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2015 NHL Draft
Posted On Friday, 05.29.2015 / 5:48 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - In Case You Missed It Blog

ICYMI: Friday, May 29

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TRENDING:

Three keys for Rangers, Lightning to winning Game 7
Examining three keys to victory in for the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Weekes: Two Game 7s are better than one
NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes is ready for a pair of Game 7s that will decide who advances to the Stanley Cup Final.



Ducks cornerstone players face defining moment
Ryan Getzlaf has won his share of big games in the NHL and on the international level, but he and the Anaheim Ducks are trying to put a string of postseason failures behind them.

Ducks coach Boudreau eyes line changes for Game 7
Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau could be trying out some new wrinkles in his bottom-six forward group for Game 7 of the Western Conference Final.

NEWS:

Devils sign forward Kalinin to entry-level contract
The New Jersey Devils have signed former Avangard Omsk forward Sergey Kalinin to an entry-level contract.

Blues sign Schmaltz to entry-level contract
The St. Louis Blues have signed defenseman Jordan Schmaltz to a three-year entry-level contract.

Hurricanes sign goalie MacIntyre to one-year contract
The Carolina Hurricanes have signed goaltender Drew MacIntyre to a one-year, two-way contract.

Blue Jackets sign Falk to one-year contract
The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Justin Falk to a one-year, two-way contract.

FEATURES:

NHL Scouting Combine to add new testing, technology
The 2015 NHL Scouting Combine will add new testing this year and incorporate new technology as it moves to Harborcenter in Buffalo, N.Y., to evaluate prospects in the 2015 NHL Draft.

McDavid nominated for three CHL awards
Center Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League was named a finalist for three Canadian Hockey League awards, the CHL announced Friday.

BLOG COVERAGE:

Rangers know better effort at home will be necessary
The New York Rangers have been successful on home ice in Game 7s, but their past two games at Madison Square Garden have been clunkers.

Lightning excited for Game 7 opportunity vs. Rangers
The Tampa Bay Lightning see Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers on Friday as an exciting opportunity.

Sabres' Bylsma likes what he sees in Jack Eichel
Buffalo Sabres coach Dan Bylsma offered his thoughts on Boston University freshman Jack Eichel.



Flames feel depth of 2015 draft works in their favor
The Calgary Flames, who have the 15th pick of the 2015 NHL Draft, feel the deep talent pool gives them a chance to add a quality young player.

Posted On Friday, 05.29.2015 / 12:33 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Flames feel depth of 2015 draft works in their favor

The Calgary Flames relied on some of their younger players during their run to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and heading into the 2015 NHL Draft they expect to find another quality player to add to the organization.

Although most of the headlines surrounding this year's draft class has been centered on Erie center Connor McDavid and Boston University center Jack Eichel, Flames director of amateur scouting Tod Button said he likes the depth of the talent pool and expects to find a quality player when the Flames' turn in the first round comes at No. 15.

Who that player could be, however, Button isn't sure about. He and his scouts have assembled a list of players who could be available when their spot comes up. Button did say the Flames would not use their first pick on a goaltender.

Posted On Thursday, 05.28.2015 / 10:58 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Quebec wins, advances to Memorial Cup semifinal

Jerome Verrier scored two goals to help the host Quebec Remparts beat the Rimouski Oceanic 5-2 in the tiebreaker game on Thursday at the 2015 Memorial Cup at Pepsi Colisee in Quebec City, Quebec.

Adam Erne (Tampa Bay Lightning) had a goal and an assist, and Anthony Duclair (Arizona Coyotes) and Marc-Olivier Roy (Edmonton Oilers) also had goals. Goaltender Zachary Fucale (Montreal Canadiens) made 30 saves.

The Remparts play the Western Hockey League champion Kelowna Rockets in the semifinals Friday. The winner of that game will play the Oshawa Generals, champions of the Ontario Hockey League, in the championship game Sunday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN-US). The Remparts are trying to become the first host team to win the Memorial Cup since the Shawinigan Cataractes in 2012.

Posted On Thursday, 05.28.2015 / 10:52 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Rangers-Lightning series blog

Lightning's Boyle not fazed by Garden mystique

Brian Boyle won two Game 7s with the New York Rangers, one at Madison Square Garden, last year.

They were part of New York's 6-0 Game 7 record since 2012, 4-0 at MSG.

