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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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Posted On Thursday, 12.06.2012 / 9:06 AM

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

Edina's Hurley commits to Notre Dame

Junior forward Connor Hurley of Edina High School in Minnesota on Wednesday announced that he would be continuing his career at the University of Notre Dame.

The 6-foot-1.25, 172-pound center, who was being courted by Minnesota, Wisconsin, Minnesota-Duluth and Michigan State, is considered one of the top draft-eligible scholastic skaters for the 2013 NHL Draft. Hurley earned a B rating on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings for players participating in scholastic high school hockey in Minnesota.

"The academics [at Notre Dame] obviously was a big thing that matters in my family," Hurley told the Minnesota Hockey Hub website. "They've got a great team now and they are getting a lot of good recruits in for the years to come."

Hurley has struck for eight goals, including three game-winners, and 15 points in six games with Edina (6-0-0) this season. He also played two games for the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the United States Hockey League this season, producing three assists and a plus-1 rating.

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.05.2012 / 2:51 PM

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

Pulock cleared to return to Brandon lineup on Friday

Defenseman Ryan Pulock of the Western Hockey League's Brandon Wheat Kings has been cleared to return to the lineup following a six-game absence due to a facial injury.

According to Brandon general manager Kelly McCrimmon, Pulock, No. 3 on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings for players in the WHL, will join his teammates for Friday's home game against the Spokane Chiefs. Pulock was injured after taking a puck to the face in a Nov. 16 game against the Kootenay Ice and has been wearing a full face shield in practice.

Despite missing some time, the 6-foot-0.5, 211-pound blueliner is fourth in scoring among WHL defensemen with 25 points, including nine goals, in 24 games. He also has a team-leading plus-14 rating.

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.05.2012 / 1:22 PM

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

Is third time the charm for Kitchener's Ryan Murphy?

Expect Canadian National Junior Team head coach Steve Spott to undergo his share of sleepless nights when he begins his evaluation of players at Hockey Canada's selection camp in Calgary next week.

Defenseman Ryan Murphy is one player who won't require much evaluation, however.

Murphy, chosen No. 12 by the Carolina Hurricanes at the 2011 NHL Draft, was one of 37 players (12 defensemen) invited to Hockey Canada's selection camp at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Dec. 11-13.

Spott has coached Murphy the past four seasons with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League. This year marks the third time Murphy finds himself in a position to represent his country at the World Junior Championship -- he was released prior to the final roster selection the previous two years.

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.04.2012 / 1:57 PM

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

Hartman looks to impress USA Hockey brass

In addition to top draft-eligible defenseman Seth Jones, one other standout prospect was invited to the U.S. National Junior Team selection camp at the New York Rangers' training facility in Greenburgh, N.Y., from Dec. 16-18.

Ryan Hartman, a 5-foot-11, 187-pound forward from West Dundee, Ill., is also on the radar of USA Hockey's coaching and managerial team -- and for good reason.

"I really liked his camp in Lake Placid [in August]," U.S. National Team coach Phil Housley said. "He's the kind of guy who plays at both ends of the rink, can skate, and can change the momentum of a game with a big hit."

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