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Trio of forwards on display for Sabres

Saturday, 09.10.2011 / 9:42 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- New ownership has apparently instilled new fervor and optimism in the prospects for the Buffalo Sabres these days.
 
The top three players within Buffalo's system -- forwards Zack Kassian, Luke Adam and Marcus Foligno -- are playing a vital role for the Sabres during their anticipated debut at the Traverse City Prospects tournament this week here at Center ICE Arena.
 
Kassian, a physical 6-foot-3, 226-pound right wing, was taken in the first round (No. 13) of the 2009 Entry Draft and inked a three-year entry-level deal with the Sabres in November 2010. Foligno, whose father, Mike, was a former fan favorite in Buffalo, agreed to terms on a three-year deal in May.
 
Adam, perhaps the most NHL-ready of the bunch after playing 19 games for Buffalo in 2010-11, signed his entry-level contract in April 2010. In Buffalo's tournament-opening 6-3 victory against the Minnesota Wild prospects on Saturday, Adam centered Foligno and Kassian. They combined for three points.
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Ottawa's Cowen ready to fulfill great promise

Saturday, 09.10.2011 / 12:37 PM / Prospects

Erin Nicks - NHL.com Correspondent

OSHAWA, ON -- Ottawa's giant defensemen of past, present and future:  Zdeno Chara, Chris Phillips and ... Jared Cowen?

"He's certainly looks like he's ready," Senators general manager Bryan Murray said Friday morning.

Ottawa's collection of 23 young hopefuls skated one final time at home before leaving for the Oshawa rookie tournament, which begins Saturday. Southern Ontario is where Cowen hopes to launch his final march towards a permanent spot on the squad.

But if the 6-foot-5, 228-pound defenseman is feeling any pressure about living up to names like Chara and Phillips, he certainly won't admit it.
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Bruins' Hamilton aims for strong first impression

Friday, 09.09.2011 / 4:26 PM / Prospects

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

WILMINGTON, Mass. – He'd only been on the ice a couple of hours on the first day of his inaugural NHL training camp Friday when Dougie Hamilton showed he knows how to tell the Bruins fans what they want to hear.

Hamilton, the ninth pick in the 2011 Entry Draft, was talking about the Bruins rookies' two exhibition games coming up on Long Island next Monday and Tuesday. The lanky defenseman could be matched up against his teammate from Niagara of the Ontario Hockey League and New York Islanders' prospect Ryan Strome (the fifth pick in June).
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Can Skinner's Traverse City feat be duplicated?

Friday, 09.09.2011 / 12:05 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Even before his Calder Trophy-winning season began, Jeff Skinner of the Carolina Hurricanes was one of several promising players looking to make his mark at the annual Traverse City Prospects tournament in Michigan last September.

Needless to say, he accomplished that goal.

"Besides being a short conditioning camp, it was sort of my first taste of the next level and it's fun to go there and get to know the people in the organization and at the same time have that competition feeling when you're playing in the tournament," Skinner told NHL.com. "I think for the players, it's a great opportunity to show your stuff to management and the people in the organization. For me personally, it was good preparation heading into (training) camp to sort of get into game shape."
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Nugent-Hopkins to debut at Young Stars Tournament

Friday, 09.09.2011 / 10:06 AM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

When Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the first pick of the 2011 Entry Draft, plays his first competitive game as a member of the Edmonton Oilers, it will be in Penticton, B.C., at the 2011 Young Stars Tournament.

Nugent-Hopkins is one of seven first-round picks that will take to the ice at this year's prospect event, which will be held Sept. 11-15, and feature the best prospects from five teams -- the Oilers, Calgary Flames, Winnipeg Jets, San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks, who will be the host team for the event.

