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Posted On Wednesday, 12.17.2014 / 1:38 PM

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

McDavid, Crouse headline Top Prospects Game roster

Top 2015 NHL Draft prospect Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League will play for Team Orr at the 2015 CHL/NHL Top Prospects game, which will be played Jan. 22 in St. Catharines, Ontario at Meridan Centre, home of the Niagara IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League.

The Top Prospects Game features 40 of the top players eligible for the 2015 draft playing in the Canadian Hockey League. NHL Central Scouting coordinates the rosters, with input from all 30 NHL teams.

"The CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is an event that all NHL scouts and general managers circle on their calendars," Director of NHL Central Scouting Dan Marr said. "The 40 players competing in this game were chosen by our 30 NHL clubs and provides a unique opportunity for them to evaluate top CHL talent for the 2015 NHL Draft. This is also a unique opportunity for the players, who can take advantage of the spotlight to promote their play in this exciting and highly competitive single-game best-on-best contest."

The Top Prospects Game will be televised by NHL Network in the United States, and Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada.

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Posted On Monday, 12.15.2014 / 5:36 PM

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

Capitals honor Central Scouting's Al Jensen

Al Jensen, who has served as the head goalie scout the past 14 years at NHL Central Scouting, was honored as one the top 40 players in the history of the Washington Capitals during a commercial break midway through the first period Saturday at Verizon Center.

Jensen was introduced to the fans in the company of his daughters, Leah and Shannon.

"Al Jensen started with NHL Central Scouting in 2001," Director of NHL Central Scouting Dan Marr said. "Al is responsible to identify, evaluate and rank goaltenders each year for the NHL Draft. Throughout the NHL, the scouting fraternity and amongst his Central Scouting colleagues, Al's opinions on goaltenders is well respected and often sought after. He is very thorough, conscientious and always an ultimate professional in performing his unique and valuable role with Central Scouting for the benefit of the 30 NHL clubs."

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Posted On Monday, 12.15.2014 / 3:00 AM

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

McDavid vs. Eichel showdown looms at 2015 WJC

Residents of the United States may have heard that sigh of relief coming North of the Border last week after Canadian hockey fans learned their junior hockey phenomenon Connor McDavid will indeed be ready for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

McDavid, projected as the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, has been skating for the past three weeks after sustaining a broken pinky finger in his right hand on Nov. 11 in a fight. He is targeting Canada's pre-tournament exhibition game on Dec. 21 against Sweden at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa as an initial tune-up. He expects to be in the lineup when Canada plays its first preliminary-round match against Slovakia at Bell Centre in Montreal five days later.

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 4:19 PM

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

Kypreos, MacLean named to Top Prospects staffs

Sportsnet analysts Doug MacLean and Nick Kypreos will be assistant coaches for Team Cherry and Team Orr, respectively, at the 2015 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

The game, which will feature 40 of the top prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft playing in the Canadian Hockey League, will be played Jan. 22, 2015 at Meridian Centre in St. Catharines, Ontario, home of the Niagara IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League.

Hockey Hall of Fame member Bobby Orr will coach Team Orr. In addition to MacLean, who has coached in the NHL with the Florida Panthers and Columbus Blue Jackets, Niagara coach Marty Williamson and assistant coaches Dave Bell and Billy Burke will be part of the coaching staff.

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.09.2014 / 10:03 AM

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

McDavid feels ahead of schedule on road to recovery

Erie Otters center Connor McDavid, who has been out of the lineup since sustaining a fracture in his right hand on Nov. 11, told TSN Radio 690 Montreal that he is scheduled to visit a doctor Tuesday to receive the latest update on his injury.

McDavid, who is projected to be the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, expects the doctor to remove his fitted cast. The original diagnosis last month had McDavid missing 5-6 weeks, but Tuesday marks the four-week mark and he feels ahead of schedule.


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Posted On Monday, 12.08.2014 / 9:00 AM

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

Eichel proving a lot more than an elite goal scorer

The opposition may design creative ways to keep Jack Eichel from generating quality shots on net, but it won't ever discourage him from setting up an open teammate.

Eichel, a projected top-two pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, proved that point Saturday in a 4-2 victory against Merrimack College before 4,366 fans at Agganis Arena in Boston. Boston University is 10-3-2.

The Terriers top center, who has scored just once in the past five games (2-2-1), was limited to one shot against Merrimack on Saturday. The 18-year-old instead set up linemate Danny O'Regan three times to help him notch his first collegiate hat trick. Eichel finished the game with four assists.

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Posted On Thursday, 12.04.2014 / 1:02 PM

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

Eichel named Hockey East player of the month

Boston University freshman Jack Eichel, a possible top-two pick at the 2015 NHL Draft, Wednesday was named the Hockey East Warrior Player of the Month for November.

Eichel led all Hockey East players in points (13), assists (nine) and plus/minus rating (plus-7) in November on the way to helping the Terriers (9-3-1) climb to the No. 1 ranking last week in both national polls for the first time in more than four years.

He had at least one point in each of the Terriers' first six games of November and had a point in seven of nine games in the month. He scored in overtime and had an assist in a 3-2 victory against the University of Maine on Nov. 21. It was one of five multipoint games in November.

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.03.2014 / 5:03 PM

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

Top prospect Marner named OHL player of the month

London Knights center Mitchell Marner, an A-rated skater on NHL Central Scouting's players to watch list for the 2015 NHL Draft, was named the Ontario Hockey League's player of the month for November on Wednesday.

Marner had 18 goals and 32 points in 12 games during the month, recording at least one point in every game. Marner is currently riding a 16-game point streak for the Knights, during which he has 21 goals and 43 points.

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Posted On Monday, 12.01.2014 / 4:28 PM

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

Forsbacka-Karlsson, Birdsall earn USHL honors

Omaha Lancers forward Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson and Youngstown Phantoms goaltender Chris Birdsall, each B-rated prospects on NHL Central Scouting's November players to watch list from the United States Hockey League for the 2015 NHL Draft, were chosen as league players of the week at their respective positions.

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Posted On Monday, 12.01.2014 / 11:27 AM

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

McDavid, Crouse part of Canada WJC selection camp

Connor McDavid, expected to be one of the top picks at the 2015 NHL Draft, was among the players invited to Hockey Canada's Canadian National Junior Team selection camp that begins Dec. 11 in Toronto.

The camp will help determine the final roster Canada will use at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, which will be held Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 in Montreal and Toronto.

McDavid, a center with the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League, has missed the past eight games because of a fracture in his right hand sustained Nov. 11. He still is second in the OHL with 51 points (16 goals, 35 assists) in 18 games.

He said he's hopeful his hand heals in time that he can play in the tournament.

Besides McDavid, left wing Lawson Crouse of the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL is the only other 2015 NHL Draft-eligible player invited to the camp. McDavid and Crouse are A-rated skaters on NHL Central Scouting's November players to watch list.

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