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Posted On Thursday, 11.01.2012 / 10:13 AM

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

Canada East roster named for World Jr. A Challenge

CANADA EAST ROSTER

Goalies: Charlie Finn, Kingston, OJHL (2013 draft eligible); Daniel Mannella, Georgetown, OJHL

Defense: Tyler Enns, Lakeshore, OJHL (2013 draft eligible); Mike Crocock  Pembroke, CCHL (2013 draft eligible); Philippe Drouin, Pembroke, CCHL (2013 draft eligible); Patrick McCarron, St. Michael's, OJHL (2013 draft eligible); Jared Walsh  St. Michael's, OJHL (2014 draft eligible); Christian Weidauer, Carleton Place, CCHL (2013 draft eligible); Thomas Welsh  Georgetown, OJHL (2013 draft eligible)

Forwards: Blaine Byron, Kemptville, CCHL (2013 draft eligible); Matt Buckles, St. Michael's, OJHL (2013 draft eligible); Shane Conacher, Burlington, OJHL (2013 draft eligible); Ben Dalpe, Pembroke, CCHL (2013 draft eligible); Justin Danforth, Cobourg, OJHL (2013 draft eligible); Jake Evans, St. Michael's, OJHL (2014 draft eligible); Dalen Hedges, Nepean, CCHL (2013 draft eligible); Stephen Hladin, Georgetown, OJHL (2013 draft eligible); Troy Josephs, St. Michael's, OJHL (2013 draft eligible); Michael Neville, St. Michael's, OJHL (2013 draft eligible); Brent Norris  Nepean, CCHL (2013 draft eligible); Marly Quince, Cornwall, CCHL (2013 draft eligible); Mike Soucier, Wellington, OJHL (2013 draft eligible)

Hockey Canada on Thursday announced the 22 players who will represent Canada East at the 2012 World Junior A Challenge to be held Nov. 5-11 at the Mariners Centre in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

The roster was named following a four-day selection camp, Oct. 28-31, at the MasterCard Centre in Toronto. Greg Walters, who coaches the Georgetown Raiders of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, will coach the team.

Heading the roster is Matt Buckles, a center with the St. Michael's Buzzers (OJHL). The 6-foot-1.25, 205-pound forward leads the team with 12 goals and 25 points in 18 games. He was most recently given a C rating from NHL Central Scouting in its preliminary rankings of players to watch for the 2013 NHL Draft.

Three other players on the roster earned C rankings from Central Scouting, including defenseman Christian Weidauer of Carleton Place Canadiens of the Central Canada Hockey League; and forwards Blaine Byron of Kemptville 73's (CCHL) and Troy Josephs of St. Michael's (OJHL).

Two players on the roster are returning from the 2011 WJAC -- forwards Justin Danforth of the Cobourg Cougars (OJHL) and Michael Neville of St. Michael's (OJHL).

"Getting down to 22 players was no easy feat, especially considering the talent we had in Toronto this week," Walters said. "As a coaching staff, we're confident we've assembled the best roster and we look forward to getting to Nova Scotia and getting started."

Canada East, which has appeared in four of the six gold medal games at the WJAC, won silver in 2006, '07, '10 and '11. The team will compete in Group B, along with Switzerland and the United States. Canada West, the Czech Republic and Russia will comprise Group A.

Follow Mike Morreale on Twitter at: @mike_morreale

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.31.2012 / 12:03 PM

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

NHL encourages support for Hurricane Sandy victims

The American Red Cross is responding across multiple states affected by Hurricane Sandy. The NHL is encouraging fans to donate to the Red Cross disaster relief fund to help victims.

Donations help the Red Cross provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected.

To donate, people can visit the NHL microsite on Redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.30.2012 / 8:19 PM

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

Valk, Giugovaz earn CHL weekly honors

A pair of 2013 NHL Draft prospects -- Medicine Hat Tigers center Curtis Valk and Peterborough Petes goalie Michael Giugovaz -- have been named player of the week and goalie of the week, respectively, by the Canadian Hockey League.

Valk, named WHL player of the week Monday, earned the CHL Player of the Week honor after totaling seven goals and three assists in four games last week. He scored two goals Wednesday in a 4-3 shootout win against the Kelowna Rockets, and followed that with his best game of the season -- four goals and an assist in a 10-1 win at the Calgary Hitmen on Friday. He had two assists in a 5-4 defeat of the Regina Pats on Saturday, and capped his big week with a goal in a 3-2 overtime win against the Moose Jaw Warriors on Sunday.

