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Posted On Tuesday, 12.11.2012 / 10:40 AM

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

Shawinigan's Cupper earns Second Star honor

Shawinigan goalie Marvin Cupper was honored by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League as Second Star of the Week.

The 18-year-old goalie stopped 50 of 52 shots in two games last week. On Friday, he made 23 saves for his first QMJHL shutout in a 4-0 win against the visiting Sherbrooke Phoenix. One night later, in the back-end of the home-and-home set, he stopped 27 of 29 shots in regulation and overtime, plus all three in the shootout, as Shawinigan took a 3-2 shootout win.

Cupper, in his first season in the QMJHL, is 6-17-3, with a 3.57 goals-against average and .893 save percentage. He'll soon leave the Cataractes for Germany's World Junior Championship tryout camp.

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Posted On Monday, 12.10.2012 / 1:55 PM

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

Jones' offense starting to blossom

Seth Jones was an offensive force with the U.S. National Team Development Program last season, leading the team's defenseman with 26 points in 48 games.

That offensive skill was a bit slow in showing itself early in his first season in the Western Hockey League with the Portland Winterhawks, but now the top 2013 NHL Draft prospect is beginning to showcase his full skill package.

Jones had five points in three games over the weekend, extending his point-scoring streak to nine games, tied for the longest current streak in the league.

Jones assisted on Ty Rattie's third-period goal in a 3-2 home loss to the Tri-City Americans on Friday. On Saturday he drew assists on Portland's first and last goals in a 6-2 win at the Seattle Thunderbirds, and on Sunday he had the primary assist on Nicolas Petan's second-period 5-on-3 power-play goal -- and just 21 seconds later, with Portland still skating up a man, he scored his first goal in five games to close the scoring in a 4-1 win at Tri-City.

Jones now has 28 points in 30 games, third among WHL defenseman. He also has a plus-27 rating, second among defensemen. Jones is No. 1 in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary ranking of WHL skaters for the 2013 NHL Draft.

Jones wasn't the only 2013 NHL Draft hopeful in the WHL to have a big weekend. Here is how a few other players fared:

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Posted On Monday, 12.10.2012 / 1:12 PM

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

Lindgren was more than ready for busy weekend

The pucks just kept coming and coming at Sioux Falls Stampede goalie Charlie Lindgren. But for every one of the career-high 41 shots the Tri-City Storm fired at him Friday night, Lindgren had an answer, stopping all of them for his second shutout of the season.

Lindgren, ranked No. 4 by NHL Central Scouting among United States Hockey League goalies in its preliminary rankings of players for the 2013 NHL Draft, continued his strong play Sunday, stopping 21 of 22 shots in a 3-1 win at the Sioux City Musketeers.

In his second USHL season, Lindgren is tied for second in the league with 10 wins, and is ranked in the top seven in the league in goals-against average (2.39) and save percentage (.915). His two shutouts are tied for second in the league, one behind the leader.

Lindgren wasn't the only 2013 Draft hopeful in the USHL to have a big weekend. Here is how a few other players fared:

* Waterloo forward Taylor Cammarata had a pair of goals in the Black Hawks' 4-3 loss to the Indiana Ice on Friday. He leads the league with 35 points in just 18 games and is No. 18 on Central Scouting's ranking.

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Posted On Monday, 12.10.2012 / 11:38 AM

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

Rimouski pair taking advantage of extra attention

Entering the season many NHL scouts had the Rimouski Oceanic on their must-see list for big center Frederik Gauthier. And while Gauthier has shined when healthy, two of his teammates have taken advantage of the extra attention.

Forwards Peter Trainor and Scott Oke have emerged as the focal points of the Rimouski offense this season, and finished the weekend atop the team's scoring chart. The pair combined for eight points as Rimouski swept its two games over the weekend.

Trainor set up both of Oke's goals in the Oceanic's 6-5 shootout win at the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada on Friday. It was just the fifth loss in 16 home games for the Armada, who have the second-most points in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

On Sunday against the PEI Rocket, Trainor started the fun with a goal just 3:20 into the game, and then he set up Jess Tanguy's power-play goal in the second to give Rimouski a 3-0 lead en route to a 6-1 victory. He and Oke then combined to assist on Gauthier's goal in the game's final minute.

Trainor, a 5-foot-11, 187-pound left wing, leads Rimouski in goals (18), assists (28) and points (46). Oke, a 6-3.5, 196-pound left wing, leads the Oceanic with eight power-play goals and a plus-15 rating, and is second on the team in goals (17), assists (26) and points (43).

Gauthier, despite missing time with a broken jaw, is fourth on the team with 12 goals and 31 points. NHL Central Scouting has him fourth among QMJHL skaters in its preliminary ranking of the top prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft.

The Rimouski pair weren't the only QMJHL prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft to have big weekend performances. Here are a few others:

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Posted On Monday, 12.10.2012 / 11:18 AM

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

Domi, Horvat help keep London streak going

Two more games, two more wins, two more strong showings by the London Knights' top 2013 NHL Draft duo of Max Domi and Bo Horvat.

