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Posted On Tuesday, 12.11.2012 / 9:48 AM

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

Huberdeau's suspension won't affect WJC status

Saint John Sea Dogs forward Jonathan Huberdeau will not miss any time at Hockey Canada's National Junior Team selection camp in Calgary this week despite receiving a four-game suspension by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on Monday.

The trouble started for the Florida Panthers prospect late in the third period of a loss to the Halifax Mooseheads on Sunday when Huberdeau and MacKenzie Weegar of Halifax dropped the gloves. Huberdeau received an automatic suspension for instigating the fight, in addition to an automatic three-game suspension for abusing an official after a linesman was injured in the altercation.

Neither the International Ice Hockey Federation nor Hockey Canada will uphold the league's suspension, so Huberdeau will not miss any time at Canada's camp slated Dec. 11-13 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park. Huberdeau actually arrived in Calgary on Monday.

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Posted On Monday, 12.10.2012 / 1:55 PM

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

Jones' offense starting to blossom

Seth Jones was an offensive force with the U.S. National Team Development Program last season, leading the team's defenseman with 26 points in 48 games.

That offensive skill was a bit slow in showing itself early in his first season in the Western Hockey League with the Portland Winterhawks, but now the top 2013 NHL Draft prospect is beginning to showcase his full skill package.

Jones had five points in three games over the weekend, extending his point-scoring streak to nine games, tied for the longest current streak in the league.

Jones assisted on Ty Rattie's third-period goal in a 3-2 home loss to the Tri-City Americans on Friday. On Saturday he drew assists on Portland's first and last goals in a 6-2 win at the Seattle Thunderbirds, and on Sunday he had the primary assist on Nicolas Petan's second-period 5-on-3 power-play goal -- and just 21 seconds later, with Portland still skating up a man, he scored his first goal in five games to close the scoring in a 4-1 win at Tri-City.

Jones now has 28 points in 30 games, third among WHL defenseman. He also has a plus-27 rating, second among defensemen. Jones is No. 1 in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary ranking of WHL skaters for the 2013 NHL Draft.

Jones wasn't the only 2013 NHL Draft hopeful in the WHL to have a big weekend. Here is how a few other players fared:

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Posted On Monday, 12.10.2012 / 1:12 PM

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

Lindgren was more than ready for busy weekend

The pucks just kept coming and coming at Sioux Falls Stampede goalie Charlie Lindgren. But for every one of the career-high 41 shots the Tri-City Storm fired at him Friday night, Lindgren had an answer, stopping all of them for his second shutout of the season.

Lindgren, ranked No. 4 by NHL Central Scouting among United States Hockey League goalies in its preliminary rankings of players for the 2013 NHL Draft, continued his strong play Sunday, stopping 21 of 22 shots in a 3-1 win at the Sioux City Musketeers.

In his second USHL season, Lindgren is tied for second in the league with 10 wins, and is ranked in the top seven in the league in goals-against average (2.39) and save percentage (.915). His two shutouts are tied for second in the league, one behind the leader.

Lindgren wasn't the only 2013 Draft hopeful in the USHL to have a big weekend. Here is how a few other players fared:

* Waterloo forward Taylor Cammarata had a pair of goals in the Black Hawks' 4-3 loss to the Indiana Ice on Friday. He leads the league with 35 points in just 18 games and is No. 18 on Central Scouting's ranking.

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Posted On Monday, 12.10.2012 / 12:30 PM

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

Wild leaders in sustainability

In April 2009, Saint Paul RiverCentre officials launched a long-term, multifaceted sustainability initiative with a mission to become a green leader among convention centers in the region. The neighboring Xcel Energy Center, home to the Minnesota Wild, joined the effort soon after when a number of shared resources were realized.

Green practices weren’t new to these facilities; recycling, energy efficiency and water conservation had been priorities for some time. However, officials implemented an ambitious, strategic plan that has encompassed multiple campus-wide initiatives over several years.

The first initiative, titled “50-50 in 2,” was focused on waste reduction across the Saint Paul RiverCentre and Xcel Energy Center campus. The goal of the two-year initiative was to reduce the amount of trash generated at the facilities by 50% while increasing the recycling rate to 50%. To accomplish this goal, 630 recycling receptacles were purchased so that every trash container on every level of each facility would have an accompanying recycling bin. In addition, the facilities made an extensive transition to compostable products and all processes and behind-the-scenes infrastructure were redesigned to make recycling and composting as efficient as possible.

The two-year timeline of this goal concluded in July of 2011. These facilities not only reached their goals, they far exceeded them. As of March 2012, these facilities reduced trash by 60% (over 1.4 million pounds per year) and increased their annual recycling rate to 54.5%.

Since that time, without setting a new goal, the annual recycling rate has increased to 56% and the total waste stream has fell to just over 50,000 pounds annually. In the first quarter of 2012, the campus recycled a record 45.3 tons of commingle items (cans, bottles, cups & tubs).


