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Posted On Tuesday, 11.27.2012 / 9:50 AM

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

Shinkaruk hopes to return to lineup this weekend

Top prospect Hunter Shinkaruk of the Medicine Hat Tigers is hoping to return to the lineup at some point this weekend after missing four games with a lower-body injury.

Shinkaruk, who suffered a skate cut that required 14 stitches in the first period of a loss to the Portland Winterhawks on Nov. 17, finally resumed workouts Monday. The 5-foot-10.25, 181-pound center admitted he felt good and is itching to resume his season.

"The injury is healing up well," Shinkaruk told NHL.com. "I saw the doctors for the second time [Monday] and the healing is right on pace. [Monday] was the first day I could actually do a workout since the injury and kind of get some mobility back.

"My goal is to be ready for Friday [at Red Deer]. If not Friday, then sometime this weekend, but we'll see."

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Posted On Monday, 11.26.2012 / 7:33 PM

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

Cammarata earns USHL top-forward award

Top 2013 NHL Draft prospects Taylor Cammarata of the Waterloo Black Hawks and Youngstown Phantoms teammates Ryan Lowney and Sean Romeo were among those honored by the United States Hockey League on Monday.

Taylor Cammarata

Cammarata, along with teammate Zach Stepan (Nashville Predators), was named CCM Forward of the Week after totaling nine points in three games last week. The 5-foot-7, 156-pound player had a goal and two assists last Wednesday in a 6-5 loss to the Des Moines Buccaneers. He celebrated Thanksgiving with a goal and two assists in a 4-3 defeat of the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders on Thursday, and finished his week with his third straight one-goal, two-assist game in a Saturday in a 7-3 defeat of Cedar Rapids. His goal in the third period Saturday was the 100th point of his USHL career, in 74 games.

The big week also extended Cammarata's scoring streak to seven games -- all of them multipoint games -- and he leads the league with 31 points in 14 games. Cammarata is No. 18 on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary top 25 ranking of 2013 NHL Draft-eligible skaters in the USHL.

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Posted On Monday, 11.26.2012 / 6:31 PM

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

Duclair, Belanger honored by QMJHL

Anthony Duclair of the Quebec Remparts and Alexandre Belanger of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies were honored by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on Monday.

Anthony Duclair

Duclair, a left wing for the Remparts, was named Second Star of the Week after totaling two goals, five assists and a plus-5 rating in three games. His week started with a two-goal, one-assist performance last Wednesday in a 9-3 defeat of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. Then on Friday he had three assists in a 6-0 defeat of the Sherbrooke Phoenix. He finished his week with an assist in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Chicoutimi Sagueneens.

The big week extended Duclair's scoring streak to four games and gives him seven goals and 11 assists in 12 games. He's No. 8 on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary top 25 ranking QMJHL skaters for the 2013 NHL Draft.

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Posted On Monday, 11.26.2012 / 9:00 AM

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

Draft-eligible trio playing big role for Portland

The Portland Winterhawks' deep group of NHL prospects has helped the team win 16 of its past 17 games to climb within one point of the best record in the Western Hockey League. But another major factor has been the play of three of its most heralded 2013 NHL Draft hopefuls.

Center Nicolas Petan, right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand and defenseman Seth Jones all played significant roles as the team swept a pair of games this weekend to extend its latest winning streak to four games.

Seth Jones, center, is one of three 2013 NHL Draft-eligible players starring for Portland.

Petan had a pair of goals Friday in a 4-2 defeat of the Kootenay Ice. Saturday, he had a goal and an assist in an 8-2 win at Seattle. Bjorkstrand had a pair of goals in Saturday's game. Jones had an assist in each game, giving him a point in three straight.

Jones, who has 17 points and a plus-17 rating in 24 games, is No. 1 on Central Scouting's top 25 ranking of WHL skaters for this year's draft. Bjorkstrand, who leads all first-year WHL players with 13 goals and is tied for the lead with 23 points, is No. 11. Petan, third in the league with 44 points, is No. 15.

Here is how other WHL draft hopefuls fared over the weekend:

* Prince Albert defenseman Joshua Morrissey, No. 6 on Central Scouting's WHL top 25, had a goal and an assist in the Raiders' 6-0 win Friday at the Brandon Wheat Kings.

* Saskatoon left wing Nathan Burns made his first goal with the Blades since being acquired in a trade a big one, netting the game-winner with 1:01 left in regulation Friday in a 3-2 victory at the Kamloops Blazers.

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Posted On Monday, 11.26.2012 / 8:55 AM

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

Cammarata storming back to top of USHL scoring list

When Taylor Cammarata left the Waterloo Black Hawks at the end of October to play for the U.S. team at the World Junior A Challenge, he was leading the United States Hockey League in scoring.

In his two-week absence players passed him, but it hasn't taken the 5-foot-7, 156-pound forward long to reclaim his spot atop the USHL leaderboard.

Taylor Cammarata, Waterloo Black Hawks

Cammarata had a goal and two assists Saturday in the Black Hawks' 7-3 win at the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders. Cammarata now has points in seven straight games -- all but one since his return from the World Junior A. He has at least two points in all of them. With six goals and 16 assists in his scoring streak, he has a league-best 31 points in 14 games. He also has an even 100 points in 74 career USHL games.

