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Posted On Sunday, 10.28.2012 / 11:24 PM

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

Lipon line powers Kamloops' to 13th straight win

It took a few extra seconds, but the Kamloops Blazers made it a baker's dozen Sunday -- 13 straight wins with a 4-3 overtime victory at the Seattle Thunderbirds.

The win streak matches a franchise record set during the 1986-87 season and matched by the 1989-90 team.

Sunday's game saw the Blazers trail 2-0 2:22 into the second period after Seattle scored twice in a 70-second span.

JC Lipon

In a recent interview with NHL.com, Kamloops coach Guy Charron said he has yet to see his team panic and they stayed in that form Sunday, getting back in the game with goals 1:13 apart midway through the period. JC Lipon, the WHL's top offensive star, scored on the power play at 8:19 of the second for his 14th goal of the season. Just over a minute later, defenseman Sam Grist's shot from the blue line went through traffic and into the net at 9:32.

Seattle re-claimed the lead just 58 seconds later on a goal by defenseman Shea Theodore, an A-rated skater on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings of players to watch for the 2013 NHL Draft. Theodore went end-to-end to score his fourth of the season.

But Lipon, who was elevated to a C-ranked skater due to his fast start, scored his league-best 15th of the season at 13:32 to tie the game 3-3.

After a scoreless third period, it took just 25 seconds for Tim Bozon to spot a streaking Colin Smith in the slot, and Smith scored his 13th of the season.

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Posted On Sunday, 10.28.2012 / 10:47 AM

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

USNTDP's Fasching out with upper-body injury

U.S. National Team Development Program forward Hudson Fasching will play at the University of Minnesota next season, but his future teammates left a rough impression on him Friday night.

Fasching will be out about a week with an upper-body injury after sustaining a hard hit at center ice late in the second period against the Gophers.

Fasching, a 6-foot-1.75, 213-pound right wing, received an A rating in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings of players to watch for the 2013 NHL Draft. NHL scouts that have seen them have been intrigued by the burgeoning power forward. In 12 games this season, he's third on the team in scoring with eight points, and first with 21 penalty minutes. Two of his three goals have come on the power play.

"I think he's got some real promise," an NHL scout from an Eastern Conference team told NHL.com. "He's one of those typical guys who's a man-child, and his skills have to evolve to catch up to his physical tools."

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

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Posted On Saturday, 10.27.2012 / 10:46 PM

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

Drouin, MacKinnon lead Halifax to 12th straight win

Thanks to their two top 2013 NHL Draft prospects, the Halifax Mooseheads remained the hottest team in junior hockey.

Jonathan Drouin had a hat trick and linemate Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist as Halifax beat the visiting Chicoutimi Sagueneens 6-2 on Saturday for their 12th straight victory (the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League beat the Victoria Royals later Saturday to win its 12th straight game).

Jonathan Drouin

At 28 points, Halifax leads Blainville-Boisbriand by four points in the standings. Their 78 goals are eight more than any team has scored, and they've allowed just 38 goals, third-fewest in the league.

On Saturday Chicoutimi took a 2-0 lead after one period, but Halifax scored six straight to close the game.

Drouin, in just his second game back from missing time with an upper-body injury, started the scoring run with his eighth goal of the season 1:09 into the second period.

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Posted On Saturday, 10.27.2012 / 12:12 AM

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

Medicine Hat's Valk, Shinkaruk have six-point nights

Quebec Remparts forward Adam Erne wasn't the only top 2013 NHL Draft prospect to have an offensively explosive night Friday.

Medicine Hat teammates Hunter Shinkaruk and Curtis Valk each had five-point games in the Tigers' 10-1 rout of the host Calgary Hitmen.

Valk scored four goals and added an assist, while Shinkaruk had a goal and four assists -- all primary assists on Valk's goals.

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Posted On Friday, 10.26.2012 / 10:46 PM

By Brian Compton -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Erne paces Quebec with five-point night

Forward Adam Erne of the Quebec Remparts in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League continued his torrid scoring pace Friday night.

The 17-year-old American scored four goals and added an assist in a 7-0 victory against Shawinigan. Erne, who had 55 points (28 goals, 27 assists) in 64 games last season (his first in the QMJHL), now has 10 goals and 13 assists in 14 contests in 2012-13.

Erne, who will be eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft, ranks second behind only Mikhail Grigorenko for the team lead in scoring. Grigorenko was selected in the first round (No. 12) of this year's NHL Draft by the Buffalo Sabres.

Follow Brian Compton on Twitter: @BComptonNHL

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Posted On Friday, 10.26.2012 / 2:51 PM

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

Shedding some light on top European prospects

While the battle for top honors at the 2013 NHL Draft will likely be between North American prospects Nathan MacKinnon of the Halifax Mooseheads and Seth Jones of the Portland Winterhawks, the distinction as top European prospect is just as intriguing.

