In addition to profiling many of the top prospects on the radar of NHL scouts leading up to the 2013 NHL Draft in Newark, N.J., it's always interesting to learn of those performers shooting up the ranks in recent weeks.
|Samuel Morin, Rimouski Oceanic, QMJHL|
NHL Central Scouting occasionally provides team scouts and general managers a list of potential draft prospects outside the top 30 on the midterm rankings release for North American skaters that have shown great improvement. So without further delay, here are three players gaining steam according to those tireless travelers at Central Scouting.
Samuel Morin, Rimouski Oceanic, QMJHL -- The 6-foot-6, 203-pound defenseman, who participated in the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game earlier this month, is in his second season with the Oceanic. He's already established career highs with four goals, 12 assists, 16 points and a plus-10 rating in 45 games. Unfortunately, Morin will be sidelined 6-8 weeks with an upper-body injury.
"Samuel has shown overall improvement … his skating is fluid and his ability to stay on top of the play has helped enhance his game," NHL Central Scouting Director Dan Marr told NHL.com. "He's gained more confidence with playing time. But we're noticing how much more comfortable he is handling and moving the puck under pressure; that's something we didn't see in him before."
Janssen, 25, had no points and a minus-1 rating in three games this season. He was a healthy scratch Thursday, and has played less than four minutes per game when he has been in the lineup.
A 2002 fourth-round pick, Janssen has played four of his eight NHL seasons with the Devils. He's also played with the St. Louis Blues, and in 311 NHL games, he has 11 points and 750 penalty minutes.
That move could mean veteran Nikolai Khabibulin is healthy enough to return to the lineup. Khabibulin has not played this season while continuing to work his way back from hip surgery in April.
Khabibulin, who turned 40 earlier this month, went 12-20-7 in 40 games last season, with 2.65 goals-against average and .910 save percentage.
Callahan appeared to injure his left arm during a third-period fight with the Philadelphia Flyers' Maxime Talbot during Tuesday's game. During the scuffle the players were yanking on each other and fell to the ice. When they got up, Callahan held his left arm close to his body and immediately skated off the ice.
"We were holding each other up and his shoulder popped out or something," Talbot told NHL.com. "It was unfortunate. I let him go. I kind of felt it, but then I saw his face as well."
Callahan scored his second goal of the season in the second period, and it held up as the game-winner in the Rangers' 2-1 victory.
On this Rivalry Wednesday, the undefeated Chicago Blackhawks start their six-game road trip in Minnesota where they'll face Zach Parise and the Wild. Cisco NHL Live with Deb Placey and Butch Goring, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will have you covered. We'll talk to NBC Sports' Pierre McGuire, who will be Inside the Glass in Minnesota, and get NHL Network's Barry Melrose's X-Factor to this big Central Division matchup.
The Blackhawks aren't the only undefeated team. The San Jose Sharks moved to 6-0 on the season last night and forward Joe Pavelski, who has a point in each of his six games, will join us to talk about the team's hot start. Plus, we'll chat with our Subway Fresh Face of the week -- the Plymouth Whalers' Ryan Hartman. The USA World Junior Championship Gold Medalist is highly ranked by the Central Scouting for the upcoming NHL Draft.
During the Boston/New Jersey shootout an object was thrown onto the ice during Bruins forward Tyler Seguin's successful shootout attempt. However, the referee ruled that the player would reshoot because the object interfered with Devils goaltender Johan Hedberg during the shot. According to rule 24.4 "If, while the penalty shot is being taken, a spectator throws any object onto the ice or, in the judgment of the Referee, interferes with the player taking the shot or the goalkeeper defending the shot, he shall permit the shot be taken again."
At 15:23 of the second period in the Blue Jackets/Wild game, video review determined that Minnesota forward Zach Parise batted the puck into the net with his right arm. According to rule 78.5 (i) "Apparent goals shall be disallowed by the Referee when the puck has been directed, batted or thrown into the net by an attacking player other than with a stick." No Goal Minnesota.
At 3:18 of the second period in the Panthers/Lightning game, video review upheld the referee's decision on the ice that Tampa forward Dana Tyrell's cross-ice pass deflected off Tom Pyatt and into the net. Good Goal Tampa Bay.
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