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Posted On Monday, 10.22.2012 / 7:57 PM

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

Poturalski, Ortega share top USHL forward award

Andrew Poturalski of the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders and Austin Ortega of the Indiana Ice were named co-recipients of the United States Hockey League's CCM Forward of the Week award.

Poturalski, a 5-10, 172-pound center, had three goals, two assists and a plus-4 rating in two games last week. He made his season debut by scoring the game-winning power-play goal in a 4-3 win against Indiana. He followed that a two-goal, two-assist game in a 7-5 win at Indiana.

Ortega, a 5-7, 160-pound left wing, had a goal, an assist and a plus-4 rating in a 5-3 win against Green Bay on Wednesday. He had a goal in Friday's loss to Cedar Rapids, and then had two more goals Saturday against the RoughRiders. Ortega now is second in the league with seven goals.

Also honored Monday were the Des Moines Buccaneers' Marcus Ericsson and Cedar Rapids' clay Anderson, who were named co-winners of the CCM Defensemen of the Week.

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Posted On Monday, 10.22.2012 / 5:21 PM

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

Guelph's Garlent named OHL Player of the Week

Guelph Storm center Hunter Garlent was named OHL Player of the Week on Monday after totaling three goals, five assists and a plus-3 rating in three games last week.

Garlent started his week with a goal and an assist Friday in a 6-3 win against the Sarnia Sting. On Saturday the 5-foot-8.25, 164-pound forward had a goal and three assists in 8-5 defeat of the Saginaw Spirit. He finished his week with a goal and an assist in a 7-1 defeat of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

After totaling 42 points in 60 games as an OHL rookie last season, Garlent has 10 points and a plus-5 rating in 11 games this season. NHL Central Scouting rated him as a C skater in its preliminary rankings of players to watch for the 2013 NHL Draft.

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Posted On Monday, 10.22.2012 / 2:12 PM

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

Everett's Winquist earning the spotlight

When it comes to the Everett Silvertips, most of the talk surrounds defenseman Ryan Murray, the second pick of the 2012 NHL Draft. Forward Joshua Winquist, a candidate for the 2013 draft, is doing his best to steal some of Murray's spotlight.

The 19-year-old forward had three goals and two assists for the Silvertips, as they won both games over the weekend. The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder had a goal and two assists in a 3-2 win at the Prince Albert Raiders on Friday, and scored two goals in a 3-2 win at the Saskatoon Blades on Saturday.

Winquist leads Everett with eight goals, 13 points and a plus-8 rating.

Here is how a few other Western Hockey League draft prospects fared this past weekend:

* Lethbridge center Russell Maxwell had a pair of goals in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Kamloops Blazers on Friday.

* Tri-City right wing Phillip Tot and center Marcus Messier each scored two goals in the Americans' 6-3 win at the Regina Pats on Friday.

* Eetu Laurikainen turned aside 43 of 44 shots in the Swift Current Broncos' 2-1 win against Saskatoon on Friday.

* Spokane Chiefs left wing Adam Helewka scored both his team's goals in a 2-1 defeat of the Seattle Thunderbirds on Friday.

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Posted On Monday, 10.22.2012 / 1:36 PM

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

MacKinnon carrying Halifax to top of standings

The Halifax Mooseheads have won 10 straight to climb to the top of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League standings, and the play of top-line center Nathan MacKinnon is a big reason.

Considered by many scouts a lock to be one of the top two players picked at the 2013 NHL Draft, MacKinnon had three goals and two assists in two games over the weekend. The 6-foot, 180-pound forward, who earned an A rating in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary ranking of players to watch for this year's draft, scored twice and added an assist in a 4-3 win against the Sherbrooke Phoenix on Friday, and had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 defeat of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Sunday.

MacKinnon, who is blogging about his season for NHL.com, now is second in the QMJHL with 15 goals and tied for fourth with 24 points. He also has a goal in seven straight games, the longest streak so far this season, and at least a point in nine in a row.

Here is how a few other top draft prospects fared over the weekend:

* Matthew Boudreau, MacKinnon's teammate, scored the other two goals in the Mooseheads 4-3 defeat of Sherbrooke Friday.

* PEI Rocket goalie Maxime Lagace had his first shutout of the season Friday, stopping all 30 shots in a 5-0 win at the Moncton Wildcats.

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Posted On Monday, 10.22.2012 / 1:08 PM

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

Kitchener's Bailey scores first 2 OHL goals

Kitchener Rangers left wing Justin Bailey missed five games with a concussion sustained on a hard hit in a game against the Windsor Spitfires on Sept. 27. He returned to ice Friday in his team's 6-2 win against Oshawa, playing sparingly on the fourth line.

Moved back into a more prominent spot in the lineup Sunday against Kingston, Bailey responded with his first two goals of the season in the Rangers' 5-2 win.

With Kitchener up 1-0, he faked a shot, then cut across the front of the net to score on a backhander 3:01 into the second. After Kingston had grabbed the momentum and pulled to within 4-2, he iced the game with another unassisted goal, at 10:24 of the third.

Bailey, a 6-3.25, 194-pound forward who earned an A rating in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary players to watch list, wasn't the only 2013 NHL Draft prospect in the Ontario Hockey League to have a big weekend. Here are a few other top performers:

* Plymouth right wing Ryan Hartman, a B skater on Central Scouting's preliminary rankings, scored his second OHL goal Friday and added two assists in the Whalers' 8-3 win at Kingston on Friday.

* Guelph Storm left wing Ryan Horvat scored twice and added an assist Friday in his team's 6-3 win against the Sarnia Sting.

