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Deadline approaching for 2010 Draft picks

Monday, 10.25.2010 / 9:00 AM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Before the season started, Carolina Hurricanes General Manager Jim Rutherford had this to say to NHL.com about rookie forward Jeff Skinner, the No. 7 pick of the 2010 Entry Draft: "Certainly based on his skill level and his hockey sense, I would be surprised if he's not here all year."

It's almost time for Rutherford, as well as five other GMs, to make more concrete decisions on their 2010 Entry Draft picks currently playing in the NHL.

This season, the special six who remain with their teams are the Oilers' Taylor Hall (No. 1 pick), the Bruins' Tyler Seguin (No. 2), the Islanders' Nino Niederreiter (No. 5), Skinner (No. 7), the Thrashers' Alexander Burmistrov (No. 8) and the Ducks' Cam Fowler (No. 12).

NHL Hour celebrates USA Hockey

Thursday, 10.21.2010 / 8:42 PM / NHL Insider


On a night when the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame held its annual induction ceremony and dinner in Buffalo, a pair of guests instrumental to American hockey, past, present and future made for a memorable NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman.

USA Hockey's executive director Dave Ogrean and goaltender Jim Craig from the 1980 "Miracle On Ice" team joined Bettman for the broadcast live from HSBC Arena, where the celebration was taking place.

After explaining how USA Hockey manages everything from youth hockey all the way up to selecting the general manager and personnel for the Olympic team, Ogrean addressed the development of young players and specifically how the U.S. National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich., came about.

Sharks concerned, not worried

Thursday, 10.21.2010 / 7:17 PM / NHL Insider

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

DENVER – With a mere four games in the books, it's much too early for the San Jose Sharks to start panicking.

But a 1-2-1 record is cause for some concern.

"We want to win some games," new captain Joe Thornton said Thursday morning at the Pepsi Center, where the Sharks meet the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night in a rematch of last spring's first-round playoff series. "You always want to start fast. It's early, but we're still competitive. We still want to win every game."

The Sharks split a two-game series against Columbus in Stockholm to open the season as part of the Compuware NHL Premiere Series before losing back-to-back home games to Atlanta and Carolina.

Kings, Coyotes both missing key players

Thursday, 10.21.2010 / 6:10 PM / NHL Insider

Jerry Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Thursday night's matchup between the Los Angeles Kings and Phoenix Coyotes might be as much about who's not in the lineup as who is.

The Kings improved to 4-1-0 with a 4-3 home victory against Carolina on Wednesday -- but lost star defenseman Drew Doughty to an upper body injury that could leave him out for an extended period. The 20-year-old defenseman, who was hit by Carolina's Eric Cole in the first period and did not return for the second period, did not accompany the team to Phoenix – the first stop on a five-game road trip for the Kings. GM Dean Lombardi said Thursday that his 20-year-old star will miss at least a week.

Defenseman Matt Greene is also out for Los Angeles, but could return soon. He received medical clearance to resume full-contact practices after surgery and could be ready sometime on the trip.

Vanek, Sabres finally get scoring monkey off back

Thursday, 10.21.2010 / 3:06 PM / NHL Insider

John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent

ATLANTA – With goals at a premium for the Buffalo Sabres in the early going of the 2010-11 season, the beautiful slapper that Thomas Vanek put in the Atlanta net Wednesday night proved to be a sight for sore eyes.

Only one team in the League had scored fewer goals per game than the Sabres entering Wednesday's games and concerns about Buffalo's ability to generate offense were starting to rear their ugly heads.

But, after a 4-1 victory against the Thrashers Wednesday night, Buffalo fans were resting easier -- especially because Vanek found his way into the goals column.

Vanek, the Sabres' leading goals-scorer for the last four seasons, finally broke his scoring slump in Buffalo's seventh game with a beautiful slap shot from the right circle; a pure goal-scorer's goal.

