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POSTED ON Friday, 03.14.2014 / 12:10 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014 NHL Draft blog

DeAngelo expected to return Saturday for Sarnia

Sarnia Sting defenseman Anthony DeAngelo, No. 10 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm list of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft, will sit out his third straight game on Friday with a lower-body injury when his team plays against the Guelph Storm at Sleeman Centre in Guelph, Ontario.

DeAngelo informed NHL.com that the injury, which he sustained in the first period of a 7-0 loss against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds on March 7, is "nothing too serious." He expects to be back in the lineup on Saturday in his team's regular-season finale against the Erie Otters.

The offensive-minded defenseman remains the highest-scoring player at his position in the Ontario Hockey League with 70 points (15 goals, 55 assists) in 50 games. In three seasons with the Sting, DeAngelo has 30 goals and 151 points in 180 games.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.11.2014 / 10:36 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014 NHL Draft blog

Kingston's Bennett suspended five games by OHL

Kingston Frontenacs center Samuel Bennett, No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm list of the top North American players eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft, on Tuesday was given a five-game suspension by the Ontario Hockey League for his actions in a game against the Peterborough Petes earlier this month.

The suspension is retroactive to March 7, meaning Bennett would be eligible to return to the lineup for his team's regular-season finale against the Mississauga Steelheads on March 16.

Bennett had already served two games of the suspension while the league was reviewing his double minor for high sticking against defenseman Clarke Seymour 13:38 into the third period of a 5-4 loss to the Petes on March 6. Seymour was a fifth-round selection (No. 143) of the Pittsburgh Penguins at the 2012 NHL Draft.

The Frontenacs have 36 wins and 78 points and are in third place in the conference standings with four regular-season games remaining.


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POSTED ON Monday, 03.10.2014 / 2:04 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014 NHL Draft blog

Prince Albert's Draisaitl named WHL player of week

Prince Albert Raiders center Leon Draisaitl, No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm list of the top North American skaters for the 2014 NHL Draft, on Monday was named the Denny's Western Hockey League Player of the Week.

Draisaitl, who had five goals, nine points and a plus-5 rating in three victories this past week, is tied for fourth in the league scoring race with 97 points in 60 games. Kootenay Ice center Sam Reinhart, No. 4 on Central Scouting's midterm list, also has 97 points in 56 games.

Draisaitl, chosen No. 2 in the 2012 CHL Import Draft by Prince Albert, has 56 goals and 155 points in 124 career regular-season contests spanning two seasons.

"All season long, he's continued to develop as a prospect," NHL Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr said. "You noticed him all the time last year and he's gone out there and become a dominant player for Prince Albert this year. We like him as a top-five pick."

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POSTED ON Sunday, 03.09.2014 / 11:34 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014 NHL Draft blog

Top prospect Bennett out 'indefinitely'

Kingston Frontenacs center Samuel Bennett, No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm list of the top draft eligible skaters from North America, missed his second straight game on Sunday as the Ontario Hockey League continues to review an incident that occurred three days ago involving the top 2014 draft prospect.

The Kingston Whig-Standard reported on Friday that Bennett is serving an "indefinite" suspension after being issued a double minor for high sticking 13:38 into the third period of a 5-4 loss to the Peterborough Petes on March 6.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 03.06.2014 / 5:25 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 NHL Draft blog

Guelph's Fabbri, Oshawa's Appleby honored by OHL

Two prospects for the 2014 NHL Draft were honored Thursday by the Ontario Hockey League.

Guelph Storm forward Robert Fabbri was named OHL Player of the Month for February, and the Oshawa Generals' Ken Appleby was named the league's goaltender of the month.

Fabbri had 11 goals, 12 assists and a plus-9 rating for Guelph in 12 February games. He had at least two points in nine of the 12 games, including a four-point game Feb. 21 against the Windsor Spitfires.

The 5-10.25, 170-pound center is No. 25 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of the top North American forwards eligible for the 2014 draft.

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POSTED ON Monday, 03.03.2014 / 7:25 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014 NHL Draft blog

Samuel Bennett named OHL player of the week

Kingston Frontenacs center Samuel Bennett, No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm list of the top draft eligible skaters from North America, was named the Ontario Hockey League player of the week on Monday.

