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Posted On Tuesday, 10.16.2012 / 4:29 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Lipon repeats as CHL player of the week

A day after repeating as Western Hockey League player of the week, Kamloops Blazers forward JC Lipon was named Canadian Hockey League Player of the Week for the second straight week.

In three games last week, Lipon had six goals, four assists and a plus-4 rating.

A 5-foot-11.5, 180-pound center, Lipon helped the Blazers go 3-0 last week and move to the top spot in the league with 17 points. At 8-0-1, the Blazers are the only WHL team without a regulation loss.

Lipon had a goal and an assist in a 5-2 win against the Victoria Royals on Wednesday, and then got red-hot over the weekend. He netted his first WHL hat trick and added an assist in a 5-1 win against the Vancouver Chiefs and had two goals and two assists in a 5-2 win against the Calgary Hitmen.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.16.2012 / 2:08 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Cedar Rapids' McLaughlin scores spectacular goal

Cedar Rapids RoughRiders center Dylan McLaughlin went between his legs to register his candidacy for goal-of-the-year honors, 2013 NHL Draft prospect division.

McLaughlin, an 18-year-old native of Buffalo, made his third goal of the season a fantastic one. In the second period of Saturday's game against the Green Bay Gamblers, McLaughlin skated down the right wing while linemate Alec Marsh carried the puck down the middle of the ice.

Marsh slid a pass across to McLaughlin, and the left-shot forward played it on his backhand. Running out of space as he entered the right circle, McLaughlin dropped the puck between his skates, stuck his stick between his legs and lifted a forehand shot that beat Green Bay goalie Richard Sabol over his blocker.

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Posted On Monday, 10.15.2012 / 9:02 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Rothstein tops USHL award winners

Sam Rothstein stands just 5-foot-8 and 164 pounds, but he Sioux Falls Stampede center stood tall last week, and because of that was named co-winner of the United States Hockey League's CCM Forward of the Week.

Rothstein had three goals, two assists and a plus-4 rating in two games as Sioux Falls extended its win streak to four games. He had the game-winning goal in a 4-2 win at the Indiana Ice on Friday, and had a pair of goals and two assists in a 6-5 overtime win Saturday against the Fargo Force.

James Roll of the Des Moines Buccaneers was named CCM Defenseman of the Week after scoring his first two goals of the season last week. The 6-1, 179-pound blueliner had his first USHL goal in a 6-2 win Friday against the Omaha Lancers. He followed that with a power-play goal in Saturday's 3-2 shootout win against the Muskegon Lumberjacks. He also played a major role in the Bucs' penalty-killing unit that went a perfect 7-for-7 in the two weekend games.

Roll's teammate, goalie Bill Christopoulos shared the Reebok Goaltender of the Week award with the Waterloo Black Hawks' Calvin Petersen.

Christopoulos made 47 saves for his first USHL win in the 3-2 shootout win against Muskegon on Saturday. It was the most saves by any USHL goaltender this season. He made 19 saves alone in the first period, and stopped two of three attempts in his first shootout.

Petersen, rated as a C-list goaltender in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings of players to watch for the 2013 NHL Draft, made his first start of the season a memorable one, stopping all 25 shots he faced -- including 12 in the third period -- in a 2-0 win against Omaha on Friday, his first USHL shutout.

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Posted On Monday, 10.15.2012 / 7:48 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Andrighetto earns QMJHL First Star honors

Sven Andrighetto had a solid showing last season, his first with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, but it wasn't enough to get him drafted by the NHL.

This season, the native of Zurich, Switzerland is doing his best to hear his name called at the 2013 draft. The 5-foot-9.5, 175-pound right wing had four goals, five assists and a plus-6 rating in four games last week, earning him the Telus First Star of the Week.

Andrighetto started his week four assists in a 5-4 win against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Wednesday, He had a pair of goals and an assist in a 6-5 shootout loss to the Saint John Sean Dogs on Friday and added goals in a 6-3 win against the PEI Rocket on Saturday and Sunday in a 3-2 win against the Moncton Wildcats. The goal against Moncton was the game-winner.

With 22 points in 11 games, Andrighetto is second in the league in scoring, and his 13 assists are tied for the lead.

Victoriaville Tigres center Angelo Miceli was named second star after totaling eight points in three games. He had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 loss to Baie-Comeau Drakkar on Wednesday, and had the same output in a 5-4 loss to the Drummondville Voltigeurs on Saturday. He closed his week Sunday with a pair of goals and two assists in a 5-3 defeat of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada.

