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Posted On Thursday, 01.17.2013 / 9:05 AM

By Sean Monahan -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Sean Monahan Draft blog

Monahan talks win, fights at Top Prospects

Sean Monahan is a center for the Ottawa 67's of the Ontario Hockey League. The 6-foot-2, 186-pound forward was a second-team OHL all-star last season after scoring 33 goals in 62 games, and he added 15 points in 18 playoff games. A highly regarded prospect, Monahan has offered to maintain a monthly blog for NHL.com that will chronicle his season leading up to the 2013 NHL Draft.

So, the Top Prospects Game is over and I can say it was a fun game with a lot of great players. It was really exciting to see the draft class playing together and playing against each other.

Defensively, I think we wanted to win and that's what we showed in a 3-0 victory over Team Cherry.

We worked together well and got the job done. Personally, the pace was up there. I was pretty nervous at the start as I'm sure everyone was, but as the game went on I felt my line [with Curtis Lazar and Kerby Rychel] started to click more. We got quite a few chances there but, unfortunately, couldn't find the back of the net.

Both my linemates got into fights and that was pretty cool -- Lazar and Rychel. They were both good fights and they got the boys going with that.

I think I learned how good every player happens to be in this game. There are a lot of good players out there that I've never seen or never heard of before but you just have to keep working hard because the challenge gets tougher this time of the year when you're entering the draft.

The second half of the season [at Ottawa] is going to be clutch. I have to have a good second half and work with my teammates. Hopefully, we'll get some wins down the road.

I appreciate you all stopping by to read my blog, and check back next month.

Follow Sean Monahan on Twitter at: @Monahan20

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.16.2013 / 10:54 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-13 Training Camp blog

Moulson scores twice in Islanders' scrimmage

Michael Grabner scored in the seventh round of the shootout to lead the Blue Team to a 6-5 victory against the White Team in the New York Islanders' intrasquad scrimmage Wednesday night at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Matt Moulson scored twice in regulation and once in the shootout for the Blue Team in the Islanders' lone tune-up before Saturday night's season opener against the New Jersey Devils.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.16.2013 / 9:58 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-13 Training Camp blog

Kadri gets hat trick in Maple Leafs' scrimmage

Nazem Kadri did his best to make an impression on Toronto Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle on Wednesday.

Kadri -- Toronto's first-round pick (No. 7) from 2009 -- scored three times in the opening period in a Blue & White Scrimmage to help his chances of being on the NHL squad when the Maple Leafs open their season Saturday at Montreal.

"He had a good first period," Carlyle said. "(He) scored three goals in the first period. They were power-play goals, but goal-scorers' goals. He found a way to get the puck to the net.

"We have to make a decision whether he can continue to make a contributions at the NHL level."

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.16.2013 / 9:35 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-13 Training Camp blog

Iginla takes part in Flames practice

Jarome Iginla skated at Calgary Flames training camp on Wednesday after missing the first three days with a groin injury.

"Thankfully I felt really good out there today," Iginla said following practice, according to The Canadian Press. "I didn't feel it and it felt way better than last week. Last week, it didn't feel very good at all."

Iginla, 35, said he believes he will play in the season opener Sunday against the San Jose Sharks.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.16.2013 / 8:51 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Top Prospects Blog

Team Orr leads 3-0 after two periods

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia -- Team Orr has received goals from three different players to open a 3-0 lead on Team Cherry after two periods in the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game at Metro Centre

Both coaches relieved their starting goalies with 8:39 remaining in the second. Halifax fan favorite Zachary Fucale, despite allowing three goals on 20 shots, did play admirably. Spencer Martin of the Mississauga Steelheads (OHL) was splendid at the other end for Team Orr, turning aside all 16 shots he faced. Martin was rated No. 6 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm list of North American goalies on Tuesday; Fucale was the top-rated keeper.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.16.2013 / 8:01 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Top Prospects Blog

Team Orr leads 1-0 after first period

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia -- Quebec Remparts forward Adam Erne scored the only goal of the first period and goalie Spencer Martin of the Mississauga Steelheads turned aside 11 saves to give Team Orr a 1-0 lead on Team Cherry after 20 minutes in the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game at Metro Centre.

Team Cherry's Zachary Fucale of the hometown Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) made 11 saves in the opening period.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.16.2013 / 6:44 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Top Prospects Blog

Line combinations set for Top Prospects Game

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia -- The line combinations for the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game have been set here at the Metro Centre.

As expected, the local favorites from the Halifax Mooseheads, forwards Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin and goalie Zachary Fucale, will start the game.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.16.2013 / 5:11 PM

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

Baie-Comeau's Zykov honored by CHL

Baie-Comeau Drakkar left wing Valentin Zykov has been named Canadian Hockey League Player of the Week, after totaling three goals and seven assists in three games last week.

The 6-foot, 210-pound forward started his week by scoring the opening goal and assisting on the game-tying goal in 4-3 come-from-behind win against the Sherbrooke Phoenix on Wednesday. Two nights later, he scored the game-tying power-play goal with 1:48 left in regulation and also had an assist in a 4-3 loss to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies on Friday. And then Saturday he had a goal and five assists for a career-best six points in a 7-0 defeat of Rouyn-Noranda.

Zykov, who will skate for Team Cherry at Wednesday's CHL/NHL Home Hardware Top Prospects Game, extended his streak of games with at least two points to six. Listed at No. 8 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of North American skaters for the 2013 NHL Draft, Zykov leads all first-year Quebec Major Junior Hockey League players with 28 goals and 53 points, in 43 games.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.16.2013 / 3:44 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-13 Training Camp blog

Junior players heading back to OHL

The Dallas Stars on Wednesday returned a pair of prospects, forwards Radek Faksa and Brett Ritchie, to their junior teams.

Faksa, the team's first pick of the 2012 NHL Draft (No. 13), has 25 points in 30 games with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League this season. He had two assists in six games for the Czech Republic at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Last season, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound center led all first-year OHL players in goals (29), assists (37) and points (66).

Ritchie, a 2011 second-round pick (No. 44), was returned to the Niagara IceDogs of the OHL. The 6-3, 209-pound right wing is fourth in the OHL with 28 goals, and second on his team with 51 points.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.16.2013 / 2:53 PM

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

Weekes' Prediction: Atlantic winner is?

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