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Posted On Friday, 02.13.2015 / 10:17 AM

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

Brock Boeser commits to University of North Dakota

Waterloo Black Hawks right wing Brock Boeser, No. 28 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm rankings on the top North American skaters eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, will attend the University of North Dakota in 2015-16.

Boeser, who originally committed to the University of Wisconsin but did not sign a Letter of Intent, first make public his decision via his Twitter account on Thursday.

"It was a combination of me feeling good with the coaches, the facilities, and their style of play," Boeser told NHL.com in an email. "I think it's the best fit for me and my development."

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Posted On Thursday, 02.12.2015 / 3:49 PM

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

Flyers' Hextall committed to future, patience

Don't expect Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall to sacrifice future assets in an attempt to enhance his chances for present-day success.

The Flyers, in the midst of their best point streak (5-0-2, 12 points) of the season, trail the Boston Bruins by eight points for the second wild-card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference with 28 games remaining in the regular season. The Flyers have road games Friday against the Columbus Blue Jackets and Sunday against the Buffalo Sabres.

The NHL Trade Deadline is March 2.

"Being X number of points out of a playoff spot won't necessarily [dictate what we will do at the deadline]," Hextall said on a conference call Thursday. "That's going to be part of the equation. The other part will be what type of price people will pay. There's a lot of things that go into the decision-making, so as we close in [on the deadline] we'll gauge where we're at and the prices, and we'll make decisions."

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Posted On Thursday, 02.12.2015 / 12:45 PM

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

McDavid bobblehead night a big hit in Erie

Erie Otters captain Connor McDavid, No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm list of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, extended his season-high point streak to 16 games with a goal and two points on a very special night against the Guelph Storm on Wednesday.

Even though the Otters lost the game, 6-3, the first 500 children aged 12-and-under at Erie Insurance Arena were given a Connor McDavid bobblehead. On Friday, the Otters will make available additional bobbleheads of the team captain.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.11.2015 / 11:06 AM

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

Defenseman Provorov sustains upper body injury

Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman Ivan Provorov, No. 10 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm list of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury, according the Western Hockey League injury report.

Provorov, who sustained his injury after blocking a shot in a victory against the Kootenay Ice on Feb. 7, could miss games against the Spokane Chiefs on Friday and Prince Albert Raiders on Sunday.


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Posted On Tuesday, 02.10.2015 / 10:43 AM

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

Sadek, Jaremko, Borgen among Mr. Hockey nominees

Lakeville North defenseman Jack Sadek, No. 83 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm list of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, has been named one of the 10 candidates for Minnesota's prestigious Mr. Hockey Award.

The Mr. Hockey Award, chosen by NHL scouts, junior-hockey scouts and coaches, and select media members from around Minnesota, is given to the outstanding senior high school boys' hockey player in the state each season. Three other awards will be presented at a banquet that is set for March 8 at the Grand Ballroom at RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minn.

Sadek (6-foot-1, 185 pounds) is Central Scouting's highest-rated Minnesota scholastic hockey player. The University of Minnesota recruit has four goals and 24 points in 23 games for Lakeville North (23-0-0) this season. He has a point in 15 of Lakeville North's 23 games.

"Jack is a two-way defender who skates well in all directions," Central Scouting's Greg Rajanen told NHL.com. "He handles the puck well and runs the power play from the top with good passing ability, quick release from the point and overall good decisions.

"He's a bit of a late bloomer but overall a solid prospect."

There are two other players among the 10 nominees who are listed on Central Scouting's midterm report: Elk River senior center Jacob Jaremko (5-11, 170) and Moorhead senior defenseman William Borgen (6-2, 189).

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Posted On Monday, 02.09.2015 / 2:30 PM

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

Youngtown's Connor named USHL Forward of the Week

Forward Kyle Connor of the Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League, No. 14 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, was named the USHL CCM Forward of the Week on Monday.

The 6-foot-1, 177-pound left wing had four goals, five points and a plus-4 rating in three victories for the Phantoms this past weekend.

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Posted On Monday, 02.09.2015 / 1:20 PM

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

At the Rink: Oilers at Devils

NEWARK, N.J. -- The New Jersey Devils hope to keep open the small window of opportunity that remains to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs when they play the Edmonton Oilers at Prudential Center on Monday.

The Devils, who are 8-3-2 in the past 13 games and 5-1-1 in the past seven, have 29 games remaining and trail the Boston Bruins by 12 points for the second Eastern Conference wild-card spot. The odds aren't good, particularly when the Devils give away points as they did in a 6-2 loss against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.

After facing the Oilers, No. 29 in the NHL standings, the Devils will travel to the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday and Nashville Predators on Saturday, then start a six-game homestand that concludes against the Bruins on Feb. 27.

One area of concern for the Devils is the power play, which has gone 0-for-5 with one shot on goal in the past three games (2-1-0).

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Posted On Monday, 02.09.2015 / 9:00 AM

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

Eichel's Beanpot delayed; McDavid still streaking

Boston University freshman Jack Eichel will be forced to wait for his first and possibly only opportunity at winning a Beanpot Tournament championship. Inclement weather has postponed the championship game against Northeastern for two weeks.

The championship and consolation games, scheduled for Tuesday, now will be played Feb. 23 at TD Garden in Boston. Boston University will play Northeastern in the tournament final at 7:30 p.m. ET. The consolation game between Boston College and Harvard will be played at 4:30 p.m. ET.

Eichel, No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, could jump to the NHL next season, making this his only chance to play in the most recognizable in-season NCAA college hockey tournament.

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Posted On Friday, 02.06.2015 / 1:02 PM

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

At the Rink: Maple Leafs at Devils

NEWARK, N.J. -- The New Jersey Devils will look to win a third straight game for the first time since the start of the season when they play host Friday to the Toronto Maple Leafs at Prudential Center.

The Devils have won two straight but failed to get a third on four occasions this season. The last time they won three straight was Oct. 9-14 with victories against the Philadelphia Flyers, Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning.

"After the win, the first thing you say is you won and that's important," Devils interim coach Lou Lamoriello said. "Sure, you want to win three in a row because that means you won the game and that's all we're concerned about. It's not so much the streak, but the importance of winning that game."

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.04.2015 / 4:16 PM

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

At the Rink: Bruins at Rangers

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist will not be in the lineup against the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden in the NBCSN Wednesday Night Rivalry game (8 p.m. ET) because of a neck injury related to the throat injury he sustained Saturday.

"We don't know how long he'll be out but the injury is related to the injury he had over the weekend," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said after the morning skate Wednesday. Lundqvist is considered day-to-day.

Lundqvist was hit in the throat by a shot 3:02 into the second period Saturday against the Carolina Hurricanes. He received treatment on the ice from the Rangers medical staff but stayed in the game. He had 31 saves in the Rangers' 4-1 victory but said afterward that he felt light-headed and was experiencing headaches for the remainder of the game.

He had 33 saves Monday in a 6-3 victory against the Florida Panthers. When Lundqvist spoke to reporters after the game he showed no signs of the injury.

Vigneault said he learned of Lundqvist's injury Tuesday night.

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That was something I've been dreaming of, something I've told myself before the third period I was going to do ... It was an amazing feeling. It's hard to describe. I didn't believe it went in at first but when I saw all the reaction and all the fans going crazy and my teammates going crazy, it's just an unbelievable feeling. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know whether to jump or just skate and do a Theo Fleury. I don't think I'm the same caliber player he is so I couldn't do it.

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