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Posted On Monday, 11.19.2012 / 9:02 AM

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

Halifax duo eyeing draft history

It's been almost 30 years since two players from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League were taken in the first five picks of an NHL draft, but Halifax Mooseheads teammates Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin likely will change that.

Nathan MacKinnon

Barring injury, it's likely the Halifax teammates will repeat the feat last done by Sylvain Turgeon (No. 2) and Pat LaFontaine (No. 3) in 1983. Their play certainly has earned them consideration to be picked early.

MacKinnon and Drouin played just two games over the weekend, but combined for 11 points.

In Friday's 8-3 win against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, MacKinnon had a goal and two assists, while Drouin had four assists -- the second time this season he's had as many. On Sunday, Drouin

Jonathan Drouin

scored a pair of goals in a 4-3 defeat of the Val-d'Or Foreurs, while MacKinnon had a pair of assists.

MacKinnon is tied for seventh in the league with 37 points in 22 games, and his 19 goals are tied for fifth. Drouin, who missed more than two weeks last month with an injury, has 35 points in just 16 games.

They weren't the only 2013 NHL Draft-eligible players to have big weekends. Here are a few others:

* Cape Breton Screaming Eagles left wing William Carrier had a personal-best four assists in his team's 5-2 defeat of the Saint John Sea Dogs on Friday. Teammate Kyle Farrell had a pair of goals in the win.

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Posted On Monday, 11.19.2012 / 8:45 AM

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

Brace key in Owen Sound's rise up standings

The Owen Sound Attack won just 32 games all of last season. They enter the week with 16 wins already, and their 35 points are tied with the Barrie Colts for the most in the Ontario Hockey League. A big reason for their success this season can be tied to the play of center Cameron Brace.

The 2013 NHL Draft-eligible forward played a big role in the Attack winning two of its three games over the weekend. He had an assist Friday in a 5-2 loss at the London Knights, then scored a shorthanded goal and was a team-best plus-3 in a 4-0 home win against the Kitchener Rangers on Saturday. He finished the weekend by scoring on a third-period penalty shot, which held up as the game's lone goal in a 1-0 defeat of the Windsor Spitfires on Sunday.

Cole Cassels, Oshawa Generals

The goal gave Brace a point in four straight games. He leads the Attack with 17 goals, and his 28 points are second.

Brace wasn't the only 2013 draft prospect to have a big weekend. Here is how a few others fared:

* Kingston Frontenacs right wing Marc Beckstead had a pair of goals in a 7-3 defeat of the Peterborough Petes on Friday. Teammate Bill Jenkins had a goal and two assists.

* Guelph center Zachery Mitchell had three assists in the Storm's 7-2 win Friday against the Mississauga Steelheads. Teammate Justin Auger had a goal and two assists.

* Oshawa center Cole Cassels had two goals and an assist in the Generals' 5-1 win against the Belleville Bulls on Friday. Teammate Sebastian Uvira had a pair of assists.

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Posted On Saturday, 11.17.2012 / 3:45 PM

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

5-point game has Lipon back on track for Blazers

JC Lipon is back on track.

The Kamloops Blazers forward had a five-point night Friday, ending a brief scoring slump that produced three points in six previous November games.

Lipon had two goals and three assists in a 6-4 win over the Portland Winterhawks. He leads the WHL with 48 points (19 goals, 29 assists) in 24 games.

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Posted On Friday, 11.16.2012 / 1:08 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

Khokhlachev outstanding as Russia wins Super Series

Nail Yakupov was the focus of most of the attention during the Subway Super Series, but Thursday it was his linemates who had the biggest impact.

Alexander Khokhlachev and Andrei Sigarev each had a goal and an assist as Russia clinched its second Super Series title with a 5-2 defeat of Team WHL.

Leading 4-1 after two periods, Team WHL cut the deficit to 4-2 when Adam Lowry finished a nice passing play with linemates Colin Smith and Ty Rattie early in the third. With Team WHL on a power play, Rattie carried the puck down the middle of the ice and dished to Smith, who went below the goal line and found a trailing Lowry in front for the goal at 3:42.

That was as close as Team WHL would get, however, as goalie Andrey Makarov shut the door. He stopped seven of eight shots in the third, and made 22 saves for the game.

Yaroslav Kosov finished the scoring with an empty-net goal with 1:28 left. Defenseman Mikhail Naumenkov had a goal and an assist for Russia.

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Posted On Thursday, 11.15.2012 / 11:57 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

Russia holds 4-1 lead after two periods

Team Russia showcased its speed, skill and strength in scoring a pair of goals in the second period and taking a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes.

