Posted On Sunday, 05.31.2015 / 10:53 PM

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

Oshawa tops Kelowna in OT to win Memorial Cup

Anthony Cirelli scored his second goal 1:28 into overtime to give the Oshawa Generals a 2-1 win against the Kelowna Rockets in the championship game of the 2015 Memorial Cup played at Pepsi Colisee in Quebec City.

Oshawa forward Tobias Lindberg (Ottawa Senators) carried the puck into the Kelowna zone and sent a pass back to Chris Carlisle, who one-timed it from above the right circle. Kelowna goalie Jackson Whistle stopped the shot with his left pad, but Cirelli, who had been screening Whistle, knocked the loose puck into the net.

"I came off the bench, Lindberg had it, made a nice pass to Carlisle at the point and I went to the net," Cirelli said on Sportsnet. "He made a nice shot. Fortunately for me I just banged it in."

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Posted On Friday, 05.29.2015 / 11:26 PM

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

Kelowna advances to Memorial Cup title game

Justin Kirkland (Nashville Predators) had two goals and an assist, and Rourke Chartier (San Jose Sharks) had two goals to help the Kelowna Rockets defeat the host Quebec Remparts 9-3 on Friday in the semifinals of the 2015 Memorial Cup at Pepsi Colisee in Quebec City, Quebec.

Joshua Morrissey (Winnipeg Jets) and Leon Draisaitl (Edmonton Oilers) each had one goal and two assists for the Rockets, the champions of the Western Hockey League. Chance Braid and 2015 NHL Draft prospects Tyson Baillie and Cole Linaker each had a goal and an assist. Goaltender Jackson Whistle, also a 2015 draft prospect, made 18 saves. The Rockets outshot the Remparts 44-23.

Kelowna will play the Ontario Hockey League champion Oshawa Generals in the title game Sunday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN-US).

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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.

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Posted On Friday, 05.29.2015 / 10:56 AM

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

Sabres' Bylsma likes what he sees in Jack Eichel

Dan Bylsma was in high demand across many media platforms after being named coach of the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.

The questions came fast and furious about his coaching philosophy, expectations and, most notably, his thoughts about Boston University freshman Jack Eichel.

Eichel, No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, is expected to be chosen by the Sabres with the No. 2 pick in the first round on June 26 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.

Bylsma saw plenty of Eichel this season, so everyone was interested in his opinion.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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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Posted On Monday, 05.25.2015 / 11:28 PM

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

Merkley, Kelowna defeat Rimouski at Memorial Cup

Nicholas Merkley, a top prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft, had two goals and an assist and the Kelowna Rockets defeated the Rimouski Oceanic 7-3 on Monday in the 2015 Memorial Cup at Pepsi Colisee in Quebec City, Quebec.

Leon Draisaitl (Edmonton Oilers) had two goals and an assist, and Gage Quinney scored two goals for Kelowna, the Western Hockey League champion. Madison Bowey (Washington Capitals) had one goal and two assists. Goaltender Jackson Whistle made 28 saves.

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