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Posted On Tuesday, 05.05.2015 / 9:39 AM

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

Erie's McDavid named OHL player of the week

Erie Otters captain Connor McDavid has been named the Pioneer Energy Ontario Hockey League Player of the Week after leading the league with 10 points in three games. It's the second straight week and third time in four weeks that he's won the award

McDavid leads all playoff performers in the Canadian Hockey League with 19 goals and 42 points, and has a point in all 15 playoff games. He had eight goals and 11 assists in a six-game victory against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the OHL Western Conference Final. It marked the second time in the Otters' 19-year history that they won the Wayne Gretzky Trophy to advance to the league finals and first time since 2002.

McDavid has tied the franchise record set in 2002 by Cory Pecker for points in a postseason and is nine shy of the OHL record of 51 points set by Justin Papineau in 1999 with the Belleville Bulls and Jason Dawe in 1993 with the Peterborough Petes.

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Posted On Sunday, 05.03.2015 / 4:02 PM

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

Prospect Matthews caps big year with USA Hockey

Just when 17-year-old Auston Matthews thought his season couldn't get any better, he scored a goal for the United States Men's National Team in an exhibition game in late April at the 2015 IIHF Men's World Championship in Vienna, Austria.

It was a fitting way for Matthews to cap off an incredible 2014-15 season in which he established two records with the U.S. Under-18 National Team Development Program (USNTDP), earned a fifth-place finish for the U.S. at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, and won a gold medal as an alternate captain for his country at the 2015 IIHF U-18 World Championship.

"Initially I was in awe; I was excited to play at that stage," Matthews said. "When I got there it was everything I could have imagined playing with NHL players like Trevor Lewis and Matt Hendricks and guys like that who are really established in the NHL. It was really cool and an honor to be around those guys. They were all super nice and very welcoming."

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Posted On Sunday, 05.03.2015 / 10:11 AM

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

McDavid continues record-setting playoffs pace

There has been no stopping Erie Otters captain Connor McDavid, the expected No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, during the Ontario Hockey League playoffs.

Not only has McDavid scored at least one point in all 15 games, he leads all playoff performers in the Canadian Hockey League with 19 goals and 42 points. He has tied the franchise record set in 2002 by Cory Pecker for points in a postseason and is nine shy of the OHL record 51 points set by Justin Papineau(1999) with the Belleville Bulls and Jason Dawe (1993) with the Peterborough Petes.

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Posted On Monday, 04.27.2015 / 12:48 PM

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

McDavid dazzles again with shorthanded goal

Erie Otters center Connor McDavid added another highlight to a season already packed with them.

NHL Central Scouting's top-rated North American skater for the 2015 NHL Draft and the projected No. 1 pick, scored two goals, including the game-winner, Sunday as Erie beat the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4-2 to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 Ontario Hockey League Western Conference Final.

While McDavid's second goal was the winner, it was his first of the game that showcased his jaw-dropping skill.

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Posted On Sunday, 04.26.2015 / 6:42 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

White overtime goal gives U.S. Under-18 gold medal

Colin White, No. 29 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters for the 2015 NHL Draft, scored with 7:16 left in overtime to give the United States a 2-1 win against Finland in the gold-medal game of the 2015 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Zug, Switzerland.

Right wing Jeremy Bracco skated the puck into the Finland zone along the left-wing boards and cut through the high slot, drawing the attention of the Finland defense. White found an open spot behind them in the slot and one-timed Bracco's pass past Finland goalie Veini Vehvilainen.

"This is unbelievable," White said, according to the IIHF website. "Winning on an overtime game-winner … there's no feeling like it. A lot of credit goes to my linemates. Jeremy Bracco put the puck right on my stick. I was lucky enough to put it in."

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Posted On Thursday, 04.23.2015 / 3:38 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Top draft prospects focused on Memorial Cup

While most of the hockey world is focused on the Stanley Cup Playoffs, a number of top prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft are pushing to advance to the Memorial Cup.

The champions from the top three Canadian junior leagues, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League and the Western Hockey League, will join the host Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL for the 2015 Memorial Cup tournament, which will be held May 21-31.

The final push starts Thursday in the Ontario Hockey League when the Erie Otters host the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in Game 1 of the OHL Western Conference Final.

Leading Erie is center Connor McDavid, who leads all OHL players in goals (11) and points (23). The top-ranked player in NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters, McDavid has at least one point in all nine of Erie's playoff games.

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Posted On Wednesday, 04.22.2015 / 2:55 PM

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

McDavid to face Oilers pick Nurse in OHL playoffs

There's a good chance Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds defenseman Darnell Nurse will be playing against a future NHL teammate in Erie Otters center Connor McDavid when the teams meet for Game 1 of the Ontario Hockey League Western Conference Final at Essar Centre in Sault Ste. Marie on Thursday.

Nurse, selected in the first round (No. 7) of the 2013 NHL Draft by the Edmonton Oilers, played with McDavid, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, in a gold medal-winning performance for Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

The Oilers hold the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft and general manager Craig MacTavish has said there was zero chance he'd even consider trading it. On Tuesday, Hockey Hall of Fame member Wayne Gretzky told the Edmonton Journal that McDavid is the best player about to enter the NHL in the past 30 years.

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.21.2015 / 2:22 PM

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

Gretzky calls McDavid best prospect 'in 30 years'

Wayne Gretzky said he believes Erie Otters captain Connor McDavid would not only be the perfect fit for the Edmonton Oilers, but the best player to enter the NHL in three decades.

Gretzky told Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal that McDavid, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., on June 26, is clearly a franchise player.

"He's as good as I've seen in the last 30 years, the best player to come into the League in the last 30 years, the best to come along since [Mario] Lemieux and [Sidney] Crosby," Gretzky said. "He can definitely change a franchise's fortunes.

"I think it'll be a perfect fit for Connor in Edmonton."

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.21.2015 / 1:42 PM

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

Strome named OHL sportsmanlike player of the year

Erie Otters center Dylan Strome, No. 4 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, has been awarded the William Hanley Trophy as the most sportsmanlike player of the year in the Ontario Hockey League.

Strome not only led the OHL with 129 points (45 goals, 84 assists) in 68 games, but his 32 penalty minutes were the sixth lowest among the top 20 scorers. He had just four penalty minutes in his last 32 games of the regular season.

"This is a major honor," Stome said in a statement. "You look at the guys who have won this award in the past and it's pretty cool to be recognized alongside them. I'm extremely proud to be recognized as most sportsmanlike for this league."

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Posted On Saturday, 04.18.2015 / 6:47 PM

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

Eichel added to U.S. team for World Championship

Boston University freshman center Jack Eichel, projected to be one of the first players picked at the 2015 NHL Draft, was added to the United States team for the 2015 IIHF World Championship, USA Hockey announced Saturday.

Eichel, who won the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in college hockey, had 26 goals and 45 assists in 40 games. He led all college hockey players in assists, points (71), power-play points (23) and plus/minus rating (plus-51). His 1.77 point-per-game average is the best by a college freshman since Paul Kariya of the University of Maine in 1992-93 averaged 2.56 points per game (100 points in 39 games).

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