As the Knights ran their win streak to 18 games -- tying the franchise record -- Domi and Horvat combined for three goals and six points.

In Friday's 5-2 defeat of the Niagara IceDogs -- a rematch of last year's OHL final -- Horvat had the primary assist on Tyler Ferry's goal late in the first period to put London up 2-0. Niagara's Brett Ritchie scored with nine seconds left in the second, but before they could build any momentum off that goal, Horvat scored 1:12 into the third period to make it 4-1.

Sunday's game saw Domi -- No. 4 on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary ranking of Ontario Hockey League skaters for the 2013 draft -- score 1:50 into the second to give London a lead it wouldn't relinquish. Midway through the period, Domi set up Horvat -- No. 5 on Central Scouting's list -- for a power-play goal that put London up 3-1. Domi added another assist, this time on Seth Griffith's power-play goal in the third.

For the season, Domi is second on the Knights and 10th in the OHL with 44 points, and is second on the team with a plus-21 rating. Horvat is tied for fourth on the team with 24 points.

The dynamic London duo weren't the only OHL players to perform at a top level over the weekend. Here is how a few other draft prospects fared:

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Posted On Saturday, 12.08.2012 / 9:37 PM

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

Drouin, MacKinnon combine for eight points in loss

Jonathan Drouin had three goals and an assist, and Nathan MacKinnon had four assists, but Halifax lost to Acadie-Bathurtst, 7-6 in overtime, in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League play on Saturday.

Drouin is the No. 2 skater in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings of QMJHL players eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft. MacKinnon is No. 1.

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Posted On Friday, 12.07.2012 / 9:36 PM

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

Patterson helps London win 17th straight in OHL

Jake Patterson made 34 saves and the London Knights defeated the Niagara IceDogs, 5-2, on Friday night to extend their winning streak to 17 games in the Ontario Hockey League.

Paterson is No. 5 in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings of North American goalies in the OHL eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft. He is 11-1-1 with a 2.11 goals-against average and .928 save percentage this season.

London's Bo Horvat, the No. 5 rated skater in the OHL, had a goal and an assist. He has 23 points (12 goals) in 32 games.

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Posted On Thursday, 12.06.2012 / 9:06 AM

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

Edina's Hurley commits to Notre Dame

Junior forward Connor Hurley of Edina High School in Minnesota on Wednesday announced that he would be continuing his career at the University of Notre Dame.

The 6-foot-1.25, 172-pound center, who was being courted by Minnesota, Wisconsin, Minnesota-Duluth and Michigan State, is considered one of the top draft-eligible scholastic skaters for the 2013 NHL Draft. Hurley earned a B rating on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings for players participating in scholastic high school hockey in Minnesota.

"The academics [at Notre Dame] obviously was a big thing that matters in my family," Hurley told the Minnesota Hockey Hub website. "They've got a great team now and they are getting a lot of good recruits in for the years to come."

Hurley has struck for eight goals, including three game-winners, and 15 points in six games with Edina (6-0-0) this season. He also played two games for the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the United States Hockey League this season, producing three assists and a plus-1 rating.

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.05.2012 / 2:51 PM

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

Pulock cleared to return to Brandon lineup on Friday

Defenseman Ryan Pulock of the Western Hockey League's Brandon Wheat Kings has been cleared to return to the lineup following a six-game absence due to a facial injury.

According to Brandon general manager Kelly McCrimmon, Pulock, No. 3 on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings for players in the WHL, will join his teammates for Friday's home game against the Spokane Chiefs. Pulock was injured after taking a puck to the face in a Nov. 16 game against the Kootenay Ice and has been wearing a full face shield in practice.

Despite missing some time, the 6-foot-0.5, 211-pound blueliner is fourth in scoring among WHL defensemen with 25 points, including nine goals, in 24 games. He also has a team-leading plus-14 rating.

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Posted On Monday, 12.03.2012 / 2:42 PM

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

Klimchuk rising above Regina's struggles

It's been a rough season so far for the Regina Pats, but top 2013 NHL Draft prospect Morgan Klimchuk has been doing his best to keep things positive.

The 5-foot-11.5, 180-pound left wing had seven points in three games over the weekend, but the Pats lost all three games. Regina is 10th in the 12-team Eastern Conference.

Klimchuk had a pair of assists Friday in a 5-3 loss at the Prince Albert Raiders. On Saturday, he had two goals and three assists, but the game ended with a 6-5 overtime loss to the visiting Spokane Chiefs. He was held off the scoresheet in Sunday's 8-2 home loss to Prince Albert.

For the season, Klimchuk is second on the team with 36 points in 30 games. He's ranked fifth by NHL Central Scouting in its preliminary top 25 ranking of Western Hockey League skaters eligible for the 2013 draft.

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