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Posted On Tuesday, 12.11.2012 / 4:33 PM

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

CHL award for Lethbridge's Yakubowski

The accolades keep piling up for Lethbridge Hurricanes forward Jaimen Yakubowski. First it was being named WHL player of the week. And Tuesday, he was named Canadian Hockey League Player of the Week.

The highlight of Yakubowski's week was his five-goal game Friday in an 8-7 shootout loss to the Medicine Hat Tigers. In two WHL seasons, it was the first time he had scored more than two goals in a game.

Yakubowski's big week saw him total six goals and three assists, and gives him a team-high 19 goals this season.

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.11.2012 / 12:10 PM

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

Yakubowski named WHL player of the week

With nine points in three games last week, Lethbridge Hurricanes forward Jaimen Yakubowski has been named Denny's WHL Player of the Week.

It's the second straight week Yakubowski has been honored, after he had eight points in four games the week before. He's just the second player this season to repeat as player of the week, along with fellow 2013 NHL Draft prospect J.C. Lipon of the Kamloops Blazers.

Yakubowski's week started Dec. 5, when he assisted on two of the first three Hurricanes goals en route to a 6-2 Lethbridge win against the Edmonton Oil Kings. Then came Dec. 7, when he scored five goals in an 8-7 shootout loss to the Medicine Hat Tigers. It was just the fourth multi-goal game of his WHL career, and the first time he scored more than two in a game. Then on Dec. 8, he had a goal and an assist in a 6-1 defeat of the Kootenay Ice.

On the season Yakubowski leads the Hurricanes with 19 goals and is second with 32 points in 35 games.

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.11.2012 / 11:50 AM

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

Omaha pair, Lindgren honored by USHL

A pair of Omaha Lancers teammates were among the three 2013 NHL Draft prospects honored by the United States Hockey League for their play last week.

Forward Kyle Osterberg was named CCM Forward of the Week and teammate Matias Cleland was named CCM Defenseman of the Week. In addition, Charlie Lindgren of the Sioux Falls Stampede has been named Reebok Goaltender of the Week.

Osterberg, a 5-foot-7.5, 171-pound forward, scored twice Friday in a 4-3 win against Team USA. His first goal, a power-play score with 4:10 left in the first, put Omaha up 3-1. Team USA rallied to tie the game, but Osterberg came up big at 3:56 of the third, putting Omaha ahead for good. He also had an assist Friday for his first USHL three-point game. It also was his first two-goal game.

On Saturday his power-play goal late in the second period that put Omaha up 4-1 against the Lincoln Stars proved to be the difference as Lincoln rallied in the third to make it a 4-3 game.

Cleland has four assists in both games, including primary assists on both of Osterberg's game-winners. He had two assists in Friday's win against Team USA, and then two more in Saturday's 4-3 win against Lincoln. The 5-10.5, 185-pound blueliner has 14 points in 20 games since being acquired by Omaha early in the season. His 16 points overall are tied for second among USHL defensemen.

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.11.2012 / 11:14 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Defenseman Lindholm assigned to Sweden for WJC

The Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday announced that they have reassigned defenseman Hampus Lindholm, who had been playing with the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Norfolk, to Sweden for participation in the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.

Sweden, the defending gold medalist, heads the Group A field with Finland, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Latvia. The Group B field includes Russia, the United States, Canada, Slovakia and Germany. Sweden head coach Roger Rönnberg will take 25 players to training camp on Dec. 15 in Norrtälje, Sweden, before continuing with preparation games in Finland right through Dec. 22. The Swedes will open the 2013 WJC against the Czech Republic on Dec. 26. The roster must be trimmed to 23 by Dec. 25.

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.11.2012 / 10:40 AM

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

Shawinigan's Cupper earns Second Star honor

Shawinigan goalie Marvin Cupper was honored by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League as Second Star of the Week.

The 18-year-old goalie stopped 50 of 52 shots in two games last week. On Friday, he made 23 saves for his first QMJHL shutout in a 4-0 win against the visiting Sherbrooke Phoenix. One night later, in the back-end of the home-and-home set, he stopped 27 of 29 shots in regulation and overtime, plus all three in the shootout, as Shawinigan took a 3-2 shootout win.

Cupper, in his first season in the QMJHL, is 6-17-3, with a 3.57 goals-against average and .893 save percentage. He'll soon leave the Cataractes for Germany's World Junior Championship tryout camp.

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.11.2012 / 9:48 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Huberdeau's suspension won't affect WJC status

Saint John Sea Dogs forward Jonathan Huberdeau will not miss any time at Hockey Canada's National Junior Team selection camp in Calgary this week despite receiving a four-game suspension by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on Monday.

The trouble started for the Florida Panthers prospect late in the third period of a loss to the Halifax Mooseheads on Sunday when Huberdeau and MacKenzie Weegar of Halifax dropped the gloves. Huberdeau received an automatic suspension for instigating the fight, in addition to an automatic three-game suspension for abusing an official after a linesman was injured in the altercation.

Neither the International Ice Hockey Federation nor Hockey Canada will uphold the league's suspension, so Huberdeau will not miss any time at Canada's camp slated Dec. 11-13 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park. Huberdeau actually arrived in Calgary on Monday.

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Posted On Monday, 12.10.2012 / 1:55 PM

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

Jones' offense starting to blossom

Seth Jones was an offensive force with the U.S. National Team Development Program last season, leading the team's defenseman with 26 points in 48 games.

