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Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 9:35 AM

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

Solid return for Quebec's Duclair

Quebec Remparts left wing Anthony Duclair certainly made up for lost time over the weekend.

Duclair, who earned an A rating from NHL Central Scouting in its preliminary rankings of players to watch for the 2013 NHL Draft, made his return Friday after missing more than a month a successful one, as the 5-foot-11.25, 180-pound forward had a goal and two assists in a 5-3 win against the PEI Rocket.

Anthony Duclair

Duclair was kept off the score sheet in the Remparts' 5-4 shootout win against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Sunday, but he still has eight points in six games this season.

Here is how a few other 2013 draft-eligible Quebec Major Junior Hockey League players performed over the weekend:

* Duclair's teammate, Jason Houde, had two goals and an assist in Friday's win against PEI.

* Saint John right wing Devin Oliver-Dares scored two goals in the Sea Dogs' 8-4 win at the Sherbrooke Phoenix on Friday. Teammate Jakub Izacky had a goal and an assist.

* Sherbrooke defenseman Jeremy Beaudry had two goals and an assist in Friday's loss to Saint John, and had a pair of goals Saturday in the Phoenix's 4-3 win Saturday against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.

* Halifax's dynamic duo of Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin combined for four points in the Mooseheads' 5-1 win at Gatineau on Friday. MacKinnon had a pair of assists, while Drouin had a goal and an assist. Teammate Zachary Fucale stopped 20 of 21 shots in the win. Drouin also had a goal and two assists Saturday in Halifax's 5-4 loss at the Victoriaville Tigres.

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Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 9:30 AM

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

Draft prospects driving London win streak

The London Knights extended their win streak to five games with three wins over the weekend, and a major reason for that was the play of their 2013 NHL Draft prospects.

On Friday, goalie Jake Paterson faced a season-high 42 shots, but stopped a season-high 41 to backstop a 4-1 defeat of the Sudbury Wolves. Teammate center Kyle Platzer had a pair of assists in the win.

Saturday saw left wing Matt Rupert post a hat trick and add an assist in a 5-0 win at Plymouth, while teammate Bo Horvat had a goal and an assist. Rupert, who was passed over in last year's draft, had a hand in the Knights' first four goals.

Rupert was at it again Sunday, picking up a goal and an assist in a 5-3 defeat of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Max Domi had two goals and an assist and Horvat had a pair of assists.

London's draft prospects weren't the only 2013 draft-eligible Ontario Hockey League players to perform at a high level over the weekend. Here are a few others:

* Plymouth Whalers right wing Ryan Hartman had a pair of assists Friday in a 5-3 win against the Windsor Spitfires.

* Ottawa 67s center Sean Monahan had a pair of goals and an assist in his team's 8-3 loss to the Saginaw Spirit on Friday. He added an assist in the 67's 3-2 loss to the Belleville Bulls on Sunday to extend his scoring streak to 10 games.

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Posted On Sunday, 11.11.2012 / 11:15 PM

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

Stenglein helps U.S. to World Junior A gold

Jeffrey Stenglein's second goal of the game was the game-winner as the U.S. topped Canada West on Sunday to win the gold medal at the World Junior A Challenge.

Stenglein, a center eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft, scored off a cross-crease feed from Luke Johnson at 15:15 of the second period to put the U.S. ahead for good in a game played at Mariners Centre in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

Vince Hinostroza had two goals and two assists for the U.S., Cangelosi had a goal and an assist, and Alex Kile also had a goal. Eamon McAdam, a B-rated skater in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings of players to watch for this year's draft, stopped 26 of 29 shots.

Devon Toews had a goal and an assist for Canada West, and Seb Lloyd, Evan Richardson also had goals.

The title was the fourth in five years for the U.S.

"This was a complete team victory," U.S. coach Brett Larson said. "We got goals from our big scorers, everyone blocked shots and our goaltender made key saves. I thought the turning point of the game was killing the five-on-three in the third period. We stayed composed and disciplined and stuck to our plan to play as a team and it paid off. I'm extremely proud of this group."

It was a game of big swings, as Stenglein and Hinostroza scored the game's only goals of the first period. Canada West answered with three goals in the first 9:31 of the second period to take a 3-2 lead.

Cangelosi scored with a backhander at 12:40 to tie the game, and after Stenglein put the U.S. ahead to stay, McAdam helped protect the lead early in the third as the U.S. had to kill a two-minute five-on-three Canada West power play. Kile and Hinostroza added insurance goals for the U.S.

Hinostroza, a 2012 sixth-round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks, finished with a tournament-high eight points (six goals, two assists). He's just the second American ever to lead the tournament in scoring.

U.S. defenseman Ian Brady, who had three assists Sunday, set a tournament record with eight.

