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Posted On Friday, 04.05.2013 / 9:10 AM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - Prospecting with Central Scouting

NHL Central Scouting ready to roll

So the scouts are in place and we're ready to roll here at the board offices in Toronto. The final meeting to determine the top 2013 draft-eligible prospects is under way.

Scouts in attendance are director Dan Marr, along with Chris Edwards (OHL), Greg Rajanen (U.S.), Al Jensen (U.S./Canada), B.J. MacDonald (WHL), Peter Sullivan (WHL), Chris Bordeleau (QMJHL) and David Gregory (U.S./Canada). Jensen is also responsible for ranking the top North American goaltenders.

Rajanen was hired this season by NHL Central Scouting to cover the mid-Western region of the United States, including the United States Hockey League, Minnesota high schools and colleges. To learn more about the "New Scout on the block," click here.

Posted On Friday, 04.05.2013 / 9:00 AM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - Prospecting with Central Scouting

Back to business

NHL Central Scouting goes back to the drawing board this weekend when the top draft-eligible North American skaters will be ranked one final time prior to the 2013 NHL Draft on June 30 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

Headed by Central Scouting director Dan Marr, the 10 full-time scouts in attendance at the Toronto board offices will don their thinking caps for one final time to establish their final list of the top 210 North American skaters and 30 goalies. The five-day selection process begins Friday. From a separate location, the Director of European Scouting, Goran Stubb, will also offer his recommendations to Marr on the top 120-plus European skaters and 10 goalies.

The final rankings release will be made official later this month.

Posted On Thursday, 04.04.2013 / 10:12 PM - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

CBJ @ NSH - 6:42 of the Third Period

At 6:42 of the third period in the Blue Jackets/Predators game, video review determined that Columbus forward Matt Calvert used his right skate to kick the puck into the net. According to Rule 49.2 "A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who uses a distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the net.". No Goal Columbus.

Posted On Thursday, 04.04.2013 / 7:46 PM - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

TB @ CAR - 19:23 of the First Period

At 19:23 of the first period in the Lightning/Hurricanes game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Carolina forward Alexander Semin used his right skate to kick the puck into the net. According to Rule 49.2 "A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who uses a distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the net." No goal Carolina.

Posted On Thursday, 04.04.2013 / 7:09 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Chuck Fletcher

Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher joins CISCO NHL Live to discuss the acquisition of Jason Pominville at the trade deadline.
Posted On Thursday, 04.04.2013 / 4:18 PM

By Kevin Woodley - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Roy in Canucks lineup, Kesler not far behind

VANCOUVER -- The cavalry is coming for the Vancouver Canucks, but for now they'll have to rely on trade-deadline acquisition Derek Roy for a boost.

Roy will make his Canucks debut against the streaking Edmonton Oilers on Thursday, but the bigger news coming out the Vancouver morning skate was the number of injured teammates who could soon join him in the lineup.

Selke Trophy-winning center Ryan Kesler highlighted the list of hurt forwards out before the rest of the team took the ice, skating for the first time since a broken bone was discovered in his foot in late February. Forwards Mason Raymond and Dale Weise, each out with a shoulder injury, also skated, as did defenseman Keith Ballard, who has been sidelined due to a fractured foot. All could be back within a week -- some maybe by the weekend -- but for now a Canucks team that has struggled to score will rely on Roy for a lift on and off the ice.

"Having a guy like Derek is hopefully going to be a big addition to the lineup and we're excited to have him," said goalie Cory Schneider, who will make his ninth straight start. "We saw a bunch of the wounded guys skating out there today, so that's always a good sign and will bring some optimism back into the room."

Posted On Thursday, 04.04.2013 / 3:46 PM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst / - Weekes on the Web

Weekes' Beat: Birthday Wishes

Posted On Thursday, 04.04.2013 / 3:45 PM

By John Manasso - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Predators moving on without Erat

NASHVILLE -- One of the immediate problems the Nashville Predators found themselves with after trading longtime right wing Martin Erat to the Washington Capitals on Wednesday was they did not receive a roster player in return.

The Predators, who entered Thursday two points out of eighth place in the Western Conference, went into their morning skate for their game against the Columbus Blue Jackets with 11 healthy forwards.

As insurance, they recalled center Chris Mueller from Milwaukee of the American Hockey League. Mueller had been sent down a day earlier. (They also recalled defenseman Ryan Ellis.)

Posted On Thursday, 04.04.2013 / 3:31 PM

By Jerry Brown - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Coyotes call up replacements after dealing forwards

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- After trading away three forwards at the NHL Trade Deadline on Wednesday, and still without wing Lauri Korpikoski, the Phoenix Coyotes will have a different look Thursday night when they face the Detroit Red Wings and try to keep their Stanley Cup Playoffs hopes alive.

Matthew Lombardi, Steve Sullivan and Raffi Torres were dealt to the Anaheim Ducks, New Jersey Devils and San Jose Sharks, respectively, so the Coyotes have recalled forwards Chris Brown and Chris Conner to join Paul Bissonnette as replacements against the Red Wings.

Posted On Thursday, 04.04.2013 / 3:15 PM

By Curtis Zupke - Correspondent / - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Regehr's arrival pushes Martinez out of Kings' lineup

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Alec Martinez will be the odd man out when the Los Angeles Kings debut defenseman Robyn Regehr on Thursday night.

Coach Darryl Sutter will insert Regehr in Martinez's spot in the third pairing when L.A. plays the Minnesota Wild. Sutter predictably doesn't want to break up his top two pairings of Jake Muzzin with Drew Doughty and Rob Scuderi with Slava Voynov.

"It's pretty easy to see where you go," Sutter said. "Muzzin-Doughty and Scuderi-Voynov have been two really good pairs for us 5-on-5."

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