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POSTED ON Monday, 01.14.2013 / 9:54 PM

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Dauphin to replace Shinkaruk at Top Prospects Game

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia -- The flu bug will keep forward Hunter Shinkaruk of the Medicine Hat Tigers in the Western Hockey League from participating in the 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on Wednesday at the Metro Centre.

Shinkaruk becomes the fourth player in five days unable to participate at the Top Prospects Game due to injury or illness.

The 5-foot-10.25, 181-pound Shinkaruk, who would have served as an alternate captain for Team Orr, will be replaced by center Laurent Dauphin of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Dauphin, who was notified of his participation Monday afternoon, is third on the Sagueneens with 41 points, including 19 goals, and is plus-3 in 39 games this season. He's also been effective on faceoffs, winning 51 percent of 520 draws.

Shinkaruk, the captain of the Tigers, is tied for the team lead with 49 points (22 goals) in 35 games. In 2011-12, Shinkaruk finished fifth in scoring in the WHL with 49 goals in 66 games. His 91 points ranked second on Medicine Hat and 12th overall in the league.

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POSTED ON Monday, 01.14.2013 / 3:09 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Top Prospects Blog

Desrosiers replaces Comrie in Top Prospects Game

The Canadian Hockey League on Monday announced that goalie Eric Comrie of the Tri-City Americans will miss the 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on Wednesday due to an undisclosed injury.

Comrie, NHL Central Scouting's No. 1-rated goalie on its preliminary list of players at his position in the Western Hockey League, will be replaced on Team Orr by Philippe Desrosiers of the Rimouski Oceanic in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The Top Prospects game is scheduled Wednesday at Metro Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, at 7 p.m. ET (NHLN-US, Sportsnet).


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POSTED ON Monday, 01.14.2013 / 7:00 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Top Prospects Blog

Top prospects ready to shine in Halifax

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA -- Defenseman Seth Jones and center Nathan MacKinnon will highlight the rosters for their respective teams on Wednesday when the 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is held at the Metro Centre in Halifax.

The contest is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET (NHLN-US, Sportsnet).

MacKinnon of the Halifax Mooseheads in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League will captain Team Cherry and Jones of the Portland Winterhawks in the Western Hockey League will wear the 'C' for Team Orr.

With the exception of the three players representing Team Cherry from Halifax -- MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin and Zachary Fucale -- 37 others will be arriving in the province of Nova Scotia on Monday afternoon.

Team Cherry and head coach Don Cherry will conduct a practice session at 6 p.m. ET, followed by Team Orr and coach Mike McPhee at 7 p.m. ET.

On Tuesday, the players will undergo on- and off-ice testing at the Metro Centre from 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET. The remainder of the day is set aside for interviews and television promos.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 01.12.2013 / 3:00 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Top Prospects Blog

Cassels in for injured Carrier for Top Prospects Game

The Canadian Hockey League on Saturday announced that forward William Carrier of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League will miss the 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game due to a lower-body injury that may sideline him for up to three weeks.

Carrier will be replaced on Team Cherry by Cole Cassels of the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League. The Top Prospects Game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday (NHLN-US, Sportsnet) at Metro Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Ranked No. 7 on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary ranking of QMJHL skaters for the 2013 NHL Draft, Carrier is the second player in three days to be sidelined by injury for the Top Prospects Game. Defenseman Ryan Pulock of the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League suffered a wrist injury and on Thursday was on Team Cherry by Jordan Subban of the Belleville Bulls of the OHL.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 01.10.2013 / 11:14 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Top Prospects Blog

Subban to replace Pulock at Top Prospects Game

The Canadian Hockey League on Thursday announced that defenseman Ryan Pulock would not play in the 2013 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game due to a wrist injury that could sideline him two weeks.

Pulock will be replaced on Team Cherry by Jordan Subban of the Belleville Bulls in the Ontario Hockey League. The Top Prospects Game is scheduled for Wednesday at Metro Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, at 7 p.m. ET.

Subban, who ranks 12th among defensemen in the OHL with 27 points on seven goals and 20 assists, is No. 17 on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings of players in the league. The 5-foot-9, 175 pound blueliner is the youngest of the Subban brothers -- defenseman P.K. Subban and goalie Malcolm Subban.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 01.09.2013 / 2:20 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Top Prospects Blog

Sport Testing Inc. to put top prospects to the test

Before the top prospects of the Canadian Hockey League showcase their ability at the 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on Wednesday, they'll undergo a series of on- and off-ice tests that will provide scouts and general managers an instant profile on each player.

On Tuesday morning, all 40 of the players competing in the game will be put through those tests at Metro Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, home of the Halifax Mooseheads of Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

The on-ice component, which will have 10 individual measurements that break each player's game down into the essentials of speed, agility, explosiveness, stickhandling and reaction time, will be conducted by Sport Testing Inc. Company co-founders Jonathan and Jamie Hollins and additional assistants will lead the testing.

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