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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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Posted On Saturday, 10.20.2012 / 1:39 PM

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

Bailey returns to lineup for Kitchener

Kitchener Rangers left wing Justin Bailey was held scoreless playing limited minutes in his team's 6-2 win Friday against Oshawa, his first game since sustaining a concussion Sept. 27 against Windsor.

The 6-foot-3.25, 194-pound forward earned an A rating from NHL Central Scouting in its preliminary rankings of players to watch for the 2013 NHL Draft. He was scoreless in three games when he was injured.

Even though he's had a rough start to his Ontario Hockey League debut season, scouts aren't ready to give up on him.

"He's a big guy, uses his size well," Central Scouting's Chris Edwards, who saw Bailey during the summer at a USA Hockey camp in Rochester, N.Y., told NHL.com. "He's got a real good shot and he's able to get it off coming in off the wing. For a guy that really never played at much of a [high] caliber before, he looked like he had it all together. He looked like he had an offensive touch to him. He used his size well. I left Rochester thinking he might be a top forward with a really good skill set. That's what I still think he's going to be."

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Posted On Friday, 10.19.2012 / 10:10 PM

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

Domi scores, but London loses to Erie in shootout

Max Domi got the London Knights off to a fast start, but the Erie Otters recorded a 3-2 shootout victory in an Ontario Hockey League game Friday night.

Domi scored 46 seconds into first period, lifting a backhand from the right side inside the near post to give London a 1-0 lead. The goal was his sixth of the season and extended his points streak to nine games.

Domi was given an A ranking on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary players to watch list for the 2013 NHL Draft.

London took a 2-0 lead at 14:24 of the first period before Erie rallied with a late first-period goal and one early in the second.

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Posted On Thursday, 10.18.2012 / 4:10 PM

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

Blues display a winning energy strategy

Since 2010, the Scottrade Center, home of the St. Louis Blues, has made powerful strides toward a more energy efficient operation. The arena is reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions through strategic capital upgrades and new staff policies.

Recently, the Scottrade Center underwent a major overhaul in its lighting systems. Throughout each level of the arena, T12 lamps were replaced with T5 lamps.

According to EPA Energy Star, T12 fluorescent lamps are one of the most common, but least efficient fluorescent systems. The newly installed T5 lamps at Scottrade Center offer improved efficiency, higher intensity, and potentially longer life due to reduced degradation in light output over time.

The facility was able to achieve better lighting with fewer bulbs in each fixture. For every three T12 bulbs, only two T5 bulbs were needed, limiting energy consumption and minimizing waste.

All backlit signs at the Scottrade Center were also upgraded, from T12 to LED technology. According to EPA Energy Star, this adjustment can make each sign three to eight times more efficient. Exit sign and passenger elevator lighting proved to be an excellent, low-labor initiative to increase the energy efficiency and safety of the facility.

The Club attained efficiency through behavioral changes by developing a routine schedule with staff to minimize lighting needs at certain points throughout each week. The Scottrade Center displayed this commitment to reducing energy consumption last year, as a strong supporter of the World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour.

The arena has made improvements beyond lighting upgrades, such as installing variable frequency drives on the facility's cooling tower, which has reduced energy by enhancing operations of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system motors. The Blue are exploring the potential for utilizing renewable energy to power the Scottrade Center.

In 2009, the Blues launched the Blues Green Team initiative in an effort to encourage fans to apply environmentally sound practices to their personal and professional lives. To learn how to save energy on lighting in your own home, visit: www.energystar.gov/lighting

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.17.2012 / 11:08 AM

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

Kitchener forward Justin Bailey returns to ice

Forward Justin Bailey of the Ontario Hockey League's Kitchener Rangers has begun skating without contact as he continues to progress via the "Return to Play" protocol.

Bailey has been sidelined with concussion-like symptoms from a hit he sustained in the neutral zone on Sept. 27 against the Windsor Spitfires.

"Justin is quite upbeat and excited to be skating again," Kitchener's head trainer, Dan LeBold, told NHL.com. "He is retaking his post-concussion impact test [Wednesday] and that will determine his next course of action along the RTP protocol."

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.16.2012 / 4:29 PM

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

Lipon repeats as CHL player of the week

A day after repeating as Western Hockey League player of the week, Kamloops Blazers forward JC Lipon was named Canadian Hockey League Player of the Week for the second straight week.

In three games last week, Lipon had six goals, four assists and a plus-4 rating.

A 5-foot-11.5, 180-pound center, Lipon helped the Blazers go 3-0 last week and move to the top spot in the league with 17 points. At 8-0-1, the Blazers are the only WHL team without a regulation loss.

Lipon had a goal and an assist in a 5-2 win against the Victoria Royals on Wednesday, and then got red-hot over the weekend. He netted his first WHL hat trick and added an assist in a 5-1 win against the Vancouver Chiefs and had two goals and two assists in a 5-2 win against the Calgary Hitmen.

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