St. Louis Blues prospect Ty Rattie put Team WHL on the board at 8:15 of the second period, when he skated the puck down the left side of the Team Russia zone, beat a defender and flipped a high backhand shot that got between goalie Andrey Makarov and the post to cut the home team's deficit to 2-1.

However, the momentum didn't last, as Team Russia needed just 28 seconds to push the lead back to two. Kirill Kapustin took the puck down the right side of the Team WHL zone, shrugged aside defenseman Derrick Pouliot, spun and fired a shot on net that goalie Laurent Brossoit stopped, but the puck bounced right to a pinching Kirill Diyakov, who scored off the rebound at 8:43.

That marked the end of Brossoit's night. After shutting out Team Russia last night in Vancouver, he stopped 10 of 13 shots Thursday in 28:43 of action. He was replaced by top 2013 NHL Draft prospect Eric Comrie.

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Posted On Thursday, 11.15.2012 / 11:04 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

Team Russia up 2-0 after one period

Team Russia accomplished something in the first period of Game 6 of the CHL Subway Super Series it couldn't through 60 minutes of regulation last night and the shootout -- put a puck past Team WHL goalie Laurent Brossoit.

Russia did it twice, with Mikhail Naumenkov and Andrei Sigarev scoring to give Team Russia a 2-0 lead after one period.

If Team Russia wins in regulation, it would win the six-game series.

Kirill Kapustin beat a pair of Team WHL skaters to a puck along the wall in the offensive zone and sent it to Naumenkov at the left point. The defenseman one-timed the puck on net where it bounced past Brossoit at 7:06.

Then with 10 seconds left, Alexander Khokhlachev skated with the puck through the offensive zone, drawing defenders to him. He dropped the puck for Sigarev, who skated into a shot from the high slot that went past Brossoit high.

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Posted On Thursday, 11.15.2012 / 9:50 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

Brossoit in goal for Team WHL in Super Series finale

Here is the lineup Team WHL will use in the finale of the CHL Subway Super Series tonight against Russia. It includes Laurent Brossoit back in net after stopping all 30 shots he faced in regulation and all three attempts in the shootout in Wednesday's 1-0 defeat of Russia.

Adam Lowry - Collin Smith - J.C. Lipon

Brady Brassart - Steven Hodges - Michael St. Croix

Graham Black - Sam Fioretti - Mitchell Holmberg

Curtis Lazar - Mark McNeill - Ty Rattie

Griffin Reinhart - Keegan Lowe

Morgan Rielly - Tyler Wotherspoon

Derrick Pouliot - Mathew Dumba

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Posted On Thursday, 11.15.2012 / 10:02 AM

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

Gauthier cleared to return to Oceanic lineup next week

Rookie forward Frederik Gauthier of the Rimouski Oceanic is expected to return to the lineup Monday following a seven-game absence with an upper body injury.

"Fred will be 100-percent cleared to play starting next Monday," team vice president Philippe Boucher told NHL.com via email. "It could happen that he plays this weekend, but I would be very surprised."

Gauthier, who reportedly suffered a broken jaw in a Nov. 3 victory against the Quebec Remparts, is an A-rated skater in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings of players to watch in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Prior to his injury, he was opening some eyes this season with 10 goals, 20 points and a plus-12 rating in 18 games for the Oceanic.

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Posted On Thursday, 11.15.2012 / 1:16 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

Shinkaruk keys Team WHL to shootout win

About a year ago, Medicine Hat forward Hunter Shinkaruk stood at center ice in the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon waiting for his shootout attempt against Saskatoon Blades goalie Andrey Makarov. He already had beaten Makarov once in regulation that Nov. 22 night, but in the shootout, Makarov won the battle as Saskatoon finished with a 4-3 victory.

Wednesday night, Shinkaruk stood at center ice at Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver waiting for another shootout chance against Makarov.

He clearly learned from his previous miss -- the 2013 NHL Draft prospect beat Makarov to lead Team WHL to a 1-0 shootout victory against Russia in Game 5 of the CHL Subway Super Series.

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.14.2012 / 11:52 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

Super Series scoreless after two periods

In the tight race to represent Canada in goal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, Laurent Brossoit certainly made a strong statement in the second period.

The Calgary Flames prospect stopped all 12 shots Russia threw at him to help Team WHL keep Game 5 of the Subway Super Series scoreless through two periods.

Team Russia outshot Team WHL 12-10 in the period. Maxim Shalunov had the best scoring chance of the second, taking a long stretch pass and breaking in alone on Brossoit, but he denied the scoring chance just over six minutes into the period.

Valeri Nichushkin had another great chance in the final 75 seconds of the period, rushing the puck into the Team WHL zone, holding off a Team WHL defender, spinning and firing a backhander in net, but Brossoit calmly directed the shot into the corner.

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