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Islanders prospect Reinhart named Oil Kings captain

Wednesday, 09.19.2012 / 10:51 AM / Prospects

New York Islanders prospect Griffin Reinhart was named captain of the Edmonton Oil Kings on Tuesday.

The 18-year-old defenseman, taken with the No. 4 pick of the 2012 NHL Draft, has played for the Western Hockey League team the past two seasons.

"I'm really happy to have the job," Reinhart said, according to the Islanders' website. "I've got to take a bigger leadership role and be more vocal and help the younger guys coming into the league. I've got to lead by example and also communicate with them. I think I'm ready to take a big step up."

MacKinnon, Jones among top '13 prospects to watch

Wednesday, 09.19.2012 / 10:00 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

The road to the 2013 NHL Draft began in earnest Wednesday with the release of NHL Central Scouting's preliminary list of players to watch in North America and Europe.

The lists, comprised of A, B and C players for the upcoming season in each of the major junior hockey leagues, are sent to NHL team scouts for the purpose of tracking the top draft-eligible players entering the 2012-13 season.

All A skaters have been identified as potential first-round picks, while B players are considered second- or third-round candidates. Those players on the C list are thought to be fourth-, fifth- or sixth-round possibilities.

Lindholm could be top European 2013 Draft prospect

Wednesday, 09.19.2012 / 10:00 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

"He's a complete package. He could very well be the next Peter Forsberg. He's an excellent skater and great competitor who gives it 110 percent on every shift. He can skate, score and pass and is physically strong even though he is a finesse-type of player." -- Goran Stubb, European Director of NHL Central Scouting on Elias Lindholm

Is it possible the next Peter Forsberg could be plucked from a standout list of international prospects when the 2013 NHL Draft is held June 28-29 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.?

Goran Stubb, European Director of NHL Central Scouting, thinks so. Based on his early assessment of Swedish center Elias Lindholm, it's easy to see why Stubb considers the 17-year-old one of the top draft-eligible prospects from Europe.

Lindholm, a 5-foot-11 3/4, 181-pound righty-shooting center, projects to be a future top-six forward with star potential. He's also regarded as an "A" prospect on Central Scouting's preliminary list of the top European players to watch entering the 2012-13 season.

Larson named coach of U.S. Junior Select Team

Friday, 09.14.2012 / 2:11 PM / Prospects

USA Hockey on Friday announced that Brett Larson has been named head coach of the U.S. Junior Select Team that will participate in the 2012 World Junior A Challenge, Nov. 5-11, in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

In addition to the United States, the 2012 World Junior A Challenge will feature two teams from Canada, as well as teams Russia, Czech Republic and Switzerland.

Larson is entering his second season as the head coach and general manager of the United States Hockey League's Sioux City Musketeers. He led the Musketeers to the 2012 Clark Cup Western Conference quarterfinals in his first season.

Merchant replaces Erne on Prospects Game roster

Thursday, 09.13.2012 / 11:43 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Following a stellar senior season at Eagan (Minn.) High School, forward Will Merchant went unselected at the 2012 NHL Draft.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound left wing is determined to do all he can this season to convince NHL scouts they made a mistake.

The first step in that process will come Sept. 29, when he takes part in the CCM/USA All-American Prospects Game, to be played at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo.

Bruins' prospect Hamilton still has NHL as main goal

Thursday, 09.06.2012 / 9:00 AM / Prospects

Ben Raby - Correspondent

TORONTO -- It's hard to blame Dougie Hamilton if the 19-year-old defenseman doesn't quite know whether he's coming or going.

One of the top prospects at his position in the sport, Hamilton was given a small taste of life in the NHL recently when he was among 29 players invited to take part in the National Hockey League Players' Association 2012 Rookie Showcase.

Hamilton, decked out in Boston Bruins black and gold, was waiting to be photographed for his first NHL hockey card as he spoke confidently of his desire to play in Boston this season. In nearly the same breath though, he said he also is prepared to return to the Niagara IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League for the 2012-13 season.

Sudbury captures gold at Junior Club World Cup

Monday, 08.27.2012 / 8:54 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Josh Leivo and Frank Corrado scored unassisted goals in the third period to send the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League to a 2-0 victory against the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League in the gold-medal game of the 2012 Junior Club World Cup on Sunday at Omsk Arena in Russia.

The Junior Club World Cup was in its second year. It featured teams from eight countries this year, and for the first time, a USHL and OHL franchise. The tournament is designed to match top teams from the best junior hockey leagues from around the world.

Leivo, a third-round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2011, scored 7:55 into the third off a breakaway to snap a scoreless tie. The Wolves then struck 35 seconds later to extend the lead to 2-0 when Corrado, a defenseman, unleashed a wrist shot from the slot that beat Waterloo goalie Eamon McAdam (22 saves). Leivo, 19, finished the tournament with six goals and 11 points in six games.

Waterloo cruises to 7-3 win at Junior Club World Cup

Thursday, 08.23.2012 / 12:41 PM / Prospects

Eamon McAdam and the Waterloo Black Hawks made a third-period lead stand up despite a tenacious comeback effort from the Omsk Hawks for a 7-3 victory Thursday at the 2012 Junior Club World Cup in Russia.

Entering the final period, Waterloo led 4-1 when McAdam turned aside a penalty shot at 1:33 by Ivan Fishchenko. Omsk cut the deficit via the power play at 13:04 on a goal from Evgeny Mozer, who flipped in a rebound. Mozer then struck again just over a minute later, burying a cross-ice feed on a rush up ice.

But McAdam made the save of the game, flashing his glove to snag a hard, low blast with three minutes to play.

Sudbury and Waterloo win at Junior Club World Cup

Wednesday, 08.22.2012 / 11:31 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

The Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey and Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League rebounded with impressive victories on Wednesday in round-robin action at the 2012 Junior Club World Cup in Omsk, Russia.

The Black Hawks (2-1) scored four unanswered goals bridging the second and third periods to overcome a 3-1 deficit on the way to a 5-3 victory against the Norway National Team at Omsk Arena. Meanwhile, at Blinov Arena, Joshua Leivo struck for three goals and one assist to lead Sudbury (2-1) to a 7-2 decision over the Danish National Team. Both Waterloo and Sudbury were coming off losses on Tuesday.

Waterloo, Sudbury lose at Junior World Cup

Monday, 08.20.2012 / 1:14 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

The Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League and Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League each suffered setbacks in round-robin play at the 2012 Junior Club World Cup on Monday at Omsk Arena in Omsk, Russia.

The Black Hawks lost 3-1 to Dynamo Shinnik of Belarus, while Sudbury lost to HC Riga Jr. of Latvia 2-1 in a shootout.

Waterloo (1-1-0) is competing in Group A along with teams from Belarus, Czech Republic, Norway and host Russia. Sudbury (1-1-0) is in Group B with Denmark, Finland, Latvia, and Sweden. During round-robin play, teams play games against teams in their respective group. The two clubs with the best records in each group following round-robin play will advance to the semifinal round.

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