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2011 NHL Entry Draft

Liston has come a long way since summer camp

Friday, 02.04.2011 / 9:00 AM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Everybody has a bad day at some point -- you miss your train, the store is out of bagels, someone finished the last of the morning coffee. Or, in the case of Brandon Wheat Kings goalie Liam Liston, you let one too many pucks get behind you at a high-level training camp.

At the end of July, Liston was one of four goalies invited to Hockey Canada's tryout camp for the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August. Having come off a strong season with the St. Albert Raiders midget AAA team in the Northern Alberta Midget Hockey League, as well as a stint as the practice goalie for the Western Hockey League's Brandon Wheat Kings during their run to the Memorial Cup championship game, expectations were high for Liston.

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Landeskog could return to Kitchener lineup Friday

Wednesday, 02.02.2011 / 4:55 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Kitchener Rangers captain Gabriel Landeskog, the No. 1-rated North American skater according to NHL Central Scouting's mid-term report on Jan. 10, is cautiously optimistic he'll return to the lineup on Friday in an Ontario Hockey League matchup against the Plymouth Whalers.

"I really look forward to playing in front of the home crowd again," Landeskog told NHL.com. "Just that feeling to step out onto the ice is something that I really look forward to right now. So I'm going to have a good practice tomorrow and continue to do my rehab and hopefully I'll feel good to go on Friday."

A high ankle sprain forced Landeskog to miss all but one game for Team Sweden in the World Junior Championship and required him to relinquish his roster spot in the Top Prospects Game to Shane Prince of the Ottawa 67's. Landeskog has 25 goals, 45 points and a plus-24 rating in 32 OHL games. Despite not playing since Dec. 18, he still leads his team in goals and is third in points.

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Jurco makes a name at Top Prospects Game

Monday, 01.31.2011 / 3:00 AM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

If forward Tomas Jurco wasn't on your draft radar prior to the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Toronto, he is now.
 
The dynamic forward for the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League was certainly the talk of the Showdown Breakaway Challenge during the skills portion of the event at Air Canada Centre on Jan. 18.
 
His amazing lacrosse-style scoop with his stick from between the circles, followed by that spin-o-rama backhand whip to score a goal received the highest score among the 12 participants.
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Murphy wants to be known as all-round defenseman

Friday, 01.28.2011 / 9:00 AM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Anyone who watches Kitchener Rangers defenseman Ryan Murphy can see a supremely gifted skater and offensive talent.

"Ryan's work on the power play is outstanding," NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards told NHL.com. "He sees the ice very well and is creative, [has] excellent passing ability and a great shot that he gets through to the net. (He's) also an excellent all-round skater."

"He's got some of the most skill I've ever seen," Ottawa 67s forward Shane Prince, another top prospect for the 2011 Entry Draft, told NHL.com. "He's a great skater, great offensive defenseman. His puckhandling ability and ability to rush the puck is high end and it's tough to play against when he's out there."

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Couturier stays the course despite adversity

Friday, 01.21.2011 / 9:00 AM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Not much has changed for Drummondville Voltigeurs center Sean Couturier since learning he had earned the No. 2 rating among North American skaters on NHL Central Scouting's mid-term report earlier this month.

Then again, even if there was a change, you'd never know it.
 
Couturier, rated right behind No. 1-ranked Gabriel Landeskog of the Kitchener Rangers, is a pretty close-to-the-vest type of teenager. Like most teenagers, he has his quirks -- he likes pancakes with chocolate in the morning, considers math his academic strong suit, and has met New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur -- but stirring the pot is not on the list for this native of Bathhurst, New Brunswick.
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Top-rated Landeskog about a week away from return

Thursday, 01.20.2011 / 8:50 AM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- It appears Kitchener Rangers captain Gabriel Landeskog, NHL Central Scouting's top-rated North American draft prospect, is close to ready to make his return to the lineup.

Not only is that music to the ears of Kitchener coach/GM Steve Spott, but to Landeskog. After all, he has yet to play a single game since he earned the No. 1 spot in Central Scouting's mid-term ranking of North American skaters, a report released Jan. 10.

A high ankle sprain forced the 6-foot, 207-pound left wing to miss all but one game for Team Sweden in the 2011 World Junior Championship and sidelined him for the 2011 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Landeskog did watch Wednesday's game at Air Canada Centre alongside his coach.

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Team Orr cruises to win at Top Prospects Game

Wednesday, 01.19.2011 / 11:50 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- There's a reason the Saint John Sea Dogs happen to be one of the most revered teams in the Canadian Hockey League this season.
 
There's a distinct possibility, in fact, that as many as four players from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League franchise could be drafted in the opening round of 2011 NHL Entry Draft in St. Paul, Minn., on June 24. On Wednesday, three of those four skaters proved why when they scored goals to lead Team Orr to a 7-1 victory over Team Cherry during the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game at Air Canada Centre.
 
Zack Phillips had a goal and two assists, Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and one assist and Nathan Beaulieu connected for a goal to lead the Saint John attack for Team Orr, which broke open a 3-1 lead with four unanswered goals in the third.

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Prince makes most of chance at Top Prospects Game

Wednesday, 01.19.2011 / 11:37 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

TORONTO -- When the initial 40 invitations were sent out for the 2011 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, Shane Prince found an empty mailbox.
 
However, being No. 41 never felt so good for the Ottawa 67s forward. Prince was an injury replacement for Gabriel Landeskog, and used his opportunity to score the only goal for Team Cherry in Wednesday's game, a 7-1 victory for Team Orr.
 
"It's a good feeling to get a goal in a game like this," said Prince. "I think I kept things simple and kept to my game and it worked out in the end."
 
Not only did Prince get to play, he skated on Team Cherry's top line, alongside Sean Couturier, a contender for the top pick in the 2011 Entry Draft, and Tomas Jurco, ranked No. 24 by NHL Central Scouting in its mid-term evaluation of North American skaters.
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Nugent-Hopkins shines at Top Prospects game

Wednesday, 01.19.2011 / 11:11 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

TORONTO -- With the competition for the top spot at the 2011 Entry Draft as tight as it's been in a number of years, every little advantage could loom large in the eyes of the scouts.
 
And scouts from all 30 teams had their sights directly focused on the Air Canada Centre ice Wednesday for the 2011 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. A number of them were watching the individual battle between two of the main combatants for that No. 1 spot, Sean Couturier and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
 
Couturier, who plays for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Drummondville Voltigeurs, is No. 2 in NHL Central Scouting's mid-term ranking of North American skaters. Nugent-Hopkins, who plays for the Western Hockey League's Red Deer Rebels, is No. 3. 
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Orr edges Cherry in Top Prospects Skills Competition

Tuesday, 01.18.2011 / 11:00 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- There was plenty of intrigue and excitement emanating from Air Canada Centre on Tuesday when the NHL's stars of tomorrow showcased their stuff during the 2011 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Skills Competition.
 
Among the top-rated players on the ice were Sean Couturier of the Drummondville Voltigeurs, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Red Deer Rebels, Jonathan Huberdeau of the Saint John Sea Dogs and Sven Baertschi of the Portland Winterhawks.
 
In the end, Team Orr, coached by Toronto Maple Leafs legend Doug Gilmour, won for the second straight year, 12-11 over Team Cherry, coached by Hockey Night in Canada's Don Cherry. Team Orr needed a shootout victory in the 3-on-3 event to rally from a 5-3 deficit.
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