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelamn@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK

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Posted On Sunday, 11.11.2012 / 10:00 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

Meurs replacing Rupert on Super Series Team OHL

Garrett Meurs, a 2011 fifth-round pick of the Colorado Avalanche, has been named to the Team OHL roster for Monday's Subway Super Series game in Sarnia, Ontario.

Meurs, a center currently playing for the Plymouth Whalers, is second on his team with 17 points in 19 games. He replaces London Knights forward Ryan Rupert, who is injured and unable to play.

Monday's game is the fourth of the six-game series, and the second between Team OHL and Team Russia. On Thursday, Team Russia scored a pair of third-period goals for a 2-1 win against Team OHL in Guelph, Ontario. Team Russia improved to 2-1-0 in the series with the win.

After Monday's game, Team Russia will take on Team WHL on Wednesday in Vancouver and Thursday in Victoria, B.C.

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Posted On Sunday, 11.11.2012 / 5:04 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame blog

Salming, Sundin teaming up for charity

TORONTO -- Mats Sundin and Borje Salming were using their fame and their friendship for charity on Sunday.

Both Swedish stars and ex-Maple Leafs greats were using the same type of stick that would go to charity after the Legends Classic, which was played at Air Canada Centre.

The stick, designed by Salming, has a twist on the bottom of the shaft near the toe that is designed for a better release.

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Posted On Sunday, 11.11.2012 / 5:02 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame blog

Sakic gets tour of Hall, remains humbled

TORONTO -- Joe Sakic still can't get over the fact that come Monday night he'll have a plaque that will go alongside all the others inside the Hockey Hall of Fame.

"They showed us where it's going to be," Sakic said Sunday at the Legends Classic. "I haven't seen it yet."

He won't until Monday night's induction ceremony, but Sakic, who said his speech will be short and sweet, said he remains incredible humbled just being here in Toronto for the event.

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Posted On Sunday, 11.11.2012 / 5:00 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame blog

CuJo recalls Oates' Gretzky-like ability

TORONTO -- For parts of two seasons ex-NHL goalie Curtis Joseph got an up close and personal view of one of the wonders of the National Hockey League -- Adam Oates' passing ability.

Joseph and Oates were teammates in St. Louis from 1990-92 and the goalie vividly recalls the Gretzky-like ability he saw from Oates every single day in practice.

"He was such a deceptive player," Joseph told NHL.com Sunday at the Legends Classic. "He changed speeds and always had the other team off balance. Obviously everybody knows about his passing ability, but he sees the ice like very few."

Was it really Gretzky-like?

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Posted On Saturday, 11.10.2012 / 10:07 PM

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

Switzerland routs Canada East for bronze medal

Switzerland claimed the bronze medal at the World Junior A Challenge with a 6-0 win against Canada East on Saturday in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

Six different players scored for Switzerland, including one by Luca Fazzini, a C-rated skater in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings of players to watch for the 2013 NHL Draft. Luka Hoffmann and Jan Neuenschwander each had a pair of assists.

Melvin Nyffeler, another 2013 draft prospect, stopped all 31 Canada East shots.

The physical affair featured one fight, 15 misconduct penalties and a total of 221 penalty minutes.

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Posted On Saturday, 11.10.2012 / 9:19 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

U.S. wins fifth straight U18 Four Nations Tourney title

The U.S. National Under-18 Team received goals from three different players en route to a 3-1 victory over Sweden in the championship game of the U18 Four Nations Tournament on Saturday at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube in Michigan.

Evan Allen, John Hayden and Michael McCarron each scored goals and goalie Thatcher Demko made 22 saves to lead the U.S. to its fifth straight tournament title. Demko stopped 10 shots in the third period.

Allen scored a power-play goal 8:56 into the first to give the U.S. a 1-0 edge before Hayden extended the lead to 2-0 at 3:51 of the second. Sweden pulled to within 2-1 at the 2:45 mark of the third when Altelius Nylander connected for a power-play goal, but McCarron answered right back for the Americans at 10:52 with his team working the power-play.

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Posted On Saturday, 11.10.2012 / 9:59 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

U.S. advances to U18 Four Nations Tourney final

Anthony Louis scored a pair of unassisted goals in the third period to lead the U.S. National Under-18 Team into the 2012 U18 Four Nations Tournament championship following a 5-3 victory over Sweden on Friday at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube in Michigan.

Sweden pulled to within 3-2 on a power-play goal by Robert Hagg 1:26 into the third before Louis converted a wraparound at the 12:52 mark. Hagg then scored his second of the game to cut the deficit to one at 17:23 before his team pulled the goalie for an extra attacker. Louis then completed the scoring on an empty-net goal with 12 seconds remaining.

The United States finished pool play with a 2-0-1 record and will play Sweden on Saturday in the tournament final at 7 p.m. ET. Finland will battle Switzerland in the third place game at 3:30 p.m.

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