Wings not pleased despite good start to season

Thursday, 10.21.2010 / 2:55 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

"When you've been around the game for awhile, you understand what wave after wave is, and going after people and what winning every night is."
-- Detroit coach Mike Babcock

DETROIT – Looking at the standings, it seems like the Detroit Red Wings are off to the kind of start they were looking for at 3-1-1 in the first five games.
Looking at their faces and listening to their words following Thursday's morning skate prior to tonight's home game against Calgary was a different story. The Wings will take their seven points, but they are far from happy about the way they've gotten it done.
This is a team loaded with talent, experienced veterans and a starting goalie in Jimmy Howard who's got a dazzling 1.59 goals-against average and .941 save percentage in three games. They're supposed to put the pressure on opposing defenses and know they're probably going to win every time they come to play a game.

Flyers not getting contributions from defensemen

Thursday, 10.21.2010 / 2:33 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

"I don't think it's just on the back end, I think it's our whole team in general. It certainly hasn't been talked about that much. We'd like to chip in more offensively when we can, but I think the positive out of that is we haven't been giving up too much defensively either."
-- Matt Carle

PHILADELPHIA - On the way to earning their third straight playoff appearance by the skin of their teeth last season, the Philadelphia Flyers were a pretty dynamic offensive group.
The club would finish eighth in the League with a 2.83 goals per game average while averaging 31.6 shots. This season, it seems they've struggled out of the gate to regain that offensive edge, particularly from the defensive end.
Through five games in 2009-10, Flyers' defensemen totaled 3 goals, 18 assists and 21 points, nine on the power play, on the way to a 3-1-1 start. In the team's sub-par 2-2-1 start to the 2010-11 campaign, the back end has accounted for just two assists and a minus-2 rating.


Oilers demote Hall, but just to third line

Thursday, 10.21.2010 / 2:23 PM / NHL Insider

Robin Brownlee - NHL.com Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Edmonton Oilers rookie Taylor Hall will play on the third line against the Minnesota Wild at Rexall Place on Thursday night, although coach Tom Renney isn't framing it as a demotion.

Hall, who has one assist through his first four games playing with veteran center Shawn Horcoff, will play left wing with center Andrew Cogliano and Gilbert Brule.

"There's a burden there, an expectation when you play with Horcoff," Renney said. "He's a more veteran player and you have to measure up to that standard, if you will. Maybe this will give Taylor an opportunity to be part of the personality of a line."


Brodeur leads struggling Devils into Montreal

Thursday, 10.21.2010 / 1:22 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL – The New Jersey Devils, and Martin Brodeur in particular, have a history of waltzing into Montreal and laying a spanking on the Canadiens.

But these aren't your average Devils.

Coming off a 1-4-1 start to the season marked by injuries and inconsistent play, the Devils limp into Montreal for Thursday night's tilt at the Bell Centre desperate for a turnaround.

And there's no better place for it to happen than here, especially when it comes to the native son Brodeur.

"Since I've been here he always seems to save his best games for here, for whatever reason," Devils winger Zach Parise said Thursday after an optional morning skate. "I don't want to put any pressure on the guy, but you kind of expect it."

'Bag skates' making early rounds across NHL

Thursday, 10.21.2010 / 10:50 AM / NHL Insider

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

Add Ottawa's Cory Clouston to this year's list of NHL coaches who decided the best way to get his team's attention was the dreaded "bag skate."

With the Senators off to a disappointing 1-4-1 start, Clouston put his troops through a tough practice Wednesday that ended with a bag skate -- a series of repetitive skating drills and sprints in which there's nary a puck to be found.

If you've ever watched "Miracle," you might know bag skates as "Herbies" -- think of Team USA coach Herb Brooks yelling "again" as his players did skating drills and you'll get the idea. A bag skate was also part of the plot in "D2: The Mighty Ducks," when Gordon Bombay, the character played by Emilio Estevez, grinds his young players through skating drills after a bad game.

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