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Posted On Wednesday, 09.10.2014 / 9:53 AM

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

Central Scouting's Bordeleau and MacDonald to retire

Long before Chris Bordeleau and B.J. MacDonald began evaluating talent as full-time employees at NHL Central Scouting, they were skating with and against some of the very best in NHL history.

Bordeleau won a Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens in 1968-69 while playing in 13 games alongside Hockey Hall of Fame members Yvan Cournoyer, Jacques Lemaire, Jean Beliveau, Henri Richard and "Gump" Worsley.

MacDonald not only helped Wayne Gretzky score the first of his NHL-best 894 goals with the Edmonton Oilers in 1979-80, but he also was part of the second-highest scoring line in the League that season. The G-M-C line, which consisted of Gretzky centering MacDonald at right wing and Brett Callighen at left wing, had 120 goals and 289 points that season.

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Posted On Wednesday, 09.03.2014 / 11:00 AM

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

Olczyk, Grier named coaches for AAPG

NHL on NBC analyst Eddie Olczyk and former NHL player Mike Grier will serve as coaches in the third annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, which will be held Sept. 25 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo.

Each team will feature some of the top American-born players eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft. Team rosters will be announced at a later date.

Grier spent four of his 14 NHL seasons with the Sabres, including his final two, 2009-11. In 241 games he had 23 goals and 70 points and also 11 points in 31 Stanley Cup Playoff games with the team.

In all Grier, a 1993 ninth-round pick (No. 219) of the St. Louis Blues had 162 goals and 383 points in 1,060 games with the Edmonton Oilers, Washington Capitals, Sabres and San Jose Sharks.

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Posted On Wednesday, 08.27.2014 / 10:09 AM

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

Eichel tops list for All-American Prospects Game

Boston University freshman center Jack Eichel headlines the list of invites to the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, to be held Sept. 25 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y.

Eichel is one of 42 American-born 2015 NHL Draft prospect scheduled to participate in the game. The 17-year-old center is expected to be one of the top two picks at the 2015 draft.

Last season he led the United States National Team Development Program Under-18 team with 38 goals and 87 points in 53 games. He also had one goal and four assists for the U.S. at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship. He's expected to play a major role for the United States at the 2015 WJC in Montreal and Toronto. He impressed U.S. national junior team coach Mark Osiecki at USA Hockey's evaluation camp earlier this month.

"Jack Eichel is an offensive player and we have to hold him accountable offensively," Osiecki said. "He's a special player and we have to lean on him offensively to be that difference maker, be a player that can make everyone around him better; offensively for sure."

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Posted On Monday, 08.11.2014 / 11:32 AM

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

Prospect Rasmus Andersson commits to Barrie Colts

Defenseman Rasmus Andersson, who is considered a top prospect eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, will join the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League in 2014-15.

The announcement was made on Monday by Colts general manager Jason Ford.

The 6-foot, 214-pound right-shot Andersson spent the past two seasons with Malmo in Sweden's Allsvenskan. This season will mark his first playing hockey in North America.

"Andersson will enter the OHL as a rookie but already brings a wealth of experience; having played against men the past two seasons in Sweden," Ford told barriecolts.com. "He is a well-rounded defenseman that will help stabilize the back-end, and enters the OHL trying to pursue his dream of being an NHL player. We are very excited about this addition to our lineup."

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Posted On Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:05 PM

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

USHL/NHL 2015 Top Prospects Game set for January

The United States Hockey League revealed Wednesday that the USHL/NHL 2015 Top Prospects Game will be held Jan. 13 at Mystique Community Ice Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

The USHL and host club Dubuque Fighting Saints made the joint announcement during a press conference at the Mystique Community Ice Center.

The game will feature 40 of the top blue-chip prospects from the USHL eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft in Sunrise, Fla., on June 26-27. Players will be chosen for the event based on a selection process that includes the input of USHL general managers, NHL Central Scouting, and NHL team scouts and decision makers.

