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Prospects

Prospect goalies looking to post-Marty future

Wednesday, 07.13.2011 / 9:59 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

"Goalies are funny … you never know when they're going to come forward. But we've been extremely pleased with Clermont and Wedgewood. They both had very good years with the teams they played for. I know (goalie coaches) Chris (Terreri) and Jacques (Caron) have been very impressed by them."
-- Lou Lamoriello

NEWARK, N.J. -- Like it or not, there will come a time when future Hall of Fame goalie Martin Brodeur decides to call it a career.
 
It even could be at the conclusion of the 2011-12 season, when the NHL's all-time leader in regular-season wins, shutouts, games played and numerous other marks has played the final season of the six-year deal he signed prior to the start of the 2006-07 season. Whenever the inevitable does occur, who takes over between the pipes?
 
Will the Devils consider someone from outside the organization? Or do they begin a new era from within?
 
"Whoever it is, I hope it's (another) Martin Brodeur," Devils Director of Scouting David Conte said.
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Ashton ready to make his mark with Lightning

Tuesday, 07.12.2011 / 1:00 PM / Prospects

Greg Picker - NHL.com Staff Writer

At Tampa Bay Lighting development camp, a familiar face is on the ice for the third consecutive summer. Carter Ashton, the 29th pick in the 2009 Entry Draft, looks to be another young piece of the puzzle being assembled by the club in a quest to bring the Stanley Cup back to Florida.

"Obviously I'd have to prove myself," Ashton told NHL.com. "But that's my goal, just to be in the NHL this season."

Although Ashton has not made his mark on the NHL just yet, his opportunity seems close. He had 33 goals and 71 points in 62 Western Hockey League games last season with the Regina Pats and Tri-City Americans. He also had 3 points in seven games for Canada at the 2011 World Junior Championship.
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Hayes brothers aim to be Hawks teammates soon

Tuesday, 07.12.2011 / 10:13 AM / Prospects

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

"We played (on the same line) a little bit at college and it was unbelievable. Then you come in here and get to play with each other again and we were roommates here. It was unbelievable. It's a dream come true. A lot of guys dream about playing with their brother for a long time and for me and him it's come true so far. Hopefully we can keep it going." -- Kevin Hayes

A year ago, Jimmy and Kevin Hayes came into the Chicago Blackhawks' prospect camp with their sights set on opening some eyes before heading off to play at Boston College.

This time, the brothers from Boston came back to the Windy City for the Hawks' summer camp feeling like seasoned veterans among the many draft picks and other free agents invited to participate. Not only was it their second prospects camp, but both Kevin and Jimmy have developed quite a bit in the last year -- physically and in their skills.

"Last year I was a lot more nervous," said Kevin, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound center who was Chicago's top pick (No. 24) in the 2010 Entry Draft. "I was their first-round guy. I felt like I had to do a lot of good things, and I was pretty nervous on the ice. I wanted to make sure I showed them why they picked me. This year, I came in with my brother again and was more relaxed. I felt a lot more comfortable."
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McNeill aims to make Hawks' roster this season

Friday, 07.08.2011 / 11:07 AM / Prospects

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

Like the rest of the Chicago Blackhawks' prospects, center Mark McNeill took note of the numerous moves the team made recently in both free agency and trades.

The Hawks dealt away defenseman Brian Campbell and forwards Tomas Kopecky and Troy Brouwer before bringing in a haul of eight veterans via various transactions. Barring one or more trades to lessen the backlog of players, those vets will open training camp in the fall with Chicago. It doesn't leave much, if any, room for prospects to crack the Hawks' roster.

Still, that's the stated goal for the 18-year old McNeill, a 6-foot-1, 211-pounder taken by Chicago with the 18th pick at the 2011 Entry Draft.
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Rangers see bright future ahead for Bourque

Wednesday, 07.06.2011 / 1:29 PM / Prospects

Emily Kaplan - NHL.com Staff Writer

Last summer, Ryan Bourque was trading texts with an old hockey buddy, Derek Stepan. Stepan wanted advice about what the Rangers' prospect development camp was like -- something Bourque had already been through.

