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Posted On Tuesday, 10.23.2012 / 10:49 AM

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

Quenneville making family proud with stellar move

Hockey skills obviously run in Peter Quenneville's family. But the move he pulled off Saturday was impressive even by family standards.

Quenneville is the second cousin of Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville and a center for the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound forward earned a C rating in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings of players to watch for the 2013 NHL Draft, and has three goals and four assists in his first seven games.

His most impressive moment of the early part of his season came Saturday in a 2-1 win at the Green Bay Gamblers.

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Posted On Monday, 10.22.2012 / 7:57 PM

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

Poturalski, Ortega share top USHL forward award

Andrew Poturalski of the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders and Austin Ortega of the Indiana Ice were named co-recipients of the United States Hockey League's CCM Forward of the Week award.

Poturalski, a 5-10, 172-pound center, had three goals, two assists and a plus-4 rating in two games last week. He made his season debut by scoring the game-winning power-play goal in a 4-3 win against Indiana. He followed that a two-goal, two-assist game in a 7-5 win at Indiana.

Ortega, a 5-7, 160-pound left wing, had a goal, an assist and a plus-4 rating in a 5-3 win against Green Bay on Wednesday. He had a goal in Friday's loss to Cedar Rapids, and then had two more goals Saturday against the RoughRiders. Ortega now is second in the league with seven goals.

Also honored Monday were the Des Moines Buccaneers' Marcus Ericsson and Cedar Rapids' clay Anderson, who were named co-winners of the CCM Defensemen of the Week.

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Posted On Monday, 10.22.2012 / 5:21 PM

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

Guelph's Garlent named OHL Player of the Week

Guelph Storm center Hunter Garlent was named OHL Player of the Week on Monday after totaling three goals, five assists and a plus-3 rating in three games last week.

Garlent started his week with a goal and an assist Friday in a 6-3 win against the Sarnia Sting. On Saturday the 5-foot-8.25, 164-pound forward had a goal and three assists in 8-5 defeat of the Saginaw Spirit. He finished his week with a goal and an assist in a 7-1 defeat of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

After totaling 42 points in 60 games as an OHL rookie last season, Garlent has 10 points and a plus-5 rating in 11 games this season. NHL Central Scouting rated him as a C skater in its preliminary rankings of players to watch for the 2013 NHL Draft.

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

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Posted On Monday, 10.22.2012 / 2:49 PM

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

USNTDP's Compher could miss two more weeks

It appears forward J.T. Compher of the U.S. Under-18 National Team Development Program may be sidelined another two weeks with an undisclosed injury.

Compher, who has two goals and three points in six games for the USNTDP this season, is projected by many to be the first NTDP player off the board at the 2013 NHL Draft at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., in June. He was listed as an A skater on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary list of players to watch in the United States Hockey League in September.

"There is no timetable [on Compher's return], but his progress has been positive," U.S. Under-18 NTDP coach Don Granato told NHL.com. "I would think, if I'm going to guess, he'll be out two more weeks."


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Posted On Monday, 10.22.2012 / 2:12 PM

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

Everett's Winquist earning the spotlight

When it comes to the Everett Silvertips, most of the talk surrounds defenseman Ryan Murray, the second pick of the 2012 NHL Draft. Forward Joshua Winquist, a candidate for the 2013 draft, is doing his best to steal some of Murray's spotlight.

The 19-year-old forward had three goals and two assists for the Silvertips, as they won both games over the weekend. The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder had a goal and two assists in a 3-2 win at the Prince Albert Raiders on Friday, and scored two goals in a 3-2 win at the Saskatoon Blades on Saturday.

Winquist leads Everett with eight goals, 13 points and a plus-8 rating.

Here is how a few other Western Hockey League draft prospects fared this past weekend:

* Lethbridge center Russell Maxwell had a pair of goals in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Kamloops Blazers on Friday.

* Tri-City right wing Phillip Tot and center Marcus Messier each scored two goals in the Americans' 6-3 win at the Regina Pats on Friday.

* Eetu Laurikainen turned aside 43 of 44 shots in the Swift Current Broncos' 2-1 win against Saskatoon on Friday.

* Spokane Chiefs left wing Adam Helewka scored both his team's goals in a 2-1 defeat of the Seattle Thunderbirds on Friday.

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Posted On Monday, 10.22.2012 / 1:44 PM

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

MacKinnon, Desrosiers named QMJHL stars of week

Center Nathan MacKinnon of the Halifax Mooseheads and goalie Philippe Desrosiers of the Rimouski Oceanic on Monday were named the TELUS stars of the week in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

MacKinnon and Desrosiers are regarded as top prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft in June at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. MacKinnon is listed as an A skater on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary players to watch list and Desrosiers is listed as a B goalie.

