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Posted On Monday, 12.03.2012 / 2:21 PM

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

Kaib showing NHL teams what they missed

Green Bay Gamblers defenseman Barrett Kaib was passed over in last year's NHL Draft. He's doing his best this season to prevent that from happening again.

The 19-year-old blueliner had four assists in two games over the weekend as he continues to have a strong return to the USHL.

Kaib had a pair of assists as Green Bay beat the Indiana Ice 7-4 on Friday, and he assisted on two more goals Saturday in a 6-3 defeat of Indiana.

For the season, the 5-foot-9.25, 190-pounder is tied for seventh among the United States Hockey League defenseman with 12 points in 23 games. Last season at Providence College, Kaib had just six points in 31 games.

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Posted On Monday, 12.03.2012 / 1:54 PM

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

More good news for MacKinnon

On Monday, Halifax's Nathan MacKinnon earned an invitation to Canada's tryout camp for the World Junior Championship. That caps another solid weekend for the top 2013 NHL Draft prospect.

MacKinnon, ranked No. 1 by NHL Central Scouting in its preliminary ranking of the top 25 draft-eligible skaters in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, had four points in two games over the weekend.

On Friday, MacKinnon had a pair of goals and an assist as the Mooseheads beat the Chicoutimi Sagueneens 7-1. He had the primary assist on the game-winning power-play goal Sunday in a 3-2 defeat of the visiting Victoriaville Tigers. The win was Halifax's sixth in its last seven games and leaves the Mooseheads two points ahead of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada for the best record in the QMJHL.

MacKinnon finished November with 17 points in 10 games, and enters the week third in the league in scoring with 47 points in 27 games.

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Posted On Monday, 12.03.2012 / 9:27 AM

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

Domi sparking Knights' win streak

The London Knights have emerged as the best team in the Ontario Hockey League, and a big reason for that is the play of their best player, top 2013 NHL Draft prospect Max Domi.

The 5-foot-9.25, 193-pound center, the team's second-leading scorer with 41 points in 30 games, has scored 21 of those points during the team's current 15-game win streak.

He added six points to that total as the Knights swept three games over the weekend. On Friday, he had a goal and two assists in a 5-3 defeat of the Barrie Colts. He scored two more goals Saturday in a 3-1 defeat of the Guelph Storm. And he closed his big weekend with a game-opening power-play goal in what ended as a 4-3 shootout win at the Mississauga Steelheads on Sunday.

Domi, No. 4 on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary ranking of the top 25 OHL skaters available for this year's draft, has 10 goals and 11 assists during the win streak. He also has a pair of game-winning goals.

Domi wasn't the only draft eligible OHL player to perform at a high level over the weekend:

* Domi's teammate, Bo Horvat, had a pair of goals in Friday's defeat of Barrie. Horvat is No. 5 on Central Scouting's top 25.

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Posted On Saturday, 12.01.2012 / 9:38 PM

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

Domi scores twice, London wins 14th straight

Max Domi scored twice Saturday to help the London Knights to their 14th straight win, a 3-1 victory over the Guelph Storm in the Ontario Hockey League.

Domi is the No. 4 skater in the OHL in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings of players eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft.

Domi, son of former NHL player Tie Domi, has 40 points (16 goals, 24 assists) in 29 games this season. During the win streak, he has 20 points (nine goals) and seven multipoint games.

The 5-foot-9.25, 193-pound forward ranks 10th in the league in scoring.

London hasn’t lost since Nov. 1. The Knights are 22-5-2 and lead the Midwest Division.

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Posted On Saturday, 12.01.2012 / 12:13 PM

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

Shinkaruk returns to Medicine Hat lineup

Medicine Hat Tigers prospect Hunter Shinkaruk, who will serve as an alternate captain for Team Orr in the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in January, had a successful return to the lineup Friday following a four-game absence with a lower-body injury.

Shinkaruk produced three assists in a 6-5 road loss to the Red Deer Rebels. The Tigers are home to the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Saturday and play host to the Brandon Wheat Kings on Sunday.

