Posted On Saturday, 02.16.2013 / 3:57 PM

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

In MacKinnon's absence, Drouin soars

Left wing Jonathan Drouin of the Halifax Mooseheads has taken his offensive game to new heights this season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

The No. 3 player on NHL Central Scouting's midterm release of the top 2013 draft-eligible North American skaters, Drouin is on an 18-game point scoring streak for the Mooseheads. During that stretch, he's accounted for 18 goals and 37 points.

The 5-foot-10.75, 185-pounder leads Halifax with 33 goals, 44 assists and 77 points in 37 games -- a 2.08 points-per-game average. In 70 career games with the Mooseheads, he's struck for 40 goals and 106 points.

Posted On Monday, 02.11.2013 / 11:39 AM

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

Report: MacKinnon out 1-2 weeks

The Halifax Chronicle-Herald is reporting top 2013 NHL Draft prospect Nathan MacKinnon will 1-2 weeks with a lower-body injury.

MacKinnon, a center listed at No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm rankings of players for this year's draft, has 28 goals and 69 points in just 41 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League games this season.

He also has played for Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship and also served as a team captain at the 2013 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Halifax last month.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.30.2013 / 1:04 PM

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

Central Scouting notes three prospects on rise

In addition to profiling many of the top prospects on the radar of NHL scouts leading up to the 2013 NHL Draft in Newark, N.J., it's always interesting to learn of those performers shooting up the ranks in recent weeks.

             Samuel Morin, Rimouski Oceanic, QMJHL

NHL Central Scouting occasionally provides team scouts and general managers a list of potential draft prospects outside the top 30 on the midterm rankings release for North American skaters that have shown great improvement. So without further delay, here are three players gaining steam according to those tireless travelers at Central Scouting.

Samuel Morin, Rimouski Oceanic, QMJHL -- The 6-foot-6, 203-pound defenseman, who participated in the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game earlier this month, is in his second season with the Oceanic. He's already established career highs with four goals, 12 assists, 16 points and a plus-10 rating in 45 games. Unfortunately, Morin will be sidelined 6-8 weeks with an upper-body injury.

"Samuel has shown overall improvement … his skating is fluid and his ability to stay on top of the play has helped enhance his game," NHL Central Scouting Director Dan Marr told "He's gained more confidence with playing time. But we're noticing how much more comfortable he is handling and moving the puck under pressure; that's something we didn't see in him before."

Posted On Wednesday, 01.23.2013 / 10:14 AM

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

Walker named as Top Prospects Game replacement

The United States Hockey League has announced that Australian-raised Nathan Walker of the Youngstown Phantoms will replace teammate Austin Cangelosi at the 2013 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game presented by CCM slated Wednesday at the L.C. Walker Arena in Muskegon, Michigan.

Walker, who is in his second year of draft eligibility, was born in Wales, but his family moved to Sydney when he was two years old. He would eventually perfect his craft in Ostrava, Czech Republic. He spent six years there, playing for several clubs among men.

Posted On Sunday, 01.20.2013 / 4:02 PM

By Staff -  / - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Quebec's Erne, Duclair allowed to play Sunday

           Adam Erne, Quebec Remparts, QMJHL
After initially suspending top 2013 NHL Draft prospects Adam Erne and Anthony Duclair, Quebec Remparts coach Patrick Roy changed course and inserted both forwards into the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.

The Journal de Quebec had reported Saturday that Erne and Duclair had been suspended for Sunday's game by the team.

"We believe that we are not all on the same wavelength and what we want is a team concept," Roy told Gilles Moffet of Journal de Quebec. "This is a life lesson for these young people and I hope they will grow out of it. They will not play Sunday, then we'll see."

There was no report as to what persuaded Roy to change his mind.

Posted On Sunday, 01.20.2013 / 10:38 AM

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

Comrie's season ended by hip injury

Tri-City Americans goaltender Eric Comrie, a top prospect for the 2013 NHL Draft, will miss the remainder of the season due to a hip injury.

Comrie told the Tri-City Herald that he will have surgery Feb. 5 in Colorado and will be out for 3-4 months.

"It [stinks] right now," Comrie told the newspaper. "It is better to do it [surgery] while it is minor. The doctors say I will be more flexible, have better range of motion and be pain-free.

"We [Comrie and his parents] sat down and talked about it and decided this would the best course of action. I have to move forward and next year I will be 100 percent. It's really hard to leave. We've really become a family. This is the closest team I have ever been on."

Comrie is No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of North American goalies for this year's draft. In 37 games this season, he is 20-14-3 with a 2.62 goals-against average, .915 save percentage and two shutouts.

Posted On Wednesday, 01.16.2013 / 5:11 PM

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

Baie-Comeau's Zykov honored by CHL

Baie-Comeau Drakkar left wing Valentin Zykov has been named Canadian Hockey League Player of the Week, after totaling three goals and seven assists in three games last week.

The 6-foot, 210-pound forward started his week by scoring the opening goal and assisting on the game-tying goal in 4-3 come-from-behind win against the Sherbrooke Phoenix on Wednesday. Two nights later, he scored the game-tying power-play goal with 1:48 left in regulation and also had an assist in a 4-3 loss to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies on Friday. And then Saturday he had a goal and five assists for a career-best six points in a 7-0 defeat of Rouyn-Noranda.

Zykov, who will skate for Team Cherry at Wednesday's CHL/NHL Home Hardware Top Prospects Game, extended his streak of games with at least two points to six. Listed at No. 8 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of North American skaters for the 2013 NHL Draft, Zykov leads all first-year Quebec Major Junior Hockey League players with 28 goals and 53 points, in 43 games.

Posted On Saturday, 01.12.2013 / 9:10 PM

By Staff -  / - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Zykov gets six points in QMJHL win for Baie-Comeau

Valentin Zykov had a goal and five assists for Baie-Comeau in its 7-0 win over Rouyn-Noranda on Saturday in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Zykov is the No. 3 skater in the QMJHL, according to NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings of players eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft.

Posted On Thursday, 01.03.2013 / 4:47 PM

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

Brodeur making name for himself at Shattuck

One name that is sure to arouse the curiosity of scouts and general managers when the 2013 NHL Draft is staged at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., is Anthony Brodeur of Shattuck St. Mary's Prep in Minnesota.

Brodeur, who just so happens to be the son of New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, is currently a C ranked goalie on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary list for high school players in the Gopher State.

Wednesday, Brodeur had one of his top three outings of the season with 27 saves in a 3-0 victory over the Czech Republic National Under-17 team in the gold-medal game of the World Sport School Challenge tournament at Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary.

The victory marked the second straight gold for the Minnesota prep school at the tournament.

Posted On Friday, 12.21.2012 / 10:10 PM

By Staff -  / - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Top goalies star in pair of QMJHL victories

The top two goalies from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft, as ranked by NHL Central Scouting, starred in victories on Friday.

Zachary Fucale of Halifax, ranked No. 1 in Central Scouting's preliminary league rankings, made 22 saves in a 5-1 win over Saint John.

Fucale is 22-3-1 this season.

Halifax played without the No. 1 and 2 ranked skaters, Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin. The forwards are preparing to compete for Canada in next week's World Junior Championship.

No. 2 ranked goalie Philippe Desrosiers made 43 saves for Rimouski in a 4-3 win over Quebec.

Rimouski was outshot 33-10 and trailing 2-1 after two periods. Desrosiers is 14-7-4.

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