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Posted On Wednesday, 11.07.2012 / 12:58 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

QMJHL looks to even Super Series against Russia

The all-stars of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League will look to rebound against Team Russia on Wednesday in Val d'Or, Quebec, in the second game of the Subway Super Series at the Centre Air Creebec.

The game can be seen on NHL Network-US at 7 p.m. ET.

Team QMJHL is coming off a 6-2 loss to the Russians on Monday when Mikhail Grigorenko, Nail Yakupov, Maxim Shalunov and Valentin Zykov each notched a goal and one assist. The four-goal margin was the largest in a victory for the Russian select team since a 5-1 verdict against the Western Hockey League in 2007 -- a span of 25 games.

The Russians enter Wednesday's contest having won five straight against Team QMJHL.

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.07.2012 / 10:38 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Tuesday's three stars at World Junior A Challenge

The second day of the 2012 World Junior A Challenge in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, saw the United States score a 4-3 victory over Switzerland and Canada West cruise past the Czech Republic.

The triumph catapults the unbeaten United States (2-0) into Friday's semifinal contest. Canada West will play Russia in Wednesday's Group A finale, with a bye into the semifinal round at stake.

NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards was front and center during Tuesday's doubleheader at Mariners Centre in Yarmouth. Here are his three stars from Tuesday's action:

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.07.2012 / 9:15 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

U.S. wins opener in U-18 Four Nations Tournament

Anthony Louis and Sean Malone each had a goal and one assist Tuesday when the U.S. Under-18 Team scored a 3-1 victory over Finland in the opener for both teams at the 2012 U-18 Four Nations Tournament at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube in Michigan.

Malone, who earned a C rating on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary players to watch list in the United States Hockey League, scored 17:02 into the second to give the United States a 2-1 lead. Tyler Kelleher had given the U.S. team a 1-0 lead 7:43 into the first, when the hosts outshot the Finns, 22-6.

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.06.2012 / 1:03 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

Drouin cleared for Team QMJHL on Wednesday

After sitting out the opening game of the 2012 Subway Super Series against Russia with a foot injury, Halifax Mooseheads forward and top draft-eligible prospect Jonathan Drouin has been cleared to play in Wednesday's second game in Val-d’Or, Quebec.

Drouin, who suffered his injury while blocking a shot on Saturday for Halifax, sat out the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's 6-2 loss to Russia on Monday.

Drouin will be joined by Halifax teammates Nathan MacKinnon, Brent Andrews and Zach Fucale in the lineup. Fucale, a goaltender, was also absent on Monday and MacKinnon was a minus-4 on the top line with Jonathan Huberdeau and Jean-Sebastien Dea. Andrews played a role on the team's fourth line.

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.06.2012 / 10:56 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Three stars from Day 1 at World Junior A Challenge

The opening day of the 2012 World Junior A Challenge in Yarmouth, N.S., on Monday saw the United States and Russia score victories in their respective contests.

The U.S. recorded a 9-1 triumph over Canada East, which garnered silver in last year's tournament, while Russia scored six unanswered goals en route to a 6-1 victory over the Czech Republic. NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards is in Nova Scotia, carefully viewing those draft eligible players on the radar and competing for their countries.

Edwards took the time to provide NHL.com with his three stars from Day 1.

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.06.2012 / 10:10 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Connor McDavid lighting it up as a 15-year-old rookie

Erie Otters forward Connor McDavid is not eligible for the NHL Draft until 2015, but he has certainly grabbed the attention of those scouts in attendance as a 15-year-old rookie in the Ontario Hockey League this season.

McDavid, as you may know, was granted exceptional player status on March 21, 2012, by Hockey Canada to be eligible for the 2012 OHL Priority Selection. He joined John Tavares and Aaron Ekblad as the only players to be awarded that honor and was promptly drafted first overall by the Otters.

Erie is certainly reaping the benefits.

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Posted On Monday, 11.05.2012 / 12:15 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Rimouski's Gauthier sidelined with broken jaw

Rookie forward Frederik Gauthier of the Rimouski Oceanic in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League is expected to miss two weeks while recovering from a broken jaw.

Gauthier, a 6-foot-5, 210-pound center, did not play in the team's 6-5 shootout victory over Halifax on Sunday. The 17-year-old reportedly suffered his injury after taking a shot to the face on Saturday during a 4-1 victory over the Quebec Remparts.

Gauthier underwent surgery on Sunday evening.
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Posted On Monday, 11.05.2012 / 11:16 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

USA Hockey reveals Four Nations Tournament team

USA Hockey on Monday revealed the U.S. National Under-18 Team roster that will represent the country at the 2012 U-18 Four Nations Tournament scheduled Nov. 6-10 at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube in Michigan.

The roster for the United States will include forward Hudson Fasching, who was recently given an A rating by NHL Central Scouting in its preliminary rankings of players to watch for this year's draft. J.T. Compher, another NTDP player given an A-rating prior to the season, is still recovering from an undisclosed injury suffered last month and will not be available.

Fasching, who had missed the last two games with an upper body injury, has three goals and eight points in 13 games.

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Posted On Saturday, 11.03.2012 / 11:14 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game slated Jan. 23

The United States Hockey League on Friday announced that the 2013 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game would be held Jan. 23 at L.C. Walker Arena in Muskegon, Mich.

This is the second year the USHL will be staging a top prospects game, which features 40 of the top NHL Draft-eligible players from the league. The process of choosing players, who will be named sometime in early January, includes input from the 16 USHL general managers, NHL Central Scouting and NHL team scouts and decision makers.

"We're excited to have the prospects game return to Muskegon, one of the proudest and longest-standing hockey markets in the United States," USHL president and commissioner Skip Prince said. "These are America's best, gathered together for a special night with the Muskegon Lumberjacks as host and all of hockey as spectators."

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Posted On Friday, 11.02.2012 / 4:05 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Quebec's Sorensen to sit this weekend

Quebec Remparts right wing Nick Sorensen, who earned a B rating on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary list for players in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, will be sidelined this weekend with a bruised foot.

Sorensen had been on fire this season, hitting for four goals and 11 assists in 14 games. He also sports a plus-7 rating. The 6-foot-0.5, 168-pound forward missed almost all of his rookie season in 2011-12 after suffering a knee injury in the eighth game of the season.

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