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Posted On Sunday, 05.26.2013 / 12:18 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - Combing the 2013 NHL Combine

Top prospects set for NHL Scouting Combine

TORONTO -- After the Memorial Cup final is staged at Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon on Sunday (May 26), it's off to Toronto for the start of the 2013 NHL Scouting Combine.

Numerous interviews and those infamous bike tests await those future NHL stars of tomorrow.

The first day of the Combine should be a relatively slow one while players are interviewed by NHL teams within their stationed headquarters. will be here all week, logging exclusive daily stories and video. This event is a great opening prelude to the 2013 NHL Draft at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., on June 30.

The NHL Scouting Combine will give NHL clubs a chance to evaluate 101 of the top North American and European hockey prospects in the world. The interviewing phase and new element being added to the Combine this year -- the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) -- will be Monday through Thursday. The fitness portion of the testing at the Toronto Convention Centre will be Friday and Saturday.

Posted On Sunday, 05.26.2013 / 12:10 PM

By Sean Monahan -  Special to / - Sean Monahan Draft blog

Monahan looking forward to Draft Combine

Sean Monahan, NHL Central Scouting's No. 5-rated skater among the top draft-eligible prospects in North America, is a center for the Ottawa 67's of the Ontario Hockey League. The 6-foot-2.25, 187-pound forward led his team with 31 goals, 47 assists, 15 power-play goals and 78 points in 58 games this season for the 67's. Monahan, who was voted among the top three players in four separate categories during the OHL Eastern Conference Coaches Poll in March, has offered to maintain a blog during his stay in Toronto for the NHL Scouting Combine this week.

Hi everyone!

As you all know, the NHL Combine is being held this week and I'll be arriving in Toronto at the hotel on Monday. Right now, I'm still not certain who my roommate will be, but looking forward to that.

I've been preparing for this event for a while with practice interviews and off-ice training. I know the testing is pretty hard and you need to really push yourself to prove yourself. My trainer has been helping me get physically ready, and it has been a big help.

Posted On Sunday, 05.26.2013 / 8:28 AM

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

Drouin named CHL Player of the Year

All of the attention heading into the 2013 NHL Draft has been focused on Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones and Halifax Mooseheads center Nathan MacKinnon.

Halifax left wing Jonathan Drouin accomplished something neither of them could.

CHL Player of the Year Jonathan Drouin

Drouin, No. 3 in NHL Central Scouting's their final ranking of North American skaters for this year's draft, on Saturday was named Canadian Hockey League CCM Player of the Year. He's the first player to win the award in his first NHL draft-eligible season since Sidney Crosby of the Rimouski Oceanic in 2005. He's also the first QMJHL player to win the award since Alexander Radulov of the Quebec Remparts in 2006.

The CHL handed out its full slate of awards for the 2012-13 season Saturday at the Remai Arts Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

The 5-foot-10.5, 186-pound Drouin finished second in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season with 105 points while playing 49 games; he was five points behind the league leader despite playing 19 fewer games. His 41 goals were tied for seventh and he also had a league-best 29-game scoring streak, during which he had 26 goals and 39 assists. He won the QMJHL MVP award and was voted the league's top professional prospect.

He also excelled with or without MacKinnon, his frequent linemate and Central Scouting's No. 2 North American skater. MacKinnon had 40 goals and 75 points in 44 games.

Posted On Sunday, 05.26.2013 / 1:53 AM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - Blackhawks-Red Wings series blog

Blackhawks finally convert on power play

CHICAGO – It was getting to the point with the Chicago Blackhawks' power play where fans started wishing their favorite team could just decline penalties the way they can in football.

Coming into Saturday night's Game 5 of a Western Conference Semifinal series against the rival Detroit Red Wings at United Center, the Blackhawks were 1-for-12 (8.3 percent) in the series on the man-advantage and 3-for-25 (12 percent) in nine games of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Even worse, in Game 4 at Joe Louis Arena – a 2-0 Detroit victory that gave the Red Wings a commanding 3-1 series lead – Chicago managed to just one shot on goal in three power-play opportunities. The Blackhawks actually topped that number by one shot while shorthanded in that game.

