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Posted On Wednesday, 08.17.2011 / 1:59 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - The Research Project

Which Subban is better?

Most hockey fans are aware of Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban and his effervescent personality.

His younger brother, Malcolm, is a bit more reserved.

A reporter asked Malcolm about something P.K. had said, about his brothers -- especially Malcolm -- being better hockey players than him.

Malcolm -- a third brother, Jordan, will join Malcolm with the Belleville Bulls this season -- refused to take the bait.

Until age 12 Malcolm was a defenseman, so there might have been room for comparison at one point, but not now.

"I'm a goalie," Malcolm said, "so it's hard to compare now."

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Posted On Wednesday, 08.17.2011 / 11:20 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - The Research Project

Koules watching Koules

An interested observer of today's proceedings is watching the game from a slightly different vantage point than he might have a few years ago.

Former Tampa Bay Lightning owner Oren Koules is watching the action, keying in on his son, Miles Koules.

"It's a little different," he told NHL.com. "Being a father, I think I'm more nervous now than being at NHL games."

Miles, a 5-foot-10.25, 189-pound right wing, will play with the U.S. National Team Development Program's under-18 team this season. With the under-17 team last season, he had 14 goals and 12 assists in 42 games.

"I think he's got great vision," said Oren. "Great patience, good hands. He's a lot better than I was, that's for sure."

Dad played for six different teams in three seasons in the Western Hockey League (1979-82), and played one season of minor-league hockey before going on to Hollywood, where he's best known as the producer of the "Saw" movie franchise.

His best hockey season was 1980-81, when he had 28 goals in 67 games for the Spokane Flyers.

While Oren said the WHL worked for him, Miles is going to take the college route.

"He committed to North Dakota last year," Oren said. "He's pretty excited. He's supposed to enter next summer."

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK


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Posted On Wednesday, 08.17.2011 / 9:53 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - The Research Project

White vs. Black at RDO Camp

The players are on the for the first session of the RDO Camp here at the MasterCard Centre for Excellence. The Black team will be led by Coyotes coach Dave Tippett and assisted by Kay Whitmore. The White team will be coached by the Penguins' Dan Bylsma and assisted by Kris King.

In attendance for their first look at some of the top prospects for the 2012 Entry Draft are numerous GMs and scouts, as well as members of the media.

Here are the rosters for what should be an interesting day of hockey:

WHITE
Goalies - Collin Olsen, Malcolm Subban
Defensemen - Cody Ceci, Nick Ebert, Alex Gudbranson, Ryan Murray, Jordan Schmaltz, Morgan Rielly
Forwards - Miles Koules, Andreas Athanasiou, Phillip di Giuseppe, Martin Frk, Alex Galchenyuk, Scott Kosmachuk, Scott Laughton, Matia Marcantuoni, Andrew ryan, Chris Tierney

BLACK
Goalies - Daniel Altshuller, Chris Driedger
Defensemen - Gianluca Curcuruto, Mathew Dumba, Jeremie Fraser, Michael Matheson, Derrick Pouliot, Jacob Trouba
Forwards - Francis Beauvillier, Raphael Bussieres, Mathew Campagna, Cameron Darcy, Brendan Gaunce, Zemgus Girgensons, Jarrod Maidens, Colton Sissons, Daulton Siwak, Nail Yakupov

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Posted On Friday, 07.01.2011 / 12:24 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - Free Agency '11 Blog

Kennedy, Pens agree to deal

While the Pittsburgh Penguins' chase for Jaromir Jagr continues, they apparently have found time to work on keeping one of their own players from reaching free agency.

Right wing Tyler Kennedy, who scored a career-high 21 goals last season, agreed to a two-year deal worth $4 million with the Penguins shortly before the start of the free agent signing period at noon. Kennedy would have become an unrestricted free agent if the deal was not reached.

Earlier in the day Friday,  Kennedy's agent, Steve Bartlett, had told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he was speaking with Penguins general manager Ray Shero, and felt a deal would get done to keep Kennedy in Pittsburgh.

"We're still working on it," Bartlett told the newspaper. "But I am optimistic that it will get done (Friday)."

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Posted On Thursday, 06.23.2011 / 2:22 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2011 Entry Draft blog

Clinic over, off to lunch

The gear is stored, but the smiles still are big for the prospects and the kids they worked with at the St. Thomas Ice Center. The 50 kids, ages 6-9, had as much fun as the prospects.

"The best part of today was just stepping on the ice with kids," said Dougie Hamilton.