Now with a point in seven straight games, Valk is fourth in the WHL with 25 points, and tied for second with 14 goals.

Giugovaz earned the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week award after stopping 80 of 83 shots in winning both his starts last week. Recently promoted to a B-rated player in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings of players to watch for this year's draft, Giugovaz started his week by making 35 saves -- including 18 in the third period -- in 3-1 defeat of the Saginaw Spirit on Saturday. He then made 45 saves, plus two in a shootout, in a 3-2 defeat of the Oshawa Generals on Sunday.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.30.2012 / 1:24 PM

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

Waterloo's McCoshen, McAdam earn USHL honors

A pair of Waterloo Black Hawks players considered candidates to go in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft were honored by the United States Hockey League for their play last week.

Defenseman Ian McCoshen has been named CCM Defenseman of the Week after totaling a goal, two assists and a plus-8 rating in three games last week. He scored his first goal of the season Friday in a 3-0 win against the Muskegon Lumberjacks. He was scoreless with a plus-2 rating in a 3-2 win at Team USA on Saturday, and had two assists in an 8-3 defeat of the Youngstown Phantoms on Sunday. He wasn't on the ice for any of the five goals Waterloo allowed last week, and played a key role in the team killing all 13 opposing power plays.

For the season McCoshen, who earned an A rating from NHL Central Scouting in its preliminary rankings of players to watch for the 2013 NHL Draft, leads the USHL with a plus-13 rating. In eight games, he's been a plus player in six and an even player in the other two. He also has a goal and three assists.

Eamon McAdam, a B-rated prospect, was named Reebok Goaltender of the Week after stopping 72 of 75 shots in two games last week. He stopped all 33 shots in Friday's win against Muskegon for his second shutout of the season. On Sunday he made a season-high 39 saves on 42 shots in an 8-3 win against Youngstown.

McAdam has won all five of his starts, allowing just seven goals on 177 shots. He leads the league with two shutouts and a .960 save percentage and is fourth with a 1.40 goals-against average.

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Posted On Monday, 10.29.2012 / 5:24 PM

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

Medicine Hat's Valk named WHL player of the week

Medicine Hat Tigers center Curtis Valk was named Denny's WHL Player of the Week on Monday after totaling seven goals and three assists in four games last week.

Valk, a 5-foot-9, 160-pound center, opened his week with two goals Wednesday in a 4-3 shootout win against the Kelowna Rockets. Friday was a memorable night as he scored four goals and added an assist in a 10-1 win at the Calgary Hitmen. He had a pair of assists in a 5-4 win against the Regina Pats on Saturday, and finished his week with a goal in a 3-2 overtime win against the Moose Jaw Warriors.

With his big week, the 2013 NHL Draft-eligible forward is second in goals in the WHL with 14, and fourth with 25 points.

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Posted On Monday, 10.29.2012 / 5:04 PM

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

QMJHL honors for Drouin, Mantha

A pair of 2013 NHL Draft prospects were honored Monday by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Halifax Mooseheads forward Jonathan Drouin was named Second Star of the Week, and Val-d'Or Foreurs forward Anthony Mantha was named Third Star of the Week.

Drouin, who recently returned from time off to let an upper-body injury heal, had five goals and three assists in three games last week. The 5-foot-10.75, 185-pound left wing, who earned an A rating from NHL Central Scouting in its preliminary rankings of players to watch for this year's draft, started his week with two goals and two assists Wednesday in a 6-2 defeat of the Drummondville Voltigeurs. Then on Saturday he had a hat trick in a 6-2 win against the Chicoutimi Sagueneens and capped his weekend with an assist in Sunday's 7-3 defeat of the PEI Rocket.

The win was the 13th straight for the Mooseheads, who have 30 points, the most in the QMJHL. And in just 10 games, he has 23 points.

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Posted On Monday, 10.29.2012 / 11:03 AM

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

Waterloo's Cammarata living up to top-pick billing

Last year, the Waterloo Black Hawks selected Taylor Cammarata with the first pick of the United States Hockey League draft, and he's been making the club look smart ever since.

Cammarata hasn't let his small stature -- he's listed by NHL Central Scouting at 5-foot-7 and 156 pounds -- slow him down. That includes Sunday, when he had a pair of goals, four assists and a plus-5 rating in an 8-3 win at the Youngstown Phantoms.

His big weekend -- he also had a pair of assists in a 3-2 defeat of Team USA on Saturday -- moved him to the top of the USHL scoring race with 17 points in just nine games.