"He was one of the most noticeable guys on the U.S. team," NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards, who watched each game of the World Junior A, told NHL.com about Cammarata. "Every time he was on the ice he made something happen. … He was around the puck, creating, scoring. He was very noticeable every game, every shift."

Cammarata is No. 18 on NHL Central Scouting's top 25 ranking of skaters for the 2013 NHL Draft.

Here is how a few other prospects for this year's draft fared in the USHL this weekend:

* Youngstown center Austin Cangelosi had a pair of assists Friday in a 6-0 win against Team USA, and one night later he had two goals in the Phantoms' 3-0 win in a rematch with Team USA.

* Goalie Sean Romeo stopped 23 shots Friday for Youngstown in the 6-0 defeat of Team USA for his first USHL shutout. One night later he did it again, stopping all 24 shots in the 3-0 defeat of Team USA.

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Posted On Monday, 11.26.2012 / 8:45 AM

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

Moncton's Dubeau outshines Halifax stars in shutout

Moncton Wildcats goaltender Alex Dubeau did something Sunday that no one in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League had been able to do in more than a year.

The 18-year-old goalie stopped all 25 shots the Mooseheads threw at him in a 3-0 win. It was the first time Halifax had been shut out in 80 games, dating to Oct. 21, 2011.

Halifax entered the game with a league-high 126 goals in 24 games, an average of 5.25 goals per game, and featured two of the top 10 scorers in the league: Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin. However, 5-foot-9, 150-pound Dubeau stood tall to earn his second shutout of the season.

Dubeau is 12-9-0 with a 3.01 goals-against average that ranks as the fifth best in the league, and has an .887 save percentage.

Though Dubeau's performance might have been the most impressive among 2013 NHL Draft candidates in the league, here is how a few other draft-eligible prospects fared this weekend:

* MacKinnon and Drouin weren't shut out on Friday, when they combined for five points in a 4-2 win against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. MacKinnon had a goal and two assists, and Drouin had a pair of assists. MacKinnon and Drouin are 1-2 in NHL Central Scouting's top 25 ranking of QMJHL skaters for this year's draft.

* Quebec Remparts left wing Anthony Duclair, No. 8 on Central Scouting's top 25, had three assists Friday in a 6-0 defeat of the Sherbrooke Phoenix. Teammate Nick Sorensen, No. 16, had two goals and an assist. Goalie Zachary Fortin made 24 saves for the shutout.

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Posted On Monday, 11.26.2012 / 8:30 AM

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

Jenkins shows growth of game with big weekend

It's been incremental gains the past three seasons for Kingston Frontenacs center Billy Jenkins. But this weekend, he shifted into overdrive.

Jenkins, a 5-10.25, 175-pound forward, had one goal in 2010-11, his first OHL season, and last season had 10 split between the Niagara IceDogs and Kingston, which acquired him in January. He had seven goals heading into the weekend, but scored more than half that amount in two games.

Friday at the Plymouth Whalers, he scored two goals, including the game-winner with 6:06 left in regulation as the Frontenacs earned a 7-6 road win. After being held without a point Saturday in a 2-1 loss to the Saginaw Spirit, he had scored two more goals -- including the go-ahead goal in the second period -- in a 4-3 win at the Windsor Spitfires.

Jenkins now has 11 goals, second on the team.

Here is how some other 2013 NHL Draft hopefuls from the Ontario Hockey League performed this weekend:

* Jenkins' teammate, center Darcy Greenaway, had a hat trick plus an assist in the 7-6 win at Plymouth on Friday. In a losing effort, the Whalers' Alexander Aleardi had two goals and three assists.

* Windsor goalie Jaroslav Pavelka stopped 43 of 44 shots in a 2-1 win against Saginaw on Friday.

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Posted On Sunday, 11.25.2012 / 10:08 AM

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

Successful return for Waterloo's McCoshen

Waterloo Black Hawks defenseman and top 2013 NHL Draft prospect Ian McCoshen had an assist and was a plus-3 in his return to the lineup Saturday after missing nearly a month due to illness.

McCoshen earned a secondary assist on Vince Hinostroza's second-period goal, and had two shots on goal in the Black Hawks' 7-3 win at Cedar Rapids.

McCoshen, a 6-2.5, 207-pound blueliner, is No. 2 among United States Hockey League skaters in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary top 25 ranking. He has a goal and four assists in nine games, and his plus-16 rating is the best in the league.

Waterloo leads the USHL Western Conference at 14-5, but went 4-4-0 in the eight games McCoshen missed.

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

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Posted On Saturday, 11.24.2012 / 11:11 AM

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

Brandon's Pulock expected to be out a week

Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman Ryan Pulock is expected to be out about a week with an undisclosed injury.

Pulock hasn't played since Nov. 18. He is second among WHL blueliners with 25 points in 24 games, and his nine goals are tied for the most. He also has a team-best plus-14 rating and four power-play goals.

NHL Central Scouting ranked him third on its preliminary top 25 list of Western Hockey League skaters eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft.

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Posted On Friday, 11.23.2012 / 6:20 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Top prospect Monahan suspended 10 games by OHL

Ottawa 67's forward Sean Monahan was suspended 10 games by the Ontario Hockey League on Friday.

The suspension comes after Monahan – ranked the No. 1 skater in the OHL by NHL Central Scouting heading into the 2013 NHL Draft – was guilty of a checking to the head infraction during a 3-2 loss to the Plymouth Whalers on Sunday.

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