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Prospects

Mullen, Johnson to coach at USA Prospects Game

Friday, 06.07.2013 / 1:45 PM / Prospects

NHL.com

Two of the most respected and recognizable members of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame, Mark Johnson and Joe Mullen, were named coaches for the second annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, slated for Sept. 26 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

The game will feature 40 of the top American-born prospects eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft, which will be held at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The participants in this year's game will be announced at a later date.

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Barber, Sieloff return for possible WJC title defense

Thursday, 06.06.2013 / 12:00 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Forward Riley Barber and defenseman Patrick Sieloff head a list of 40 skaters invited to participate in the United States National Junior Evaluation Camp, which will take place Aug. 3-10 in Lake Placid, N.Y.

The invitees will be auditioning for spots on the U.S. team for the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship, which will be held in Malmo, Sweden, from Dec. 26, 2013 to Jan. 5, 2014. The United States is the defending champion, having beaten Sweden for the gold medal in January in Ufa, Russia. It was the third medal in four tournaments for the U.S., including a gold medal in 2010 in Saskatoon and a bronze in Buffalo in 2011.

The camp, which will be held at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, will include practices and exhibition games against Canada, Finland and Sweden. Games will be played in the Herb Brooks Arena.

USA Hockey will announce goaltender invitees later this month.

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Calgary to host 2014 Top Prospects Game

Wednesday, 05.01.2013 / 4:31 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The 2014 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game will be hosted by the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League.

The game, which will feature 40 of the top 2014 NHL Draft prospects playing in the WHL, Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, will be played Jan. 15, 2014.

"The Canadian Hockey League is very excited to return to Calgary for the 2014 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game following successful events in 1999 and 2001," Canadian Hockey League president David Branch said. "The passionate hockey fans in Western Canada have contributed significantly to the growth of this prestigious event and we look forward to another showcase of the league's next wave of star NHL talent in Calgary next January."

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Canada selects team for U-18 World Championships

Tuesday, 04.16.2013 / 7:20 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Seven players ranked in the top 30 in NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of North American skaters for the 2013 NHL Draft were picked for Canada's team that will play in the 2013 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.

Forwards Frederik Gauthier, Jason Dickinson and Morgan Klimchuk, along with defensemen Shea Theodore, Joshua Morrissey, Chris Bigras and Madison Bowey were among the 23 players picked for the tournament, which will be held April 18-28 in Sochi, Russia.

Canada is in Group B, along with Germany, Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland. Canada plays its first game April 18 against Slovakia.

Gauthier, a center with the Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, is No. 7 on Central Scouting's rankings. The 6-foot-5, 210-pounder had 60 points in 62 games and a plus-22 rating. He is highly regarded for his ability to produce offense as well as excel in the defensive zone.

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Prospects joining playoff chase in NHL, AHL

Saturday, 04.06.2013 / 5:15 PM / Prospects

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

The veterans who changed teams before the 2013 NHL Trade Deadline consumed much of the attention in the past week, but there is another group of talented players making moves at this time of year.

As the season winds down for the NCAA, Canadian juniors and European leagues, top prospects are free to join the NHL organizations that have drafted them, or in the case of undrafted NCAA players, sign free-agent contracts.

Many of these players will end up in the American Hockey League and earn valuable professional experience to help them be better prepared for NHL training camp in September. Others will see NHL action, and, as Chris Kreider proved with the New York Rangers a year ago, can have a tangible impact.\

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Erie's Connor McDavid named OHL's top rookie

Thursday, 04.04.2013 / 3:27 PM / Prospects

NHL.com

Erie Otters forward Connor McDavid, at 16 the youngest player in the Ontario Hockey League, was named the OHL Rookie of the Year on Thursday.

McDavid was second among OHL rookies with 66 points, and third with 25 goals. He was the youngest player to skate in the Subway Super Series, when he played for Team OHL in November, and led Team Ontario with six goals and nine points at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in December.

"It's a tremendous honor," McDavid said on a conference call. "I was fortunate to have a good enough year to win. It was a fun year with the Otters. The coaches, players and staff were all so welcoming."

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Jordan vs. Jordan more than name game for Michal

Friday, 03.01.2013 / 12:15 PM / Prospects

Davis Harper - NHL.com Staff Writer

In sports, whether individual or team, there's always talk of creating a legacy. Everyone wants to succeed, thereby making a name for themselves.

Except what happens when your name has already been made -- by another player, in another sport? And what if that player was widely considered one of, if not the best athlete, of all time?

Enter Michal Jordan.

Throughout his burgeoning career, the 22-year-old Czech defenseman has faced a unique set of circumstances borne from something beyond his control: his name. When he was born in Zlin, Czech Republic, on July 17, 1990, his parents had no knowledge of his basketball-playing namesake, who had just won his fourth-straight scoring title in the National Basketball Association.

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McDavid, Ekblad proving quite exceptional in OHL

Friday, 02.22.2013 / 9:00 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

In addition to charting the progress of this year's top draft-eligible players throughout the season, NHL Central Scouting always is busy projecting those young players on the horizon for future drafts.

Such is the case with 2014 NHL Draft-eligible defenseman Aaron Ekblad of the Barrie Colts and 2015 draft-eligible forward Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters.

They're the only players besides New York Islanders center John Tavares to be awarded exceptional player status over the last decade, meaning they were deemed eligible for the Ontario Hockey League draft as 15-year-olds -- a year younger than the standard of age 16.

McDavid leads all OHL rookies this season with 56 points (24 goals, 32 assists) in 54 games for Erie. NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards, who specializes in Ontario-based prospects, has liked what he's seen in the 5-foot-11, 175-pound center.

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Tavares knows what is awaiting Connor McDavid

Friday, 02.22.2013 / 9:00 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

The fact Erie Otters forward Connor McDavid already is under the microscope as a 16-year-old is pretty impressive when you consider he's still more than two years away from hearing his name called as the potential top pick at the 2015 NHL Draft.

New York Islanders center John Tavares knows the feeling.

Like Tavares in 2005, McDavid was granted exceptional-player status by Hockey Canada last year, making him eligible for the 2012 Ontario Hockey League draft as a 15-year-old. He was taken by the Erie Otters with the No. 1 pick.

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McDavid counting on good times with Erie Otters

Friday, 02.22.2013 / 9:00 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Connor McDavid leads OHL rookies this season with 56 points (24 goals, 32 assists). (Photo: Mark Bell/Erie Otters)

Connor McDavid had no idea what to expect as a 15-year-old rookie with the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League this season.

So the 5-foot-11, 175-pound center just set out to do what he does best: frustrate opposing defenders with a dazzling display of puck skills and shiftiness.

He's doing just that, even though he turned 16 in January and is the youngest player on the Erie roster. McDavid leads OHL rookies this season with 56 points (24 goals, 32 assists). His minus-17 rating is deceiving, particularly because Erie has struggled with 17 wins in 59 games.

"Personally, I think it's been a pretty good year, but team-wise, it's been a little frustrating," McDavid told NHL.com. "We're a young team still developing, so hopefully next year will be the year."

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