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Posted On Thursday, 12.06.2012 / 9:06 AM

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

Edina's Hurley commits to Notre Dame

Junior forward Connor Hurley of Edina High School in Minnesota on Wednesday announced that he would be continuing his career at the University of Notre Dame.

The 6-foot-1.25, 172-pound center, who was being courted by Minnesota, Wisconsin, Minnesota-Duluth and Michigan State, is considered one of the top draft-eligible scholastic skaters for the 2013 NHL Draft. Hurley earned a B rating on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings for players participating in scholastic high school hockey in Minnesota.

"The academics [at Notre Dame] obviously was a big thing that matters in my family," Hurley told the Minnesota Hockey Hub website. "They've got a great team now and they are getting a lot of good recruits in for the years to come."

Hurley has struck for eight goals, including three game-winners, and 15 points in six games with Edina (6-0-0) this season. He also played two games for the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the United States Hockey League this season, producing three assists and a plus-1 rating.

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.05.2012 / 2:51 PM

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

Pulock cleared to return to Brandon lineup on Friday

Defenseman Ryan Pulock of the Western Hockey League's Brandon Wheat Kings has been cleared to return to the lineup following a six-game absence due to a facial injury.

According to Brandon general manager Kelly McCrimmon, Pulock, No. 3 on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings for players in the WHL, will join his teammates for Friday's home game against the Spokane Chiefs. Pulock was injured after taking a puck to the face in a Nov. 16 game against the Kootenay Ice and has been wearing a full face shield in practice.

Despite missing some time, the 6-foot-0.5, 211-pound blueliner is fourth in scoring among WHL defensemen with 25 points, including nine goals, in 24 games. He also has a team-leading plus-14 rating.

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.05.2012 / 1:22 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Is third time the charm for Kitchener's Ryan Murphy?

Expect Canadian National Junior Team head coach Steve Spott to undergo his share of sleepless nights when he begins his evaluation of players at Hockey Canada's selection camp in Calgary next week.

Defenseman Ryan Murphy is one player who won't require much evaluation, however.

Murphy, chosen No. 12 by the Carolina Hurricanes at the 2011 NHL Draft, was one of 37 players (12 defensemen) invited to Hockey Canada's selection camp at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Dec. 11-13.

Spott has coached Murphy the past four seasons with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League. This year marks the third time Murphy finds himself in a position to represent his country at the World Junior Championship -- he was released prior to the final roster selection the previous two years.

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.04.2012 / 1:57 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Hartman looks to impress USA Hockey brass

In addition to top draft-eligible defenseman Seth Jones, one other standout prospect was invited to the U.S. National Junior Team selection camp at the New York Rangers' training facility in Greenburgh, N.Y., from Dec. 16-18.

Ryan Hartman, a 5-foot-11, 187-pound forward from West Dundee, Ill., is also on the radar of USA Hockey's coaching and managerial team -- and for good reason.

"I really liked his camp in Lake Placid [in August]," U.S. National Team coach Phil Housley said. "He's the kind of guy who plays at both ends of the rink, can skate, and can change the momentum of a game with a big hit."

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.04.2012 / 12:32 PM

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

NHL.com your go-to site for WJC coverage

WJC SELECTION CAMP ROSTERS

Three weeks from Wednesday, the first puck will drop to start the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.

NHL.com already has started covering the event, which runs Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 in Ufa, Russia, with the publication of a number of stories, starting with the selection camp rosters for a number of the leading hockey nations, with more to come.

Canada's selection camp will be held Dec. 11-13 at the Canada Olympic Center in Calgary, while the U.S. selection camp will be held Dec. 14-16 in Greenburgh, N.Y., at the New York Rangers' training facility.

Check this blog often as NHL.com will have full coverage leading into the tournament all the way to the gold-medal game.

NHL Network-US is the home of the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship with coverage of more than 15 games as well as highlights and analysis.

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.04.2012 / 9:05 AM

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

Jones helping team move past adversity

Seth Jones is a defenseman for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound defenseman has solid athletic bloodlines -- his father, Popeye Jones, played 11 seasons in the NBA. Jones excelled the last two seasons for the U.S. National Team Development Program and likely will play for the U.S. 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.

It has been an exciting past couple of months for me and the team. We have been extremely successful as a team and the chemistry with each other is really coming alive. We hope to keep the flow going through the rest of the year.