"I was having lots of fun with the kids, added Gabriel Landeskog, who even did Superman dives with the kids. "I've been in their shoes."

Landeskog said that when he was 5 years old or so he was a one-night mascot for his hometown hockey team in Stockholm, skating around the ice with a flag. "I remember touching the goalie and not wanting to wash my hand."

Next stop is the Walker Art Center for lunch and one more media event.

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Posted On Thursday, 06.23.2011 / 1:44 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2011 Entry Draft blog

Quite a coup for Reebok-CCM

Reebok-CCM pulled in quite a draft haul, announcing sponsorship agreements with five top prospects.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Sean Couturier and Gabriel Landeskog will use CCM gear, while Jonathon Huberdeau and Adam Larsson will be using Reebok.

"Every single one of these athletes are both promising players as well as outstanding people and will be fantastic additions to the Reebok-CCM Hockey family," said glen Thornborough, Vice President, Sports Marketing, Reebok-CCM Hockey. "We believe these five prospects will develop into stars."

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Posted On Thursday, 06.23.2011 / 12:18 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2011 Entry Draft blog

Prospects on the ice

The top prospects are on the ice with kids at the St. Thomas Ice Arena for a USA Hockey ADM clinic.

Along with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Gabriel Landeskog, Jonathan Huberdeau, Adam Larsson, Dougie Hamilton, Sean Couturier and Seth Ambroz are Brad Staubitz and Cal Clutterbuck from the Minnesota Wild and Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke.

From the early looks, it's hard to tell who's having more fun -- the kids or the pros.

We'll have more, including photos, after the clinic.

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK



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Posted On Wednesday, 06.22.2011 / 8:46 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2011 Entry Draft blog

Prospects on TV and radio

The last stop on the top prospects tour of the Twin Cities was KSTP, the Twin Cities' ABC affiliate, for a round of TV interviews.

Seth Ambroz, a native of New Prague, is the home-state favorite, so he was the first prospect to take his turn in front of the camera.

"Just basic questions about being from Minnesota and having the draft here," he said of the level of questioning.

Adam Larsson said he was asked to compare playing hockey in Sweden to playing hockey in North America, while Gabriel Landeskog his feelings heading into the first round of the Draft on Friday.

Next was a trip to the other end of the building for a spot on ESPN Radio 1500's Phunn House show with Joe Anderson and Minneapolis Star-Tribune NHL writer Mike Russo.

Each prospect got his turn at the microphone, and then it was back to the hotels for some personal time. The players will be back together in the morning for an American Development Model clinic at the St. Thomas Ice Arena in Mendota, Minn. NHL.com will be there the whole way, so check back often.

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Posted On Wednesday, 06.22.2011 / 5:16 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2011 Entry Draft blog

Visiting Sea Life

The Sea Life Aquarium at the Mall of America is the world's largest of its kind, and it was an interesting experience.

There was an array of hands-on spots where the prospects handled starfish and hermit crabs. Then it was inside with blacklighting for spectacular glowing jellyfish.

After that it was into the walk-through aquarium, where you were surrounded by water and sea life on all sides.

The sharks were clearly the favorites.

"Seeing all the sharks and getting close to them was pretty cool," Jonathan Huberdeau said.

"The sharks were awesome," added Adam Larsson. "I had never seen one before."

After a quick visit to the LEGO Promenade, it's time for a quick bite to eat at Soul Daddy, the restaurant owned by Jamawn Woods, winner of NBC's "America's Next Great Restaurant."

Back with more in a bit.

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Posted On Wednesday, 06.22.2011 / 4:49 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2011 Entry Draft blog

Surviving the log flume

You wouldn't think taking six of the top propsects for the 2011 Entry Draft to a Nickelodeon amusement park would be fun, but according to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Gabriel Landeskog, Dougie Hamilton, Adam Larsson, Jonathon Huberdeau and Seth Ambroz, they had a blast.

"It was the first time I've on a roller coaster since I was 10," Hamilton said.

They finished on the Log Chute log flume.

It looked like the guys had a good time, but Landeskog and Nugent-Hopkins got a bit soaked.

"That's what I get for riding shotgun," said a dripping Landeskog. "Glad I brought another suit."

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Quote of the Day

It's pretty crazy, but believe me when I say we didn't draft these players with the mindset we had to because they had good hockey-playing dads. It just turned out that way. But we're certainly glad they're a part of our organization.

— Arizona Coyotes director of amateur scouting Tim Bernhardt regarding the coincidence that six of the organization's top prospects are sons of former NHL players