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Posted On Tuesday, 12.04.2012 / 9:05 AM

By Seth Jones -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Seth Jones Draft blog

Jones helping team move past adversity

Seth Jones is a defenseman for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound defenseman has solid athletic bloodlines -- his father, Popeye Jones, played 11 seasons in the NBA. Jones excelled the last two seasons for the U.S. National Team Development Program and likely will play for the U.S. at the 2013 World Junior Championship. Jones has offered to maintain a monthly blog for NHL.com that will chronicle his season leading up to the 2013 NHL Draft.

It has been an exciting past couple of months for me and the team. We have been extremely successful as a team and the chemistry with each other is really coming alive. We hope to keep the flow going through the rest of the year.

The first part of November saw us run our win streak to 12 games. We have had some close one-goal games and some blowout games as well. Either way, the team gets ready for each game the same. Everybody is calm and relaxed while we play soccer. We are cracking jokes and not thinking about the game too much. You can feel the energy rise the closer you get to game time. We ended up losing to Kamloops, one of our conference rivals, at home on Nov. 16, which snapped our streak.

We let the loss sink in that night, but that did not stop us from winning games. We haven't lost since then -- we've won six straight. December will be a big month for us to end the first half of the season on a high note.

Posted On Monday, 12.03.2012 / 2:42 PM

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

Klimchuk rising above Regina's struggles

It's been a rough season so far for the Regina Pats, but top 2013 NHL Draft prospect Morgan Klimchuk has been doing his best to keep things positive.

The 5-foot-11.5, 180-pound left wing had seven points in three games over the weekend, but the Pats lost all three games. Regina is 10th in the 12-team Eastern Conference.

Klimchuk had a pair of assists Friday in a 5-3 loss at the Prince Albert Raiders. On Saturday, he had two goals and three assists, but the game ended with a 6-5 overtime loss to the visiting Spokane Chiefs. He was held off the scoresheet in Sunday's 8-2 home loss to Prince Albert.

For the season, Klimchuk is second on the team with 36 points in 30 games. He's ranked fifth by NHL Central Scouting in its preliminary top 25 ranking of Western Hockey League skaters eligible for the 2013 draft.

Posted On Monday, 12.03.2012 / 2:21 PM

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

Kaib showing NHL teams what they missed

Green Bay Gamblers defenseman Barrett Kaib was passed over in last year's NHL Draft. He's doing his best this season to prevent that from happening again.

The 19-year-old blueliner had four assists in two games over the weekend as he continues to have a strong return to the USHL.

Kaib had a pair of assists as Green Bay beat the Indiana Ice 7-4 on Friday, and he assisted on two more goals Saturday in a 6-3 defeat of Indiana.

For the season, the 5-foot-9.25, 190-pounder is tied for seventh among the United States Hockey League defenseman with 12 points in 23 games. Last season at Providence College, Kaib had just six points in 31 games.

Posted On Monday, 12.03.2012 / 1:54 PM

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

More good news for MacKinnon

On Monday, Halifax's Nathan MacKinnon earned an invitation to Canada's tryout camp for the World Junior Championship. That caps another solid weekend for the top 2013 NHL Draft prospect.

MacKinnon, ranked No. 1 by NHL Central Scouting in its preliminary ranking of the top 25 draft-eligible skaters in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, had four points in two games over the weekend.

On Friday, MacKinnon had a pair of goals and an assist as the Mooseheads beat the Chicoutimi Sagueneens 7-1. He had the primary assist on the game-winning power-play goal Sunday in a 3-2 defeat of the visiting Victoriaville Tigers. The win was Halifax's sixth in its last seven games and leaves the Mooseheads two points ahead of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada for the best record in the QMJHL.

MacKinnon finished November with 17 points in 10 games, and enters the week third in the league in scoring with 47 points in 27 games.

Posted On Monday, 12.03.2012 / 9:27 AM

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

Domi sparking Knights' win streak

The London Knights have emerged as the best team in the Ontario Hockey League, and a big reason for that is the play of their best player, top 2013 NHL Draft prospect Max Domi.

The 5-foot-9.25, 193-pound center, the team's second-leading scorer with 41 points in 30 games, has scored 21 of those points during the team's current 15-game win streak.

He added six points to that total as the Knights swept three games over the weekend. On Friday, he had a goal and two assists in a 5-3 defeat of the Barrie Colts. He scored two more goals Saturday in a 3-1 defeat of the Guelph Storm. And he closed his big weekend with a game-opening power-play goal in what ended as a 4-3 shootout win at the Mississauga Steelheads on Sunday.

Domi, No. 4 on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary ranking of the top 25 OHL skaters available for this year's draft, has 10 goals and 11 assists during the win streak. He also has a pair of game-winning goals.

Domi wasn't the only draft eligible OHL player to perform at a high level over the weekend:

* Domi's teammate, Bo Horvat, had a pair of goals in Friday's defeat of Barrie. Horvat is No. 5 on Central Scouting's top 25.