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Posted On Saturday, 10.20.2012 / 1:39 PM

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

Bailey returns to lineup for Kitchener

Kitchener Rangers left wing Justin Bailey was held scoreless playing limited minutes in his team's 6-2 win Friday against Oshawa, his first game since sustaining a concussion Sept. 27 against Windsor.

The 6-foot-3.25, 194-pound forward earned an A rating from NHL Central Scouting in its preliminary rankings of players to watch for the 2013 NHL Draft. He was scoreless in three games when he was injured.

Even though he's had a rough start to his Ontario Hockey League debut season, scouts aren't ready to give up on him.

"He's a big guy, uses his size well," Central Scouting's Chris Edwards, who saw Bailey during the summer at a USA Hockey camp in Rochester, N.Y., told NHL.com. "He's got a real good shot and he's able to get it off coming in off the wing. For a guy that really never played at much of a [high] caliber before, he looked like he had it all together. He looked like he had an offensive touch to him. He used his size well. I left Rochester thinking he might be a top forward with a really good skill set. That's what I still think he's going to be."

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.16.2012 / 4:29 PM

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

Lipon repeats as CHL player of the week

A day after repeating as Western Hockey League player of the week, Kamloops Blazers forward JC Lipon was named Canadian Hockey League Player of the Week for the second straight week.

In three games last week, Lipon had six goals, four assists and a plus-4 rating.

A 5-foot-11.5, 180-pound center, Lipon helped the Blazers go 3-0 last week and move to the top spot in the league with 17 points. At 8-0-1, the Blazers are the only WHL team without a regulation loss.

Lipon had a goal and an assist in a 5-2 win against the Victoria Royals on Wednesday, and then got red-hot over the weekend. He netted his first WHL hat trick and added an assist in a 5-1 win against the Vancouver Chiefs and had two goals and two assists in a 5-2 win against the Calgary Hitmen.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.16.2012 / 2:08 PM

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

Cedar Rapids' McLaughlin scores spectacular goal

Cedar Rapids RoughRiders center Dylan McLaughlin went between his legs to register his candidacy for goal-of-the-year honors, 2013 NHL Draft prospect division.

McLaughlin, an 18-year-old native of Buffalo, made his third goal of the season a fantastic one. In the second period of Saturday's game against the Green Bay Gamblers, McLaughlin skated down the right wing while linemate Alec Marsh carried the puck down the middle of the ice.

Marsh slid a pass across to McLaughlin, and the left-shot forward played it on his backhand. Running out of space as he entered the right circle, McLaughlin dropped the puck between his skates, stuck his stick between his legs and lifted a forehand shot that beat Green Bay goalie Richard Sabol over his blocker.

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Posted On Monday, 10.15.2012 / 9:02 PM

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

Rothstein tops USHL award winners

Sam Rothstein stands just 5-foot-8 and 164 pounds, but he Sioux Falls Stampede center stood tall last week, and because of that was named co-winner of the United States Hockey League's CCM Forward of the Week.

Rothstein had three goals, two assists and a plus-4 rating in two games as Sioux Falls extended its win streak to four games. He had the game-winning goal in a 4-2 win at the Indiana Ice on Friday, and had a pair of goals and two assists in a 6-5 overtime win Saturday against the Fargo Force.

James Roll of the Des Moines Buccaneers was named CCM Defenseman of the Week after scoring his first two goals of the season last week. The 6-1, 179-pound blueliner had his first USHL goal in a 6-2 win Friday against the Omaha Lancers. He followed that with a power-play goal in Saturday's 3-2 shootout win against the Muskegon Lumberjacks. He also played a major role in the Bucs' penalty-killing unit that went a perfect 7-for-7 in the two weekend games.

Roll's teammate, goalie Bill Christopoulos shared the Reebok Goaltender of the Week award with the Waterloo Black Hawks' Calvin Petersen.

Christopoulos made 47 saves for his first USHL win in the 3-2 shootout win against Muskegon on Saturday. It was the most saves by any USHL goaltender this season. He made 19 saves alone in the first period, and stopped two of three attempts in his first shootout.

Petersen, rated as a C-list goaltender in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings of players to watch for the 2013 NHL Draft, made his first start of the season a memorable one, stopping all 25 shots he faced -- including 12 in the third period -- in a 2-0 win against Omaha on Friday, his first USHL shutout.

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Posted On Monday, 10.15.2012 / 7:48 PM

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

Andrighetto earns QMJHL First Star honors

Sven Andrighetto had a solid showing last season, his first with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, but it wasn't enough to get him drafted by the NHL.

This season, the native of Zurich, Switzerland is doing his best to hear his name called at the 2013 draft. The 5-foot-9.5, 175-pound right wing had four goals, five assists and a plus-6 rating in four games last week, earning him the Telus First Star of the Week.

Andrighetto started his week four assists in a 5-4 win against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Wednesday, He had a pair of goals and an assist in a 6-5 shootout loss to the Saint John Sean Dogs on Friday and added goals in a 6-3 win against the PEI Rocket on Saturday and Sunday in a 3-2 win against the Moncton Wildcats. The goal against Moncton was the game-winner.

With 22 points in 11 games, Andrighetto is second in the league in scoring, and his 13 assists are tied for the lead.

Victoriaville Tigres center Angelo Miceli was named second star after totaling eight points in three games. He had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 loss to Baie-Comeau Drakkar on Wednesday, and had the same output in a 5-4 loss to the Drummondville Voltigeurs on Saturday. He closed his week Sunday with a pair of goals and two assists in a 5-3 defeat of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada.

PEI Rocket goalie Antoine Bibeau was named third star for stopping all 22 shots he faced for his first QMJHL shutout in a 4-0 win against Saint John. He followed that with 21 saves in a 4-3 PEI overtime victory Friday against Acadie-Bathurst.

They weren't the only QMJHL draft prospects to turn in big performances last week:

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