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Pastrnak could push to make Bruins as 18-year-old

Thursday, 09.11.2014 / 5:05 PM / Prospects

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- The majority of David Pastrnak's teammates at the Boston Bruins rookie camp were exposed to him for the first time Thursday during off-ice testing and the first official practice at Ristuccia Arena.

Pastrnak made quite an impression.

"He's just a big goofball," fellow forward Matthew Lindblad said after practice. "And we're going to have a lot of fun over the next week."

The Bruins' rookies left after practice for Antioch, Tenn., where they will compete in a rookie tournament against similarly experienced squads representing the host Nashville Predators, Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers. Pastrnak, the Bruins' first-round pick (No. 25) in the 2014 NHL Draft, will bring the most notoriety among Boston’s players, not because of his comedic approach to life but because there's been little done by the organization to tamp down the hype that he could make the NHL as an 18-year-old, without further seasoning.

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Maple Leafs more than happy with Rielly's progress

Thursday, 09.11.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Mike Brophy - NHL.com Correspondent

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly winced when Montreal Canadiens foe Max Pacioretty, using his own likeness on NHL 15, scored against him as the two demonstrated the soon-to-be-released game during an event earlier this month at MasterCard Centre.

"Ouch!" Rielly said. "I'm going to hear about that one from Randy between periods."

A little humor to ease the tension.

Randy, of course, is Toronto Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle; a demanding, no-nonsense taskmaster who smiles and jokes in public but is just a little more direct behind closed doors.

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Traverse City tournament a hotbed for future stars

Thursday, 09.11.2014 / 3:00 AM / Traverse City Prospects Tournament

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- It was four years ago that Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner provided fans a glimpse of what his future would hold when he played in the Traverse City Prospects Tournament at Centre ICE Arena in Traverse City, Mich.

Just three months after the Hurricanes made him the No. 7 pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, Skinner helped lead his team to a third-place finish at the eight-team event behind a tournament-leading seven points (two goals) in four games.

Skinner went on to earn a spot on Carolina's roster out of training camp, had 31 goals and 63 points in 82 regular-season games, was an injury replacement at the NHL All-Star Game and won the 2011 Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL rookie of the year.

"Going into the tournament, you realize it is one of the first times that management sees you at the next level where you are playing against older guys," Skinner said. "I went into it knowing that it was going to be competitive and a lot of fun. I just tried to relax and work my hardest."

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Islanders' Okposo eager to 'take that next step'

Wednesday, 09.10.2014 / 8:57 PM / NHL Insider

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Kyle Okposo
Right Wing - NYI
GOALS: 27 | ASST: 42 | PTS: 69
SOG: 195 | +/-: -9
Not many things went right for the New York Islanders last season, but they were certainly pleased with the emergence of right wing Kyle Okposo.

The 26-year-old, who battled inconsistency in prior seasons, found chemistry on the top line alongside center John Tavares and led the Islanders with 69 points (27 goals, 42 assists) in 71 games. He finished in the NHL top 20 in scoring, though he missed the final 10 games of the season with a lower-body injury.

Okposo spent the summer in his native Minnesota but returned to New York recently and skated at the Islanders practice facility on Wednesday. The power forward is aiming to build off his career season with hopes of helping the Islanders qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs after finishing 14th in the Eastern Conference.

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Captain Koivu created lasting legacy in Montreal

Wednesday, 09.10.2014 / 7:45 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

Establishing Saku Koivu's legacy in the NHL is a tricky endeavor. It is not simply defined by goals and assists, or championships.

Koivu, who announced his retirement Wednesday after 18 NHL seasons with the Montreal Canadiens and the Anaheim Ducks, leaves the game as one of its most highly respected players, yet one that never reached truly elite status in the League, nor does he have his name on the Stanley Cup.

But he created as rich a legacy as any NHL player in recent history, especially in Montreal.

In a sense, it is unfortunate that Koivu will always be most remembered for the courageous battle he fought, and won, against non-Hodgkin's lymphoma during the 2001-02 season. Koivu did so much more than beat cancer over the course of his career.


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Predators' Ribeiro hopes to find chemistry with Neal

Wednesday, 09.10.2014 / 6:59 PM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

Nashville Predators center Mike Ribeiro was pleased to see a familiar face when he reported early to participate in informal team skates on Tuesday. It turns out another new arrival, left wing James Neal, had already been in town for a few days.

Mike Ribeiro
Center - NSH
GOALS: 16 | ASST: 31 | PTS: 47
SOG: 110 | +/-: -13
Ribeiro and Neal played together for parts of three seasons with the Dallas Stars and the center hopes his former teammate can help him kickstart his career after being bought out by the Arizona Coyotes on June 27.

"We played before, we're friends since then. It will just be a matter of practicing together and talking," Ribeiro told the Predators website. "I'm sure he's learned some stuff since his first year in the League. It's just getting back that chemistry. You do that by practicing together and trying to find what he likes and what I like to do."

Neal has scored at least 20 goals in each of his six NHL seasons and could potentially help Ribeiro bounce back from a disappointing season with the Coyotes. The veteran center scored 16 goals and 47 points in 80 games before being bought out one season into a four-year, $22 million contract he signed in 2013.


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Fantasy specialists: Who helps in each category

Wednesday, 09.10.2014 / 10:00 AM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

When drafting a fantasy hockey team, it's always important to make sure you address every statistical need. The goal is to put together the best possible well-rounded roster.

There are only a handful of players capable of providing value in all or most categories (Corey Perry, David Backes, Brandon Dubinsky and Milan Lucic, to name a few), which is why you must draft players for specific needs. Here are some skaters to consider for each fantasy category, some as mid-level picks and others as options late in the draft:

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Abbott signs one-year contract with Maple Leafs

Tuesday, 09.09.2014 / 3:38 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

NHL.com

Restricted free-agent forward Spencer Abbott signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the team announced Tuesday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Abbott, 26, made his NHL debut last season in an Oct. 5 game against the Ottawa Senators.

He spent the remainder of the season with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League, where he had 17 goals and was second on the team with 69 points in 64 regular-season games. Abbott was named an AHL Second-Team All-Star and was selected to participate in the 2014 AHL All-Star Classic, but missed the game due to injury.

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MacKinnon: Drouin earned his top-prospect status

Tuesday, 09.09.2014 / 3:21 PM / NHL.com's Top 60 Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Nathan MacKinnon knows a little something about how to excel as a rookie in the NHL.

He did it in 2013-14 as a member of the Colorado Avalanche, leading all first-year players in points (63) and tying for first in goals (24) en route to winning the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie.

MacKinnon is pretty confident that Jonathan Drouin, his former linemate with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, is ready to take a similar path with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2014-15.

Drouin was voted the No. 1 NHL prospect on NHL.com's Top 60 prospect ranking, released Tuesday.

"I don't see a lot of junior-hockey highlights now but I'm on Twitter and noticed he was tearing it up," MacKinnon said of Drouin. "He had some sick games and I watched the highlights online. I still try and follow the Mooseheads whenever I can."


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Future Goals program uses hockey as teaching tool

Tuesday, 09.09.2014 / 2:37 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- As Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban made the rounds from student to student at Newark Science Park High School on Tuesday, he started thinking about how big of an impact education has had on his life and his family.

"My family has a very big educational background," Subban said. "My dad worked in the Toronto District School Board for over 30 years as a principal. My sisters are both teachers. My sister's husband is a teacher. Working with kids and the school board has been something my family has been doing for a long time."

Now Subban will get his chance to do the same through the Future Goals Digital Education Program, a joint initiative between the National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players' Association.

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