PEI Rocket goalie Antoine Bibeau was named third star for stopping all 22 shots he faced for his first QMJHL shutout in a 4-0 win against Saint John. He followed that with 21 saves in a 4-3 PEI overtime victory Friday against Acadie-Bathurst.

They weren't the only QMJHL draft prospects to turn in big performances last week:

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Posted On Monday, 10.15.2012 / 6:19 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Smoskovitz named OHL player of the week

The first-year Mississauga Steelheads earned their first bit of award-winning notoriety as center Dylan Smoskovitz was named Ontario Hockey League Player of the Week on Monday.

The 19-year-old forward helped the Steelheads sweep their three games last week as he totaled five goals, two assists and a plus-5 rating.

Smoskovitz started his week with a power-play goal to open the scoring Monday against the Brampton Battalion, and then he set up the game-winning goal with just 31 seconds left in regulation, helping his team to a 4-3 victory. On Friday he scored Mississauga's first two goals in a 3-2 win against the Ottawa 67s, and closed his week Saturday with a pair of goals and an assist in a 4-3 win at the Erie Otters.

Smoskovitz leads the Steelheads in goals and points (10).

Smoskovitz isn't the only 2013 NHL Draft prospect to have big weekends. Here is how a few others represented themselves:

* Guelph Storm left wing Tyler Bertuzzi, rated a B skater by NHL Central Scouting in its preliminary ranking of players to watch, scored his first two goals of the season in a 6-3 loss to Erie on Friday.

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Posted On Monday, 10.15.2012 / 2:12 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Kamloops' Lipon repeats as WHL player of the week

Kamloops Blazers center JC Lipon was passed over in the 2012 NHL Draft, but he's certainly drawing the attention of the scouts preparing for the 2013 selection process with the start he's having.

The 5-foot-11.5, 180-pound 19-year-old forward had 10 points in three games last week, and on Monday was named Denny's WHL Player of the Week for the second straight week.

Lipon had a goal and an assist in a 5-2 win against the Victoria Royals on Wednesday, and then got red-hot for the weekend. He netted his first WHL hat trick and added an assist in a 5-1 win against the Vancouver Chiefs and had two goals and two assists in a 5-2 win against the Calgary Hitmen.

On the season, Lipon leads the WHL with 22 points in nine games; his 13 assists also lead the league, and his nine goals are second.

Lipon wasn't the only 2013 draft prospect from the WHL to turn in big performances over the weekend. Here are a few other highlight players:

* Portland Winterhawks center Nicolas Petan continues to impress. Rated as a C-list skater by NHL Central Scouting in its preliminary rankings of prospects for this year's draft, he had two assists in a 5-2 win at Prince Albert on Friday, and a goal and two assists Saturday in a 6-3 win at Swift Current. He's tied for sixth in the league with 15 points in 11 games.

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Posted On Saturday, 10.13.2012 / 11:52 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

USNTDP forward Compher sidelined by injury

Forward J.T. Compher of the U.S. Under-18 National Team Development Program will be sidelined this weekend due to an undisclosed injury.

               J.T. Compher, Under-18 USNTDP

Compher, who has two goals and three points in six games for the NTDP this season, is considered by many to be a potential first-round NHL Draft pick in June. He was listed as an A skater on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary list of players competing in the United States Hockey League in September.

The U-18 USNTDP (3-3-1) dropped a 6-4 decision to the University of North Dakota on Friday and is slated to face Bemidji State University on Saturday before returning home to Ann Arbor, Mich., to battle the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL on Tuesday.

The team added 2013 draft eligible forwards Connor Hurley (B skater), Ryan Fitzgerald (B skater) and Frank Vatrano (C skater) to this weekend's roster.

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Posted On Friday, 10.12.2012 / 11:42 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Dazzling plays show why MacKinnon is a top prospect

Halifax Mooseheads center Nathan MacKinnon is regarded as the potential top pick of the 2013 NHL Draft for his incredible offensive skills. The 6-foot, 182-pound center led all first-year players in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season with 47 assists, was second with 78 points and tied for third with 31 goals.

He's gotten off to a sensational start this season, with nine goals -- third in the League -- and 15 points in eight games.

His most recent goal might be his most spectacular. In a game Wednesday against the Moncton Wildcats, Halifax led 4-1 and after already scoring one power-play goal, he got another chance when Halifax went on the power play early in the third period.

