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Connor, ready for Michigan, awaiting Draft moment

Thursday, 01.08.2015 / 10:03 AM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

As a Michigan native, Kyle Connor long has dreamed of playing hockey at the University of Michigan.

But before that happens he'll get to live another dream, hearing his name called at the 2015 NHL Draft.

Connor, a 6-foot-1, 182-pound left wing/center with the Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League, earned an A rating on NHL Central Scouting's player to watch list.

"He's a solid two-way player and plays hard in both zones," Central Scouting's Greg Rajanen said. "Nice stride and quickness and good in tight with the puck. Saw him against the [United States National Team Development Program] U-18 team and elevated his game against them and wants the puck. And when he gets it he makes things happen."

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Unmasked: Can playing guitar make goalies better?

Thursday, 01.08.2015 / 3:00 AM / Unmasked

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

Whether it's New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist ripping through "Sweet Child O' Mine" on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," or Arizona Coyotes goaltending coach Sean Burke jamming on stage with Garth Brooks, the links between goaltenders and guitars appears strong.

The list of guitar-playing NHL goalies includes Ryan Miller, Cory Schneider, Mike Smith and alumni Jose Theodore and Robert Esche -- and those are just the ones we know about.

For most, music makes a nice break from the game.

"It's more of an escape mentally to relax and think about something else," Lundqvist told NHL.com. "Music to me is a release; you are just relaxing and enjoy it and don't think about the game, and that kind of helps me save energy and come back to the rink."

Whether these wanna-be shredders know it or not, there are links between their ability to catch pucks and pluck guitar strings. Being able to do one can enhance the ability to do the other. Specifically, playing guitar can give a goaltender a better glove hand, according to some experts.

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