This winter, the two friends exchanged texts regularly. Yet this time, most of the hockey-related questions were asked by Bourque. He wanted to know what life as an NHL rookie was like.
Bourque and Stepan -- old friends and linemates at the 2010 Traverse City Prospects Tournament -- are both members of the Rangers organization. Yet they've taken completely different paths to the NHL.

After two years at the University of Wisconsin, Stepan made New York's roster out of training camp last summer. He shined as a rookie sensation for the Blueshirts in 2010-11, tallying 21 goals with 24 assists while playing all 82 games.
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Rangers, first-round pick Miller a perfect marriage

Tuesday, 07.05.2011 / 2:30 PM / Prospects

Emily Kaplan - NHL.com Staff Writer

Gordie Clark knows all too well that at the NHL Scouting Combine, agents tell their prospects how to act, what to say and how to say it in order to impress NHL personnel.

J.T. Miller isn't like most players.

At this year's Combine, the New York Rangers were interested in the 18-year-old center from Pittsburgh. So Clark, New York's Director of Player Personnel, had Ranger legends Mark Messier and Adam Graves interview Miller.
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McIlrath improves game, confidence one year later

Tuesday, 07.05.2011 / 12:43 PM / Prospects

Emily Kaplan - NHL.com Staff Writer

When Dylan McIlrath walked into the Madison Square Garden Training Facility in Tarrytown, N.Y., at this time last year, he was taken aback by what he saw.

McIlrath, then just 18, entered the Rangers' practice facility, the site of the team's annual prospect development camp, for a taste of what the NHL was like. He was awed by the 105,000-square foot facility, set on 16 acres of private land about a half-hour north of Manhattan. He saw the state-of-the-art regulation-size rink, the 1,800-square foot cardiovascular and weight room and the plush player lounge.

"Seeing the facility like this, it was kind of overwhelming in a way," McIlrath told NHL.com. "I had never done anything like this, and I didn't know what to expect."
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Prospect camps getting underway

Wednesday, 06.29.2011 / 3:06 PM / Prospects

Emily Kaplan - NHL.com Staff Writer

"It's nice to have a year under my belt. It's a great learning experience and it's been a tough first day, but it's been fun. We feel like it's been a month already and it's just been one day, so it's definitely going to be beneficial." -- Ryan Johansen

The 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins will begin the summer by thinking about the future.

The Bruins have announced that 25 prospects -- including defenseman Dougie Hamilton, the No. 9 pick of the 2011 Entry Draft -- are expected to attend the team's development camp, which will take place July 7-11 at Ristuccia Memorial Arena in Wilmington, Mass.

Boston is one of several NHL teams that have announced the dates and locations of their summer development camps.

The Columbus Blue Jackets' development camp started June 28 and runs through July 2, at the Ice Haus, the club's practice rink at Nationwide Arena.
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Murphy to lead Canada at World U-18 Championship

Wednesday, 04.06.2011 / 3:10 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Kitchener Rangers defenseman Ryan Murphy, who could be a top-10 pick at the 2011 Entry Draft, was among the 22 players picked by Hockey Canada for the 2011 World Under-18 Championship.

The tournament will be held April 14-24 in Crimmitschau and Dresden, Germany.

The Calgary Hitmen's Mike Williamson will coach the team, with Barrie Colts coach Dale Hawerchuk and Swift Current Broncos coach Mark Lamb serving as assistants.

"As a coaching staff we are looking forward to getting together with the players we have chosen and working towards our goal of a gold medal for Canada," Williamson told Hockey Canada's website. "A number of these players have previous international experience, and that will prove invaluable in Germany."

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CSS previews best of next season's draft class

Monday, 04.04.2011 / 12:12 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- Don't expect the gang from NHL Central Scouting to begin scheduling tee times once the final rankings of North American skaters and goaltenders are released next week.
 
All the end of one season really does is signal the start of another. When asked for their opinion of a few of the top 2012 Entry Draft-eligible prospects, the scouts had no problem dipping into their black books or calling up computer files. It's a never-ending cycle, really.
 
It gains steam upon completion of the final North American lists -- which will be released April 12.

According to the scouts, there seems to be an abundance of talent and future prospects from each of the five major leagues. Leading that list could be Ryan Murray, a 6-foot, 182-pound defenseman from the Everett Silvertips who already is turning heads in the Western Hockey League.

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