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Posted On Monday, 12.03.2012 / 1:54 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 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.

Posted On Monday, 12.03.2012 / 9:27 AM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 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.

Posted On Saturday, 12.01.2012 / 9:38 PM

By Staff -  / - 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.

Posted On Saturday, 12.01.2012 / 12:13 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 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.

Posted On Friday, 11.30.2012 / 10:36 PM

By Staff -  / - 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.

Posted On Thursday, 11.29.2012 / 12:00 PM

By NHL Green -  / - NHL Green Slapshots™

Nolan scores one for habitat preservation

Retired NHL All-Star Owen Nolan has announced the transition of his 1,157 acres in Mt. Hamilton Range (California) to organizations devoted to the environmental protection and preservation of lands. This unique partnership protects prime Alameda Creek Watershed habitat from future development through a conservation easement and paves the way for future plans to open up the property to public recreation.

"I'm proud to be part of the effort to expand Joseph D. Grant County Park and help protect clean drinking water and recreational opportunities for future generations," said Owen Nolan, property owner and former San Jose Sharks captain.

"I love the outdoors,” Nolan told the San Jose Mercury News. “It's not just hunting and fishing. It's getting outside," he said. "There's a lot of pressure that comes with being an athlete. Getting outside has always helped me get peace of mind."

“This property acquisition creates the only county park that is more than 10,000 acres in size,” said President George Shirakawa, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors. “The addition of this landscape to the county’s park system will not only increase opportunities for future trail development but also support 70 miles of wild lands from Pleasanton to the Pacheco Pass and connect it to several thousand acres of Lick Observatory lands on top of Mt. Hamilton by the University of California.”

Located within the southern Alameda Creek Watershed, the property includes approximately five miles of Sulphur and Smith Creeks that drain to Isabel Creek and the Arroyo Hondo, which flows directly into the SFPUC’s Calaveras Reservoir.

“Calaveras Reservoir is our system’s largest Bay Area reservoir and is a crucial source of drinking water to our 2.6 million customers,” said SFPUC General Manager Harlan Kelly, Jr. “By protecting the land and the animals and plants that depend upon it, we also protect the quality of a major Bay Area water supply.”

The Nature Conservancy, through an endowment funded by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), will monitor the conservation easement in perpetuity. Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department will own and manage the property as part of Joseph D. Grant County Park.

Read the entire article on The Nature Conservancy’s website, here.

Posted On Wednesday, 11.28.2012 / 2:56 PM

By Sean Monahan -  Special to / - Sean Monahan Draft blog

Monahan staying positive through busy month

Sean Monahan is a center for the Ottawa 67's of the Ontario Hockey League. The 6-foot-2, 186-pound forward was a second-team OHL all-star last season after scoring 33 goals in 62 games, and he added 15 points in 18 playoff games. A highly regarded prospect, Monahan has offered to maintain a monthly blog for that will chronicle his season leading up to the 2013 NHL Draft.

Hello everyone. The month of November was a pretty busy one for our team. It was a little bit of a change for us, as we normally play all weekend games. However, we had a lot of games during the week this month. During that time we had a tough stretch which included a seven-game losing streak. Of course, it's no fun losing, but as a leader on this team I have to stay positive and lead by example. We got a win Nov. 20 which ended the losing streak.

The only downside now is not being able to help my teammates keep their winning ways going. I was suspended for 10 games on Nov. 23 for a check to the head during a game Nov. 18. It was an unfortunate incident for me, the player from the Plymouth Whalers I hit and my team. However, I accept my punishment and will learn from it, and do my best to help the team while I'm out in any way I can.

The good part is I'll return in time to compete for a spot at the World Junior Championship. Earlier in the month I was lucky to take part in the Subway Super Series against the Russians in Guelph. It was an incredible experience playing with such talented and top players from the league. It was also a great experience to share with my teammates, Cody Ceci and Tyler Graovac, who were there with me. Myself and Graovac actually connected for a goal on the penalty kill, which was pretty special for us. Unfortunately we did not end up getting the result we wanted, but it was another great learning experience for myself and made the rivalry against Russia that much stronger.

Posted On Wednesday, 11.28.2012 / 10:35 AM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 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 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.

Posted On Tuesday, 11.27.2012 / 1:10 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 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 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.

Posted On Tuesday, 11.27.2012 / 9:50 AM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 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 "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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