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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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Posted On Tuesday, 03.03.2015 / 12:04 PM

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

At the Rink: Predators at Devils

NEWARK, N.J. -- Rookie defenseman Damon Severson will be in the lineup for the first time since Dec. 15 when the New Jersey Devils play the Nashville Predators at Prudential Center on Tuesday.

Severson, who participated in his first full team practice Monday, received a phone call from interim co-coach Lou Lamoriello on Monday and was told to be ready. Severson sustained a fractured ankle blocking a shot by Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin on Dec. 6, and played five more games before coming out of the lineup.

A spot on the blue line opened up for the 20-year-old when the Devils traded veteran defenseman Marek Zidlicky to the Detroit Red Wings for a conditional third-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft on Monday afternoon.

"I guess it shows they have confidence in me and my ability with what I can do out there," Severson said. "I've been raring to get back since the injury and it's been a long wait, but the coaching staff and management knew I was ready to come back."
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Posted On Monday, 03.02.2015 / 1:39 PM

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

At the Rink: Predators at Rangers

NEW YORK -- The Nashville Predators will look to end a rare two-game losing streak when they visit the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Monday.

The Predators, who lead the NHL with 89 points, are coming off back-to-back regulation losses for the first time this season against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday and Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. The Predators have lost two straight games three other times this season but one or both of the losses occurred in overtime or shootout.

"It's something you talk about all the time; great teams don't lose two in a row," Predators forward James Neal said. "That's something we put a lot of emphasis on. If we have a bad game we've been really good at bouncing back and obviously we lost a tough one against Detroit in our building and we've been really good at home. It'll be another great test against the Rangers."

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Posted On Monday, 03.02.2015 / 3:00 AM

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

Eichel, McDavid continue their offensive dominance

After celebrating the first Beanpot Tournament title in six years at Boston University, freshman Jack Eichel now has his sights on a Hockey East championship before the focus shifts to the national crown.

As the schedule-makers would have it, Boston University (21-7-5 overall; 14-5-3 Hockey East) had three games against Northeastern University last week and came away with two wins. The most important being the Beanpot final on Feb. 23 before 17,000-plus fans at TD Garden in Boston.
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Posted On Friday, 02.27.2015 / 7:06 PM

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

Rask out for Bruins; Svedberg facing Devils

NEWARK, N.J. -- Goaltender Niklas Svedberg made his first start in seven games when the Boston Bruins played the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Friday.

Goaltender Tuukka Rask, who did not practice in the morning due to an illness, is scratched. The Bruins recalled Jeremy Smith from their American Hockey League affiliate in Providence to back up Svedberg.

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I think everyone left it out there. Every game this season, regular season and playoffs, we played as hard as we could. We're not out of the playoffs right now because of lack of effort, and that's all that we can ask of each other.

— Predators defenseman Seth Jones after Nashville was eliminated by Chicago in Game 6 on Saturday