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POSTED ON Wednesday, 12.19.2012 / 4:26 PM

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

Zarowny named CHL Goalie of the Week

Brett Zarowny of the Prince George Cougars has been named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week. He won two of three games last week, and stopped 88 of 91 shots in the process.

Zarowny started his week last Tuesday, making 33 saves on 35 shots in 2-0 home loss to the Swift Current Broncos. Over the weekend, though, he played his best hockey, including a pair of wins against the Vancouver Chiefs. On Saturday he stopped all 23 shots in a 6-0 win that earned him his second WHL shutout. One night later, he made tied his season-high with 35 saves in a 2-1 win against the Chiefs.

In his first WHL season, Zarowny is 8-7-0 in 17 games, with a 2.97 goals-against average, .910 and two shutouts.

The 17-year-old goalie was rated as a C player to watch in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings of players eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 12.18.2012 / 12:06 AM

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

Memorable night for Spokane's Holmberg

Mitchell Holmberg scored in just one of the two games he played over the weekend, but it was quite a performance.

The Spokane Chiefs right wing had a hat trick and a pair of assists -- including one on the game-tying goal -- and also scored in the shootout in his team's 7-6 shootout win against the Seattle Thunderbirds on Friday. The five points were a career-high.

Holmberg now leads the Chiefs with 41 points, and his 22 goals are second.

There were other 2013 NHL Draft prospects in the Western Hockey League who had big performances last weekend:

* Holmberg's teammates, Marek Kalus and Reid Gow, each had three assists in Spokane's win against Seattle on Friday.

* Brandon center Tim McGauley had two goals in the Wheat Kings' 4-2 win against the Moose Jaw Warriors on Friday.

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POSTED ON Monday, 12.17.2012 / 11:42 PM

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

Quenneville, Renouf, Jensen honored by USHL

Dubuque's Peter Quenneville, Youngstown's Daniel Renouf and Fargo's Brendan Jensen, all 2013 NHL Draft prospects, were honored by the United States Hockey League for their play last week.

Quenneville was named CCM Forward of the Week after finishing with four goals and four assists in two games. He had a pair of power-play goals and an assist in a 5-2 defeat of Team USA on Friday. One night later he had two goals and three assists in a 7-1 defeat of the Chicago Steel.

Renouf was honored as CCM Defenseman of the Week after he had two goals and two assists in two games over the weekend. He had a pair of goals, one shorthanded, in the Phantoms' 5-0 win at Des Moines on Friday. On Saturday he had a pair of assists in a 4-3 loss to Des Moines.

Jensen earned a share of the Reebok Goaltender of the Week award after picking up a pair of wins and stopping 54 of 56 shots in two games. He stopped all 26 shots he faced Friday in a 9-0 win against Team USA for his first USHL shutout. A night later, he stopped 28 of 30 shots to lead Fargo to a 5-2 win against the Muskegon Lumberjacks.

Here is how a few other 2013 NHL Draft prospects in the USHL performed over the weekend:

* Fargo teammates Gabe Guertler and David Gust had big weekends. Each had two goals and an assist in the Force's 9-0 win at Team USA on Friday. On Saturday, Gust had two goals and Guertler had a pair of assists in Fargo's 5-2 win at Muskegon.

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POSTED ON Monday, 12.17.2012 / 11:05 PM

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

Campagna plays big role in Sudbury success

The Sudbury Wolves won two of its games over the weekend, and center Mathew Campagna was a big reason why.

Campagna, an 18-year-old center, assisted on the winning goal in both Wolves wins over the weekend. On Friday he had a goal in the first period and early in the second he assisted on Nicholas Baptiste's power-play goal that put Sudbury ahead for good 3-2 en route to a 7-3 defeat of the Plymouth Whalers.

Campagna had an assist Saturday, but Sudbury lost 3-2 in overtime at the Niagara IceDogs. But on Sunday he had a pair of assists, including helping set up Nathan Pancel's game-winning goal with 2:14 left in the second period as Sudbury won 3-1 at the Mississauga Steelheads.

Campagna, who went unpicked in last year's draft, has 34 points in 35 games this season, three more points than he scored in 45 games last season.

Here is how a few other 2013 NHL Draft eligible players in the Ontario Hockey League performed over the weekend:

* Erie left wing Stephen Harper had a pair of goals and teammate Connor Crisp had a goal and two assists in the Otters' 6-2 win at the Kitchener Rangers on Friday. Harper is No. 8 on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary ranking of OHL skaters for this year's draft.

* Sudbury left wing Dominik Kubalik had a goal and two assists and teammate Jacob Harris scored two goals in the Wolves 7-3 win against Plymouth on Friday.

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POSTED ON Monday, 12.17.2012 / 11:48 AM

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

QMJHL honors for Moncton's Lalonde

Moncton Wildcats left wing Christoph Lalonde, a 2013 NHL Draft prospect, was honored Monday by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League as the Second Star of the Week.

In three games last week, the 5-foot-9, 173-pound forward totaled six goals and an assist, even though his team lost two of the three games.

His big week started Tuesday, as he had a pair of goals in a 5-3 win against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan for his first multi-goal QMJHL game. He had an assist and seven shots on goal in a 4-3 overtime loss Friday to the Saint John Sea Dogs. He saved his best for last, however, as he tied a team record with four goals in an 8-6 loss to the Halifax Mooseheads on Saturday.