Baie-Comeau Drakkar forward Petr Straka, a second-round draft choice of the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2010, was also named a star of the week in the QMJHL.

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Posted On Monday, 10.22.2012 / 1:36 PM

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

MacKinnon carrying Halifax to top of standings

The Halifax Mooseheads have won 10 straight to climb to the top of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League standings, and the play of top-line center Nathan MacKinnon is a big reason.

Considered by many scouts a lock to be one of the top two players picked at the 2013 NHL Draft, MacKinnon had three goals and two assists in two games over the weekend. The 6-foot, 180-pound forward, who earned an A rating in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary ranking of players to watch for this year's draft, scored twice and added an assist in a 4-3 win against the Sherbrooke Phoenix on Friday, and had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 defeat of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Sunday.

MacKinnon, who is blogging about his season for NHL.com, now is second in the QMJHL with 15 goals and tied for fourth with 24 points. He also has a goal in seven straight games, the longest streak so far this season, and at least a point in nine in a row.

Here is how a few other top draft prospects fared over the weekend:

* Matthew Boudreau, MacKinnon's teammate, scored the other two goals in the Mooseheads 4-3 defeat of Sherbrooke Friday.

* PEI Rocket goalie Maxime Lagace had his first shutout of the season Friday, stopping all 30 shots in a 5-0 win at the Moncton Wildcats.

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Posted On Monday, 10.22.2012 / 1:08 PM

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

Kitchener's Bailey scores first 2 OHL goals

Kitchener Rangers left wing Justin Bailey missed five games with a concussion sustained on a hard hit in a game against the Windsor Spitfires on Sept. 27. He returned to ice Friday in his team's 6-2 win against Oshawa, playing sparingly on the fourth line.

Moved back into a more prominent spot in the lineup Sunday against Kingston, Bailey responded with his first two goals of the season in the Rangers' 5-2 win.

With Kitchener up 1-0, he faked a shot, then cut across the front of the net to score on a backhander 3:01 into the second. After Kingston had grabbed the momentum and pulled to within 4-2, he iced the game with another unassisted goal, at 10:24 of the third.

Bailey, a 6-3.25, 194-pound forward who earned an A rating in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary players to watch list, wasn't the only 2013 NHL Draft prospect in the Ontario Hockey League to have a big weekend. Here are a few other top performers:

* Plymouth right wing Ryan Hartman, a B skater on Central Scouting's preliminary rankings, scored his second OHL goal Friday and added two assists in the Whalers' 8-3 win at Kingston on Friday.

* Guelph Storm left wing Ryan Horvat scored twice and added an assist Friday in his team's 6-3 win against the Sarnia Sting.

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Posted On Monday, 10.22.2012 / 12:05 PM

By Nathan MacKinnon -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Nathan MacKinnon Draft blog

MacKinnon overcomes flu; excelling in second season

Nathan MacKinnon is in his second season with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this year. The 6-foot, 182-pound forward had 31 goals, 78 points and a plus-11 rating as a rookie last season. His 47 assists led all first-year players in the league, and he finished second to 2012 first-round draft pick Mikhail Grigorenko in voting for the QMJHL Rookie of the Year award. He's currently on a seven-game goal-scoring streak (11 goals) and nine-game point-scoring streak (18 points) for the Mooseheads and is tied for fourth in the QMJHL with 24 points in 13 games. MacKinnon, who is projected to be a high draft pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, has 15 goals and a plus-17 rating for the season.

Hello everybody!

The season, so far, has been awesome. The boys have been very consistent and are improving each day, which is very important for us moving forward, as we are aware each game will become more and more difficult. However, each team has obstacles to overcome and ours happened to be fighting the flu. Around half the team caught the sickness. Guys were playing sick and became very run down. Myself, along with others, laid in bed for four-to-five days. Personally, I couldn't eat my normal amounts so I drank lots of ginger ale and took vitamins. Thankfully I was back to normal and kicked off the season as healthy as before.

The season has been solid up to now. Obviously, a season comes with its ups and downs and I am prepared for that this year. I find coming back for a second season is a much easier adjustment. Over the summer, you have the opportunity to study your game and analyze what makes you successful and what needs work.

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Posted On Monday, 10.22.2012 / 10:13 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Summer with Stanley blog

L.A. Lakers meet the Stanley Cup

The Stanley Cup was back at the Staples Center on Sunday -- this time for a visit with one of the champion Los Angeles Kings' co-tenants. A number of the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers got up close and personal with the Cup following their preseason loss to Sacramento.

Star center Dwight Howard took pictures with the Cup after making his debut with the Lakers. Kobe Bryant merely glanced at it -- but he was familiar with the Cup after being seen at a few of the Kings' playoff games last spring.

Forward Metta World Peace was intrigued by the Cup and even did what he hoped was a first: eating almonds from it.

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