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2015 NHL Draft
Posted On Friday, 05.29.2015 / 10:56 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Sabres' Bylsma likes what he sees in Jack Eichel

Dan Bylsma was in high demand across many media platforms after being named coach of the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.

The questions came fast and furious about his coaching philosophy, expectations and, most notably, his thoughts about Boston University freshman Jack Eichel.

Eichel, No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, is expected to be chosen by the Sabres with the No. 2 pick in the first round on June 26 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.

Bylsma saw plenty of Eichel this season, so everyone was interested in his opinion.

Posted On Friday, 05.29.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Weekes: Two Game 7s are better than one

Each Friday throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs Kevin Weekes will be bringing you his Friday Four. He will be blogging about four players, teams, series, plays, trends or really four of whatever from the playoffs that have caught his eye.

Two Game 7s to determine the Stanley Cup Final matchup. Are you kidding me, hockey gods? Are you kidding me? This is amazing. This is so amazing.

Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Final, at Madison Square Garden, must-watch TV on Friday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Chicago Blackhawks at Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference Final, at Honda Center, must-watch TV on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

The winners line up against each other for the right to lift the big trophy.

Like I said, amazing.

Here is a take on each of the four teams as we head into Game 7 heaven:


Posted On Thursday, 05.28.2015 / 10:58 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Quebec wins, advances to Memorial Cup semifinal

Jerome Verrier scored two goals to help the host Quebec Remparts beat the Rimouski Oceanic 5-2 in the tiebreaker game on Thursday at the 2015 Memorial Cup at Pepsi Colisee in Quebec City, Quebec.

Adam Erne (Tampa Bay Lightning) had a goal and an assist, and Anthony Duclair (Arizona Coyotes) and Marc-Olivier Roy (Edmonton Oilers) also had goals. Goaltender Zachary Fucale (Montreal Canadiens) made 30 saves.

The Remparts play the Western Hockey League champion Kelowna Rockets in the semifinals Friday. The winner of that game will play the Oshawa Generals, champions of the Ontario Hockey League, in the championship game Sunday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN-US). The Remparts are trying to become the first host team to win the Memorial Cup since the Shawinigan Cataractes in 2012.

Posted On Thursday, 05.28.2015 / 10:52 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Rangers-Lightning series blog

Lightning's Boyle not fazed by Garden mystique

Brian Boyle won two Game 7s with the New York Rangers, one at Madison Square Garden, last year.

They were part of New York's 6-0 Game 7 record since 2012, 4-0 at MSG.

He'll play another one there Friday, this time with the Tampa Bay Lightning to decide the Eastern Conference Final (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Boyle said Thursday he wouldn't have made the trip north if he believed the Lightning bought into the idea they have no chance to conquer the Madison Square Garden mystique.

"Do you think I buy it? What am I doing here if I buy it?" Boyle said. "Why would I fly up from Florida if I bought it? They've obviously had success in Game 7. It's a new year. Obviously, we're expecting their best and they've been good. It's a fun place to play."

Posted On Thursday, 05.28.2015 / 6:01 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - In Case You Missed It Blog

ICYMI: Thursday, May 28

Have #FOMO? Simply want to catch up after a busy day? No worries, NHL.com has you covered. Welcome to our new ICYMI blog, a daily digest of all news, features and blogs we publish. Consider it your one-stop shop for all written NHL.com content.



TRENDING:

Bylsma hired as coach of Sabres
Former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma will take over behind Buffalo Sabres bench.

DeBoer hired as coach of Sharks
San Jose Sharks on Thursday introduced Peter DeBoer as their new coach.

Stanley Cup Final will open Wednesday, June 3 
The National Hockey League today announced the schedule of dates for the 2015 Stanley Cup Final, which will begin on Wednesday, June 3.

Rangers feel Game 7 experience gives them edge
The New York Rangers feel their experience and history in Game 7s gives them an edge against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Final.