That offensive skill was a bit slow in showing itself early in his first season in the Western Hockey League with the Portland Winterhawks, but now the top 2013 NHL Draft prospect is beginning to showcase his full skill package.

Jones had five points in three games over the weekend, extending his point-scoring streak to nine games, tied for the longest current streak in the league.

Jones assisted on Ty Rattie's third-period goal in a 3-2 home loss to the Tri-City Americans on Friday. On Saturday he drew assists on Portland's first and last goals in a 6-2 win at the Seattle Thunderbirds, and on Sunday he had the primary assist on Nicolas Petan's second-period 5-on-3 power-play goal -- and just 21 seconds later, with Portland still skating up a man, he scored his first goal in five games to close the scoring in a 4-1 win at Tri-City.

Jones now has 28 points in 30 games, third among WHL defenseman. He also has a plus-27 rating, second among defensemen. Jones is No. 1 in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary ranking of WHL skaters for the 2013 NHL Draft.

Jones wasn't the only 2013 NHL Draft hopeful in the WHL to have a big weekend. Here is how a few other players fared:

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Posted On Monday, 12.10.2012 / 1:12 PM

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

Lindgren was more than ready for busy weekend

The pucks just kept coming and coming at Sioux Falls Stampede goalie Charlie Lindgren. But for every one of the career-high 41 shots the Tri-City Storm fired at him Friday night, Lindgren had an answer, stopping all of them for his second shutout of the season.

Lindgren, ranked No. 4 by NHL Central Scouting among United States Hockey League goalies in its preliminary rankings of players for the 2013 NHL Draft, continued his strong play Sunday, stopping 21 of 22 shots in a 3-1 win at the Sioux City Musketeers.

In his second USHL season, Lindgren is tied for second in the league with 10 wins, and is ranked in the top seven in the league in goals-against average (2.39) and save percentage (.915). His two shutouts are tied for second in the league, one behind the leader.

Lindgren wasn't the only 2013 Draft hopeful in the USHL to have a big weekend. Here is how a few other players fared:

* Waterloo forward Taylor Cammarata had a pair of goals in the Black Hawks' 4-3 loss to the Indiana Ice on Friday. He leads the league with 35 points in just 18 games and is No. 18 on Central Scouting's ranking.

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Posted On Monday, 12.10.2012 / 12:30 PM

By NHL Green -  /NHL.com - NHL Green Slapshots™

Wild leaders in sustainability

In April 2009, Saint Paul RiverCentre officials launched a long-term, multifaceted sustainability initiative with a mission to become a green leader among convention centers in the region. The neighboring Xcel Energy Center, home to the Minnesota Wild, joined the effort soon after when a number of shared resources were realized.

Green practices weren’t new to these facilities; recycling, energy efficiency and water conservation had been priorities for some time. However, officials implemented an ambitious, strategic plan that has encompassed multiple campus-wide initiatives over several years.

The first initiative, titled “50-50 in 2,” was focused on waste reduction across the Saint Paul RiverCentre and Xcel Energy Center campus. The goal of the two-year initiative was to reduce the amount of trash generated at the facilities by 50% while increasing the recycling rate to 50%. To accomplish this goal, 630 recycling receptacles were purchased so that every trash container on every level of each facility would have an accompanying recycling bin. In addition, the facilities made an extensive transition to compostable products and all processes and behind-the-scenes infrastructure were redesigned to make recycling and composting as efficient as possible.

The two-year timeline of this goal concluded in July of 2011. These facilities not only reached their goals, they far exceeded them. As of March 2012, these facilities reduced trash by 60% (over 1.4 million pounds per year) and increased their annual recycling rate to 54.5%.

Since that time, without setting a new goal, the annual recycling rate has increased to 56% and the total waste stream has fell to just over 50,000 pounds annually. In the first quarter of 2012, the campus recycled a record 45.3 tons of commingle items (cans, bottles, cups & tubs).


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Posted On Monday, 12.10.2012 / 11:38 AM

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

Rimouski pair taking advantage of extra attention

Entering the season many NHL scouts had the Rimouski Oceanic on their must-see list for big center Frederik Gauthier. And while Gauthier has shined when healthy, two of his teammates have taken advantage of the extra attention.

Forwards Peter Trainor and Scott Oke have emerged as the focal points of the Rimouski offense this season, and finished the weekend atop the team's scoring chart. The pair combined for eight points as Rimouski swept its two games over the weekend.

Trainor set up both of Oke's goals in the Oceanic's 6-5 shootout win at the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada on Friday. It was just the fifth loss in 16 home games for the Armada, who have the second-most points in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

On Sunday against the PEI Rocket, Trainor started the fun with a goal just 3:20 into the game, and then he set up Jess Tanguy's power-play goal in the second to give Rimouski a 3-0 lead en route to a 6-1 victory. He and Oke then combined to assist on Gauthier's goal in the game's final minute.

Trainor, a 5-foot-11, 187-pound left wing, leads Rimouski in goals (18), assists (28) and points (46). Oke, a 6-3.5, 196-pound left wing, leads the Oceanic with eight power-play goals and a plus-15 rating, and is second on the team in goals (17), assists (26) and points (43).

Gauthier, despite missing time with a broken jaw, is fourth on the team with 12 goals and 31 points. NHL Central Scouting has him fourth among QMJHL skaters in its preliminary ranking of the top prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft.

The Rimouski pair weren't the only QMJHL prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft to have big weekend performances. Here are a few others:

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