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Posted On Saturday, 06.06.2015 / 4:00 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - Combing the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine

Caleb Jones working to move out of brother's shadow

BUFFALO -- Defenseman Caleb Jones will follow in the footsteps of his older brother, Nashville Predators defenseman Seth Jones, next season by playing with the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League.

But Caleb, 18, said he's a lot more than Seth's younger brother.

"I just try to be my own player, work hard every day," he said. "I'm not Seth's brother, I'm Caleb, my own person and I'm trying to be my own person."

Posted On Saturday, 06.06.2015 / 3:31 PM

By Joe Yerdon - Correspondent / - Combing the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine

BU teammate Greer thinks Eichel will do great things

BUFFALO – When it comes to Boston University forward Jack Eichel, there may not be another player at the 2015 NHL Draft Combine that knows him better than his collegiate teammate, forward AJ Greer.

Eichel is expected to be selected second at the 2015 NHL Draft in Sunrise, Fla., but Greer thinks higher of him.

"It was definitely special [playing with him], all the hype around him," Greer said. "He’s top-two in the draft. Personally I think he should go No. 1. It was definitely special the attention we got. The way he acted like a pro everywhere, whether it was on the ice, at the gym, in the classroom, I think he gave the impression to do the same thing and put in as much work as he does and I think that’s why we were so successful."

Posted On Saturday, 06.06.2015 / 2:36 PM

By Noah Hanifin -  Special to / - Noah Hanifin blog

Hanifin: Big breakfast fueled Combine fitness testing

Noah Hanifin, No. 3 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, completed his freshman season at Boston College in Hockey East in 2014-15. The 6-foot-3, 203-pound left-shot defenseman had five goals and 23 points in 37 games. He also represented the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship. He had eight goals and 33 points in 45 games for the United States National Team Development Program under-18 team in 2013-14. The native of Norwood, Mass., has offered to maintain a blog for leading up to the 2015 NHL Draft in Sunrise, Fla. His latest entry comes from the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo.

Hello from Buffalo.

I had my final few interviews Friday and they went great. I met with 13 teams here at the Combine. It was really nice to meet all the people who got to watch us all year. I thought all the interviews went well. There were a few I thought went exceptionally well, but you never know. They all kept a straight face and didn't give you any heads-up about what could happen. It makes the draft more exciting.

Any team that meets with you has to take the interview very serious because they don't know what's going to happen at the draft. There could be trades, people sliding down. It was a really good process.

Posted On Saturday, 06.06.2015 / 1:40 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor / - 2015 Stanley Cup Final blog

Blackhawks focus on 'redemption,' better performance

TAMPA -- The Chicago Blackhawks are apparently looking for redemption.

They are also looking to take a stranglehold on the Stanley Cup Final.

Despite leading the best-of-7 series 1-0 after stealing Game 1 with two late goals in less than two minutes, Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is looking forward to having an opportunity to make up for what he felt was a poor performance when the puck is dropped Saturday for Game 2 (7:15 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

"We definitely have energy, we got excitement," Toews said when asked about the Blackhawks looking loose in the morning skate. "We're eager to redeem ourselves and play better in Game 2. I think we're kind of embracing the pressure now, whereas I think in Game 1 there's always that sense of not knowing what to expect from another team and a team that you haven't seen much."

Posted On Saturday, 06.06.2015 / 1:11 PM

By Corey Long - Correspondent / - 2015 Stanley Cup Final blog

Lightning rookie Drouin could play in Game 2

TAMPA - Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin could be inserted in the lineup for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks at Amalie Arena on Saturday (7:15 p.m., ET, NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

The Blackhawks won Game 1 on Wednesday, 2-1, and have a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Drouin, the third pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, had four goals and 28 assists in 70 games during the regular season. He has played in three games during the Stanley Cup Playoffs and has no points with a minus-4 rating. Drouin hasn't played since Game 4 in the second round against the Montreal Canadiens on May 7.

