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Posted On Friday, 08.31.2012 / 1:29 PM

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

MacKinnon and Jones headline 2013 draft pool

The 2013 NHL Draft is certainly shaping up to be a good one.

While the Draft may not come close to the number of high-caliber defensemen selected in the first round last June, the depth across the board is quite impressive. During the 2012 Draft at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, 13 defensemen were plucked in the first round to match a record set in 1996.

The run on defensemen started early, too, as three of the top five and eight of the top 10 players picked star on the back end.

The top two players on the board entering this season are center Nathan MacKinnon of the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and defenseman Seth Jones of the Portland Winterhawks in the Western Hockey League.

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Posted On Thursday, 08.30.2012 / 2:21 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Summer with Stanley blog

Lewis brings Lord Stanley to Salt Lake City

Thursday was already scheduled to be a big sports day in Utah, with the University of Utah, Utah State University, and Brigham Young University all scheduled to start their college football seasons that day.

But Trevor Lewis' arrival with the Stanley Cup is providing a nice boost for area hockey fans.

A prep hockey star growing up in Salt Lake City, the Kings center became the first Utah native to have his name inscribed on the Stanley Cup. So on his day with the Cup, Lewis decided to bring the trophy back to Salt Lake, where he starred at Brighton High School before joining the Des Moines Buccaneers of the USHL as a 17-year-old. And for a growing hockey community, it's a very big deal.

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Posted On Thursday, 08.30.2012 / 10:20 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

Penguins re-sign four to one-year deals

The Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday re-signed restricted free agents Eric Tangradi, Brian Strait, Robert Bortuzzo and Alex Grant to one-year, two-way contracts.

Tangradi, 23, had two assists and 16 penalty minutes in 24 games with the Penguins last season, and 15 goals and 16 assists in 37 games with the Penguins' American Hockey League affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The Philadelphia native also skated in two Stanley Cup Playoff games against the Philadelphia Flyers, picking up an assist. If the left wing plays in the NHL this season, he'll make $726,000.

In 40 games split over the past three seasons, Tangradi has one goal and four assists.

Strait, 24, played in nine NHL games, picking up one assist, and saw action in three playoff games. He had 16 points and a plus-7 rating in 41 AHL games. If he stays in the NHL this season, he'll make $605,000.

Bortuzzo, a 23-year-old defenseman, made his NHL debut last season, going without a point in six games. He had 12 points and a plus-9 rating in 51 AHL games.

Grant, a defenseman selected in the fourth round of the 2007 NHL Draft, had 10 goals and 27 assists in 61 AHL games. Like Bortuzzo, Grant will make $525,000 if they make the NHL team.

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Posted On Wednesday, 08.29.2012 / 5:41 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Summer with Stanley blog

Wilson honors family, friends with Cup in Arizona

Denver Wilson's day with the Stanley Cup in Phoenix on Wednesday wasn't exactly typical. Then again, the Los Angeles Kings' assistant equipment manager took a path to the NHL that wasn't exactly typical either.

While the Cup has spent much of the summer in traditional hockey hotbeds, including Minnesota, Massachusetts and most of Canada, Wilson brought the most iconic trophy in sports to Arizona to honor the hockey community that helped carve his way to the NHL.

It starts with his father, Stan Wilson, who has been the Phoenix Coyotes' equipment manager since 1990, when the club was in Winnipeg. In his career with the franchise, the elder Wilson has worked more than 1,500 NHL games, including a tense five-game Western Conference final last May against his son's Kings.

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Posted On Tuesday, 08.28.2012 / 12:03 PM

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

Drewiske's Cup win completes impressive run of titles

When Los Angeles Kings' center Mike Richards won the Stanley Cup, it marked the ultimate goal in a young career full of championships. Not to be outdone, teammate Davis Drewiske showed off some hardware of his own on Monday, when he enjoyed his day with the trophy.

Richards, who hosted the Cup in his hometown of Kenora, Ont., on Aug. 18, became the first player in hockey history to win a Memorial Cup, Calder Cup and Stanley Cup. But Drewiske had some of his own trophies waiting to meet the Stanley Cup on Monday.

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Posted On Monday, 08.27.2012 / 5:57 PM

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

Kings' Drewiske takes Stanley Cup to Jablonski

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Davis Drewiske spent part of his day with the Stanley Cup at the home of paralyzed Minnesota high school player Jack Jablonski.