Posted On Saturday, 12.01.2012 / 9:38 PM

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

Domi scores twice, London wins 14th straight

Max Domi scored twice Saturday to help the London Knights to their 14th straight win, a 3-1 victory over the Guelph Storm in the Ontario Hockey League.

Domi is the No. 4 skater in the OHL in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings of players eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft.

Domi, son of former NHL player Tie Domi, has 40 points (16 goals, 24 assists) in 29 games this season. During the win streak, he has 20 points (nine goals) and seven multipoint games.

The 5-foot-9.25, 193-pound forward ranks 10th in the league in scoring.

London hasn’t lost since Nov. 1. The Knights are 22-5-2 and lead the Midwest Division.

Posted On Saturday, 12.01.2012 / 12:13 PM

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

Shinkaruk returns to Medicine Hat lineup

Medicine Hat Tigers prospect Hunter Shinkaruk, who will serve as an alternate captain for Team Orr in the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in January, had a successful return to the lineup Friday following a four-game absence with a lower-body injury.

Shinkaruk produced three assists in a 6-5 road loss to the Red Deer Rebels. The Tigers are home to the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Saturday and play host to the Brandon Wheat Kings on Sunday.

Shinkaruk, who suffered a skate cut that required 14 stitches in the first period of a loss to the Portland Winterhawks on Nov. 17, resumed workouts Monday.

Posted On Friday, 11.30.2012 / 10:36 PM

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

Desrosiers makes 44 saves in QMJHL win

Philippe Desrosiers made 44 saves to lead Rimouski to a 5-1 win over Cape Breton in a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League game Friday night.

Desrosiers is the No. 2 goalie in the QMJHL in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings of North American players.

He lost the shutout when he allowed a goal with 3:29 remaining in the third period.

Desrosiers (6-foot-1.5, 184 pounds) is 9-6-0 with a 3.22 goals-against average and .903 save percentage this season.

Posted On Thursday, 11.29.2012 / 12:00 PM

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

Nolan scores one for habitat preservation

Retired NHL All-Star Owen Nolan has announced the transition of his 1,157 acres in Mt. Hamilton Range (California) to organizations devoted to the environmental protection and preservation of lands. This unique partnership protects prime Alameda Creek Watershed habitat from future development through a conservation easement and paves the way for future plans to open up the property to public recreation.

"I'm proud to be part of the effort to expand Joseph D. Grant County Park and help protect clean drinking water and recreational opportunities for future generations," said Owen Nolan, property owner and former San Jose Sharks captain.

"I love the outdoors,” Nolan told the San Jose Mercury News. “It's not just hunting and fishing. It's getting outside," he said. "There's a lot of pressure that comes with being an athlete. Getting outside has always helped me get peace of mind."


“This property acquisition creates the only county park that is more than 10,000 acres in size,” said President George Shirakawa, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors. “The addition of this landscape to the county’s park system will not only increase opportunities for future trail development but also support 70 miles of wild lands from Pleasanton to the Pacheco Pass and connect it to several thousand acres of Lick Observatory lands on top of Mt. Hamilton by the University of California.”

Located within the southern Alameda Creek Watershed, the property includes approximately five miles of Sulphur and Smith Creeks that drain to Isabel Creek and the Arroyo Hondo, which flows directly into the SFPUC’s Calaveras Reservoir.

“Calaveras Reservoir is our system’s largest Bay Area reservoir and is a crucial source of drinking water to our 2.6 million customers,” said SFPUC General Manager Harlan Kelly, Jr. “By protecting the land and the animals and plants that depend upon it, we also protect the quality of a major Bay Area water supply.”

The Nature Conservancy, through an endowment funded by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), will monitor the conservation easement in perpetuity. Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department will own and manage the property as part of Joseph D. Grant County Park.

Read the entire article on The Nature Conservancy’s website, here.

Posted On Wednesday, 11.28.2012 / 2:56 PM

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

Monahan staying positive through busy month

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.

Hello everyone. The month of November was a pretty busy one for our team. It was a little bit of a change for us, as we normally play all weekend games. However, we had a lot of games during the week this month. During that time we had a tough stretch which included a seven-game losing streak. Of course, it's no fun losing, but as a leader on this team I have to stay positive and lead by example. We got a win Nov. 20 which ended the losing streak.

The only downside now is not being able to help my teammates keep their winning ways going. I was suspended for 10 games on Nov. 23 for a check to the head during a game Nov. 18. It was an unfortunate incident for me, the player from the Plymouth Whalers I hit and my team. However, I accept my punishment and will learn from it, and do my best to help the team while I'm out in any way I can.

The good part is I'll return in time to compete for a spot at the World Junior Championship. Earlier in the month I was lucky to take part in the Subway Super Series against the Russians in Guelph. It was an incredible experience playing with such talented and top players from the league. It was also a great experience to share with my teammates, Cody Ceci and Tyler Graovac, who were there with me. Myself and Graovac actually connected for a goal on the penalty kill, which was pretty special for us. Unfortunately we did not end up getting the result we wanted, but it was another great learning experience for myself and made the rivalry against Russia that much stronger.

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