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CCM to sponsor USA Hockey All-American Game

Monday, 07.30.2012 / 1:33 PM / Prospects

NHL.com

USA Hockey on Monday announced that CCM would be the title sponsor of the inaugural CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, slated for Sept. 29 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo.

The event will include 40 of the top American-born prospects eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft.

Prospects will come from the United States Hockey League, which includes the U.S. National Team Development Program, as well as the Canadian Hockey League, U.S. high/prep schools, and U.S. college programs. USA Hockey expects to announce the 40 participating players for the game next month. Under the current structure, players born between Jan. 1, 1993 and Sept. 15, 1995, are eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft.

Flames pick Jankowski opts for NCAA in 2012-13

Monday, 07.30.2012 / 12:39 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Mark Jankowski, the first scholastic player selected at the 2012 NHL Draft, has elected to continue his career at Providence College in the fall.

Jankowski, a center taken by the Calgary Flames with the 21st pick, intended to play for the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League for one season before joining the Friars in the fall of 2013.

"Although we are disappointed in not having the opportunity to work with Mark, we wish him the best of luck in Providence as he continues his student athletic career," Dubuque coach and general manager Jim Montgomery said. "Mark is a good kid from a great family and would have fit in nicely with our culture."

Teravainen shows his time might not be far off

Saturday, 07.14.2012 / 9:00 AM / Prospects

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Those who attended the Chicago Blackhawks prospects camp this summer might wonder what dynamic 17-year old Finnish forward Teuvo Teravainen would do against older, more experienced players in training camp.

However, any answers about how he'll stack up will have to wait. Teravainen, who doesn't turn 18 until Sept. 11, is headed back to Finland to get stronger while playing another season with Jokerit Helsinki of SM-Liiga.

Teravainen, however, certainly left a good impression at the Hawks' week-long prospects camp, which featured all four of the center prospects Chicago has selected in the past three NHL Drafts, including Teravainen, the No. 18 pick in 2012.

Flyers' prospects trying to follow in family footsteps

Thursday, 07.12.2012 / 2:24 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

One of the benefits of having a father who works for an NHL team is the opportunity to skate on the same ice and use the same facilities as NHL players.

So for Chase Hatcher and John Stevens, walking around the Philadelphia Flyers' practice facility was nothing new. It was a place they became intimately familiar with when their fathers -- former Flyers captain Derian Hatcher and former Flyers coach John Stevens, respectively -- were active with the team.

This week, however, they're not just kids running around playing ball hockey in the hallway or shinny after practice. They're two of the players taking part in the Flyers' development camp, being put through the same tough tests and drills they've seen other prospects go through.

Younger van Riemsdyk out to impress Flyers at camp

Thursday, 07.12.2012 / 11:02 AM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

James van Riemsdyk's younger brother, Trevor, is looking to impress the Flyers, his brother's former team, at development camp this week. (Courtesy: University of New Hampshire)

When the invitation to attend Philadelphia Flyers development camp arrived, Trevor van Riemsdyk was excited.

A freshman at the University of New Hampshire, van Riemsdyk already had been passed over twice in the NHL draft, and didn't expect to be drafted when the 2012 selection process was held last month. So having something to fall back on was a good feeling. There also was the presence in Philadelphia of his older brother, James.

Then came June 23, and the Flyers traded James van Riemsdyk to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Just over two weeks later, Trevor was scheduled to arrive at camp and wear the same practice jersey his brother used to wear.

Would it be awkward? Trevor admitted he had to take a few moments to consider his options.

Getting stronger the key for Rattie

Tuesday, 07.10.2012 / 11:39 AM / Prospects

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

HAZELWOOD, Mo. -- When Ty Rattie arrived for his initial orientation visit with the St. Louis Blues last summer, it was no different for him than the majority of the prospects witnessing life in the NHL for the first time.

"It was sort of like starting school for the first time," Rattie said. "You didn't know what to expect and you're obviously nervous."

Rattie, chosen by the Blues in the second round (No. 32) of the 2011 NHL Draft, comes into his second summer working with Blues strength and conditioning coach Nelson Ayotte this week at the St. Louis Mills Ice Zone brimming with confidence and eager to elevate the impressive numbers he put up in the Western Hockey League last season.

The 19-year-old ranked third in the WHL with 57 goals and 121 points. He also led the league in playoff goals with 19 in 21 games, and his 33 points were second -- helping the Portland Winterhawks advance to Game 7 of the WHL finals.

Having been through the initial process of becoming an NHL player, Rattie will continue to try and prove the skeptics wrong. Those same skeptics say the 5-foot-11, 170-pound right wing is too small to become an effective player at the NHL level.

Central Scouting sheds light on bright 2013 future

Thursday, 07.05.2012 / 1:00 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

There's little question the 2003 NHL Draft will go down as the deepest collection of future stars ever selected.

An entire all-star team can be put together from the first round alone -- Marc-Andre Fleury, Eric Staal, Nathan Horton, Nikolay Zherdev, Thomas Vanek, Milan Michalek, Ryan Suter, Braydon Coburn, Dion Phaneuf and Andrei Kostitsyn were the first 10 players picked.

The Philadelphia Flyers grabbed Jeff Carter (No. 11) and Mike Richards (No. 24), and the Anaheim Ducks tabbed Ryan Getzlaf (No. 19) and Corey Perry (No. 28). The New Jersey Devils drafted Zach Parise at No. 17; the Vancouver Canucks took Ryan Kesler at No. 23.

Anthony Brodeur could get drafted in New Jersey

Thursday, 07.05.2012 / 1:00 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

While the list of top prospects entering the 2012-13 campaign seems to be growing by the minute, there's one name that may stick out among all others when the 2013 NHL Draft is held at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., next spring.

Goalie Anthony Brodeur, who just so happens to be the son of New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, certainly will be on the radar of curious NHL scouts and general managers.

If drafted, it would be a rather surreal moment for Brodeur to hear his name announced in the state where his father became a legend. The 17-year-old enters his senior year at prep powerhouse Shattuck-St. Mary's in Minnesota in 2012-13.

De Haan feels he's ready to make an impact

Thursday, 06.28.2012 / 10:36 AM / Prospects

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

John Tavares was the No. 1 pick in the 2009 NHL Draft and already has played three seasons with the New York Islanders. He finished in the top 10 in scoring this past season and is on his way to becoming one of hockey's elite players.

Often forgotten is the fact that the Islanders had a second first-rounder that year. But Calvin de Haan's path to the NHL hasn't been nearly as smooth -- even though he was taken just 11 picks after Tavares and the Islanders traded up twice to get him.

Though he checked in at just 6-feet and about 160 pounds, the Isles were impressed by de Haan's offensive abilities, hockey knowledge and composure -- so much so that he nearly made the team as an 18-year-old in 2009; he stayed with the Islanders all the way through training camp before being reassigned to his junior team, the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League, just before the start of the season. But since making a good first impression, not much has gone right for the 21-year-old defenseman.

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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