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2011 NHL Entry Draft

Catenacci wins fastest skater competition

Tuesday, 01.18.2011 / 10:28 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

TORONTO -- One NHL scout described Daniel Catenacci as, "One of those guys that's, 'Give me the puck, I want it, I want to be the guy who makes the play.'"
 
He didn't need the puck Tuesday night when he made one especially big play, getting around the Air Canada Centre rink in 14.017 seconds to win the fastest skater competition at the 2011 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Skills Competition.
 
Being first is nothing new to Catenacci. The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds center was the first pick of the 2008 Ontario Hockey League Priority Draft, stamping him with a label of future star. It's a label he's done a solid job living up to, as his 30 assists and 50 points lead his team, and his 20 goals are second. He's No. 43 in NHL Central Scouting's mid-term ranking of the top North American skaters available for the 2011 Entry Draft.
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McNeill rapidly becoming a scouting favorite

Monday, 01.17.2011 / 9:00 AM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Alan Bass - NHL.com Correspondent

Ask someone to name the best power forwards in the NHL right now, and names on the list likely would include Rick Nash, Ryan Getzlaf and Mike Richards.

Prince Albert Raiders center Mark McNeill might be added to that list in the coming years. Ranked 22nd by NHL Central Scouting in its mid-term rating of North American skaters, McNeill has been wowing scouts across North America with his impressive ability to make plays and power his way to the net. The 6-foot-1, 204-pound center leads his team with 30 assists and is second with 50 points in 45 games.

"He's one of those kids that has the ability to do so many different things," Raiders coach/GM Bruno Campese told NHL.com. "He's got so much upside to him. ... He's a powerful skater and has great hockey sense. He's got very good basic skills and he's got the ability to be a real tough person to play against. He's got the mental capabilities to understand the game as well."

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Best of the best to meet at Top Prospects Game

Monday, 01.17.2011 / 9:00 AM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

"This has become a very important event on the hockey calendar for those young players in their (NHL) Draft-eligible years." -- Canadian Hockey League President David Branch

The 2011 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game might be the first time some of these players will skate in an NHL arena, but it certainly won't be the last.

Forty of the best prospects for the 2011 Entry Draft playing in the Canadian Hockey League will take to the ice at Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Jan. 18-19 for this year's Top Prospects Game.

Eight of the top 10 players in NHL Central Scouting's mid-term ranking of North American skaters will take part in the game, including Drummondville Voltigeurs center Sean Couturier and Red Deer Rebels center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the Nos. 2 and 3 players on the list.
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Couturier, Nugent-Hopkins: Prospects Game captains

Friday, 01.14.2011 / 5:21 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Sean Couturier and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the highest-ranked players skating in the 2011 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, will serve as captains for their respective teams.

Couturier, the Drummondville Voltigeurs center rated as the No. 2 North American skater in NHL Central Scouting's mid-term rankings, will captain Team Cherry.

Couturier won a silver medal with Canada at the World Junior Championship earlier this month, and currently is 10th in the QMJHL in scoring with 56 points in 34 games.

Portland Winterhawks right wing Ty Rattie and Kitchener Rangers defenseman Ryan Murphy will serve as alternate captains. Murphy is No. 10 on Central Scouting's list -- and No. 3 among defensemen -- while Rattie is No. 11.
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Bell working on becoming solid two-way player

Friday, 01.14.2011 / 9:00 AM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Alan Bass - NHL.com Correspondent

"He can either slow down the style of the game or speed it up when he wants to. He's definitely got all the tools. He has a good shot. He's used in all situations, both on the power play and penalty kill. He can lay out the big hits. He's got all the aspects that you want in a defenseman." -- NHL Central Scouting's Peter Sullivan

When Myles Bell was just entering grade school, he peered out the window of his home one day and saw his neighbors playing street hockey in the driveway. Curious about the game, Bell did what any young kid would do.

"I joined them," he said, "and never looked back."