Bennett, who had four goals, six points and a plus-3 rating in three games, helped the Frontenacs earn five of a possible six points in the standings. Kingston (34-22-5) currently holds the third seed in the OHL's Eastern Conference playoff race with 73 points.

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.24.2014 / 3:39 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014 NHL Draft blog

Eden Prairie's Snuggerud, Spinner up for Mr. Hockey

The top 10 candidates for the 2014 Mr. Hockey Award for the state of Minnesota have been announced.

The Mr. Hockey Award is given to the outstanding senior high school hockey player in the state of Minnesota and is selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts, NCAA Division I coaches and selected media members from around the state.

The nominees include five players ranked on NHL Central Scouting's midterm list of the top North American skaters for the 2014 NHL Draft.

The 10 finalists are forwards Tyler Cline (Blaine), Spencer Naas (Benilde-St. Margaret's), Avery Peterson (Grand Rapids), Mitch Slattery (Hill-Murray), Steven Spinner (Eden Prairie) and Zach Yon (Roseau), and defensemen Phil Beaulieu (Duluth East), Tyler Nanne (Edina), Luc Snuggerud (Eden Prairie) and Nick Wolff (Eagan).

Nanne, Slattery, Spinner, Snuggerud and Wolff are on Central Scouting's midterm list.

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POSTED ON Friday, 02.14.2014 / 4:57 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014 NHL Draft blog

Top draft prospect DeAngelo suspended eight games

Sarnia Sting defenseman Anthony DeAngelo, No. 10 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of the top North American skaters for the 2014 NHL Draft, was suspended for eight games by the Ontario Hockey League for violation of the league's harassment and abuse/diversity policy.

The suspension was announced on the OHL website Friday afternoon.

DeAngelo hasn't played since he was involved in an incident in a game Jan. 31 against the Guelph Storm. According to the report DeAngelo made "a most inappropriate statement to a teammate" to incur his suspension. The suspension is retroactive to Feb. 1, meaning DeAngelo needs to serve three more games before being eligible to return to the lineup, Feb. 22 against the Ottawa 67's.

DeAngelo leads all OHL defensemen with 47 assists and 60 points in 43 games.

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POSTED ON Friday, 02.14.2014 / 9:50 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014 NHL Draft blog

Reinhart named CHL's player of the week

Kootenay Ice captain Sam Reinhart, No. 4 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm list of the top draft-eligible skaters in North America, on Tuesday was named the Canadian Hockey League player of the week for games ending Feb. 9.

Reinhart, who was the unanimous top pick for the 2014 NHL Draft in three mock drafts revealed Thursday by NHL.com's draft experts, had three goals, 11 points and a plus-8 rating in a win against the Saskatoon Blades and back-to-back victories against the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the Western Hockey League.

Reinhart, 18, has a point in 15 straight games, a stretch that has seen him total 13 goals and 34 points. He has 29 goals and 80 points in 45 games this season and 94 goals and 229 points in 188 WHL games spanning three seasons.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 02.08.2014 / 1:55 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 NHL Draft blog

Minney backstops U.S. to Five Nations title

Edwin Minney, one of the top goaltender prospects for the 2014 NHL Draft, made 20 saves and the United States beat the Czech Republic 3-2 on Saturday to win the 2014 Under-18 Five Nations Tournament at Dmitrov Arena in Dmitrov, Russia.

The U.S. jumped to an early lead on Joe Wegworth's goal 4:15 into the game. Dylan Pavelek scored at 15:51 of the first to make it 2-0 and Brandon Fortunato's goal with 47 seconds remaining in the opening period gave the U.S. a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes.

The Czechs responded with two goals in just over a minute in the second period to make it a one-goal game, with top European draft prospect Jakub Vrana having a hand in both scores. Vrana, No. 5 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of European skaters for the 2014 draft, scored a power-play goal at 7:30 of the second. Just 64 seconds later, Vrana set up Filip Pyrochta for a goal at 8:34.

The Americans tightened up in the third period, allowing the Czechs just three shots. Minney, No. 2 on Central Scouting's midterm ranking of North American goaltenders for the 2014 draft, stopped all three shots in the third. In two games at the tournament, Minney went 2-0-0 while allowing five goals on 50 shots for a .900 save percentage.

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