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2011 NHL Entry Draft

USA Hockey invites 40 skaters to Junior Camp

Thursday, 06.09.2011 / 1:13 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

The first stage to finalizing the U.S. roster for the 2012 World Junior Championship was made by USA Hockey on Thursday with the release of the 40 skaters invited to the National Junior Evaluation Camp this August in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Among the players set to attend the camp, which will be held at Lake Placid's Olympic Center from Aug. 6-13, are seven returnees from last year's team that won the bronze medal in Buffalo. Defensemen Justin Faulk, Derek Forbort and Jonathan Merrill received invitations, as well as forwards Nick Bjugstad, Charlie Coyle, Emerson Etem and Jason Zucker. Zucker was also a member of the 2010 WJC team that won gold in Saskatoon.
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Cousins looking to take strong resume to Draft

Thursday, 06.09.2011 / 12:44 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

Just a few weeks before the 2011 Entry Draft, Nick Cousins was handed an interesting school assignment. "I'm supposed to write a biography of my life," said the 17-year-old Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds forward. "It's all about me."

The assignment probably would have been tougher to complete earlier this school year. However, the last two months or so have been something of a whirlwind for the young center.

Following a tough season that saw the Greyhounds finish with the fewest points in the Ontario Hockey League's Western Conference, Cousins enjoyed a standout run for Canada at the World Under-18 Championships. After starting the tournament on the team's third line, Cousins was shifted to the top trio, alongside Brett Ritchie and Mark Scheifele. That line found instant chemistry, culminating in Cousins scoring the winning goal against Germany in the quarterfinals before Canada bowed out in overtime against the United States in the semis.
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Perhonen could be next top Finnish goaltender

Thursday, 06.09.2011 / 12:41 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

"The first time I actually saw him play was this fall and he was not even a candidate to play for Finland's U-18 team, but his team won the Finnish junior championship and he was the man behind it with some excellent games." -- Goran Stubb

Samu Perhonen, NHL Central Scouting's top-ranked European goaltending prospect for the 2011 Entry Draft, hopes one day to be mentioned in the same breath as his childhood heroes -- Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators and Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins.

The odds of that happening are pretty good, too, since the 6-foot-4, 172-pound Perhonen possesses the same size, athleticism and flair as the aforementioned Finnish standouts did in their draft years.

"Mainly Pekka (2004 eighth-round pick)," NHL Director of European Scouting Goran Stubb told NHL.com. "He has that size and he's a very talented goalie. It'll be interesting to see where he goes in the draft."
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Plymouth's Noesen establishing himself as rising star

Thursday, 06.09.2011 / 12:17 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Deborah Francisco - NHL.com Staff Writer

Everything is bigger in Texas, including Texas-born Stefan Noesen's play with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League this season.

"The bigger the game, the better he plays," Whalers coach Mike Vellucci told NHL.com. "He plays big in the big games and there's not a lot of guys like that."

Noesen led the team in the regular season with 34 goals and tied for the team lead with 77 points. It's no wonder he was No. 35 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of the top North American skaters for the 2011 Entry Draft, a jump from No. 47 in the mid-term rankings.

"To be ranked that high is an honor," Noesen told NHL.com. "Every game I push myself to be better and better, and the more I push myself, the higher I go in the standings."
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St. Clair's work ethic is second to none

Thursday, 06.09.2011 / 12:11 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Deborah Francisco - NHL.com Staff Writer

Ask anyone who ever has coached or scouted Colten St. Clair what they think about the native of Chandler, Ariz., and they'll say "he's a great kid."

And he's a heck of a hockey player, too.

In three seasons with the Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League, St. Clair had 43 goals and 41 assists in 151 regular-season games, and his 84 points are the most in franchise history. He also had 5 goals and 5 assists in 28 playoff games.

The numbers alone, though, don't explain why the 5-foot-10, 190-pound forward is No. 77 in NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, and has earned a scholarship to play at perennial NCAA power North Dakota in the fall. 
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Camara shines as energy player in second year

Thursday, 06.09.2011 / 11:17 AM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Pete Jensen - NHL.com Staff Writer

Having grown up in downtown Toronto, Anthony Camara was captivated by the game of hockey from a very young age.