Bell began playing organized hockey in his hometown of Calgary around age 6 and over a decade later, he is poised to be a first-round pick in the 2011 Entry Draft. Ranked No. 37 among North American skaters in NHL Central Scouting's mid-term rankings, the 17-year-old defenseman from the Western Hockey League's Regina Pats has 11 goals and 26 points in 41 games.
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Landeskog out of Top Prospects Game

Wednesday, 01.12.2011 / 4:51 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

NHL.com

Gabriel Landeskog, who is nursing an ankle injury suffered last month, will not be able to play at next week's CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

The Kitchener Rangers center was the top-rated North American skater in NHL Central Scouting's mid-term rankings released Monday.

Replacing Landeskog will be Ottawa 67s forward Shane Prince. A 5-foot-10, 181-pound center, Prince leads the OHL with 53 assists and is second in the league with 74 points in just 41 games. He's No. 35 in Central Scouting's mid-term rankings.

The 2011 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game will be held Jan. 18-19 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. It features 40 of the best Canadian Hockey League players eligible for the 2011 Entry Draft. A skills competition will be held Jan. 18, with the game the next night. "Hockey Night in Canada" icon Don Cherry and Hockey Hall of Famer Brian Kilrea will coach one team, while former Toronto Maple Leafs Doug Gilmour and Wendel Clark will coach the other.
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Mock drafts suggest wide-open field for No. 1

Monday, 01.10.2011 / 4:14 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The 2011 Entry Draft is more than five months away, and the race for the top spots is as wide-open as ever. Who will go No. 1? It's anyone's guess.

And since anyone can guess, the draft experts at NHL.com are going to take our shot at guessing how the first round could turn out.

The questions seemingly start right at the top, where NHL Central Scouting Director E.J. McGuire said, "as many as eight players could be taken first."
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Landeskog leads mid-term 2011 Draft rankings

Monday, 01.10.2011 / 1:00 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

It's become increasingly apparent that the competition for the 2011 Entry Draft will not just be a two-horse race to the finish line.

Unlike last year, when forwards Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin dominated the headlines leading up to the opening round in Los Angeles, there seems to be a significantly larger pool to choose from for the top spot when the teams convene at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., on June 24-25.

At least, that's what NHL Central Scouting Director E.J. McGuire believes is reflected with the release of Monday's mid-term rankings.

"I would say at this point, with the number of viewings our scouts have had, as many as eight players could be taken first," McGuire told NHL.com. "The depth goes right through this draft. A cynic or somebody who's characterizing this as a non-Sidney Crosby draft year only needs to know that whoever emerges in April at No. 5 on our list  (Central Scouting's final rankings), and in St. Paul as the No. 5 pick, could eventually be a better NHL player than No. 1. That said, this isn't a Crosby draft year."
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Gibson tops CSS mid-term goaltender ranking

Monday, 01.10.2011 / 1:00 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Goalie John Gibson is beginning to earn a reputation similar to his predecessor at the United States National Team Developmental Program, Jack Campbell.

Gibson is calm and composed even in the most pressure-packed moments of a game, just as Campbell was and still is for the U.S. on an international level. Campbell then went on to be the first U.S.-born player drafted last June -- taken at No. 11 by the Dallas Stars.

Now, just as Campbell was at this time one season ago, Gibson is the No. 1-rated player at his position on the NHL Central Scouting's mid-term ranking of the best North American goalies, released Monday.

"John has great net coverage and size (6-foot-3, 200 pounds), and is very strong," NHL Central Scouting goalie guru Al Jensen told NHL.com. "He's sound technically, moves very well laterally and is controlled. He's calm, not busy."
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Scouts say Larsson is ahead of Hedman

Monday, 01.10.2011 / 1:00 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

While a significant amount of attention has been focused on the top North American skaters available for the 2011 Entry Draft with Monday's release of NHL Central Scouting's mid-term rankings, don't count out the possibility of hearing the name Adam Larsson when that first choice is made in June.

Larsson, a Swedish defenseman whose exceptional puck-handling, poise and booming shot will have scouts and general managers considering their options, is the top-rated European prospect on the board.

One European NHL scout from a Western Conference team told NHL.com that Larsson might be ahead of where Victor Hedman was at the midway point of his draft year two years ago. Hedman was chosen by the Tampa Bay Lightning with the No. 2 pick in 2009.
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