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2011 NHL Entry Draft
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2011 NHL Entry Draft

Central Division hits and misses at the Draft

Monday, 06.20.2011 / 9:30 AM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

A good weekend at the draft table can lead to big things in the years to come. The Boston Bruins are just the latest example of the rewards of drafting well.

Every team has had its ups and downs since the draft began in 1963. Here's a look at the hits (and some of the misses) for the five teams in the Atlantic Division on Draft Day.
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Atlantic Division hits and misses at the Draft

Monday, 06.20.2011 / 9:30 AM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

It's a common axiom that success in the NHL begins with solid drafting. The Boston Bruins are just the latest team to illustrate the importance of success at the draft table.

Every team has had its ups and downs since the draft began in 1963. Here's a look at the hits (and some of the misses) for the five teams in the Atlantic Division on Draft Day.
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Top draft prospects invited to Canada WJC camp

Friday, 06.17.2011 / 5:02 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

The road to reclaiming its glory at the World Junior Championship began Friday when Hockey Canada announced its roster for the country's National Junior Team summer development camp, scheduled for August 3-7 in Edmonton and Fort McMurray, Alta.
 
Seven returning players from Canada's silver medal-winning 2011 WJC team highlight the 46-player roster -- forwards Brett Connolly, Sean Couturier, Quinton Howden, Ryan Johansen and Jaden Schwartz, defenseman Erik Gudbranson and goaltender Mark Visentin.
 
After dropping an overtime decision to Team USA in the gold-medal game in 2010, Team Canada suffered another heartbreaking gold-medal game loss in 2011 in Buffalo, when it couldn't hold a 3-0 third-period lead en route to a 5-3 loss to Russia.
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The best of the first round, from No. 1 to No. 30

Friday, 06.17.2011 / 4:09 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

If you're a hockey fan, undoubtedly you have felt at one time or another that you could do a better job drafting than an NHL general manager. But drafting is an inexact science -- for every late-round gem (Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk), there's a high pick who didn't turn out to be the star the team that picked him thought he would be (Patrick Stefan, Greg Joly).

Here's a look at some of the best choices in the history of the NHL Draft, as determined by where they were selected among the top 30 picks. (Up and coming includes players taken from 2007-10; don't forget that some players, including Wayne Gretzky, never were drafted.)
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Experts believe Nugent-Hopkins will go first

Friday, 06.17.2011 / 9:00 AM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

While the Boston Bruins celebrate their Stanley Cup triumph, the team's scouting staff is hard at work preparing for the 2011 Entry Draft.

While GM Peter Chiarelli and his scouts might have some idea what kind of player they're looking for with the ninth pick of the opening round June 24 in St. Paul, Minn., there's no telling what might be available. But that's why the draft experts at NHL.com are here to sort it all out for you.
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Koudys fitting in fine as game progresses

Thursday, 06.16.2011 / 2:45 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Defenseman Patrick Koudys of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute never had the look of a deer in headlights despite being the final North American skater to earn a spot at the NHL Scouting Combine earlier this month.

In fact, he looked right at home. In addition to conducting his seven scheduled interviews with NHL teams, Koudys finished in a three-way tie for fifth in the bench press during the fitness portion of the Combine, doing 12 reps with 150 pounds on the bar.

One reason Koudys probably felt so at ease was the fact his father, Jim, gave him a good idea of what to expect. Jim Koudys was drafted in the 12th round (No. 252) by the New York Islanders in 1982, and after playing three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with the Sudbury Wolves, he played three seasons in the minor leagues (1984-87).
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Edmundson's strong play just the beginning

Thursday, 06.16.2011 / 1:36 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

There's a time where a hockey player goes from hoping to make a team to knowing he can make that squad.

That's the place Moose Jaw Warriors defenseman Joel Edmundson started the 2010-11 season. By the end of it, however, he wasn't just hoping to hold onto a roster spot -- he was a key member of the team and just beginning to showcase his full skill set.

Edmundson, a 6-foot-4, 191-pound blueliner, had just 2 goals, 18 assists and 95 penalty minutes in 71 games. However, those who watched him closely are sure that's just the tip of the iceberg for Edmundson.

"He's a small-town guy that maybe didn't fully understand what is out there for him as a hockey player," Dave Hunchak, his coach in Moose Jaw this past season, told NHL.com. "In the second half he started to figure out a lot of things quick in his game. His work ethic shot up, his will to compete shot up, and he became a top-four guy on our team.
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Yuen hopes to become third Chinese-Canadian NHLer

Thursday, 06.16.2011 / 1:19 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

"You always know he's doing the right things. He's got leadership qualities. Nobody spends more time at the gym then him, nobody spends more time at the rink than him. His peers look to him as a role model." -- Jim Hiller

It didn't take long for Tri-City Americans coach Jim Hiller to see what kind of player -- and person -- he had in defenseman Zachary Yuen.

No. 69 in NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters, Yuen's impact goes far beyond the stats he's put up in two full Western Hockey League seasons.

"You always know he's doing the right things," Hiller told NHL.com. "He's got leadership qualities. Nobody spends more time at the gym than him, nobody spends more time at the rink than him. His peers look to him as a role model."
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Yuen's piano skills brought him the focus for hockey

Thursday, 06.16.2011 / 1:12 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Lacrosse has been cited by hockey players for decades as a way for them to improve their skills -- Joe Nieuwendyk and Adam Oates, among others, credit the sport for developing their outstanding faceoff skills.

Jeff Skinner, on the other hand, rode his figure skating experience to a 30-goal rookie season and an invitation to Las Vegas as a finalist for this year's Calder Trophy.

But playing the piano? How could that help a hockey player?

Tri-City Americans defenseman Zachary Yuen, No. 69 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters for the 2011 Entry Draft, played lacrosse and did figure skating, and said the skills and discipline he learned from tickling the ivories is just as important a reason he's developed into a top prospect for the 2011 Entry Draft.
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Memories of '96 Final vivid for Lowry, Murphy

Wednesday, 06.15.2011 / 3:34 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

During the 1995-96 hockey season, South Florida was over-run by rats.

Rather than scurry in fear and call an exterminator, however, the fans got louder and louder with every rat sighting.

That season was the high-water mark in Florida Panthers history, and the Year of the Rat marked the team's only journey to the Stanley Cup Final. The season featured the birth of the "rat trick," when Scott Mellanby killed a rat in the team's locker room at Miami Arena prior to the home opener and then scored 2 goals in the game.

Fans would litter the ice with plastic rats every time the Panthers scored, and they rode their rats all the way to the League's championship series.
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