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2012 NHL Draft

Yakupov, Galchenyuk set to rejoin Sting for playoffs

Thursday, 03.22.2012 / 1:16 PM / 2012 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Alex Galchenyuk produced 31 goals and 83 points in 68 games for the Sting in 2010-11. (Photo: OHL Images)
The Sarnia Sting announced on Thursday that Nail Yakupov and Alex Galchenyuk, each sidelined with injuries last week, will be in the lineup when the team opens its first-round Ontario Hockey League playoff series against the Saginaw Spirit on Friday at the RBC Centre in Sarnia.

It marks the first time this season that the two top North American prospects eligible for the 2012 NHL Draft will be in the lineup for the same game.

Yakupov had been sidelined the final four regular-season games after suffering an upper-body injury against the Owen Sound Attack. Yakupov required stitches to his mouth after an open-ice hit by Attack captain Michael Halmo 11:20 into the second period of a 4-0 victory on March 10. The OHL suspended Halmo 10 games for his hit. Halmo will have to sit out his team's first eight playoff games, if applicable. The Attack open the playoffs on Friday against the Kitchener Rangers.

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McDavid granted exceptional player status

Wednesday, 03.21.2012 / 11:01 AM / 2012 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Connor McDavid, a 15-year-old forward with the Toronto Marlboros AAA Minor Midget team, has become the third player ever granted "exceptional player" status by the Ontario Hockey Federation, and will be eligible for the Ontario Hockey League draft this year as an underage player.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound forward had 33 goals and 39 assists in just 33 games to earn the Greater Toronto Hockey League Player of the Year Award. He also led the 2012 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament in scoring with 11 goals and 8 assists in seven games. His 19 points were the most in the event since Edmonton Oilers center Sam Gagner had 17 points in five games in 2005.

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Seamless transition to North America for Grigorenko

Monday, 03.19.2012 / 4:05 PM / 2012 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

He hasn't been in North America for all that long, but Mikhail Grigorenko has proven he's a quick learner.

Whether it's adjusting to a new style of hockey with the Quebec Remparts in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League or adapting to a new culture, Grigorenko has done a stellar job.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound center led all first-year players in the league in goals and points, and was second in regular-season assists. His 40 goals tied for fifth among all players, and he tied for eighth with 85 points despite playing just 59 games, the fewest of any player in the top 10.

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Broken leg ends season for Barrie's Pearson

Sunday, 03.18.2012 / 9:35 PM / 2012 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Barrie Colts forward and top 2012 NHL Draft prospect Tanner Pearson likely will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a broken right leg in the Colts' regular-season finale Sunday.
 
Pearson, No. 22 on NHL Central Scouting's mid-term ranking of North American skaters, suffered the injury late in the third period of the game. According to Yahoo! Canada Sports, Pearson was knocked off balance by a check, causing him to roll his ankle as he fell to the ice, breaking his right fibula in the process.
 
Pearson was expected to be a big part of the Colts' playoff push, which will start next week against the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors.
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Wallin to lead Canada at World U-18s

Sunday, 03.18.2012 / 12:15 PM / 2012 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Red Deer Rebels coach Jesse Wallin will coach Canada's entry at the 2012 IIHF World Under-18 Championship, to be held April 12-22 in Brno and Znojmo, Czech Republic.
 
P.E.I. Rocket coach Gordie Dwyer and Kingston Frontenacs coach Todd Gill were named assistants, and Hockey Canada goaltending coach Ron Tugnutt will be the team's goalie coach.
 
"We are excited today to name Jesse, Gordie, Todd and Ron to our staff for this year's under-18 world championship," said Brad Pascall, vice-president of hockey operations/national teams for Hockey Canada. "All four bring varying experiences from their coaching and playing days, and we're looking forward to watching them help develop Canada's top young players in the Czech Republic."

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Halmo gets 10 games for hit on Yakupov

Friday, 03.16.2012 / 2:17 PM / 2012 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The Ontario Hockey League has suspended Owen Sound forward Mike Halmo for 10 games for his hit to the head of Sarnia Sting forward and top 2012 NHL Draft prospect Nail Yakupov.