MacKinnon took a pass at the Moncton blue line and carried the puck into the offensive zone. As Moncton defenseman Cameron McDonald stepped up to defend, MacKinnon slid the puck between McDonald's skates and went around the bewildered blueliner.

The puck rolled on net, where Moncton goalie Alex Dubeau tried to swat it into the corner. He whiffed on the attempt, however, and as the puck bounced off Dubeau's pads, MacKinnon controlled it and shot it under Dubeau.

That goal came one game after MacKinnon put on another show in an 11-2 rout of two-time defending league champion Saint John Sea Dogs. The 17-year-old forward had a hat trick, but the prettiest goal was his second.

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Posted On Monday, 10.08.2012 / 10:52 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

QMJHL draft prospects earn league honors

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles center William Carrier showed why he's an A-list skater in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings of top prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft, totaling four goals and four assists in four games to earn the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's First Star of the Week award.

Carrier, a 6-1.5, 198-pound forward, started his week with both Cape Breton goals in a 5-2 loss Wednesday to Rouyn-Noranda. He had a goal in Saturday's rematch with the Huskies, and had a goal and an assist Saturday in a 5-3 win against Val-d'Or. And on Sunday, he had three assists in a 7-3 loss to Foreurs.

Carrier now has a point in a league-high nine straight games, and with 16 points, he's tied for second in the league in scoring.

Another A-rated skater earned the QMJHL Second Star of the Week, as Halifax Mooseheads left wing Jonathan Drouin was honored after totaling seven points in three games. Drouin had a goal and an assist in a 6-2 win against Acadie-Bathurst, and followed that with a goal and an assist, plus a game-high six shots, in a 4-3 win against Saint John. And in Saturday's 11-2 rout of Saint John, Drouin had a goal, two assists and a plus-4 rating. The three-point game was Drouin's fifth multi-point game in seven this season, giving him 15 points in seven games.

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Posted On Monday, 10.08.2012 / 12:36 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Ice Breaker Tourney kicks off college hockey season

The 16th Ice Breaker Tournament at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., will officially ring in the 2012-13 collegiate ice hockey season on Oct. 12-13.

The two-day event features four teams -- Army, Notre Dame, the University of Maine and the University of Nebraska-Omaha. This year's tournament will be the fourth for Maine, third for Notre Dame and Nebraska-Omaha, and the second for Army.

According to the most recent U.S. College Hockey poll, two of the four teams are ranked among the top 20 -- No. 14 Notre Dame and No. 15 Maine. All the schools have won titles in their respective conferences.

"We are extremely excited to be invited to college hockey's premier showcase," Notre Dame coach Jeff Jackson said in a statement. "We look forward to opening the 2012-13 season in a great hockey city and in an NHL-caliber building like Sprint Center. Hockey fans in Kansas City will definitely be entertained with some great college hockey from four great programs."

One player who will be in the crosshairs of those NHL scouts in attendance will be 2013 draft eligible left wing Will Merchant, a freshman at Maine. The 6-foot, 172-pound forward impressed many as a free agent invitee to the Minnesota Wild's development camp in July. He also participated in the CCM/USA All-American Prospects Game in Buffalo on Sept. 29.

"I was surprised he wasn't drafted last June," NHL Central Scouting's David Gregory told NHL.com. "I thought he'd be a nice late-round addition. He needs to show scouts that he can take the next step. Oftentimes, a player overlooked will suddenly get it the next year and teams see that and then give him a shot."

Merchant produced 25 goals and 52 points in 2011-12 as a senior for Eagan High (Minn.), which finished 25-5-1 last season. The Wildcats won the South Suburban Conference and Section 3AA championship, and finished sixth in the Minnesota state tournament. He was a finalist for the prestigious Mr. Hockey Award, given to the top high school hockey player in the state of Minnesota.

Last year, Boston College started its NCAA championship season by capturing the Ice Breaker championship at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D.

It marked the second time in four years that the champion of the Ice Breaker would capture the national title. In 2008, Boston University won the Ice Breaker at their home rink before going on to win the 2009 national title.

All games in the tournament will be televised on the NBC Sports Network, with the exception of the third-place game. The championship team will win a trophy and an All-Tournament Team is announced at the conclusion of the event.

Ice-Breaker Tournament Schedule

Friday, Oct. 12

7 p.m. ET: Notre Dame vs. Maine

10 p.m. ET: Army vs. Nebraska-Omaha

Saturday, Oct. 13

4:30 p.m. ET: Third-Place Game

7:30 p.m. ET: Championship

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