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Deep Blue Jackets can afford to develop prospects

Tuesday, 07.22.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Craig Merz - NHL.com Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- The appearance of the Columbus Blue Jackets' three first-round picks from the 2013 NHL Draft at development camp has fans anxious to see them skating in Nationwide Arena this season.

Imagine how those players feel.

"I want to be a part of this team to be honest," said center Alexander Wennberg, the Blue Jackets' first selection (No. 14). "It's a team on the way up and only going to get better, so of course I'm going to try and stick around."

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Brown displays leadership at Maple Leafs camp

Tuesday, 07.22.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO -- One of the more intriguing players at Toronto Maple Leafs prospect camp was forward Connor Brown.

At 20 years old he was one of the veterans at the camp and arrived after a career year with the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League.

Brown led the OHL in scoring with 128 points and won the league MVP award. His 83 assists were first in the league and his 45 goals were tied for fourth. Though he played alongside a handful of other prolific scorers, including 2015 NHL Draft top prospect Connor McDavid and Washington Capitals 2013 first-round pick (No. 23) Andre Burakovsky, Brown, the Maple Leafs' 2012 sixth-round pick (No. 156) was prepared to be a leader among his fellow prospects.

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Oilers' Draisaitl staying in Edmonton to meet goal

Monday, 07.21.2014 / 6:41 PM / NHL Insider

Last season was a busy one for Leon Draisaitl. The 18-year-old played more than 80 games under the glare of NHL scouts analyzing his play and value heading into the 2014 NHL Draft.

His season ended when the Edmonton Oilers selected him with the No. 3 pick of the draft, and after an introductory press conference in Edmonton, he joined the team's other prospects at a development camp in Jasper, Alberta.

When it ended, he could have done what the other prospects did and return home to his native Germany to spend the rest of his summer with friends and family.

Instead, Draisaitl returned to Edmonton. Work comes before pleasure for a player aiming to play in the NHL in 2014-15.

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Bettman to be honored by Green Sports Alliance

NHL Commissioner to receive 2014 Environmental Leadership Award

Monday, 07.21.2014 / 4:10 PM / NHL Green

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The Green Sports Alliance will honor NHL commissioner Gary Bettman with the 2014 Green Sports Alliance Environmental Leadership Award for his visionary work and guidance in establishing NHL Green and promoting sustainable business practices across the League. The award presentation will take place at the 2014 Green Sports Alliance Summit on Tuesday, July 22nd in Santa Clara, CA.

The Green Sports Alliance Environmental Leadership Award is presented to a member of the sports industry who has demonstrated leadership and has provided significant contributions to environmental sustainability. The award is voted on by the Green Sports Alliance Board of Directors, which is comprised of representatives from professional sports organizations, leading environmental nonprofits and other organizations affiliated with the sports industry.

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Franson signs one-year contract with Maple Leafs

Monday, 07.21.2014 / 3:50 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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Cody Franson
Defense - TOR
GOALS: 5 | ASST: 28 | PTS: 33
SOG: 115 | +/-: -20
Defenseman Cody Franson signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday, not long before his salary arbitration hearing was to begin.

Multiple media reports said the contract will pay Franson $3.3 million this season. He can become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

"I'm preparing to come to camp in good shape and I'm going to work toward putting my best foot forward here and getting off to a good start," Franson said.

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National Hockey League releases sustainability report

League emphasizes its commitment to environmentalism

Monday, 07.21.2014 / 3:34 PM / NHL Green

NEW YORK – The National Hockey League today announced the release of the 2014 NHL Sustainability Report, the first document of its kind produced by a major sports league in North America. The report highlights the numerous programs, benchmarks, and successes that have increased the overall sustainability of the League, Member Clubs, and their arenas.

The report showcases NHL Green™, the comprehensive, high-impact environmental sustainability initiative that was established in 2010 by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman to promote green business practices across the League.

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Blues forward Sobotka awarded one-year contract

Monday, 07.21.2014 / 10:29 AM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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Vladimir Sobotka
Left Wing - STL
GOALS: 9 | ASST: 24 | PTS: 33
SOG: 102 | +/-: 14
Forward Vladimir Sobotka was awarded a one-year contract through arbitration Monday, the St. Louis Blues announced. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports he will receive $2.725 million for the season he returns to the NHL.

Sobotka will play with Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League in 2014-15.

"We are looking forward to having Vladimir in a Blues uniform when he returns to the NHL," general manager Doug Armstrong said. "We wish him the best of luck in the upcoming season."

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Rebuilding Sabres boast size, skill in young forwards

Monday, 07.21.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent

BUFFALO -- If there's a saying that might become popular in Buffalo in coming seasons, it's "Youth is king."

The players taking part in Buffalo Sabres development camp make up the foundation of the organizational rebuild that's underway. All positions feature players the Sabres expect to become NHL players, in some cases great ones.

A major key to the future comes from the forwards they've collected through the draft and trades, and the spotlight is on Sam Reinhart, taken with the No. 2 pick of the 2014 NHL Draft.

His big season with Kootenay in the Western Hockey League, when he had 36 goals and 105 points, has fans hoping he'll be in the Sabres' opening-night lineup. It's a challenge he's ready to take on.

"The biggest thing for this week was getting comfortable with it," Reinhart said. "Obviously it's another step up when the next training camp comes around, so I think the biggest thing is pace of play, and obviously that's something I've been working on for some time, so it was pretty good to get in here and experience that."

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Ekblad learns lessons from Panthers prospect camp

Monday, 07.21.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Alain Poupart - NHL.com Correspondent

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- After Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad wrapped up his first professional development camp, the first pick in the 2014 NHL Draft wasn't quite sure what was next on his agenda.

Perhaps he would attend a camp in Cape Cod conducted by Panthers skating and skills coach Paul Vincent. Or maybe he would stay in Ontario and focus on off-ice training.

Either way, Ekblad is going to be working. The development camp provided him with an idea of what it would take to earn a spot on Florida's roster in training camp and he'll spend the rest of the summer with that thought in mind.

"I loved it," Ekblad said after development camp ended. "I had a lot of fun from the very beginning, learning quite a few pretty important lessons I can take into the rest of the summer. Obviously I still have a lot of hard work to go through to make this team in September."

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Jordan Schmaltz asserting himself with Blues

Sunday, 07.20.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

HAZELWOOD, Mo. -- Leading up to the 2014 NHL Draft, brothers Jordan Schmaltz and Nick Schmaltz visualized a scenario of playing in the NHL together.

Jordan was a 2012 first-round pick (No. 25) of the St. Louis Blues; Nick was the anxious little brother awaiting his turn as the 2014 draft took place at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia in June.

The Blues were searching for forwards, so the younger Schmaltz, a center/right wing who most recently played for the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League, would have been a perfect fit alongside his brother.

There will be an NHL reunion one day, but it will likely involve Jordan and Nick competing as adversaries in one of the best rivalries in the game.

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