              Alexander Barkov, Tappara (FINLAND)

Make no mistake, the battle for European prominence appears to be between center Elias Lindholm of Brynas in Sweden and center Alexander Barkov of Tappara in the Finnish Elite League.

Lindholm has four goals and 10 points in 16 games this season for Brynas while Barkov has produced nine goals and 17 points in 15 games.

"Lindholm and Barkov are outstanding with their league teams and both could be top five at the [NHL] Draft," said Goran Stubb, European Director of NHL Central Scouting.

Lindholm had 14 goals, 49 points and a plus-24 rating in 36 games with Brynas in Sweden's junior league last year.

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Posted On Thursday, 10.25.2012 / 2:48 PM

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

Central Scouting upgrades players to watch list

NHL Central Scouting on Thursday upgraded four players to A status on its preliminary players to watch list of prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft.

In addition to the upgrades, Central Scouting identified several players who happen to be tracking higher and will receive considerable attention in anticipation of its preliminary rankings list, which will be released in November and rank the top 25 prospects in the Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Western Hockey League and United States Hockey League, as well as various Europena nations.


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Posted On Thursday, 10.25.2012 / 1:00 PM

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

Predators attack water and energy usage

Bridgestone Arena, home of the NHL’s Nashville Predators since 1998, opened its doors in December of 1996. The facility has hosted more than 13 million guests since that time. Increasingly, arena management has prioritized sustainable operating practices and procedures.

Most recently, Bridgestone Arena administrators conducted two audits—one reviewing energy usage and one examining water consumption—that will be used to determine methods for making the arena more sustainable. The scope of work was consistent with a Level II audit as described by ASHRAE guidelines.

“The focus of the audits was to determine what can be done to bring our building up to today’s energy-efficient standards,” says Terry McConnell, senior director of operations for the arena. “As a municipal building, we have a responsibility to be good stewards of the environment.”

Ongoing review of the audit results, which became available earlier this year, has pointed to several ways Bridgestone Arena might move forward in its sustainability goals.

Regarding energy, planned improvements to the lighting system will utilize daylight-harvesting next to glass curtain walls. “This process would enable us to make better use of daylight throughout the facility,” McConnell says. Inefficient T-12 bulbs will be replaced with energy-saving T-8s. Bi-level lighting controls and energy-efficient lamps—in the place of metal-halide sources—will be implemented along concourses will further reduce energy consumption.

On the mechanical side, upgrades to the HVAC control system will have the greatest impact. Enthalpy-based economizer controls are planned for all air-conditioning units while occupancy-based controls, night setbacks and variable frequency drives on unit fans will be utilized.

The goals of the water audit were to assess the arena’s current water use and cost and identify any potential water-saving improvements that could be made. Installation of more efficient water aerators will figure prominently in Bridgestone’s sustainability efforts. Water flow will be reduced from 2.5 to 1.5 gallons per minute for sink faucets. Similarly, low-flow toilets will replace the current 3.5 gallons used per flush to a more efficient 1.28 gallons. Looking toward the future, Bridgestone Arena has plans underway for a rainwater-harvesting system which would offset all water used for toilets and urinals.

These and other enhancements are set to begin later this year. “We believe it is a great initiative that is definitely moving us in the right direction,” McConnell says. “It enables us to be ecologically responsible tenants of this building and, at the same time, to remain at the forefront of the sports and entertainment industry.”

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Posted On Thursday, 10.25.2012 / 9:29 AM

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

Anthony Mantha scores four goals for Val-d'Or

Forward Anthony Mantha of the Val-d'Or Foreurs in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League is proving to be quite the offensive force to open the 2012-13 season.

The 18-year-old connected for his third hat trick of the year -- scoring four goals and one assist -- in a 5-4 overtime victory over the Rimouski Oceanic on Wednesday to move into a tie with Rouyn-Noranda's Jean-Sebastien Dea for the league scoring lead with 28 points. Mantha, who is regarded as an A skater on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary players to watch list from the QMJHL, has 15 goals and 13 assists for the season.

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.24.2012 / 9:45 PM

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

Drouin unstoppable in return to Halifax lineup

Highly regarded 2013 NHL Draft prospect Jonathan Drouin of the Halifax Mooseheads returned to the lineup with a vengeance on Wednesday before 6,634 fans at the Halifax Metro Centre.

Drouin, who was sidelined the previous six games with an upper-body injury, connected for two goals and two assists to help lead the Mooseheads to a 6-2 victory over the Drummondville Voltigeurs.


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