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In the Pipeline: Vesey finding his game at Harvard

Monday, 01.13.2014 / 1:10 PM / In the Pipeline

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

In a college hockey landscape featuring a few traditional powerhouses, Harvard University has flown under the radar the past couple of years. That's just one of the reasons it might be the perfect place for forward Jimmy Vesey.

A sophomore from North Reading, Mass., Vesey never overwhelmed scouts. In fact, he wasn't selected at the 2011 NHL Draft. But rather than be embittered after being passed over by every NHL team, Vesey became even more motivated to prove the scouts wrong.

"My next year, when I played juniors for the South Shore Kings [of the Eastern Junior Hockey League], that's when I tried to prove them all wrong," Vesey said. "Right now, I don't think about it anymore. I'm just focused on my own development."

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Fantasy All-Access: Breaking down Ducks' win streak

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

Just like the Chicago Blackhawks' historic 24-game points streak to start the 2012-13 season, we are witnessing another incredible run this year by the Anaheim Ducks, who have won 17 of their past 18 games.

Let's look at the Ducks' recent run of victories from a fantasy perspective. Jonas Hiller has been carrying fantasy teams with a franchise record 14 consecutive wins. Eleven different Ducks have scored a game-winning goal in their past 18 games, with Kyle Palmieri leading the way with three. Captain Ryan Getzlaf, although day-to-day with lower-body, leads the team with 21 points in this stretch followed by Corey Perry with 18 points in the past 18 games. The Ducks have outshot their opponents in 14 of the 18 games, but have given up the first goal in 11 of those games.

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Boston College's Demko No. 1-rated goalie at midterm

Monday, 01.13.2014 / 10:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Thatcher Demko of Boston College in Hockey East was the only goalie to receive an A rating on NHL Central Scouting's December players to watch list for the 2014 NHL Draft.

So the fact that the freshman from San Diego, Calif., is No. 1 on Central Scouting's midterm rankings for North American goalies is no surprise.

The 6-foot-3.75, 192-pounder could become the first American-born goalie drafted in the first round since the Dallas Stars selected Jack Campbell with the 11th pick of the 2010 draft.

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Kingston's Bennett rises to top of midterm rankings

Monday, 01.13.2014 / 10:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

CSS 2014 MIDTERM RANKINGS

NHL Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr acknowledged that while the 2014 NHL Draft will certainly have its share of high-caliber players, there remains no clear front-runner as the top pick at this point in the season.

Still, after tireless deliberation and constructive debate at Central Scouting's midterm meetings that concluded Jan. 7, one player had to be deemed the No. 1 skater.

That early honor belongs to center Samuel Bennett of the Kingston Frontenacs.

The 6-foot-0.25, 178-pound left-handed shot ranks fourth in the Ontario Hockey League with 66 points (26 goals, 40 assists) in 40 games. At this juncture Central Scouting believes he is the top North American player available for the 2014 draft, which will be held June 27-28 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

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Familiar surnames top list of draft-eligible Euro talent

Monday, 01.13.2014 / 10:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

The European contingent eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft looks to be a very enticing group.

Leading the way is Kasperi Kapanen (6-foot, 180 pounds) of KalPa in SM-liiga, Finland's top professional league. He has four goals and eight points in 28 games, and also earned the top ranking from NHL Central Scouting in its midterm ranking of the top European prospects for the 2014 draft.

"He's a good-skating wing and can also play center," NHL Director of European Scouting Goran Stubb told NHL.com. "He has a smooth and surprisingly fast style that has surprised many unsuspecting defensemen. His tricky puck skills and quick release have paid off in many games and he has good hand-eye coordination. He's not overly physical but does not shy away from rough situations."

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