Shinkaruk, who suffered a skate cut that required 14 stitches in the first period of a loss to the Portland Winterhawks on Nov. 17, resumed workouts Monday.

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Posted On Friday, 11.30.2012 / 10:36 PM

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

Desrosiers makes 44 saves in QMJHL win

Philippe Desrosiers made 44 saves to lead Rimouski to a 5-1 win over Cape Breton in a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League game Friday night.

Desrosiers is the No. 2 goalie in the QMJHL in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings of North American players.

He lost the shutout when he allowed a goal with 3:29 remaining in the third period.

Desrosiers (6-foot-1.5, 184 pounds) is 9-6-0 with a 3.22 goals-against average and .903 save percentage this season.

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.28.2012 / 10:35 AM

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

Illness will sideline European prospect Barkov

Forward Aleksander Barkov, considered by many to be the top European prospect on the board for the 2013 NHL Draft, will be sidelined at least one game with an illness.

The 6-foot-2, 209-pound left-hander, who plays for Tappara in the Finnish Elite League, will miss Wednesday's game against Karpat.

"I talked to the coach and he told me he'd miss his first game [Wednesday] and might miss Nov. 29 [against Jokerit] and Dec. 1 [against Lukko]," Director of European Scouting Goran Stubb told NHL.com via email. "It is nothing serious."

In 26 games for Tappara this season, Barkov has produced 13 goals, 27 points and a plus-10 rating.


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Posted On Tuesday, 11.27.2012 / 1:10 PM

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

Hasn't taken long for Jones to impress Portland coach

Mike Johnston has coached Seth Jones for only three months, but the big defenseman for the Portland Winterhawks has already made an impression.

"I'm a big believer in having the right role models in your room," Johnston told NHL.com on Tuesday, "and he's a very good role model for the players."

In his first Western Hockey League season, Jones has lived up to lofty expectations. In 24 games, he has 17 points and a plus-17 rating, and has been a big factor in the Winterhawks' current 16-1-0 run, which included a 12-game win streak. During that span, Jones has six goals, nine assists and a plus-18 rating.

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.27.2012 / 9:50 AM

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

Shinkaruk hopes to return to lineup this weekend

Top prospect Hunter Shinkaruk of the Medicine Hat Tigers is hoping to return to the lineup at some point this weekend after missing four games with a lower-body injury.

Shinkaruk, who suffered a skate cut that required 14 stitches in the first period of a loss to the Portland Winterhawks on Nov. 17, finally resumed workouts Monday. The 5-foot-10.25, 181-pound center admitted he felt good and is itching to resume his season.

"The injury is healing up well," Shinkaruk told NHL.com. "I saw the doctors for the second time [Monday] and the healing is right on pace. [Monday] was the first day I could actually do a workout since the injury and kind of get some mobility back.

"My goal is to be ready for Friday [at Red Deer]. If not Friday, then sometime this weekend, but we'll see."

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Posted On Monday, 11.26.2012 / 7:33 PM

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

Cammarata earns USHL top-forward award

Top 2013 NHL Draft prospects Taylor Cammarata of the Waterloo Black Hawks and Youngstown Phantoms teammates Ryan Lowney and Sean Romeo were among those honored by the United States Hockey League on Monday.

Taylor Cammarata

Cammarata, along with teammate Zach Stepan (Nashville Predators), was named CCM Forward of the Week after totaling nine points in three games last week. The 5-foot-7, 156-pound player had a goal and two assists last Wednesday in a 6-5 loss to the Des Moines Buccaneers. He celebrated Thanksgiving with a goal and two assists in a 4-3 defeat of the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders on Thursday, and finished his week with his third straight one-goal, two-assist game in a Saturday in a 7-3 defeat of Cedar Rapids. His goal in the third period Saturday was the 100th point of his USHL career, in 74 games.

The big week also extended Cammarata's scoring streak to seven games -- all of them multipoint games -- and he leads the league with 31 points in 14 games. Cammarata is No. 18 on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary top 25 ranking of 2013 NHL Draft-eligible skaters in the USHL.

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