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2012 NHL Draft

Reinhart excited to be on Long Island

Wednesday, 06.27.2012 / 4:51 PM / 2012 NHL Draft

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

SYOSSET, N.Y. -- Griffin Reinhart was delighted to be at his first NHL development camp, just days after the New York Islanders made him the fourth player taken in the NHL Draft.

He'd have been even happier if his equipment had made the trip as quickly.

The 18-year-old son of former NHL defenseman Paul Reinhart had to spend his first day as an Islander watching everyone else take part in drills at IceWorks because his equipment was somewhere between Long Island and his home in North Vancouver, B.C. -- although given Reinhart's whirlwind schedule during the past week, Islanders coach Jack Capuano said giving the youngster a day off from on-ice workouts on Tuesday wasn't such a bad idea.

"Talking to Griffin, he probably could use a break," Capuano said. "He's been going through a lot this weekend -- not only physically but mentally, it's a drain on a young kid."

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Burke lands 'thoroughbred' van Riemsdyk from Flyers

Saturday, 06.23.2012 / 9:18 PM / 2012 NHL Draft

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

Brian Burke likes his players big, strong and skilled. Toronto's general manager is convinced that's exactly what he got on Saturday when he dealt defenseman Luke Schenn to the Philadelphia Flyers for power forward James van Riemsdyk in a swap of two of the NHL's more talented young players.

Neither Schenn, the fifth player taken in the 2008 NHL Draft, nor van Riemsdyk, the No. 2 pick in 2007, has lived up to the hype that goes along with being a high draft pick. But Burke is confident that he's gotten a player who offers the mix of skills and size that he's been searching for.

"My focus since I got here has been to bring in players who can bring our skill level up," Burke said Saturday night during a media conference call a few hours after he and Flyers GM Paul Holmgren finally complete a trade that was months in the making. "He's not a big banger -- he's not the kind of player who's going to put guys through the glass. He's not a plow horse. This is a thoroughbred."

At 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, van Riemsdyk has the kind of size Burke covets. But he also has the soft hands and offensive skills that Burke hopes will make him a dominant power forward. Burke said he envisions van Riemsdyk on the wing, but that a final decision is up to coach Randy Carlyle.

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Pittsburgh becoming a college hockey hotbed

Saturday, 06.23.2012 / 7:51 PM / 2012 NHL Draft

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

PITTSBURGH -- Christian Hanson had the advantage of growing up in a hockey family, and he had options to further his development as a player.

Hanson, who grew up near Pittsburgh, also had an advantage that kids from previous hockey-playing generations in this area didn’t have -- he could stay home. Instead of leaving his family, or having them move to a more traditional hockey region, Hanson played youth hockey for the Pittsburgh Hornets and at a local high school before going to college at Notre Dame.

"It was great," Hanson, whose father Dave played professionally for a decade but is better known for being one of the Hanson brothers in the movie "Slap Shot." "A lot of that is attributed to Mario Lemieux and the boom he created and you’re seeing it now. It is awesome. I talked to people I play with now that had to leave their families when they were 14 to go play at Shattuck [St. Mary’s] or a place like that.

"That is the price you pay for the game you love. I would have done it if it was something I had to do, but being from Pittsburgh and how it is turning into such a hockey hotbed in America, the kids in this area are lucky to be able to stay home."

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Schenn-JVR deal spices up quiet trading day

Saturday, 06.23.2012 / 6:01 PM / 2012 NHL Draft

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PITTSBURGH -- The biggest deal on the second day of the NHL Draft came a few hours after the last name was called on the floor.

The Philadelphia Flyers became the second team in as many days to reunite brothers when they acquired defenseman Luke Schenn from Toronto for forward James van Riemsdyk. Luke will join younger brother Brayden Schenn, who will be entering his second NHL season in the fall.

The team came less than 24 hours after Jordan Staal was traded by Pittsburgh to Carolina, where he'll be playing with older brother Eric.

Luke Schenn, the fifth player taken in the 2008 NHL Draft, has played four seasons for Toronto after making the team out of training camp. He has missed just six games in his first three years, managing 75 points in 310 games. He also averaged 260 hits a season for the past two seasons while playing around 16 minutes per game.

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Draft hosts have a big weekend

Saturday, 06.23.2012 / 5:24 PM / 2012 NHL Draft

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

PITTSBURGH -- One day after the Pittsburgh Penguins traded their prized possession from Thunder Bay, Ont., they added another one. As general manager Ray Shero tries to lock up one (and maybe two) famous alums of Shattuck-St. Mary’s School, he added another player from the prestigious hockey program.

This weekend for the Penguins was a pretty good representation of the circle of life for an NHL organization.