Posted On Saturday, 05.25.2013 / 9:30 PM - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

DET @ CHI - 6:10 of the Second Period

At 6:10 of the second period in the Red Wings/Blackhawks game, the Toronto Situation Room initiated a video review because the puck crossed the Red Wings goal line. The referee ruled that he had blown the whistle prior to the Chicago player tipping the puck over the goal line therefore there was no review. No Goal Chicago.

Posted On Saturday, 05.25.2013 / 6:14 PM

By Curtis Zupke - Correspondent / - Kings-Sharks series blog

Kings hope to end road woes at Shark Tank

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – There are few secrets to unearth by the time a series gets to Game 6. All the storylines have played out and it’s one or two plays that make the difference.

But the Los Angeles Kings have not been able to make that play go their way at HP Pavilion for quite some time. They last won there against the San Jose Sharks in Game 5 of the 2011 Western Conference Quarterfinal series, which they lost. Including the Stanley Cup Playoffs, L.A. is 0-4-3 in its past seven games in San Jose.

Captain Dustin Brown and teammates intend to change that and close out the semifinals against the Sharks in Game 6 on Sunday night.

“We’re preparing to go up there and win,” Brown said. “We don’t want to go up there and steal a game. We want to go up there and win a game. Your game plan doesn’t change, it’s just a mentality to go into a tough building and get the job done. There’s a difference between knowing you’re going to win and hoping you’re going to win and we got to go up there knowing we’re to win.”

Posted On Saturday, 05.25.2013 / 5:35 PM

By Eric Gilmore - Correspondent / - Kings-Sharks series blog

Burish skates on fourth line, says he's ready to return

SAN JOSE -- Forward Adam Burish has been playing a game of beat the clock from the moment he broke his right hand while blocking a shot in Game 4 of the San Jose Sharks' sweep of the Vancouver Canucks in their Western Conference Quarterfinal series.

Team doctors initially ruled him out for the semifinals against the Los Angeles Kings, but Burish kept pushing to return for the series. And most signs point to him being back for Game 6 on Sunday night at HP Pavilion (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS), just in time to give the Sharks a boost of energy as they try to stave off elimination.

Burish skated at right wing on the fourth line during practice Saturday and said he's good to go. He's just waiting for coach Todd McLellan to give him the final OK.

"I feel ready, yeah," Burish said. "I guess it's Todd's call, but yeah, I feel pretty darn good."

Posted On Saturday, 05.25.2013 / 5:30 PM

By Matt Kalman - Correspondent / - Bruins-Rangers series blog

Bruins get Seidenberg back

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg returned to the lineup for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the New York Rangers Saturday at TD Garden.

The Bruins took a 3-1 series lead into the potential closeout game.

Seidenberg was injured on his first shift of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Toronto Maple Leafs on May 13. He was unable to continue after he tried to take a second shift.

Posted On Saturday, 05.25.2013 / 5:23 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - Bruins-Rangers series blog

Rangers going with same lineup in Game 5

BOSTON -- The New York Rangers will dress the same lineup for Saturday’s Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals that they dressed for Game 4. They trail the Boston Bruins in the best-of-7 series, 3-1.

Darroll Powe was on the ice for pregame warmups at TD Garden, but he will not play. Powe hasn't played since Game 3 of the conference quarterfinals.

Brad Richards is scratched for a second straight game. Arron Asham is also scratched.

The Rangers will also start Game 5 with the forward lines they used in the third period and overtime in their 4-3 win in Game 4 on Thursday.

Posted On Saturday, 05.25.2013 / 3:48 PM

By Matt Kalman - Correspondent / - Bruins-Rangers series blog

Bruins' fourth line will pick spots with extracurriculars

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien surprisingly admitted Thursday that he'd discourage his fourth line of Daniel Paille, Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton from engaging in any extracurricular activity that would take them off the ice if the New York Rangers' fourth line attempted to coax the Bruins' energy players.

Even Thornton was surprised by his coach's comment when he heard about it through a question from the media.

"He said that?" asked Thornton, the Bruins' leader in fighting majors, a few hours before taking the ice for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals Saturday at TD Garden.

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