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Posted On Monday, 12.10.2012 / 11:38 AM

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

Rimouski pair taking advantage of extra attention

Entering the season many NHL scouts had the Rimouski Oceanic on their must-see list for big center Frederik Gauthier. And while Gauthier has shined when healthy, two of his teammates have taken advantage of the extra attention.

Forwards Peter Trainor and Scott Oke have emerged as the focal points of the Rimouski offense this season, and finished the weekend atop the team's scoring chart. The pair combined for eight points as Rimouski swept its two games over the weekend.

Trainor set up both of Oke's goals in the Oceanic's 6-5 shootout win at the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada on Friday. It was just the fifth loss in 16 home games for the Armada, who have the second-most points in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

On Sunday against the PEI Rocket, Trainor started the fun with a goal just 3:20 into the game, and then he set up Jess Tanguy's power-play goal in the second to give Rimouski a 3-0 lead en route to a 6-1 victory. He and Oke then combined to assist on Gauthier's goal in the game's final minute.

Trainor, a 5-foot-11, 187-pound left wing, leads Rimouski in goals (18), assists (28) and points (46). Oke, a 6-3.5, 196-pound left wing, leads the Oceanic with eight power-play goals and a plus-15 rating, and is second on the team in goals (17), assists (26) and points (43).

Gauthier, despite missing time with a broken jaw, is fourth on the team with 12 goals and 31 points. NHL Central Scouting has him fourth among QMJHL skaters in its preliminary ranking of the top prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft.

The Rimouski pair weren't the only QMJHL prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft to have big weekend performances. Here are a few others:

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Posted On Monday, 12.10.2012 / 11:18 AM

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

Domi, Horvat help keep London streak going

Two more games, two more wins, two more strong showings by the London Knights' top 2013 NHL Draft duo of Max Domi and Bo Horvat.

As the Knights ran their win streak to 18 games -- tying the franchise record -- Domi and Horvat combined for three goals and six points.

In Friday's 5-2 defeat of the Niagara IceDogs -- a rematch of last year's OHL final -- Horvat had the primary assist on Tyler Ferry's goal late in the first period to put London up 2-0. Niagara's Brett Ritchie scored with nine seconds left in the second, but before they could build any momentum off that goal, Horvat scored 1:12 into the third period to make it 4-1.

Sunday's game saw Domi -- No. 4 on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary ranking of Ontario Hockey League skaters for the 2013 draft -- score 1:50 into the second to give London a lead it wouldn't relinquish. Midway through the period, Domi set up Horvat -- No. 5 on Central Scouting's list -- for a power-play goal that put London up 3-1. Domi added another assist, this time on Seth Griffith's power-play goal in the third.

For the season, Domi is second on the Knights and 10th in the OHL with 44 points, and is second on the team with a plus-21 rating. Horvat is tied for fourth on the team with 24 points.

The dynamic London duo weren't the only OHL players to perform at a top level over the weekend. Here is how a few other draft prospects fared:

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Posted On Saturday, 12.08.2012 / 9:37 PM

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

Drouin, MacKinnon combine for eight points in loss

Jonathan Drouin had three goals and an assist, and Nathan MacKinnon had four assists, but Halifax lost to Acadie-Bathurtst, 7-6 in overtime, in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League play on Saturday.

Drouin is the No. 2 skater in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings of QMJHL players eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft. MacKinnon is No. 1.

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Posted On Saturday, 12.08.2012 / 7:11 PM

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

Nugent-Hopkins to attend Canada's WJC camp

Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins said Saturday he will attend Canada's selection camp for the World Junior Championship.

Nugent-Hopkins' participation was in doubt due to left shoulder discomfort he felt playing for Oklahoma City in the American Hockey League. Camp begins Monday.

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Posted On Friday, 12.07.2012 / 9:36 PM

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

Patterson helps London win 17th straight in OHL

Jake Patterson made 34 saves and the London Knights defeated the Niagara IceDogs, 5-2, on Friday night to extend their winning streak to 17 games in the Ontario Hockey League.

Paterson is No. 5 in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings of North American goalies in the OHL eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft. He is 11-1-1 with a 2.11 goals-against average and .928 save percentage this season.

London's Bo Horvat, the No. 5 rated skater in the OHL, had a goal and an assist. He has 23 points (12 goals) in 32 games.

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Posted On Friday, 12.07.2012 / 6:53 PM

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

Sissons to miss Canada WJC camp with injury

Hockey Canada announced Friday that forward Colton Sissons of the Kelowna Rockets in the Western Hockey League will be unable to attend Canada's selection camp next week for the World Junior Championship due to an upper-body injury.

Sissons will not be replaced on the roster, which now has a total of 36 invitees, including four goaltenders, 12 defensemen and 20 forwards. The 19-year-old Sissons was drafted by the Nashville Predators in the second round (No. 50 overall) of the NHL Draft last June. He had 10 goals and 27 points in 27 games for Kelowna in 2012-13.

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Quote of the Day

I didn't even know how to celebrate. I threw my hands up, they gave me a hug, so I guess that's all I needed.

— Sabres forward Tim Schaller on scoring his first NHL goal Sunday against the Bruins