Day 1 of the 2012 NHL Draft featured a pair of high-profile trades and the addition of three exciting young prospects on defense for the host Penguins. Day 2 was more about restocking the organization’s system with depth at several positions.

"I thought it was really productive for us," Shero said Saturday. "Getting a couple goalies, I thought positionally we did a good job. The extra draft picks this year, obviously we haven’t had them as much in the past, and our scouting staff was pretty enthusiastic."

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Leafs deal Schenn to Flyers for van Riemsdyk

Saturday, 06.23.2012 / 5:10 PM / 2012 NHL Draft

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PITTSBURGH -- For the second-straight day, NHL families were reunited through a blockbuster trade.

A little more than five hours after the final name was called at the 2012 NHL Draft at the Consol Energy Center on Saturday, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Philadelphia Flyers engineered a deal that sent Luke Schenn to the City of Brotherly Love -- where he'll join his younger brother Brayden, who just completed his rookie season with the Flyers.

Toronto received young power forward James van Riemsdyk in return.

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MacKinnon, Jones could be best of 2013 draft class

Saturday, 06.23.2012 / 5:07 PM / 2012 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

PITTSBURGH -- Now that the 2012 NHL Draft has come to an end, scouts and general managers have to begin scheduling their viewings of the next crop of top prospects.

So who are the top players available for the 2013 NHL Draft, scheduled for June 28-29 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J?

Halifax Mooseheads center Nathan MacKinnon is regarded as a sure-fire top-five pick. In his first season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, MacKinnon had 31 goals, 78 points and a plus-11 rating. His 47 assists led all first-year QMJHL players, and he finished second to 2012 first-round draft pick Mikhail Grigorenko in voting for the QMJHL Rookie of the Year award.

MacKinnon also is known for hailing from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, the same hometown as Pittsburgh Penguins star center Sidney Crosby. At 5-foot-11 and 179 pounds, MacKinnon is similar in size to Crosby in his draft year (5-10, 191). MacKinnon also played at Shattuck-St. Mary's in Minnesota, the prep school at which Crosby spent part of his developmental years.

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Tim Bozon has a chance to realize father's dream

Saturday, 06.23.2012 / 4:59 PM / 2012 NHL Draft

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

PITTSBURGH -- Philippe Bozon overcame extremely long odds to become the first French-born player to play in the NHL. His career landed him in the International Ice Hockey Federation’s Hall of Fame -- in the same class as someone very familiar in these parts named Mario Lemieux.

But one thing Bozon always wanted to do during that exceptional career that included four Olympic Games was to play for the Montreal Canadiens. He never did -- but now it looks as though his son may get that opportunity.

Tim Bozon, a right wing with the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League, was selected by the Canadiens during Saturday’s portion of the NHL Draft at No. 64, and the sight of his son wearing the famous Habs jersey was a moment of great pride for his father.

"I’m very happy," the elder Bozon said. "I played my major junior hockey in [the Montreal suburb of] St-Jean and I went to go watch the games at the Forum. It was my childhood dream, so to see Tim have a chance to be part of an organization that I would have liked to be a part of makes me very proud."

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NHL teams grab 20 high-schoolers in draft

Saturday, 06.23.2012 / 4:31 PM / 2012 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

PITTSBURGH -- The popular belief is that NHL scouts and general managers are interested in good players -- no matter where they come from.

Take, for instance, the interest that center Mark Jankowski generated despite the fact he was playing for Stanstead College, a prep school in Quebec's Eastern Townships, the past two seasons. Stanstead may not be the typical breeding ground for future NHL stars, but in the case of Jankowski, the Calgary Flames think otherwise.

In a bit of a surprise, Jankowski was the first high school player off the board at the NHL Draft on Friday when the Flames grabbed the 6-foot-2, 168-pound center in the first round (No. 21) at Consol Energy Center.

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Bergevin happy with his choices at his first NHL Draft

Saturday, 06.23.2012 / 4:17 PM / 2012 NHL Draft

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

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PITTSBURGHMarc Bergevin had just completed his first NHL Draft as general manager of the Montreal Canadiens, and the beaming smile on his face was a dead giveaway for how he felt it had gone.

Bergevin and amateur scouting director Trevor Timmins made the most of the Canadiens' six picks in the final six rounds of Saturday's portion of the NHL Draft, grabbing several prospects who were ranked higher than they were ultimately selected and greatly improving the depth of a prospect pool that was beginning to thin out considerably.

"I'm very excited," Bergevin said. "For my first draft, time will tell, but I feel really proud of the guys that we picked today."

The Canadiens selected NHL Central Scouting's third-ranked European skater, right wing Sebastian Collberg, at No. 33 and then took defenseman Dalton Thrower, the 26th-rated North American skater, at No. 51. The two became Montreal's first second-round picks since 2008.

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