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Posted On Saturday, 06.28.2014 / 12:58 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014 NHL Draft blog

Capitals' Walker aims to be first Aussie to reach NHL

PHILADELPHIA -- The third time was the charm for Australian-trained left wing Nathan Walker.

Walker, passed over in the previous two NHL Drafts, moved one step closer to realizing his dream on Saturday when the Washington Capitals selected him in the third round (No. 89) of this year's event at Wells Fargo Center. This was the final year of draft eligibility for Walker.

The first Australian to be drafted, Walker is now hoping to take it one step further and lock up a roster spot right out of training camp. The Capitals' managerial team is very familiar with the 5-foot-9, 185-pound forward.

Walker, 20, was one of 40 forwards invited to the Capitals' training camp last fall on a tryout basis.

"I had a good rookie camp and then got the invite to the main camp, so it went well," Walker told NHL.com last September. "I thoroughly enjoyed it."


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Posted On Saturday, 06.28.2014 / 9:17 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014 NHL Draft blog

Islanders trade up to draft outspoken Ho-Sang

PHILADELPHIA -- Joshua Ho-Sang of the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League might be the most outspoken of any of the top prospects eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center.

That didn't discourage New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow from trading his two second-round picks (No. 35 and No. 57) to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for the No. 28 pick and the opportunity to choose Ho-Sang.

"A lot of people question why I'm so outspoken and question my confidence," Ho-Sang said. "Hockey is definitely one of those sports where quiet confidence is encouraged as opposed to the other sports like the NFL or NBA where it's a little bit louder.

"People that speak their mind are people who change the world and can change hockey. Look at guys like P.K. Subban and Patrick Kane, and even Ryan Getzlaf. I'm willing to do whatever the Islanders ask, and if they want me to clean stuff up I'll do it because I just want to play in the NHL."

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Posted On Saturday, 06.28.2014 / 9:04 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014 NHL Draft blog

Islanders' Dal Colle gets special call after selection

PHILADELPHIA -- As if being selected with the fifth pick of the 2014 NHL Draft by the New York Islanders wasn't exciting enough, Oshawa Generals left wing Michael Dal Colle had one other reason to crack a huge smile Friday at Wells Fargo Center.

The special moment came minutes after Islanders general manager Garth Snow announced Dal Colle as the team's first draft pick and came courtesy of captain John Tavares.

"It was literally two minutes after I was picked when Tavares called," Dal Colle said. "He was the first call and welcomed me to the New York Islanders. He said the organization is happy to have me aboard.

"It was really pretty cool."

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Posted On Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 4:29 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014 NHL Draft blog

Hextall focused on building Flyers through draft

VOORHEES, N.J. -- Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall is a staunch advocate of building an organization by way of the NHL Draft.

"Your core pieces, or your homegrown pieces, are big," Hextall said during a pre-2014 NHL Draft press conference at the Flyers practice facility on Tuesday.

The 2014 NHL Draft will be held at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia with the first round on Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN) and the remaining six rounds on Saturday (10 a.m. ET; NHL Network).

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Posted On Monday, 06.23.2014 / 2:58 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014 NHL Draft blog

German-born Draisaitl set for draft, soccer match

Prince Albert Raiders center Leon Draisaitl is scheduled to arrive in Philadelphia on Wednesday to prepare for all the pomp and circumstance that will accompany the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center this weekend.

Draisaitl, No. 4 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of the top North American skaters eligible for this year's draft, is projected to hear his name in the early stages of the first round on Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS). Considered a power-forward with good touch around the net, Draisaitl finished with 38 goals and 105 points in 64 regular-season games in the Western Hockey League in 2013-14. He also played for Germany at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship and IIHF World Championship.

"I'm so excited and I can't wait for [draft] day," Draisaitl told NHL.com. "The last couple of weeks have gone by so quick and this will be pretty much the most exciting time of my life."

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