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Posted On Wednesday, 11.07.2012 / 10:38 AM

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

Tuesday's three stars at World Junior A Challenge

The second day of the 2012 World Junior A Challenge in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, saw the United States score a 4-3 victory over Switzerland and Canada West cruise past the Czech Republic.

The triumph catapults the unbeaten United States (2-0) into Friday's semifinal contest. Canada West will play Russia in Wednesday's Group A finale, with a bye into the semifinal round at stake.

NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards was front and center during Tuesday's doubleheader at Mariners Centre in Yarmouth. Here are his three stars from Tuesday's action:

Posted On Wednesday, 11.07.2012 / 9:15 AM

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

U.S. wins opener in U-18 Four Nations Tournament

Anthony Louis and Sean Malone each had a goal and one assist Tuesday when the U.S. Under-18 Team scored a 3-1 victory over Finland in the opener for both teams at the 2012 U-18 Four Nations Tournament at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube in Michigan.

Malone, who earned a C rating on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary players to watch list in the United States Hockey League, scored 17:02 into the second to give the United States a 2-1 lead. Tyler Kelleher had given the U.S. team a 1-0 lead 7:43 into the first, when the hosts outshot the Finns, 22-6.

Posted On Tuesday, 11.06.2012 / 11:43 PM

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

U.S. headed to World Junior A semifinals

After a slow start offensively, the U.S. opened things up in the second period en route to a 4-3 defeat of Switzerland on Tuesday, the second day of the World Junior A Challenge, being played at Mariners Center in Yarmouth, N.S.

The U.S. trailed 1-0 after one period, but scored four goals in the second, including three in the first 5:39 of the period, to blow the game open and earn a spot in the tournament semifinals Friday. The U.S. won Group B with a 2-0 record that includes Monday's 9-1 defeat of Canada East.

Posted On Tuesday, 11.06.2012 / 1:03 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - CHL Subway Super Series

Drouin cleared for Team QMJHL on Wednesday

After sitting out the opening game of the 2012 Subway Super Series against Russia with a foot injury, Halifax Mooseheads forward and top draft-eligible prospect Jonathan Drouin has been cleared to play in Wednesday's second game in Val-d’Or, Quebec.

Drouin, who suffered his injury while blocking a shot on Saturday for Halifax, sat out the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's 6-2 loss to Russia on Monday.

Drouin will be joined by Halifax teammates Nathan MacKinnon, Brent Andrews and Zach Fucale in the lineup. Fucale, a goaltender, was also absent on Monday and MacKinnon was a minus-4 on the top line with Jonathan Huberdeau and Jean-Sebastien Dea. Andrews played a role on the team's fourth line.

Posted On Tuesday, 11.06.2012 / 10:56 AM

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

Three stars from Day 1 at World Junior A Challenge

The opening day of the 2012 World Junior A Challenge in Yarmouth, N.S., on Monday saw the United States and Russia score victories in their respective contests.

The U.S. recorded a 9-1 triumph over Canada East, which garnered silver in last year's tournament, while Russia scored six unanswered goals en route to a 6-1 victory over the Czech Republic. NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards is in Nova Scotia, carefully viewing those draft eligible players on the radar and competing for their countries.

Edwards took the time to provide with his three stars from Day 1.

Posted On Tuesday, 11.06.2012 / 10:10 AM

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

Connor McDavid lighting it up as a 15-year-old rookie

Erie Otters forward Connor McDavid is not eligible for the NHL Draft until 2015, but he has certainly grabbed the attention of those scouts in attendance as a 15-year-old rookie in the Ontario Hockey League this season.

McDavid, as you may know, was granted exceptional player status on March 21, 2012, by Hockey Canada to be eligible for the 2012 OHL Priority Selection. He joined John Tavares and Aaron Ekblad as the only players to be awarded that honor and was promptly drafted first overall by the Otters.

Erie is certainly reaping the benefits.

Posted On Monday, 11.05.2012 / 11:57 PM

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

Fitzgerald leads U.S. at World Junior A opener

Ryan Fitzgerald opened eyes when he had three assists at the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game in Buffalo in September. The 2013 NHL Draft prospect did it again Monday playing for the U.S. at the World Junior A Challenge.

Fitzgerald, who plays for Valley Warriors of the Eastern Junior Hockey League, had a hat trick to lead the U.S. to a 9-1 opening-game rout of Canada East.

Ryan Fitzgerald

The tournament, being played in Yarmouth, N.S., runs through Nov. 12.

A C-rated skater in NHL Central Skating's preliminary rankings of players to watch for this year's draft, Fitzgerald scored Team USA's first two goals, then closed the first by completing his hat trick with a power-play goal with 30 seconds left in the period.

Taylor Cammarata made it 4-0 with a power-play goal at 6:13 of the second, and after a shorthanded goal later in the second, defenseman Dan Molenaar made it 7-0 with a goal seven seconds into the third.

Eamon McAdam stopped 26 of 27 shots, including 15 of 16 in the third, for the win. McAdam, who plays for the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League, earned a B rating from Central Scouting, as well as the accolades of his coach.

Posted On Monday, 11.05.2012 / 11:52 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor / - CHL Subway Super Series

MacKinnon's move to the wing a work in progress

BOISBRIAND, Quebec – Andre Tourigny wanted to see what top draft prospect Nathan MacKinnon could do on the wing in case that’s where the star Halifax Mooseheads center may be needed on the Canadian team that will play at the next World Junior Championships.

After one game, MacKinnon’s switch to the wing can still be described as a work in progress.

MacKinnon played for the first time on left wing for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team that lost Game 1 of the Subway Super Series 6-2 on Monday night on a line with Jonathan Huberdeau and Jean-Sebastien Dea, a line Tourigny was expecting to produce some offense against a powerful Russian team.

Except Huberdeau and MacKinnon finished the game a minus-4 while Dea was a minus-3, a situation Tourigny says can’t continue in Game 2 of the series Wednesday night in Val D’Or.

Posted On Monday, 11.05.2012 / 11:34 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor / - CHL Subway Super Series

Grigorenko expects more of a challenge Wednesday

BOISBRIAND, QuebecMikhail Grigorenko knows the 6-2 final score makes it look like his Russian team completely dominated its counterpart from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on Monday night, but he doesn’t feel it’s a true reflection of how Game 1 of the Subway Super Series was played.

In fact, the Quebec Remparts center feels the game was played rather evenly in spite of the most lopsided Russian win in this series since 2007.

“We played the way our coach wanted us to play,” the Buffalo Sabres prospect said. “I think for the Quebec guys a lot of them had games yesterday so they were probably a little bit tired. I think the next game will be a lot tougher and it will be more of a challenge.”

Posted On Monday, 11.05.2012 / 9:55 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor / - CHL Subway Super Series

Russia opens Super Series with 6-2 win

BOISBRIAND, Quebec – Talk about a statement game.

Led by a goal and assist from Mikhail Grigorenko, Nail Yakupov, Maxim Shalunov and Valentin Zykov, Team Russia trounced the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League All-Stars 6-2 in Game 1 of the Subway Super Series in front of a disappointed crowd of 3,173 at the Centre Excellence Rousseau on Monday night.

The four-goal margin was the largest in a victory for the Russian select team since a 5-1 win against the Western Hockey League All-Stars in 2007, a span of 25 games. It also marked the fifth straight win for Team Russia against the QMJHL in the history of the series.

The star for the Russian squad was goaltender Andrey Vasilevskiy, who was named player of the game for Team Russia. He made an incredible glove save off Jean-Sebastien Dea in the dying seconds of the first period and made a number of other spectacular saves among his 28 on the night.

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