Lalonde now has 11 goals in 29 games this season, nearly tripling the four he scored in 65 games last season. His 16 points this season is one more than he scored last season.

Lalonde wasn't the only QMJHL draft-eligible player to have a big weekend. Here is how a few others fared:

* PEI Rocket left wing Victor Provencher had a pair of goals Friday in his team's 5-2 win at the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. Then on Sunday he had a goal and two assists in the Rocket's 6-3 win against Saint John.

* Saint John left wing Jakub Izacky scored a pair of goals in his team's 4-3 overtime loss at Moncton on Friday.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 12.15.2012 / 5:05 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

OHL's London Knights win 20th straight game

Mat Rupert's goal in the third round of the shootout gave London a 4-3 victory against Guelph on Saturday, the Knights' franchise-record 20th consecutive win.

The Knights (28-5-2) led 2-0 and 3-2, but the Storm tied the game with 7:30 remaining in regulation on a power-play goal by Hunter Garlent. Kyle Platzer had put the Knights ahead 1:29 into the third period with his first goal of the season.

After a scoreless overtime, London's Seth Griffin and Guelph's Jason Dickson scored in the first round of the shootout. Neither team scored in the second round, but Rupert beat Guelph goaltender Garret Sparks to start the third round and Garlent was unable to beat Kevin Bailie, giving the Knights the win.

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POSTED ON Friday, 12.14.2012 / 10:29 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Late goal gives London 19th straight win in OHL

Seth Griffith scored with four seconds remaining, and the London Knights defeated the Owen Sound Attack, 3-2, Friday for their 19th straight win, a new team record.

Owen Sound had tied the game by scoring with 24 seconds to go.

Bo Horvat, the No. 5 rated skater from the Ontario Hockey League in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings of players eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft, scored a second-period power-play goal to break a 1-1 tie. The center has 14 goals this season.

Jake Patterson, the No. 5 OHL goalie in Central Scouting's rankings, made 27 saves and is 12-1-1 this season.

The team record of 18 games was set in 2004-05 and equaled Sunday.

The OHL's record win streak is 25 games by the 1983-84 Kitchener Rangers.

The Knights are 27-5-0-2 and in first place in the Midwest Division.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 12.11.2012 / 4:33 PM

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

CHL award for Lethbridge's Yakubowski

The accolades keep piling up for Lethbridge Hurricanes forward Jaimen Yakubowski. First it was being named WHL player of the week. And Tuesday, he was named Canadian Hockey League Player of the Week.

The highlight of Yakubowski's week was his five-goal game Friday in an 8-7 shootout loss to the Medicine Hat Tigers. In two WHL seasons, it was the first time he had scored more than two goals in a game.

Yakubowski's big week saw him total six goals and three assists, and gives him a team-high 19 goals this season.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 12.11.2012 / 12:10 PM

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

Yakubowski named WHL player of the week

With nine points in three games last week, Lethbridge Hurricanes forward Jaimen Yakubowski has been named Denny's WHL Player of the Week.

It's the second straight week Yakubowski has been honored, after he had eight points in four games the week before. He's just the second player this season to repeat as player of the week, along with fellow 2013 NHL Draft prospect J.C. Lipon of the Kamloops Blazers.

Yakubowski's week started Dec. 5, when he assisted on two of the first three Hurricanes goals en route to a 6-2 Lethbridge win against the Edmonton Oil Kings. Then came Dec. 7, when he scored five goals in an 8-7 shootout loss to the Medicine Hat Tigers. It was just the fourth multi-goal game of his WHL career, and the first time he scored more than two in a game. Then on Dec. 8, he had a goal and an assist in a 6-1 defeat of the Kootenay Ice.

On the season Yakubowski leads the Hurricanes with 19 goals and is second with 32 points in 35 games.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 12.11.2012 / 11:50 AM

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

Omaha pair, Lindgren honored by USHL

A pair of Omaha Lancers teammates were among the three 2013 NHL Draft prospects honored by the United States Hockey League for their play last week.

Forward Kyle Osterberg was named CCM Forward of the Week and teammate Matias Cleland was named CCM Defenseman of the Week. In addition, Charlie Lindgren of the Sioux Falls Stampede has been named Reebok Goaltender of the Week.

Osterberg, a 5-foot-7.5, 171-pound forward, scored twice Friday in a 4-3 win against Team USA. His first goal, a power-play score with 4:10 left in the first, put Omaha up 3-1. Team USA rallied to tie the game, but Osterberg came up big at 3:56 of the third, putting Omaha ahead for good. He also had an assist Friday for his first USHL three-point game. It also was his first two-goal game.

On Saturday his power-play goal late in the second period that put Omaha up 4-1 against the Lincoln Stars proved to be the difference as Lincoln rallied in the third to make it a 4-3 game.

Cleland has four assists in both games, including primary assists on both of Osterberg's game-winners. He had two assists in Friday's win against Team USA, and then two more in Saturday's 4-3 win against Lincoln. The 5-10.5, 185-pound blueliner has 14 points in 20 games since being acquired by Omaha early in the season. His 16 points overall are tied for second among USHL defensemen.

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