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Posted On Thursday, 05.30.2013 / 12:10 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - Combing the 2013 NHL Combine

Jordan Subban ready for his turn in Draft spotlight

TORONTO -- Belleville Bulls defenseman Jordan Subban has been hearing about NHL drafts for a long time -- going back to the 2006-07 season, when his oldest brother, P.K., was going through the process, including a trip to the Scouting Combine.

Last season Jordan got to watch his middle brother, Malcolm, go through it. Now, finally, it's Jordan's turn to meet with NHL teams, go through the fitness testing and enjoy a taste of the NHL draft experience.

"It's been exciting so far," Jordan told NHL.com. "I can't wait to get the testing going [Friday]."

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Posted On Thursday, 05.30.2013 / 12:00 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - Combing the 2013 NHL Combine

Mantha hoping to continue family's winning tradition

TORONTO -- Anthony Mantha of the Val-d'Or Foreurs comes from a rich hockey background. His grandfather, Andre Pronovost, won the Stanley Cup four times with the Montreal Canadiens during a 10-season NHL career that started in 1956-57. Three great uncles -- Claude, Jean and Marel Pronovost -- played in the NHL.

Mantha led the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with 50 goals this season, so as he told NHL.com, "It's in the family."

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Posted On Thursday, 05.30.2013 / 10:34 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Combing the 2013 NHL Combine

Shinkaruk remains a confident leader

TORONTO -- Medicine Hat Tigers forward Hunter Shinkaruk will enter the 2013 NHL Draft with an open mind, but he admits it's only natural for him to want to hear his name announced as early as possible.

"I'm not really out to set a number where I think I'm going to go, but obviously I want to go as high as possible in the first round," Shinkaruk told NHL.com. "I feel like I've had three good years in Medicine Hat, and the scouts have seen me and know what I'm all about. I'd like to go in the No. 6-to-15 range at the draft, but a lot of things change on draft day. Either way, it'll be an exciting day for me and my family."

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.29.2013 / 11:03 PM

By Sean Monahan -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Sean Monahan Draft blog

Monahan set for fitness tests at Combine

Sean Monahan, NHL Central Scouting's No. 5-rated skater among the top draft-eligible prospects in North America, is a center for the Ottawa 67's of the Ontario Hockey League. The 6-foot-2.25, 187-pound forward led his team with 31 goals, 47 assists, 15 power-play goals and 78 points in 58 games this season for the 67's. Monahan, who was voted among the top three players in four separate categories during the OHL Eastern Conference Coaches Poll in March, has offered to maintain a blog during his stay in Toronto for the NHL Scouting Combine this week.

Hey everyone!

So, three days have passed at the Combine in Toronto and it's been great. Meeting the scouts and general managers has been very exciting. I think the advice that [former Ottawa defenseman Cody] Ceci and [former Oshawa forward Scott] Laughton gave me was a big help. With the interviews, I'm just trying to be myself. I'm enjoying the whole process of the meetings.

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.29.2013 / 7:45 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Combing the 2013 NHL Combine

Seth Jones arrives at NHL Draft Combine

TORONTO -- Three days removed from a disappointing loss in the Memorial Cup final, Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones was right back at it Wednesday at the NHL Scouting Combine.

Jones, ranked No. 1 among North American skaters on NHL Central Scouting's final list of the top draft-eligible skaters, had nine interviews on his first day at the Combine. He'll have eight more  Thursday before undergoing his fitness examination Friday at the Toronto International Centre.

Jones told NHL.com he did meet Wednesday with the Colorado Avalanche, the team holding the No. 1 pick at the NHL Draft on June 30 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

"They said there's a lot of hype that goes into [the first pick], and lot of attention and scrutiny as well," Jones told NHL.com. "They asked if I could handle it and obviously I gave them an honest answer. They listened to what I had to say and, I guess, were fine with my response."

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.29.2013 / 7:36 PM

By Seth Jones -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Seth Jones Draft blog

Ready for the Combine

Seth Jones is a defenseman for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League. The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder has solid athletic bloodlines -- his father, Popeye Jones, played 11 seasons in the NBA. The top-ranked player in NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft, Jones was named the best professional prospect in the WHL, and helped the United States win the gold medal at the 2013 World Junior Championship. Jones has offered to maintain a monthly blog for NHL.com that will chronicle his season leading up to the 2013 NHL Draft.

