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Kuznetsov could be next great Russian to join Caps

Tuesday, 01.10.2012 / 10:43 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

There's little doubt Evgeny Kuznetsov has all the makings of a future star in the NHL.

The question, though, is when does that future begin?

The Washington Capitals, who were thrilled to select the talented Russian forward with the 26th pick of the 2010 Entry Draft, hope it happens much sooner than later.

"Evgeny has always indicated to us when we interviewed him prior to the draft that he would likely spend two more years in the KHL in order to get stronger and more mature," Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee told NHL.com. "We said that was fine. Hopefully it can be done with a contract and he'll be playing in the NHL next year."
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Russia beats QMJHL in Game 2 of Super Series

Thursday, 11.10.2011 / 12:38 AM / Prospects

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Nikita Kucherov had a goal in regulation and another in the shootout as Russia overcame three goals by Matthew Bissonnette to defeat the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League All-Stars 5-4 in the Super Series on Wednesday.

The Russian improved to 2-0 in the six-game series after blanking the QMJHL 2-0 in the opener on Monday.

Nikita Gusev, Mikhail Grigorenko and Emil Galimov also scored in regulation for Russia, while captain Daniil Apalkov had the winning goal in the shootout. Charles Hudon also scored for the QMJHL team
Kucherov, drafted in the second round (No. 58) by Tampa Bay in the 2011 NHL Draft, scored 55 seconds into the game,  beating QMJHL goaltender Louis Domingue with a shot just over his glove. Bissonnette tied it at 2:01 of the second with a wrister from the circle past goaltender Pavel Suchkov.
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Stars prospect Jack Campbell dealt in OHL megatrade

Wednesday, 11.02.2011 / 6:18 PM / Prospects

NHL.com

Goaltender Jack Campbell, the Dallas Stars' top pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, was traded Wednesday within the Ontario Hockey League, going from the Windsor Spitfires to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in a deal that will send two players and six draft picks back to Windsor.

Campbell, 19, was the 11th player taken in the 2010 draft. TSN reports that he's expected to join Sault Ste. Marie later this week.

According to a release from Spitfires Vice President and GM Warren Rychel, Campbell went to Sault Ste. Marie for defenseman Mackenzie Braid, defenseman Patrick Sieloff -- currently playing with the U.S. National Development Team -- Kingston's third pick in the 2012 OHL Priority Draft, Windsor's second and Erie's third picks in 2013, Owen Sound and Saginaw's second picks in 2014 and Sault Ste. Marie's second pick in 2015.
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Lucia to lead U.S. at World Junior 'A' Challenge

Friday, 10.21.2011 / 2:38 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Mario Lucia, a 2011 second-round draft pick of the Minnesota Wild, was one of 22 players picked to represent the U.S. at the 2011 World Junior 'A' Challenge, which will be held Nov. 7-13 in Langley, B.C.

The U.S. has won the event three straight years.

A 6-foot-2, 187-pound left wing, Lucia is playing this season with the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League. Through nine games, he's tied for second in the league with 19 points.
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Team USA names Deutschland Cup roster

Thursday, 10.20.2011 / 12:46 PM / Prospects

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U.S. Men's Select Team roster

Goalies - John Curry (Hamburg, DEL); Chris Holt (Riga, KHL).

Defense - Andrew Hutchinson (Astana, KHL); Kyle Klubertanz (Djurgardens, SEL); Freddy Meyer (Modo, SEL); Brian Salcido (SaiPa, FLN); Steve Wagner (Mannheim, DEL); Andy Wozniewski (Zug, SWISS-A).

Forwards - Brandon Bochenski (Astana, KHL); Noah Clarke (Munich, DEL); Chris Collins (Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers, DEL); Ben Eaves (Jokerit, SML); Corey Elkinis (Pardubice, ELH); Ryan Lasch (Pelicans, SML); Jared Ross (Ingolstadt, DEL); Robbie Schremp (Modo, SEL); Marty Sertich (Olten, SWISS-B); Sergio Somma (Augsburg, DEL); Yan Stastny (Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers, DEL); Barry Tallackson (Berlin, DEL); Stephen Werner (Wolfsburg, DEL).
USA Hockey on Thursday announced its 21-man roster for the 2011 U.S. Men's Select Team that will compete in the Deutschland Cup in Munich, Germany, next month.

The U.S. team, which includes 13 forwards, six defenseman and two goalies, will be coached by Don Waddell. The tournament runs from Nov. 11-13 and features Americans currently playing in elite leagues in the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland.