Blackhawks back in Game 7 with Cup Final at stake
The Chicago Blackhawks are looking to avoid having their season end in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final for the second consecutive year.



NEWS:

Coaches hired 'haven't affected' Devils' search: report
The New Jersey Devils would be the last remaining NHL team without a coach if three openings are filled soon, as expected.

Ducks, Blackhawks vie for Cup Final in Game 7
Anaheim Ducks, Chicago Blackhawks compete for a Stanley Cup Final berth in Game 7 on Saturday.

Blue Jackets sign Goloubef to two-year contract
Columbus Blue Jackets sign defenseman Cody Goloubef to two-year deal.

Rangers' McDonagh sits out practice
New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh sat out practice Thursday

Capitals' Backstrom has arthroscopic hip surgery
Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom underwent arthroscopic hip surgery Wednesday and is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

Senators' Murray to leave GM job after 2015-16: report
Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray told CBC Wednesday he expects the 2015-16 season to be his final one in his current position.

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook
Comprehensive Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook from action on Wednesday, May 27.

FEATURES:

Chabot: Ducks must be better at both nets in Game 7
NHL coach Frederic Chabot believes the Anaheim Ducks need to be better in front of both nets in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Blackhawks' Keith takes hits, makes pivotal plays
Duncan Keith
Defense - CHI
GOALS: 2 | ASST: 14 | PTS: 16
SOG: 45 | +/-: 11
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith assisted on three goals in the second period and saved another in the third of Game 6 of the Western Conference Final against the Anaheim Ducks.

Noel: Keith had elite effort for Blackhawks in Game 6
Claude Noel was impressed with the Chicago Blackhawks defense, particularly Duncan Keith, in their Game 6 win against the Anaheim Ducks to extend the Western Conference Final to seven games.

McDavid deserves all the comparisons to Crosby
Not only is Connor McDavid likely to be the No. 1 pick of the 2015 NHL Draft, but many believe he is the best draft prospect since Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby in 2005.

Top prospect Eichel conjures memories of Kariya
Jack Eichel, No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of the top North American players eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, has drawn comparisons to former Anaheim Ducks forward Paul Kariya for his dominant freshman year at Boston University.

Shaw, Blackhawks' role players key Game 6 win
The Chicago Blackhawks got contributions from their stars as well as role players in a 5-2 win in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final against the Anaheim Ducks.

Getzlaf says Ducks' Game 6 loss 'started with me'
Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf was blunt and to the point about what went wrong in a 5-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final at United Center on Wednesday.

Keith does it all to keep Blackhawks' season alive
Anaheim center Ryan Kesler hit Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith hard into the boards at 7:51 of the second period, and Keith responded by assisting on three straight goals.

BLOG COVERAGE:

Top prospects Connor, Boeser receive USHL honors
Top 2015 NHL Draft prospects Kyle Connor and Brock Boeser were named to the All-USHL First Team.

Lightning not getting stressed about Game 7
The Tampa Bay Lightning will treat Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers on Friday just like any other game.

Rimouski wins, earns spot in Memorial Cup tiebreaker
The Rimouski Oceanic beat the Quebec Remparts on the final day of round-robin play at the Memorial Cup, and set up a rematch in the tiebreaker game.


Posted On Thursday, 05.28.2015 / 5:29 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Top prospects Connor, Boeser receive USHL honors

Forwards Kyle Connor of the Youngstown Phantoms and Brock Boeser of the Waterloo Black Hawks were among the top 2015 NHL Draft prospects named Thursday to the 2014-15 All-United States Hockey League First Team.

Connor, No. 13 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters for the 2015 draft, had been named USHL player of the year on Wednesday. The 6-foot-1, 177-pound left wing led the USHL with 80 points in 56 games, and his 34 goals were fourth. He is committed to play at the University of Michigan next season.

Boeser, No. 27 on Central Scouting's final ranking, tied for the USHL lead with 35 goals and was third in scoring with 68 points. The 6-foot, 191-pound right wing, who was named to the USHL All-Rookie First Team last week, is committed to play at the University of North Dakota next season.

