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game in Buffalo in September. The 2013 NHL Draft prospect did it again Monday playing for the U.S. at the World Junior A Challenge.

Fitzgerald, who plays for Valley Warriors of the Eastern Junior Hockey League, had a hat trick to lead the U.S. to a 9-1 opening-game rout of Canada East.

Ryan Fitzgerald

The tournament, being played in Yarmouth, N.S., runs through Nov. 12.

A C-rated skater in NHL Central Skating's preliminary rankings of players to watch for this year's draft, Fitzgerald scored Team USA's first two goals, then closed the first by completing his hat trick with a power-play goal with 30 seconds left in the period.

Taylor Cammarata made it 4-0 with a power-play goal at 6:13 of the second, and after a shorthanded goal later in the second, defenseman Dan Molenaar made it 7-0 with a goal seven seconds into the third.

Eamon McAdam stopped 26 of 27 shots, including 15 of 16 in the third, for the win. McAdam, who plays for the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League, earned a B rating from Central Scouting, as well as the accolades of his coach.

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Posted On Monday, 11.05.2012 / 5:18 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Green Bay teammates Kaib, Rotolo honored by USHL

Green Bay Gamblers teammates and 2013 NHL Draft prospects Barrett Kaib and Michael Rotolo were among the United States Hockey League's weekly award winners.

Kaib shared the CCM Defenseman of the Week honors with the Sioux Falls Stampede's Matthew Van Voorhis, while Rotolo was named Reebok Goaltender of the Week.

Kaib had a goal and an assist in two games last week. He scored the opening goal Friday in a 5-0 shutout of the Youngstown Phantoms, and was a plus-3 for the game. He then assisted on the game-winning goal in Saturday's 3-1 defeat of Youngstown.

Van Voorhis had three points and a plus-3 rating in two games. He assisted on the game-winning goal in a 6-4 home win against the Fargo Force on Friday, and had a goal and an assist in Saturday's 7-4 loss to the Chicago Steel on Saturday. It was Van Voorhis' second multi-point game of the season. He also was a plus-2 Saturday, marking the 10th straight game he has been an even or plus player.

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Posted On Monday, 11.05.2012 / 3:51 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Petan drawing his own share of spotlight in Portland

When it comes to the 2013 NHL Draft and the Portland Winterhawks, the first name to come up is Seth Jones. But rapidly approaching that status is center Nicolas Petan.

The 5-foot-8.5, 163-pound forward had another outstanding weekend and continues to climb the Western Hockey League scoring chart. Petan had a pair of three-point games in wins against the Victoria Royals to climb to sixth in the league with 27 points. His 19 assists are third.

He had a goal and two assists Friday in a 6-2 win against Victoria, and repeated that effort in Saturday's 6-2 victory.

He now has a point in seven straight games, with four goals and 13 assists in his streak. He earned a C rating from NHL Central Scouting in its preliminary rankings of players to watch for the 2013 NHL Draft.

Petan wasn't the only draft-eligible WHL player to have a good weekend. Here are a few others:

* Lethbridge Hurricanes center Johnathaon Merkley scored two goals Friday in a 5-2 defeat of the Medicine Hat Tigers.

* Calgary center Gregory Chase had three assists in the Hitmen's 4-2 win at the Brandon Wheat Kings on Saturday.

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Posted On Monday, 11.05.2012 / 11:48 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Quebec's Erne on a scoring rampage

For Quebec forward Adam Erne, it must feel like he's shooting at a soccer net these days.

The Remparts left wing, who earned an A rating in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings of players to watch for the 2013 NHL Draft, continued his hot play with a hat trick Friday in an 8-3 win at the Acadie Bathurst Titan.

In his last four games, Erne has eight goals. After scoring six goals in his first 13 games, he's now seventh in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with 14 goals, and second on his team with 27 points. He also has a solid plus-10 rating.

"He's got a good offensive game, can contribute and put up numbers, but he'll battle and play physical when needed and that's what excites the scouts," Director of NHL Central Scouting Dan Marr said.