According to KARE, Drewiske, a native of Wisconsin, picked up the trophy at the Twin Cities airport and took it to Jablonski, where he and his brother were photographed with the Cup.

"It was exciting to see him," Drewiske told WQOW. "That was one of the highlights of the day so far. He looks remarkably better than last time I saw him in February and March. His attitude is just so fantastic and his family's attitude -- they are just very positive and realistic at the same time. But he's made some great strides in his recovery this summer and it was inspiring to be around them this morning."

Jablonski was paralyzed after hitting the boards during a game last winter. He begins his junior year at Benilde-St. Margarets on Tuesday.

Last month, several NHL players attended a fundraiser for Jablonski at Xcel Energy Center, home of the Minnesota Wild.

Drewiske held a viewing party later in the day at his childhood rink in Hudson, Wis.

"It's very special," Drewiske said, according to the Eau Clare, Wis., TV station. "Obviously having the Cup is special, but even more special than that is having all these people here and people that have supported me and my family over the years. This is just a great place to grow up, a great community and really a great area of the country. We're really excited to do something to return the favor a little bit."

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Posted On Monday, 08.27.2012 / 3:50 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

Goalie Lack re-signs with Canucks

Goaltender Eddie Lack has re-signed with the Vancouver Canucks, the team announced Monday.

TSN's Darren Dreger reports it is a two-year contract worth $650,000 at the NHL level and $85,000 at the AHL level the first year, then $850,000 at the NHL level.

"Soo happy to sign with Vancouver Canucks for another two years," Lack wrote on his Twitter account, according to the Vancouver Sun. "Thanks to everyone involved in the deal."

Lack, 24, played for the Chicago Wolves in the American Hockey League last season.

The Swede was 21-20-3 with a 2.31 GAA during the regular season, and had a 2.17 GAA in five playoff games.

“Right from day one of his first camp, Eddie came in and surprised everybody and is a very competitive kid who has played very well the last two years,” Canucks assistant general manager Lorne Henning told the Vancouver Province.

Lack was signed by Vancouver as a free agent on April 6, 2010. He is joined on the Canucks' depth chart by Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo.

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Posted On Monday, 08.27.2012 / 8:52 AM

By Ian McCoshen -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Ian McCoshen Draft blog

McCoshen given special opportunity in Russia

Hi all.

 Waterloo's Ian McCoshen signs autographs outside arena

The team is really coming together during the Junior Club World Cup. We haven’t made it easy on ourselves, but have been finding ways to win. In our game against Norway, we got behind and started to panic just a little bit. Eventually we figured it out, playing our game by working hard and shooting the puck. We came back and finished off with a 5-3 win.

Again we had a quick turnaround with a game the following day. This one was really big because it was a must-win to advance to the semifinal round. It also happened to be against the hometown Omsk Hawks. That was a game I will never forget -- Hawks vs. Hawks. It was pretty crazy and surreal to play in front of that many people. I think it was almost 9,000 fans.

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Posted On Monday, 08.27.2012 / 8:47 AM

By Nick Baptiste -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Nick Baptiste Draft blog

Baptiste earns gold medal at Jr. Club World Cup

Hi everyone!

On Saturday night, we had a great team meal in Omsk. The team went to a restaurant close to the hotel for dinner. It was a traditional Russian restaurant with singing and some people dancing. I even got on the dance floor and showed everyone my moves -- the boys on the team and everyone in the restaurant loved it.

We walked back to the hotel and went to a bed we need our rest for [Sunday].

It is Gold Medal Game Day [Sunday] in Omsk!

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Posted On Sunday, 08.26.2012 / 5:18 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Summer with Stanley blog

Cup's Ontario odyssey ends with Richardson, McCauley

The journey through Ontario that started more than a week ago with Mike Richards in the westernmost part of the province ended today with former Kings' player and current team scout Alyn McCauley.

Following two days in London with Los Angeles teammates Drew Doughty and Jeff Carter, the Stanley Cup swung over to Eastern Ontario on Saturday for a day with Kings center Brad Richardson in Belleville. The following day in Gananoque with McCauley marked the end of a nine-day journey through the province for the Cup in which it was hosted by seven players before joining the Kings' scout.

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