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Brendan Lemieux living up to family name in Barrie

Thursday, 04.17.2014 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Brendan Lemieux is a regular chip off the old block.

The son of former NHL player and three-time Stanley Cup champion Claude Lemieux considers himself a playoff performer. In other words, he's a forward who can make the big play and score the big goal when needed.

Sound familiar? It should. Claude ended his career tied for third with Joe Sakic on the all-time NHL list with 19 game-winning goals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for three different teams.

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Five-goal game showcase of Ritchie's skill, strength

Thursday, 04.03.2014 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Peterborough Petes coach Jody Hull is accustomed to seeing forward Nicholas Ritchie take over games as he did two months ago against the Kingston Frontenacs.

The only difference being Hull never witnessed a five-goal outburst from his 6-foot-2.25, 231-pound power forward.

Ritchie finished that Feb. 7 game with a career-high six points in a 7-6 shootout loss to Kingston. It was a remarkable display of skating, shooting and toughness from the No. 7 player on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of the top North American skaters for the 2014 NHL Draft.

It marked the first five-goal game for an Ontario Hockey League player since Ritchie's brother, Dallas Stars prospect Brett Ritchie, scored five times for the Niagara IceDogs against the Petes on Nov. 4, 2012.

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Sault Ste. Marie's McCann seeks consistency in game

Thursday, 03.20.2014 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Ray Bourque reportedly changed his skate laces before every game and between each period.

Patrick Roy carefully laid out every piece of his equipment on the floor of the locker room before putting them on in a specific order, in addition to chatting up his goal posts during games. Joe Nieuwendyk apparently would sprinkle a bit of baby powder on his sticks before hitting the ice.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds center Jared McCann, No. 11 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm list of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft, has his own superstition.

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Draisaitl poised to become highest-drafted German

Thursday, 03.13.2014 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Will forward Leon Draisaitl of the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League become the highest-selected German player ever at the 2014 NHL Draft?

The odds are pretty good. Not only was the 6-foot-1.75, 208-pound left-shot center No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm list of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2014 draft, he's gaining plenty of praise down the stretch.

"You want to talk about a miniature Jaromir Jagr with a Doug Gilmour-type intensity, you've got him right here," Central Scouting's Peter Sullivan told NHL.com.

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Wild prospect Peterson wins Mr. Hockey Award

Sunday, 03.09.2014 / 3:47 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Minnesota Wild prospect Avery Peterson of Grand Rapids High School was named the recipient of the 2014 Mr. Hockey Award on Sunday as the most outstanding senior boy's high school player in the state of Minnesota.

The Mr. Hockey Award is selected by a panel of judges, including scouts from the NHL and United States Hockey League, Division I and III coaches, and selected media members from around the state.

Other finalists for the award this year were Philip Beaulieu (Duluth East), Tyler Cline (Blaine), Spencer Naas (Benilde St. Margaret's), Tyler Nanne (Edina), Mitch Slattery (Hill-Murray), Steven Spinner (Eden Prairie), Luc Snuggerud (Eden Prairie), Nick Wolff (Eagan) and Zach Yon (Roseau).

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Top prospect Connor McDavid has highlight-reel goal

Thursday, 03.06.2014 / 8:23 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

There are a number of NHL general managers who already are looking ahead to the 2015 NHL Draft. One look at Erie Otters forward Connor McDavid shows why.

The 17-year-old McDavid showcased the kind of skill that has NHL teams so excited Wednesday with a highlight-reel goal in an 11-2 win against the Plymouth Whalers.


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Barbashev finding his way in North American game

Thursday, 03.06.2014 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Forward Ivan Barbashev never felt out of place or intimidated as the youngest member of the Russian National Junior Team at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Sweden.

"I looked at it as my dream come true to play for my country, and wanted to use the experience to learn more and help my team win a medal," Barbashev told NHL.com.

Barbashev would help Russia win the bronze medal playing a third-line role, producing one goal, two points, a plus-1 rating and 12 shots on a line with Edmonton Oilers 2013 third-round draft pick Bogdan Yakimov. He didn't play much on the power play but did get plenty of opportunities on the penalty kill.

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Family dynamic part of Dal Colle's relentless drive

Thursday, 02.06.2014 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Not a day goes by that Michael Dal Colle doesn't consider himself fortunate to have an opportunity to do what he enjoys most: play forward for the Oshawa Generals in the Ontario Hockey League.

It's something he understood early in life and won't ever take for granted.

His role model is his older brother, Jonluca Dal Colle, who is autistic. His hero is his mom, Wendy Dal Colle, who seven years ago was diagnosed with breast cancer but fought the fight and has been cleared since 2009.

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Sabres to host 2014, '15 All-American Prospect Games

Tuesday, 01.14.2014 / 12:38 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

USA Hockey and the Buffalo Sabres announced a partnership Tuesday that will see the team and First Niagara Center host the 2014 and 2015 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospect Games.

"We're extremely pleased to be returning to Buffalo, the site of the inaugural CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects game in 2012," executive director of USA Hockey Dave Ogrean said. "The enthusiasm and support for hockey in Western New York will provide a great environment for the future stars of the NHL who will play in this game. It's terrific to be working with the Sabres organization and we appreciate their continued commitment and support of hockey at all levels."

The event, started in 2012, brings together 40 of the best American-born prospects eligible for that season's NHL draft. In the past, players in the game have come from the United States Hockey League, the Canadian Hockey League, the NCAA, and high school and prep school teams.

The inaugural game was played in Buffalo in September 2012 and featured defenseman Seth Jones, who went on to be taken by the Nashville Predators with the fourth pick of 2013 NHL Draft. The 2013 game was held at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh and among those taking part was Boston College freshman goaltender Thatcher Demko, who is No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of North American goaltenders for the 2014 NHL Draft.

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Familiar surnames top list of draft-eligible Euro talent

Monday, 01.13.2014 / 10:00 AM / Prospects

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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I was in there icing my face as she was trying to push a baby out.

— Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf on going to the hospital with a facial laceration while his wife was in labor following Game 1 on Wednesday