Erne was one of a number of 2013 draft-eligible QMJHL players to have big weekends:

* Blainville-Boisbriand Armada left wing Christopher Clapperton had a hat trick in a 6-5 win at the PEI Rocket on Friday. Teammate Samuel Hodhod had a goal and an assist, and Marc-Olivier Roy added a pair of assists.

* Val-d'Or Foreurs teammates Matthew Murphy and Samuel Henley each had a goal and an assist Friday in a 6-4 win at the Victoriaville Tigres. In that game, Victoriaville's Jean-Francois Leblanc had a goal and three assists in a losing effort.

* Gatineau Olympiques teammates Mikael Langlois and Emile Poirier each had a goal and an assist Friday in 5-4 defeat of the Sherbrooke Phoenix. On Sunday, Poirier had a hat trick in a 5-3 loss to Val-d'Or.

* Baie-Comeau Drakkar left wing Valentin Zykov had a pair of goals and an assist in a 7-1 defeat of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens on Friday. His 11 goals are the most among the league's first-year players.

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Posted On Monday, 11.05.2012 / 10:45 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Monahan living up to the hype

Ottawa 67s center Sean Monahan arguably is the best 2013 NHL Draft-eligible player in the Ontario Hockey League. In case anyone was pondering an argument, Monahan had five points in two games and extended his point-scoring streak to seven games.

Monahan, a 6-foot-2, 186-pound center who received an A rating in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings of players to watch for the 2013 NHL Draft, started his weekend with a pair of assists in a 6-1 win against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

A day later, he scored two goals and added an assist in a 4-3 shootout win against the Sudbury Wolves.

"He's a real smart play-making guy," NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards told NHL.com. "He gets pucks through traffic, has real good hands, real good play-making ability. He's got an excellent shot, gets it off real quick, gets himself involved in battles for pucks, crashes around. He hardly ever comes off the ice -- he's used in every situation, double- and triple-shifted at times."

Monahan now has 27 points, tied for fifth in the league. During his scoring streak, he has four goals and 11 assists.

Here is how a few other 2013 draft-eligible OHL players performed over the weekend:

* Kitchener Rangers left wing Brent Pederson scored two goals in a 5-1 win Friday against the Windsor Spitfires. Teammate Joshua Sterk had three assists and Justin Bailey -- an A-ranked skater in Central Scouting's preliminary rankings -- had a goal and an assist.

* Monahan's teammate, left wing Steven Janes, had a goal and two assists in Friday's win against Sault Ste. Marie, and added two assists in the shootout win Saturday against Sudbury.

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Posted On Monday, 11.05.2012 / 9:43 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Dubuque's Quenneville continues to excel

A few weeks back Dubuque Fighting Saints center Peter Quenneville scored a highlight-reel goal, but that's not all he's done this season.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound center, who earned a C rating from NHL Central Scouting in its preliminary rankings of players to watch for the 2013 NHL Draft, is tied seventh in the United States Hockey League with 14 points, and his nine assists are tied for sixth.

Four of those points came in two games this past weekend. Quenneville had a goal and an assist in Friday in a 5-3 win at the Muskegon Lumberjacks, and added a pair of assists in the Fighting Saints' first regulation loss of the season, a 3-2 loss in a rematch with Muskegon on Saturday.

Despite the defeat, Quenneville is a big reason why Dubuque is off to a USHL-best 10-1-1 start to the season.

Quenneville wasn't the only 2013 draft-eligible player skating in the USHL to have a big weekend:

* Muskegon left wing Maxwell Shuart had a pair of goals in the Lumberjacks' 5-3 loss to Dubuque on Friday.

* Sioux Falls Stampede left wing Clinton Franklin scored two goals in his team's 6-4 win Friday against the Fargo Force. Teammates Zeb Knutson and Tony Calderone each had a goal and an assist in the game.

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— Lightning coach Jon Cooper after Steven Stamkos broke a long scoring drought and Tampa Bay's struggling power play scored four times in Game 2 at Montreal