He'll play another one there Friday, this time with the Tampa Bay Lightning to decide the Eastern Conference Final (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Boyle said Thursday he wouldn't have made the trip north if he believed the Lightning bought into the idea they have no chance to conquer the Madison Square Garden mystique.

"Do you think I buy it? What am I doing here if I buy it?" Boyle said. "Why would I fly up from Florida if I bought it? They've obviously had success in Game 7. It's a new year. Obviously, we're expecting their best and they've been good. It's a fun place to play."

Posted On Thursday, 05.28.2015 / 6:01 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - In Case You Missed It Blog

ICYMI: Thursday, May 28

Have #FOMO? Simply want to catch up after a busy day? No worries, NHL.com has you covered. Welcome to our new ICYMI blog, a daily digest of all news, features and blogs we publish. Consider it your one-stop shop for all written NHL.com content.



TRENDING:

Bylsma hired as coach of Sabres
Former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma will take over behind Buffalo Sabres bench.

DeBoer hired as coach of Sharks
San Jose Sharks on Thursday introduced Peter DeBoer as their new coach.

Stanley Cup Final will open Wednesday, June 3 
The National Hockey League today announced the schedule of dates for the 2015 Stanley Cup Final, which will begin on Wednesday, June 3.

Rangers feel Game 7 experience gives them edge
The New York Rangers feel their experience and history in Game 7s gives them an edge against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Final.

Blackhawks back in Game 7 with Cup Final at stake
The Chicago Blackhawks are looking to avoid having their season end in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final for the second consecutive year.



NEWS:

Coaches hired 'haven't affected' Devils' search: report
The New Jersey Devils would be the last remaining NHL team without a coach if three openings are filled soon, as expected.

Ducks, Blackhawks vie for Cup Final in Game 7
Anaheim Ducks, Chicago Blackhawks compete for a Stanley Cup Final berth in Game 7 on Saturday.

Blue Jackets sign Goloubef to two-year contract
Columbus Blue Jackets sign defenseman Cody Goloubef to two-year deal.

Rangers' McDonagh sits out practice
New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh sat out practice Thursday

Capitals' Backstrom has arthroscopic hip surgery
Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom underwent arthroscopic hip surgery Wednesday and is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

Senators' Murray to leave GM job after 2015-16: report
Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray told CBC Wednesday he expects the 2015-16 season to be his final one in his current position.

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook
Comprehensive Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook from action on Wednesday, May 27.

FEATURES:

Chabot: Ducks must be better at both nets in Game 7
NHL coach Frederic Chabot believes the Anaheim Ducks need to be better in front of both nets in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Blackhawks' Keith takes hits, makes pivotal plays
Duncan Keith
Defense - CHI
GOALS: 2 | ASST: 14 | PTS: 16
SOG: 45 | +/-: 11
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith assisted on three goals in the second period and saved another in the third of Game 6 of the Western Conference Final against the Anaheim Ducks.

Noel: Keith had elite effort for Blackhawks in Game 6
Claude Noel was impressed with the Chicago Blackhawks defense, particularly Duncan Keith, in their Game 6 win against the Anaheim Ducks to extend the Western Conference Final to seven games.

McDavid deserves all the comparisons to Crosby
Not only is Connor McDavid likely to be the No. 1 pick of the 2015 NHL Draft, but many believe he is the best draft prospect since Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby in 2005.

Top prospect Eichel conjures memories of Kariya
Jack Eichel, No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of the top North American players eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, has drawn comparisons to former Anaheim Ducks forward Paul Kariya for his dominant freshman year at Boston University.

Shaw, Blackhawks' role players key Game 6 win
The Chicago Blackhawks got contributions from their stars as well as role players in a 5-2 win in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final against the Anaheim Ducks.

Getzlaf says Ducks' Game 6 loss 'started with me'
Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf was blunt and to the point about what went wrong in a 5-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final at United Center on Wednesday.

Keith does it all to keep Blackhawks' season alive
Anaheim center Ryan Kesler hit Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith hard into the boards at 7:51 of the second period, and Keith responded by assisting on three straight goals.

BLOG COVERAGE:

Top prospects Connor, Boeser receive USHL honors
Top 2015 NHL Draft prospects Kyle Connor and Brock Boeser were named to the All-USHL First Team.

Lightning not getting stressed about Game 7
The Tampa Bay Lightning will treat Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers on Friday just like any other game.

Rimouski wins, earns spot in Memorial Cup tiebreaker
The Rimouski Oceanic beat the Quebec Remparts on the final day of round-robin play at the Memorial Cup, and set up a rematch in the tiebreaker game.