"We are excited to host the Vancouver Canucks Young Stars Tournament in Penticton again this year," said Vancouver Canucks President and General Manager Mike Gillis. "The city of Penticton showed tremendous support for last year's event and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to return to this great hockey city."
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Oshawa plays host to four-team prospect tourney

Friday, 09.09.2011 / 9:53 AM / Prospects

NHL.com

Top prospects from the Chicago Blackhawks, Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs will descend upon Oshawa, Ontario, on Sept. 10 to take part in a four-day, round-robin tournament that's hosted by the Leafs at General Motors Centre.

Matt Frattin, who Leafs GM Brian Burke believes can compete for a roster spot on the big club, headlines the list of 25 players who will represent the host club. Frattin was the team's second-round pick in 2007 and could be in a battle with Nazem Kadri and Joe Colborne for that roster spot.

"If you notice, we've left one spot open," Burke said last week. "We want some competition for one of the forward spots. Whether that's Matt Frattin or Nazem Kadri or Joe Colborne or whomever, we do want to have some competition open for a spot."
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Panthers, Lightning, Predators set for rookie tourney

Thursday, 09.08.2011 / 10:04 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Florida rookie tournament schedule

  • Sept. 11 – Tampa Bay vs. Florida, 6 p.m.
  • Sept. 12 – Tampa Bay vs. Nashville, 6 p.m.
  • Sept. 13 – Nashville vs. Florida, 12 p.m.
  • Sept. 14 – Tampa Bay vs. Florida, 12 p.m.
Before joining the big boys at training camp, many of the top prospects for the Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Nashville Predators will try to prove themselves against their peers in a three-team rookie tournament beginning Sunday at Saveology.com Iceplex in Coral Springs, Fla.
 
"The rookie tournament provides our staff with a great opportunity to evaluate the growth and development of our prospects," Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon said. "Our prospects will get the opportunity to compete in game situations and learn about the commitment and training that is necessary to play at the NHL level. We look forward to seeing all our fans at the rookie camp games as we prepare for the upcoming season."
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Locke looks to turn career year into NHL opportunity

Saturday, 09.03.2011 / 11:05 AM / Prospects

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

The average fan probably didn't hear much about it, but Corey Locke's 2010-11 season may have rivaled that of anyone in hockey.

The 27-year-old veteran of the American Hockey League played in his fourth straight AHL All-Star Game before claiming the league scoring title and the Les Cunningham Award as league MVP. With the Binghamton Senators, he also won his second Calder Cup before getting married a month later in Burlington, Ontario. Perhaps most importantly, Locke played five games with the big club in Ottawa, registering his first NHL point.
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Barrie proud of defensive growth

Friday, 09.02.2011 / 2:43 PM / Prospects

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

"I want to make the team. I feel this is the first year where I have a legitimate shot to make the team, and that's really exciting for me. My goal is to go in and play like I can and show these guys that I deserve to be there." -- Tyson Barrie

DENVER -- Tyson Barrie freely admits that his defensive game needed plenty of work when he embarked on his junior-hockey career five years ago.

As a defenseman, this presented a slight problem.

"I was just terrible defensively," Barrie told NHL.com. "I was a riverboat gambler; I took a lot of chances. But I've really worked on that part of my game since then and I'm going to try and keep improving."

Now 20 years old and one of the Colorado Avalanche's prized prospects, Barrie is one of 19 defensemen listed on the team's 54-man roster for training camp, which opens Sept. 16.
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Diabetes links Domi's son to legend Clarke

Thursday, 09.01.2011 / 1:27 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

"I've worn it (No. 16) the past few years because of Bob Clarke. I don't know him, but a few years ago I watched a show on TV about him and how he managed to play hockey despite having Type I diabetes." -- Max Domi

Max Domi, a top 2013 Entry Draft prospect, had a wide array of number to choose from to wear in his initial season with London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League.

He could have picked No. 28, the number his father, Tie, wore with the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1995 to 2006. Or 13, the number he wore as a youngster because Mats Sundin was one of his favorite players. Or 93 for Doug Gilmour, another of his father's well-known former teammates.

Instead, Domi opted for No. 16, in honor of Philadelphia Flyers Hall of Famer Bobby Clarke.
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