The first part of November saw us run our win streak to 12 games. We have had some close one-goal games and some blowout games as well. Either way, the team gets ready for each game the same. Everybody is calm and relaxed while we play soccer. We are cracking jokes and not thinking about the game too much. You can feel the energy rise the closer you get to game time. We ended up losing to Kamloops, one of our conference rivals, at home on Nov. 16, which snapped our streak.

We let the loss sink in that night, but that did not stop us from winning games. We haven't lost since then -- we've won six straight. December will be a big month for us to end the first half of the season on a high note.

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Posted On Monday, 12.03.2012 / 2:42 PM

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

Klimchuk rising above Regina's struggles

It's been a rough season so far for the Regina Pats, but top 2013 NHL Draft prospect Morgan Klimchuk has been doing his best to keep things positive.

The 5-foot-11.5, 180-pound left wing had seven points in three games over the weekend, but the Pats lost all three games. Regina is 10th in the 12-team Eastern Conference.

Klimchuk had a pair of assists Friday in a 5-3 loss at the Prince Albert Raiders. On Saturday, he had two goals and three assists, but the game ended with a 6-5 overtime loss to the visiting Spokane Chiefs. He was held off the scoresheet in Sunday's 8-2 home loss to Prince Albert.

For the season, Klimchuk is second on the team with 36 points in 30 games. He's ranked fifth by NHL Central Scouting in its preliminary top 25 ranking of Western Hockey League skaters eligible for the 2013 draft.

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Posted On Monday, 12.03.2012 / 2:21 PM

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

Kaib showing NHL teams what they missed

Green Bay Gamblers defenseman Barrett Kaib was passed over in last year's NHL Draft. He's doing his best this season to prevent that from happening again.

The 19-year-old blueliner had four assists in two games over the weekend as he continues to have a strong return to the USHL.

Kaib had a pair of assists as Green Bay beat the Indiana Ice 7-4 on Friday, and he assisted on two more goals Saturday in a 6-3 defeat of Indiana.

For the season, the 5-foot-9.25, 190-pounder is tied for seventh among the United States Hockey League defenseman with 12 points in 23 games. Last season at Providence College, Kaib had just six points in 31 games.

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Posted On Monday, 12.03.2012 / 1:54 PM

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

More good news for MacKinnon

On Monday, Halifax's Nathan MacKinnon earned an invitation to Canada's tryout camp for the World Junior Championship. That caps another solid weekend for the top 2013 NHL Draft prospect.

MacKinnon, ranked No. 1 by NHL Central Scouting in its preliminary ranking of the top 25 draft-eligible skaters in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, had four points in two games over the weekend.

On Friday, MacKinnon had a pair of goals and an assist as the Mooseheads beat the Chicoutimi Sagueneens 7-1. He had the primary assist on the game-winning power-play goal Sunday in a 3-2 defeat of the visiting Victoriaville Tigers. The win was Halifax's sixth in its last seven games and leaves the Mooseheads two points ahead of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada for the best record in the QMJHL.

MacKinnon finished November with 17 points in 10 games, and enters the week third in the league in scoring with 47 points in 27 games.

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Posted On Monday, 12.03.2012 / 9:27 AM

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

Domi sparking Knights' win streak

The London Knights have emerged as the best team in the Ontario Hockey League, and a big reason for that is the play of their best player, top 2013 NHL Draft prospect Max Domi.

The 5-foot-9.25, 193-pound center, the team's second-leading scorer with 41 points in 30 games, has scored 21 of those points during the team's current 15-game win streak.

He added six points to that total as the Knights swept three games over the weekend. On Friday, he had a goal and two assists in a 5-3 defeat of the Barrie Colts. He scored two more goals Saturday in a 3-1 defeat of the Guelph Storm. And he closed his big weekend with a game-opening power-play goal in what ended as a 4-3 shootout win at the Mississauga Steelheads on Sunday.

Domi, No. 4 on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary ranking of the top 25 OHL skaters available for this year's draft, has 10 goals and 11 assists during the win streak. He also has a pair of game-winning goals.

Domi wasn't the only draft eligible OHL player to perform at a high level over the weekend:

* Domi's teammate, Bo Horvat, had a pair of goals in Friday's defeat of Barrie. Horvat is No. 5 on Central Scouting's top 25.

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