Cammarata, rated as a C skater in Central Scouting's preliminary rankings of players to watch for the 2013 NHL Draft, wasn't the only draft prospect in the USHL to have a big weekend. Here are a few others:

* A few of Cammarata's teammates turned in big performances over the weekend. Goalie Eamon McAdam stopped all 33 shots he faced Friday in a 3-0 shutout of the Muskegon Lumberjacks. On Saturday, center Justin Kloos two assists in the 3-2 defeat of Team USA, and in Sunday's win Kloos had a goal and an assist and defenseman Ian McCoshen had two assists.

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Posted On Monday, 10.29.2012 / 10:31 AM

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

Medicine Hat's Shinkaruk filled the nets all weekend

Medicine Hat Tigers center Hunter Shinkaruk is used to piling up the points. Last season, the 5-foot-10, 166-pound forward was second on the team with 49 goals and 91 points.

With a number of top performers graduating from that team this season, some scouts expected Shinkaruk's numbers to drop a bit. But they knew how much talent he still had, which is why he received an A rating from NHL Central Scouting in its preliminary rankings of players to watch for the 2013 NHL Draft.

Shinkaruk had been living up to that billing, with 14 points in his first 14 games. Over the weekend, though, he lit up the scoreboards with nine points in two games.

On Friday, he had a goal and four assists in a 10-1 win at the Calgary Hitmen. Shinkaruk had the primary assist on all four goals scored by teammate and fellow 2013 draft hopeful Curtis Valk. He followed that Saturday with two goals and two assists in a 5-4 win against the Regina Pats.

Now with 23 points, Shinkaruk is tied for fifth in the Western Hockey League scoring race.

Shinkaruk wasn't the only WHL draft prospect to have a big weekend. Here are a few others:

* Kamloops Blazers forward JC Lipon continued to pile up the points. The WHL's leading scorer had three assists Friday in an 8-1 defeat of the Brandon Wheat Kings, two more assists Saturday in a 5-2 defeat of the Victoria Royals and a pair of goals in a 4-3 overtime win at the Seattle Thunderbirds that pushed the Blazers' win streak to 13. Promoted to a C-list skater by Central Scouting, Lipon leads the league with 15 goals and 39 points, and his 24 assists are second.

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Posted On Monday, 10.29.2012 / 10:04 AM

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

Draft hopefuls powering Halifax

Why have the Halifax Mooseheads dominated the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season? Much of it has to do with their 2013 NHL Draft-eligible stars earning all the accolades scouts are pouring on them.

Nathan MacKinnon, a candidate to be the first player picked in June, had another big weekend as the Mooseheads ran their win streak to 13 games. He had a goal and an assist in a 6-2 defeat of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens on Saturday, and added an assist in a 7-3 defeat of the PEI Rocket on Sunday. The 6-foot, 182-pound center, who received an A rating from NHL Central Scouting in its preliminary rankings of players to watch for this year's draft, leads the QMJHL with 18 goals and is tied for third with 29 points.

Linemate Jonathan Drouin, another A-rated performer, had a hat trick in Saturday's win, an assist and Sunday and now has 23 points in just 10 games.

It wasn't just their A-listers stepping up over the weekend. Sunday's win was led by center Matthew Boudreau, who had a pair of goals; left wing Luca Ciampini with three assists and right wing Darcy Ashley with a pair of assists.

Draft prospects from other teams in the league had solid weekends as well:

* Quebec Remparts left wing Adam Erne scored four goals and added an assist Friday in a 7-0 defeat of the Sherbrooke Phoenix. Teammate Zachary Fortin stopped all 19 Sherbrooke shots for the shutout.

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Posted On Monday, 10.29.2012 / 9:39 AM

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

Nurse big part of Greyhounds' rise

The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds missed the Ontario Hockey League playoffs last season, but with some help from defenseman Darnell Nurse, they enter this week atop the West Division.

The Greyhounds have won two in a row, including Friday's come-from-behind 6-5 shootout win at the Erie Otters.

Nurse, who earned an A rating from NHL Central Scouting in its preliminary ranking of players to watch for the 2013 NHL Draft, scored a pair of goals. His first, 4:13 into the second period, began SSM's rally from a 3-0 deficit. His second, with 6:05 left, tied the game and forced overtime.

Nurse, who had 10 points in 53 games last season, now has four goals and nine assists in 16 games, and his 13 points are tied for sixth among OHL defensemen.

Here's a look at how other top draft prospects fared this weekend:

* Ottawa 67s center Sean Monahan, another A-rated skater, had a goal and three assists in an 8-6 win at the Kingston Frontenacs on Friday.

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