Posted On Thursday, 05.28.2015 / 2:28 PM

By Corey Long -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Rangers-Lightning series blog

Lightning not getting stressed about Game 7

TAMPA -- Defenseman Anton Stralman said the Tampa Bay Lightning will treat Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Friday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports) like any other game.

The Lightning practiced at Amalie Arena on Thursday before heading to New York. The best-of-7 series is tied 3-3 after the Rangers' 7-3 win in Game 6 on Tuesday.

Stralman is 6-0 in Game 7 during his NHL career, including five wins with the Rangers and one this season. He said his approach to each game has been consistent regardless of the situation.

"For me it doesn't really matter if it's Game 7 or the first game of the season or Game 80," Stralman said. "It doesn't change for me. The stakes get higher and higher the more you move on through the [Stanley Cup] Playoffs, but the game on the ice stays the same. I don't think you have to do anything to amp yourself up; it kind of takes care of itself."

Posted On Wednesday, 05.27.2015 / 11:31 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Rimouski wins, earns spot in Memorial Cup tiebreaker

Philippe Desrosiers (Dallas Stars) made 27 saves and the Rimouski Oceanic closed round-robin play with a 4-0 victory against the host Quebec Remparts at the 2015 Memorial Cup at Pepsi Colisee in Quebec City, Quebec.

Michael Joly, a prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft, had one goal and three assists for Rimouski. Alexis Loiseau had a goal and an assist, and Justin Samson and Christopher Clapperton (Florida Panthers) also scored.

Quebec goalie Zachary Fucale (Montreal Canadiens) was pulled after allowing four goals on 25 shots. Callum Booth, No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American goaltenders for the 2015 draft, stopped all 17 shots he faced.

The teams will play again Thursday in the tiebreaker game. It will mark the ninth time the teams have played this month; Rimouski beat Quebec in seven games to win the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League title, and won all three games at Pepsi Colisee. Including playoffs, Rimouski has beaten Quebec six straight times at Pepsi Colisee.

Posted On Wednesday, 05.27.2015 / 11:18 PM

By David Satriano -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Rangers-Lightning series blog

Lightning will use days off to 'get our guys healthy'

The Tampa Bay Lightning have been dealing with an illness and hope an extra day off before Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers will give them time to recover.

"It's tough. We've had a few guys under the weather, not that that's any excuse," forward Alex Killorn said in a conference call Wednesday. "I think most of the guys have been ready for games and stuff like that. But these few days we have here, I know [Wednesday] is a day off; it's going to be to be huge, not only for injuries, but for guys that have been feeling kind of sick. So we're going to use these days to get our guys back healthy."

Game 7 is at Madison Square Garden on Friday (8 p.m.; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports). The best-of-7 series is tied 3-3 after the Lightning failed to end it at home, losing 7-3 on Tuesday.

Posted On Wednesday, 05.27.2015 / 6:43 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Islanders prospect Dal Colle talks Memorial Cup

New York Islanders prospect Michael Dal Colle joined NHL Live to discuss competing in the 2015 Memorial Cup and his Oshawa Generals place in the championship game Sunday.

The Generals, champions of the Ontario Hockey League, earned a spot in the finals with a 2-1 win Tuesday against the Michael Dal Colle. They were the only team to finish round-robin play 3-0-0, and will play for their fifth Memorial Cup title and first since 1990.

"I think we had a very good playoff run," Dal Colle said. "We played teams like North Bay and Erie, and getting through that and winning the OHL was a big accomplishment. We turned our minds to the Memorial Cup right away and I think that helped us in the round robin."

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He's only 17 but he can see the ice so well and he moves the puck and goes to the open ice all the time, so I just think he's a player that is ready to play in the NHL. I'm really looking forward to coaching someone like this.

— U.S. National Junior Team coach Ron Wilson on Auston Matthews, the projected No. 1 pick of the 2016 NHL Draft