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Prospector Files: MacKinnon advises 2014 draft class

Thursday, 02.06.2014 / 3:00 AM / Prospector Files

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon has taken the path many promising prospects hope to follow once all the fun begins after the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on June 27-28.

MacKinnon, who was ranked No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting's final list of the top North American skaters for the 2013 draft, was taken No. 1 by by the Avalanche. Colorado now is reaping the rewards and MacKinnon is living the dream. 

He leads all rookies in goals (20), points (42), power-play goals (eight) and shots on goal (164) and is tied for the League lead with Tyler Toffoli of the Los Angeles Kings with five game-winning goals.

Is he the top contender for the Calder Trophy as the NHL Rookie of the Year?

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Predators' Weber entering Olympics at top of game

Thursday, 02.06.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent

There are those professional athletes who seek to turn the spotlight on themselves and there are those who find the spotlight painful and seek to deflect attention to their teammates.

Shea Weber
Defense - NSH
GOALS: 15 | ASST: 23 | PTS: 38
SOG: 133 | +/-: -8
Put Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber firmly in the second category.

With the 2014 Sochi Olympics looming, Weber leads NHL defensemen in goals with 15, and as a right-handed shot could find a natural spot on Canada's first defense pair with left-handed shooting Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Owner of as powerful a slap shot as exists in the world today -- his goal against Germany in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics that went through the twine no doubt will receive its share of replays once the Sochi tournament commences -- Weber might have as good a chance as any player to score the kind of memorable goal that would earn a measure of international fame.

If that happened, would Weber, an avid follower of the NFL, indulge in a Richard Sherman moment on camera?

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Bruins teammates played role in Chara's decision

Thursday, 02.06.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Daniel Day-Lewis is among a long list of famed actors who are known for becoming so devoted to playing a role they refuse to break character even when the cameras aren't rolling.

A couple months back Chara was told he was chosen to be Slovakia's flag bearer at the opening ceremony at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Thanks to the support of his teammates and Bruins management, he will be marching during the festivities.

A couple months back Chara was told he was chosen to be Slovakia's flag bearer at the opening ceremonies at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Thanks to the support of his teammates and Bruins management, he will be marching during the festivities.

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Versatility key to Christian's Olympic experience

Thursday, 02.06.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Ask any skater representing their country in a short tournament such as the Winter Olympics and it's easy to assume the role they play with their regular team usually is forgotten on an international stage.

More often than not skaters on a top offensive line are thrust into a third-line checking role. On some occasions a player serving as a forward for much of his career is given a role on defense.

During the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" in Lake Placid, N.Y., Dave Christian was informed by coach Herb Brooks just days before the start of the tournament that he would be moving to the blue line.

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Daily Primer Feb. 6: Bruins play without their captain

Thursday, 02.06.2014 / 1:45 AM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

The NHL's Olympic break officially starts after the completion of play on Saturday. But the 2014 Sochi Olympics are already having an effect on the Boston Bruins.

The Bruins visit the St. Louis Blues on Thursday in their next-to-last game before the break. However, they'll take the ice at Scottrade Center without captain Zdeno Chara, who left early for Sochi in order to carry the flag for Slovakia in the opening ceremony on Friday.

"This was made as a group and that was the only way I would accept it," Chara said of the decision to let him leave early, "so I really appreciate it again, and it means a lot to me."

Here's a look at all of the action on a busy Thursday:

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Stamkos won't participate in Sochi Olympics

Wednesday, 02.05.2014 / 11:12 PM / 2014 Olympics

NHL.com

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos will not participate for Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics after a CT scan Wednesday showed the tibia in his right leg is not completely healed.

"After reviewing the CT scan this afternoon, Dr. Gutentag made it clear to me and to Steven that the tibia is not completely healed and therefore he should not be participating in game action at any time in the near future," general manager Steve Yzerman said in a statement released by the team. "Although the doctor was very pleased to this point with the healing process, he explained that the callus surrounding the fracture site is not 100 percent consolidated, and Steven will not be cleared to play in a game until that happens. It was a pretty clear cut decision, no gray areas at all."

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Olympics take center stage on 'NHL Revealed'

Wednesday, 02.05.2014 / 11:00 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

With the men's hockey tournament in the 2014 Sochi Olympics set to begin in one week, the episode of "NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other" that aired on NBCSN Wednesday night featured Olympians from seven teams.

The episode will air in Canada on Thursday at 10 p.m. ET on CBC.

Part of the storyline was that friends and teammates will soon become rivals in Sochi. It's one of the storylines that is at the heart of every international tournament.

"There will be no friends during that tournament," New York Rangers and U.S. defenseman Ryan McDonagh said early in the show.

For example, Canadian Olympians such as Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry will have to put their friendship with fellow Anaheim Ducks teammate and Finnish forward Teemu Selanne on hold when they get to Sochi.

They had to do the same thing four years ago in Vancouver.

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Hockey world fondly remembers Brendan Burke

Wednesday, 02.05.2014 / 6:23 PM / Hockey is for Everyone

NHL.com

The hockey world was stunned and saddened four years ago by the passing of Brendan Burke, the son of current Calgary Flames president of hockey operations and acting general manager Brian Burke. Once a student manager for the Miami University hockey team, Brendan is remembered for his heart and courage as a pioneer who in a December 2009 article by ESPN's John Buccigross revealed he was gay, discussed the acceptance of his sexuality by his family and his team and spoke out against homophobia in professional sports.

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Oilers look to other teams as model for future success

Wednesday, 02.05.2014 / 5:22 PM / NHL Insider

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Heading into their game Thursday against the New York Rangers with a 19-33-6 record that is the worst in the Western Conference, the Edmonton Oilers obviously are disappointed about what was supposed to be a bounce-back season. With some veteran acquisitions during the summer and a new coach in Dallas Eakins, the hope was Edmonton could make it back to the postseason for the first time since their run to Game 7 of the 2006 Stanley Cup Final.

That hasn't happened, but with a crop of dynamic young talent and a 4-1-0 stretch heading into the Olympic break, the Oilers still believe the best is yet to come.

"I think we need more wins, just for everybody to get a monkey off their back," said Oilers captain Andrew Ference, who signed as a free agent in the summer. “In a short time frame, when you string together three wins, you just see how much different those young guys carry themselves and how they practice.

"Stringing together a good section of the season I think will go miles for the young guys. Finish strong so you're going into the summer saying, 'The year wasn't a waste. It was a frustrating year, we lost, we hate it, but it wasn't a waste because now we're going into next year with a foundation.' Even in the short winning streaks we've had we've seen flashes of that. That's what we need."

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On the 'D'-fence: Blue line value during Olympics

Wednesday, 02.05.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Brian Metzer - NHL.com Correspondent

Fantasy hockey may not yet be as popular as fantasy football, but it is growing by leaps and bounds every year. That growth has taken it to the international level, and many fantasy leagues started Olympic hockey pools during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

With that in mind, it seemed like a perfect time to take a look at some of the key blueliners you should target if your league is taking it international during the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

There are a variety of players who could make a fantasy impact for your team, but there are only two participating that made an impact in terms of points in 2010.

Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators, who will skate for Canada, put up two goals, four assists and registered a plus-2 in seven games en route to the gold medal. It is safe to assume he will log significant minutes and probably skate on the power play in Sochi; he'd be on our team.

Marek Zidlicky of the New Jersey Devils, who will dress for the Czech team, put up five assists in five games in 2010. He is having a bounce-back offensive season in New Jersey and will also benefit from playing with Devils teammates Jaromir Jagr and Patrik Elias.

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