Posted On Thursday, 05.28.2015 / 5:29 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Top prospects Connor, Boeser receive USHL honors

Forwards Kyle Connor of the Youngstown Phantoms and Brock Boeser of the Waterloo Black Hawks were among the top 2015 NHL Draft prospects named Thursday to the 2014-15 All-United States Hockey League First Team.

Connor, No. 13 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters for the 2015 draft, had been named USHL player of the year on Wednesday. The 6-foot-1, 177-pound left wing led the USHL with 80 points in 56 games, and his 34 goals were fourth. He is committed to play at the University of Michigan next season.

Boeser, No. 27 on Central Scouting's final ranking, tied for the USHL lead with 35 goals and was third in scoring with 68 points. The 6-foot, 191-pound right wing, who was named to the USHL All-Rookie First Team last week, is committed to play at the University of North Dakota next season.

Posted On Wednesday, 05.27.2015 / 11:31 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Rimouski wins, earns spot in Memorial Cup tiebreaker

Philippe Desrosiers (Dallas Stars) made 27 saves and the Rimouski Oceanic closed round-robin play with a 4-0 victory against the host Quebec Remparts at the 2015 Memorial Cup at Pepsi Colisee in Quebec City, Quebec.

Michael Joly, a prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft, had one goal and three assists for Rimouski. Alexis Loiseau had a goal and an assist, and Justin Samson and Christopher Clapperton (Florida Panthers) also scored.

Quebec goalie Zachary Fucale (Montreal Canadiens) was pulled after allowing four goals on 25 shots. Callum Booth, No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American goaltenders for the 2015 draft, stopped all 17 shots he faced.

The teams will play again Thursday in the tiebreaker game. It will mark the ninth time the teams have played this month; Rimouski beat Quebec in seven games to win the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League title, and won all three games at Pepsi Colisee. Including playoffs, Rimouski has beaten Quebec six straight times at Pepsi Colisee.

Posted On Wednesday, 05.27.2015 / 6:43 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Islanders prospect Dal Colle talks Memorial Cup

New York Islanders prospect Michael Dal Colle joined NHL Live to discuss competing in the 2015 Memorial Cup and his Oshawa Generals place in the championship game Sunday.

The Generals, champions of the Ontario Hockey League, earned a spot in the finals with a 2-1 win Tuesday against the Michael Dal Colle. They were the only team to finish round-robin play 3-0-0, and will play for their fifth Memorial Cup title and first since 1990.

"I think we had a very good playoff run," Dal Colle said. "We played teams like North Bay and Erie, and getting through that and winning the OHL was a big accomplishment. We turned our minds to the Memorial Cup right away and I think that helped us in the round robin."

Posted On Wednesday, 05.27.2015 / 1:36 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Connor named USHL Player of the Year

Youngstown Phantoms forward Kyle Connor, a projected first-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, was named the United States Hockey League Player of the Year and Forward of the Year on Wednesday.

Connor, who led the USHL with 80 points in 56 regular-season games, broke his single-season Youngstown record for points, which he had set last season with 74. His 34 goals and 46 assists ranked second in the league, and he led the USHL with nine game-winning goals and 32 power-play points. Connor also had three goals and four points in four playoff games.

"Being named both player and forward of the year is a great honor," Connor told the Phantoms website. "It all goes back to my teammates and coaches this year always challenging and pushing me to be better. After the season we had two years ago we wanted to come back strong and they pushed me every day on the ice and in the weight room."

Posted On Tuesday, 05.26.2015 / 11:48 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Oshawa tops Kelowna, moves to Memorial Cup final

Cole Cassels (Vancouver Canucks) and Tobias Lindberg (Ottawa Senators) each scored to help the Oshawa Generals earn a spot in the 2015 Memorial Cup championship game with a 2-1 win against the Kelowna Rockets on Tuesday at Pepsi Colisee in Quebec City, Quebec.

Oshawa goaltender Ken Appleby made 20 saves.

"That's a good hockey team we just beat," Cassels told the Memorial Cup website. "We can thank [Appleby] for saving us in the final minutes there on a 5-on-3, as well as the guys on the ice. That's a character win."

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Hopefully [Jonathan] has a year that pushes us, that is the organization, to speak to him next summer and looking for [a long-term contract]. Because the thought process is trying to get a goaltender, and hopefully it's Jonathan, to be the stabilizer for this franchise.

— Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello on goaltender Jonathan Bernier