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Posted On Friday, 09.12.2014 / 1:43 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Jackson added to All-American Prospects Game

Center Robby Jackson of the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League has been added to the list of players invited to the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, which will be played Sept. 25 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo.

Jackson will play on Team Olczyk in place of right wing Michael Floodstrand of the United States National Team Development Program Under-18 team, who withdrew due to injury.

A 5-foot-9, 177-pound center, Jackson had 28 goals and 42 points in 60 games with Chicago last season. He is committed to St. Cloud State University for the 2015-16 season.

The All-American Prospects Game will feature 42 of the top U.S.-born players eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, among them Boston University center Jack Eichel, University of Michigan defenseman Zachary Werenski and Boston College defenseman Noah Hanifin.

Posted On Friday, 09.12.2014 / 1:22 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Rookie Camps blog

Blue Jackets' Dansk ready to fight for ice time

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Oscar Dansk is approaching this season as the most important of his career. And as the 20-year-old enters his first professional season in North America, he's probably right.

Dansk, the Blue Jackets' second-round pick (No. 31) in the 2012 NHL Draft, will start the season with Springfield of the American Hockey League, where he will compete for playing time with fellow Swede Anton Forsberg. The first step in that battle will be at the Traverse City Prospect Tournament, which runs through Tuesday.

Posted On Friday, 09.12.2014 / 12:52 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Rookie Camps blog

Senators' Lazar trying to enjoy camp experiences

Ottawa Senators 2013 first-round pick (No. 17) Curtis Lazar has his sights set on being in the NHL this season.

One step in that process will involve a trip west to London, Ontario. He'll be part of the team the Senators are sending to the London Rookie Tournament, which will be held Sept. 13-16 and will feature the Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Lazar, No. 16 on's Top 60 prospect ranking, played center during his junior time with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League, but likely will have to shift to right wing if he wants to last in Ottawa.

Posted On Friday, 09.12.2014 / 11:21 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Rookie Camps blog

Rangers' Halverson set for Traverse City homecoming

Playing in the Traverse City Prospect Tournament this week will be special for New York Rangers goaltender Brandon Halverson.

He'll be representing the team he hopes to play for in the NHL, and also doing it at home. Halverson was born in Traverse City, Mich., and Centre Ice Arena is a 10-minute drive from the house he grew up in.

Posted On Friday, 09.12.2014 / 10:42 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Rookie Camps blog

Red Wings' Mantha looking to make rapid rise

The Detroit Red Wings organizational philosophy is to leave players in the development pipeline for as long as possible. That includes having even their prospects spend time in the American Hockey League.

However, Anthony Mantha could break that mold. The team's 2013 first-round pick (No. 20), is No. 10 on's Top 60 prospect ranking.

"Because of what he's done in major junior he's kind of accelerated [his path] and given himself an opportunity to legitimately be a Detroit Red Wing and an opportunity to crack our top six," Kris Draper, Red Wings special assistant to the general manager, told staff writer Tal Pinchevsky.

Posted On Friday, 09.12.2014 / 10:26 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Rookie Camps blog

Bruins' Pastrnak having fun at rookie camp

It didn't take long for David Pastrnak, the Boston Bruins top pick at the 2014 NHL Draft (No. 25) to make an impression on his new teammates.

"He's just a big goofball," fellow forward Matthew Lindblad told correspondent Matt Kalman on Thursday. "And we're going to have a lot of fun over the next week."

After off-ice testing and a practice Thursday, Pastrnak joined his teammates for a trip to Antioch, Tenn., where they will join the Nashville Predators, Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers at a rookie tournament that run Sept. 13-16.

"It was great, learning a little bit of experience not just on the ice but off the ice too," Pastrnak said. "Seeing how they are out on the ice, and that's going to give me a lot. So I'm happy that I could practice with them, and also I was trying to take as much of the experience as I could."

For more on Pastrnak, who was ranked No. 51 on's Top 60 prospect rankings, click here.

Posted On Wednesday, 09.10.2014 / 5:03 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014 Summer with Stanley blog

Kings broadcaster Bob Miller has evening with Cup

When Los Angeles Kings' Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Miller found out he would be spending an evening with the Stanley Cup, he made sure to invite some longtime friends to the party.

One of the first people he invited to the festivities was Nashville Predators play-by-play man Pete Weber, who served as a Kings television and radio analyst alongside Miller from 1978-81. The longtime friends go as far back as their college broadcasting days when Miller was at the University of Wisconsin and Weber was at Notre Dame.

"He called us when the date was set in stone and asked if we could make it out. We said we'll make it. It might have taken 10 seconds for us to say yes," Weber said. "It was a tremendous situation. And I was very careful, I did not touch the Cup."

Posted On Sunday, 09.07.2014 / 6:13 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014 Summer with Stanley blog

Robitaille closes Cup's week in Southern California

After months of crisscrossing the globe to spend time with Los Angeles Kings players and staff, the Stanley Cup made its return to Southern California last week.

It started on Tuesday when the Cup visited South Park Studios, where the show's creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, got to spend some time with the most iconic trophy in sports. The Cup made a similar stop to the South Park offices after the Kings won the franchise's first championship in 2012.

Posted On Tuesday, 09.02.2014 / 11:44 AM

By Staff -  / - 2015 NHL Draft blog

USHL Atlantic Challenge to feature top '15 prospects

A number of top prospects players listed on NHL Central Scouting's Futures List for the 2015 NHL Draft will headline the second annual United States Hockey League Atlantic Challenge preseason showcase, at Twin Rinks Ice Center in East Meadow, N.Y., Sept. 5-7.

The event will feature the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, Muskegon Lumberjacks, Lincoln Stars and the United States National Team Development Program Under-18 team.

Seven players from the USNTDP program are on the Futures List: forwards Jeremy Bracco, Christian Fischer, Jordan Greenway, Brendan Warren and Colin White, and defensemen Nick Boka and Casey Fitzgerald.

Muskegon center Cooper Marody also made the Futures List.

Posted On Tuesday, 09.02.2014 / 9:10 AM

By Staff -  / - 2014 Summer with Stanley blog

Kings GM Lombardi celebrates with Snoopy

Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi put the Stanley Cup in the doghouse over the weekend.

Not just any dog's house, though. Lombardi took the Cup to Santa Rosa, Calif., on Sunday and to the Charles M. Schulz Museum. Schulz is most famous for penning the "Peanuts" comic strip, and Hockey Hall of Fame Keeper of the Cup Phil Pritchard photographed Lombardi with the Cup in Snoopy's dog house.

Schulz, as Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times noted, was an avid hockey fan.

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