"I'm in for warm-ups, and we'll see from there," Drouin said. "It's exciting. I watched the first game and it was high tempo, and I expect it will be an exciting game [Saturday]."

Posted On Saturday, 06.06.2015 / 10:44 AM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Blue Jackets could opt for defenseman in first round

BUFFALO -- Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen has always believed that taking the best player available at the NHL draft is the best plan, and that won't change at the 2015 NHL Draft, where the Blue Jackets have the eighth pick of the first round.

But if there's a tie between two players of different positions, Kekalainen said the Blue Jackets could lean toward selecting a defenseman in the first round.

The Blue Jackets chose Ryan Murray with the second pick of the 2012 draft but he's played 78 games in two NHL seasons because of injuries. Mike Reilly, an offensive-minded defenseman picked in the fourth round (No. 98) in the 2011 draft, is unsigned and can become an unrestricted free agent June 15. He's spent this week in Buffalo during the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine meeting with other teams. Six of the 12 defensemen to play for the Blue Jackets last season were 25 or under. But of those six, David Savard (82) and Dalton Prout (63) were the only ones to play more than 60 games.

Posted On Saturday, 06.06.2015 / 9:41 AM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - Combing the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine

Czech goalie Vladar happy with Combine performance

BUFFALO -- Goaltender Daniel Vladar had the unenviable task of being the first top prospect at his position to complete the nine fitness tests on the final day of the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine at HarborCenter on Saturday.

In the end, the 6-foot-5, 185-pound native of Praha, Czech Republic, was all smiles with the realization that he survived the grueling Wingate Cycle Ergometer peak power output test to measure the explosiveness of a skater.

Posted On Saturday, 06.06.2015 / 9:30 AM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - Combing the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine

Wingate, balance test offer challenges for prospects

BUFFALO -- The 2015 NHL Scouting Combine has a new look and a new location, but the Wingate bike test remains the one challenge most draft prospects anticipate the most.

The last test of the day, it's a 30-second all-out sprint on a stationary bike that measures a player's explosiveness.

It's not just the difficulty of the test, which includes trainers inches away yelling motivation. It's performing it in front of NHL strength coaches, scouts and general managers, as well as members of the media.

"It draws a lot of attention," said defenseman Ethan Bear of the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League. "It was pretty hard, especially when they're screaming at you."

Posted On Saturday, 06.06.2015 / 9:07 AM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - Combing the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine

Fitness testing gets started at NHL Scouting Combine

BUFFALO -- The final day of the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine officially kicked off here at HarborCenter on Saturday morning with a dozen top prospects testing on the nine events.

There were three prospects medically exempt from testing on Saturday, Oshawa Generals defenseman Mitchell Vande Sompel, Omaha Lancers center Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson and Rouyn-Noranda Huskies defenseman Jeremy Lauzon. Niagara IceDogs defenseman Vince Dunn was medically exempt from lower-body testing; Everett Silvertips defenseman Noah Juulsen did not test since he had to return home for high school graduation.

Goaltender Ilya Samsonov of Magnitogorsk in Russia was unable to attend the Combine; no reason was provided. Samsonov is No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of international goalies.

Posted On Friday, 06.05.2015 / 6:19 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - Combing the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine

Top defense prospects poised to steal spotlight

BUFFALO -- There is the potential for some breakout stars to emerge from a group of defense prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft that has been overshadowed by the top-end forwards who have dominated the attention during the buildup to the draft.

The top three in that group of defensemen are Noah Hanifin of Boston College, No. 3 on NHL Central Skating's final ranking of North American skaters for the draft; Ivan Provorov of the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League (No. 7); and Zachary Werenski of the University of Michigan (No. 9).

Though six spots in the rankings separate the three players, there's little difference in talent level.

"To separate these guys a few years down the road is going to be very difficult," NHL Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr said Friday.

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