"You see the passion in the city for the (Toronto) Maple Leafs and for the sport in general and it inspires you," Camara told NHL.com. "You walk around the streets and see the celebrations. It's a great place for hockey."

Now, as a 17-year-old forward for the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League, Camara channels that same childhood passion on every shift. The 6-foot, 194-pound left wing is No. 78 in NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters for the 2011 Entry Draft.

It is no secret that Camara prides himself on physicality and energy, as he accumulated 132 penalty minutes this past season, his second with the Spirit. His hard-nosed approach to the game has helped him earn his stripes in the OHL while also improving his overall comfort level on the ice.
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Oleksiak has skill-set to match giant size

Wednesday, 06.08.2011 / 12:01 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

So what should the tallest draft-eligible defenseman look forward to at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft?

One thing's certain -- any general manager in the market for a shut-down blueliner with a natural-born instinct to intimidate should look no further than 6-foot-7, 244-pound Jamieson Oleksiak.

There's no question the site of Oleksiak, on or off the ice, conjures images of current NHL stars like 6-foot-9 Bruins captain Zdeno Chara and 6-foot-8 Tyler Myers of the Buffalo Sabres.

But is it fair to compare an 18-year-old who just finished his first year at Northeastern University to a five-time NHL All-Star in the 34-year-old Chara?
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Prospects enjoy backstage treatment at Final

Monday, 06.06.2011 / 3:11 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Emily Kaplan - NHL.com Staff Writer

"I didn't really know what to expect going in, but just being here and doing all of this is a once-in-a-lifetime thing. It hasn't really hit me yet that this could be me soon. I'm kind of getting used to that picture, but you don't want to get too ahead of myself." -- Gabriel Landeskog on his experiences leading up to the 2011 NHL Entry Draft

BOSTON -- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Dougie Hamilton walked into the interview room at Boston's TD Garden, their eyes fixated on the empty podium where Bruins coach Claude Julien was set to address the media in about 20 minutes.

The pair, both top prospects in the upcoming NHL Draft, marveled about how many rows of seats there were for reporters.

"They fill all of these chairs?" Hamilton said, as he scanned the room.

When asked if they'd like to take a picture, it didn't take more than 30 seconds for the duo to hop up onto the podium, remove Julien's nametag -- just temporarily -- and take turns snapping shots on their Blackberries.

So who is Nugent-Hopkins going to send the picture to?
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Button dishes on his top 10 heading into draft

Monday, 06.06.2011 / 10:01 AM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Now that the NHL Scouting Combine has come and gone for 102 of the top draft-eligible prospects around the world, there's no better time for NHL Network analyst and former NHL general manager Craig Button to unveil his favorites for 2011 Entry Draft in St. Paul, Minn., on June 24.
 
Button revealed his top 10 picks -- "Craig's List" -- on Sunday's edition of "NHL On the Fly." He told NHL.com that a line separates his top two choices, center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of Red Deer in the Western Hockey League and versatile forward Jonathan Huberdeau of the Saint John Sea Dogs in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and the remaining eight players.
 
When NHL Central Scouting released its final list of North American and European skaters in April, Nugent-Hopkins topped the charts at No. 1, followed by left wing Gabriel Landeskog of the Kitchener Rangers in the Ontario Hockey League, Huberdeau, defenseman Dougie Hamilton of the OHL's Niagara IceDogs and defenseman Nathan Beaulieu of Saint John. Among the Europeans, Skelleftea's Adam Larsson was listed No. 1, followed by Djurgarden's Mika Zibanejad and Farjestad's Jonas Brodin.
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'Canes look for this year's Jeff Skinner

Saturday, 06.04.2011 / 7:15 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- Inquiring minds would like to know if Carolina Hurricanes Director of Amateur Scouting Tony MacDonald has another Jeff Skinner up his sleeve.
 
If he does, he wasn't sharing with NHL.com in an exclusive interview from the NHL Scouting Combine last week. Then again, who would blame him.
 
Chosen with the seventh pick last June, Skinner went on to lead all rookies in points (63), rank second in assists (32) and third in goals (31) in 2010-11. Despite being the League's youngest player, his performance over the first half of the season earned him a berth in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game before a hometown crowd in Raleigh
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