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Posted On Thursday, 03.19.2015 / 10:12 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Erie's McDavid headlines OHL coaches poll winners

Erie Otters center Connor McDavid, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, was the individual leader in three different areas in the Ontario Hockey League Western Conference coaches poll for the 2014-15 regular season.

The OHL revealed this week the results of the Eastern and Western conference awards that recognize the top three players in 20 different skill categories within their own conference.

McDavid, No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, finished first in the voting for "Best Playmaker" for a second straight year, "Best Skater" for a second straight year, and "Best Stickhandler" for a third straight year.

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.18.2015 / 6:17 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Blackhawks at Rangers

Two teams on a roll despite the absence of key players in the lineup play Wednesday when the New York Rangers host the Chicago Blackhawks in what figures to be a Stanley Cup Playoff-like atmosphere at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN1, TVA Sports).

Neither team had a morning skate Wednesday, the Blackhawks because they played Tuesday, beating the New York Islanders 4-1 at United Center.

The Rangers, winners of five straight, are tied for the NHL lead with 95 points. The Blackhawks, 5-0-1 in their past six games, are tied with the Rangers for the second-fewest goals-allowed per game (2.25).

The Rangers are 15-2-3 since losing goaltender Henrik Lundqvist because of a vascular injury in his neck sustained during a 4-1 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes on Jan. 31. The Blackhawks are 6-1-1 since right wing Patrick Kane sustained a fractured left clavicle against the Florida Panthers on Feb. 24.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.17.2015 / 1:37 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Penguins at Devils

NEWARK, N.J. -- The Pittsburgh Penguins will try to reach the 40-win mark for the eighth consecutive 82-game NHL season when they play the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Tuesday.

The Penguins are 39-20-10 and third in the Metropolitan Division with 88 points, two points ahead of the Washington Capitals and two points behind the New York Islanders, with 13 games remaining. The Penguins have two games in hand on the Capitals and Islanders.

Penguins coach Mike Johnston announced Monday that center Evgeni Malkin will miss his second straight game because of a lower-body injury. Malkin, who could miss 1-2 weeks according to general manager Jim Rutherford, sustained his injury during his first shift of a 2-0 loss against the Boston Bruins on Saturday. He returned for four shifts but didn't play after the first period. Johnston said Malkin could join the team at some point during its three-game road trip, which continues against the Dallas Stars on Thursday and the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday.

Dating to 2006-07, Malkin's rookie season, the Penguins have won 412 games, the most in the League.

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Posted On Monday, 03.16.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

BU's Eichel extends scoring streak to 10 games

Freshman center Jack Eichel, a projected top-two pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, became the first player in 18 seasons at Boston University to score 60 points while helping the Terriers advance to the semifinal round of the Hockey East Tournament with two victories this past weekend.

Eichel, No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, totaled two goals and six points in back-to-back wins against Merrimack in a best-of-3 quarterfinal round series. Boston University (23-7-5) will next play New Hampshire in the semifinal round at TD Garden in Boston on March 20.


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Posted On Friday, 03.13.2015 / 10:52 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

BU's Eichel ready for Hockey East Tournament

Boston University freshman center Jack Eichel and his teammates will open their best-of-3 quarterfinal-round series in the Hockey East Tournament against Merrimack at Agganis Arena on Friday.

The second game of the series will be Saturday; a third game, if necessary, will be Sunday. All three games will be at Agganis.

Eichel, No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, leads all NCAA players with 37 assists, 55 points and a plus-36 rating in 32 games.

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Posted On Thursday, 03.12.2015 / 1:51 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Erie prospect McDavid has 27-game point streak end

Erie Otters captain Connor McDavid, the projected No. 1 pick of the 2015 NHL Draft, had his 27-game point streak end in a 3-0 victory against the Niagara IceDogs in front of 4,878 at Erie Insurance Arena on Wednesday.

McDavid, No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of North American skaters eligible for the 2015 draft, had 26 goals and 67 points during his streak, the longest in the Ontario Hockey League this season. It began Nov. 7 but was paused for almost two months while he recovered from a broken hand sustained in a fight Nov. 11 and was away playing for Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

The streak is the longest in the OHL since New York Islanders captain John Tavares had points in 27 straight games during the 2007-08 season as a member of the Oshawa Generals.

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Posted On Monday, 03.09.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

McDavid sets scoring streak; Eichel ready for playoffs

Erie Otters captain Connor McDavid, No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm list of the top North American skaters for the 2015 NHL Draft, extended his Ontario Hockey League-leading point streak and inched closer to the league scoring lead this weekend.

McDavid, who had three goals and eight points in three victories, is on a 27-game point streak, during which he has 26 goals and 58 points. McDavid, who has points in 41 of 42 games this season, passed Kevin Labanc (28 goals, 101 points) of the Barrie Colts for the longest point streak this season. Labanc, selected in the sixth round (No. 171) by the San Jose Sharks in the 2014 NHL Draft, had 15 goals and 52 points during a 25-game streak from Nov. 1, 2014 through Jan. 10.

McDavid has 40 goals and 110 points in 42 games. He trails two other top 2015 draft prospects in the scoring race. London forward Mitchell Marner, No. 7 on Central Scouting's ranking, has 123 points in 59 games, and McDavid's Erie teammate, forward Dylan Strome, has 115 points in 62 games. Strome is No. 5 on Central Scouting's midterm list.

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Posted On Sunday, 03.08.2015 / 5:10 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Jacob Jaremko wins Minnesota's Mr. Hockey Award

Elk River center Jacob Jaremko, No. 107 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm list of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, has won Minnesota's prestigious Mr. Hockey Award as the outstanding senior high school boys' hockey player in the state.

The Mr. Hockey Award is chosen by NHL scouts, junior-hockey scouts and coaches, and select media members from around Minnesota. The announcement was made Sunday at the Grand Ballroom at RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minn.

Jaremko (5-11, 170) led Elk River (20-4-1) with 68 points (22 goals, 46 assists) in 25 regular-season games. Jaremko, who averaged 2.72 points-per game, will attend Minnesota State University.

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Posted On Sunday, 03.08.2015 / 3:58 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Flyers at Devils

NEWARK, N.J. -- Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Michael Del Zotto, who is having his best season since the early part of his career with the New York Rangers, will miss 7-10 days with an upper-body injury.

Defenseman Brandon Manning will play his fourth game of the season in place of Del Zotto against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Sunday. The Flyers recalled Manning (6-foot-1, 195 pounds) from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League after the game Saturday, his third call-up to the Flyers. He has appeared in three games this season and has one assist while averaging 13:36 of ice time.

"Manning is a steady defenseman; he's a first pass guy and defends pretty well," Flyers coah Craig Berube said. "He plays a physical game and is a pretty steady D-man. Nothing flashy."

The Flyers trail the Boston Bruins by five points for the second Eastern Conference wild-card spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with 16 games remaining. They have points in 16 of the past 19 games (10-3-6).

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Posted On Thursday, 03.05.2015 / 11:45 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

BU's Eichel focused on present, not NHL future

The furthest thing on the mind of Boston University freshman Jack Eichel these days is the 2015 NHL Draft.

Eichel, No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm list of the top North American skaters eligible for the draft, is a projected top-two selection in the opening round on June 26 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.

No one could blame him for living in the present at this point in the season. There's just too much going on.

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