In the second period of a game March 10, Yakupov was skating through the Owen Sound zone when Halmo hit him in head. Halmo was handed a five-minute major penalty for charging. After playing the next day against Plymouth, the OHL announced on Wednesday that Halmo had been suspended indefinitely.

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Galchenyuk ready to resume pursuing NHL dream

Tuesday, 03.13.2012 / 2:57 PM / 2012 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

"Never was there a time (during rehabilitation) where I wanted to give up. My dream is to play in the NHL, and I want to play there as soon as possible, so you just can't stop and watch TV."
-- Alex Galchenyuk

The long road back for Sarnia Sting center Alex Galchenyuk, who underwent knee surgery in October, hasn't been easy.

Then again, maybe one of the top North American prospects eligible for 2012 NHL Draft would have it no other way.

"My goal is to not come back as a normal player, as an average player, but come back better than I was before the injury," Galchenyuk told NHL.com.

He'll find out just where he stands Wednesday when Galchenyuk makes his season debut against the Saginaw Spirit at RBC Centre in Sarnia.

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Yakupov to miss remainder of regular season

Monday, 03.12.2012 / 6:43 PM / 2012 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

It appears Sarnia Sting right wing Nail Yakupov, NHL Central Scouting's top-rated North American skater eligible for the 2012 Draft, will miss the team's remaining three games of the regular season with an upper-body injury.
 
On Saturday, Yakupov required stitches to his mouth after an open-ice hit by Owen Sound Attack captain Michael Halmo 11:20 into the second period of a 4-0 victory. Halmo was given a five-minute charging major and a game misconduct on the play.
 
According to Sportnet's Sam Cosentino, who spoke to Sting general manager/head coach Jacques Beaulieu on Monday afternoon, Yakupov will miss the team's final three contests against Saginaw on Wednesday, London on Friday and Plymouth on Saturday.
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Kloos honored as Minnesota's Mr. Hockey

Sunday, 03.11.2012 / 4:40 PM / 2012 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

The highest-scoring scholastic player in Minnesota for 2011-12, Lakeville South's Justin Kloos, was named the 2012 Mr. Hockey Award recipient during a ceremony at the RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minn Sunday.
 
According to mnhockeyhub.com, Kloos finished with the 10th-highest point total in state history with 103 points, including 41 goals and 62 assists, in 31 games for the Cougars (21-9). The 5-foot-9, 177-pound Kloos, who notched a point in all but one game for Lakeville South this season, is committed to the University of Minnesota next fall.
 
Following the announcement, Kloos called winning Mr. Hockey "a remarkable honor" to those in attendance.
 
Kloos was not ranked on NHL Central Scouting's midterm list of the top 210 North American skaters eligible for the 2012 Draft, June 21-22, at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.

As a junior, the native of Northfield, Minn., had 45 goals and 45 assists for 90 points. He finished his career with 238 points, which ranks 19th on the all-time scoring list. Described as a skilled forward, Kloos' favorite NHL player is Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene. Some scouts have compared his style and skill set to Philadelphia Flyers forward Danny Briere.
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Yakupov out Sunday with facial injuries

Sunday, 03.11.2012 / 1:00 PM / 2012 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Sarnia Sting right wing Nail Yakupov, NHL Central Scouting's top-rated North American skater, will be sidelined Sunday when his tream faces the Windsor Spitfires in order to recuperate from facial injuries received on Saturday evening.
 
Yakupov needed stitches to his mouth and, according to The Canadian Press, may have suffered a concussion after taking a hit to the head 11:20 into the second period of Saturday's 4-0 victory over the Owen Sound Attack in an Ontario Hockey League contest.
 
Attack captain Michael Halmo was given a five-minute charging major and a game misconduct on the play, which Sting head coach Jacques Beaulieu described at "dirty."
 
"I thought it was blatantly dirty," Beaulieu told The Canadian Press. "Nail took a lot of stitches to the face, it's all marked up. Halmo didn't hit anything else, but his head. We've got to take these hits out of out of the game and protect our kids."
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