The U.S. has participated in the four-team Deutschland Cup six times (2002-05, 2007, 2009) and won the event twice (2003-04). It also took second place in 2007 and '09 and finished third in 2005.

Five players on the roster have U.S. national team experience at multiple International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships, including Ben Eaves, Freddy Meyer, Robbie Schremp, Yan Stastny and Barry Tallackson. Fourteen players on the roster have previous NHL experience.

The U.S. will open the tournament against Slovakia on Nov. 11 before playing Switzerland on Nov. 12 and Germany on Nov. 13.
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Strome back to juniors feeling he learned a lot

Thursday, 10.13.2011 / 3:26 PM / Prospects

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- After watching the first two games of the 2011-12 season, Ryan Strome is headed back to the Ontario Hockey League.
 
Strome, the fifth pick at the 2011 Entry Draft, was returned by the New York Islanders to the Niagara Ice Dogs on Thursday morning. Strome said goodbye to teammates at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, addressed the media and headed straight for the airport.
 
"They told me they wanted to keep me here for some experience," said Strome, who had 33 goals and 73 assists in 65 games for Niagara last season, his first full junior campaign. "I did that. I know it's been a week now and I think I've learned a lot. I'm just happy I got the opportunity to be around the team during the regular season and see what it's like. They wanted to me to get a good taste of things, and I think I did that."
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Wild prospect Lucia opts for Notre Dame

Friday, 10.07.2011 / 1:19 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

While Mario Lucia won't be coached by his father in college, he'll instead follow a similar collegiate path.

Lucia, who currently is starring for the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League, committed to the University of Notre Dame on Thursday and will join the Fighting Irish in the fall of 2012. The decision closes the book on the countless questions regarding his collegiate destination as the 6-foot-2, 187-pound left wing also was considering Colorado College and Minnesota.

Lucia's father, Don Lucia, is the coach at the University of Minnesota but also graduated from Notre Dame in 1981 and played hockey there. Don lettered three times as a defenseman at Notre Dame and served as assistant team captain his senior year.
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Warsofsky faces tough challenges to make Bruins

Friday, 09.16.2011 / 1:23 PM / Prospects

Deborah Francisco - NHL.com Staff Writer

Rookie defenseman David Warsofsky is trying to become the ninth member of Boston University's 2009 NCAA National Championship team to make the NHL. The fact that he'll have to it by earning a spot of the defending Stanley Cup champs makes the assignment a lot tougher.

Warsofsky is trying to join a list of former teammates who have already cracked the NHL that already includes Colin Wilson (Nashville), Nick Bonino (Anaheim), Brandon Yip (Colorado), Matt Gilroy (Tampa Bay), Colby Cohen (Boston), John McCarthy (San Jose), Kevin Shattenkirk (St. Louis) and Brian Strait (Pittsburgh).

But the task ahead of Warsofsky is more difficult than most -- the Bruins have almost everyone back from the team that beat Vancouver for the Cup last spring.

"It's obviously not going to be easy," he told NHL.com. 
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Gregoire back home with chance to play in NHL

Friday, 09.16.2011 / 12:12 PM / Prospects

Ryan Pinder - NHL.com Correspondent

After amassing 109 points in 120 games in three seasons at the University of North Dakota, Winnipeg native Jason Gregoire has returned home in his quest to join the NHL ranks.

Gregoire measure in at 6-foot-1 and 196 pounds now, but he was a late bloomer physically, so he chose the college route to help his development.

"I think I found about college hockey when I was 15," said Gregoire. "By then you're already drafted by the WHL, and you have this Western League mentality. Talking to younger kids, I wish there was more exposure to the college route, because for some kids that's definitely the better route for them. Someone like me, who's not the biggest guy on the ice, you need those extra years to mature physically and mentally. I think that's one of the biggest assets I've taken from college hockey."
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Nine players who stood out in Traverse City

Thursday, 09.15.2011 / 9:46 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- It was only one year ago that forwards Jeff Skinner and Derek Stepan and defenseman Alex Pietrangelo were providing a sampling of what would be a pretty productive inaugural season in the NHL with their performance in the Traverse City prospects tournament.
 
Skinner went on to win the Calder Trophy as the League's top rookie with the Carolina Hurricanes. Stepan scored an opening-night hat trick for the New York Rangers and finished with 21 goals and 45 points. Pietrangelo played 79 games in 2010-11 and produced 11 goals and a team-leading 32 assists for the St. Louis Blues.
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That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.

— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score the double-overtime winner in Game 4