Hi everyone!

I arrived in Toronto early Wednesday morning and had nine interviews today. It was a long day.

I've been asked a lot about my experience in the Memorial Cup tournament. It was cool to play against the best teams from all the leagues. You don't normally get to play against them so it's good experience and there are so many great players -- they have all different styles and that's what makes it cool. Halifax deserved that win in the end; they played outstanding hockey in the tournament final.

It was definitely hard to get adjusted to it. You watch video before the game, but only to a certain extent. You just have to do the best you can and play your game. I thought we did a good job, but it's just too bad we didn't win [against Halifax in the Memorial Cup final].

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.29.2013 / 7:02 PM

By Ian McCoshen -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Ian McCoshen Draft blog

McCoshen had butterflies for Combine interviews

Ian McCoshen, No. 24 in NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of the top draft-eligible North American skaters, completed his third season with the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League. The 6-foot-2.5, 207-pound defenseman had 11 goals, 44 points and a plus-35 rating in 53 games this season. Boston College bound, McCoshen has agreed to submit his thoughts during the 2013 Scouting Combine in Toronto this week.

Hello all!

If you can believe it, I don't have a roommate here at the Scouting Combine. Out of the 101 players invited, I was the one going solo. But it's actually good because I don't have anyone to wake up in the morning and I can watch television whenever I please, so I'm fine with that.

I had meetings with 11 NHL clubs today, beginning at 9 a.m. and lasting until 7 p.m.

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.29.2013 / 6:43 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - Combing the 2013 NHL Combine

Solid postseason could make Horvat a high pick

TORONTO -- Every kid who ever picked up a hockey stick at some point pretended to be the player to score the championship goal at the buzzer.

London Knights forward Bo Horvat, No. 15 in NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters for the 2013 NHL Draft, got the rare opportunity to live the dream in Game 7 of the Ontario Hockey League finals.

With the Knights and Barrie Colts tied in the waning seconds of regulation, Horvat banged in a bouncing cross-ice pass just as the final buzzer sounded.

"[Seth Griffith] made a nice play to dump it in and get it in deep," Horvat told NHL.com, reliving the moment. "I think there was five seconds left when he did that. It came around to [Alex] Broadhurst and he got along the wall and just fired it out front as fast as he could. Fortunately it made a couple bounces and came right to me and all I had to do was put it in."

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.29.2013 / 5:26 PM

By Chris Adamski -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Penguins-Bruins series blog

With schedule released, Penguins gear up again

PITTSBURGH -- Douglas Murray doesn't input his week's plan into a Blackberry, and he doesn't plot out a training schedule with a pad and pencil.

Still, the hulking Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman said he prefers to look ahead when settling into a routine.

Finally, Murray and the Penguins know what's coming when.

The NHL released the schedule for the Eastern Conference Finals late Tuesday night, ending a four-day period in which the Penguins were in limbo. Pittsburgh, which eliminated the Ottawa Senators with a Game 5 conference semifinal victory Friday, opens the series with the Boston Bruins on Saturday at 8 p.m. at Consol Energy Center (NBC, CBC, RDS).

"You always want to know the schedule, for sure," Murray said. "You base your everyday decisions on it. It's not like I write up a schedule or anything, but when you've done this for as long as you have, you learn to manage your time. You know when it feels best for your body to get that extra massage that you might want or when it's time to rest and time to make sure you don't lay around all day.

"People change their routines once they know the schedule, and I think it's good we know now."

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.29.2013 / 5:20 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - Combing the 2013 NHL Combine

Hartman persevered in unlucky season of injuries

TORONTO -- Ryan Hartman is right-handed, but that arm hasn't done much for him this season.

The Plymouth Whalers forward sustained a nasty skate cut to his right wrist during an Ontario Hockey League playoff game April 9 that needed surgery to repair and sidelined him for two weeks.

That came after he sustained a torn labrum in his right shoulder in late December, an injury he was able to play through. He finally had surgery two weeks ago.

Despite the injury, Hartman had 23 goals and 60 points in 56 regular-season games and four goals and two assists in nine playoff games. He also had two goals in seven games to help the United States win the gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.


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