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Prospects

Minney hoping recent success grabs scouts' attention

Thursday, 11.28.2013 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Hailing from an Eastern Pennsylvania town of a little more than 2,700 people, goalie prospect Minney might be on his way out of the small town and onto the big stage.

After moving from Georgia, Minney was raised in Wind Gap, Pa., a town located halfway up the border between Pennsylvania and Delaware. He played for the U.S. National Under-17 Team during the 2012-13 season, starting 35 games while carrying a 4.04 goals-against average and .890 save percentage.

The Michigan State University commit impressed during the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, playing in three games for the United States while earning a 2.14 GAA and .857 save percentage.

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Russia beats OHL in Game 3 of Super Series

Thursday, 11.21.2013 / 10:37 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Nikita Zadorov made his return to junior hockey by assisting on three goals as Russia beat the Ontario Hockey League 5-2 on Thursday night in Oshawa, Ontario, in the third game of the Subway Super Series.

The Buffalo Sabres returned Zadorov to the London Knights of the OHL on Tuesday after he had one goal in seven NHL games, but the defenseman has yet to play for the Knights. He had 25 points and a plus-33 rating in 65 games with London last season, then was taken by the Sabres with the 16th pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.

Sergei Tolchinsky, Alexei Bereglazov, Ildar Shiksatdarov, Vladimir Butuzov and Vladimir Tkachyov scored goals and Ivan Nalimov made 41 saves as Russia won its first Super Series game after losing to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on Monday and Wednesday.

The OHL outshot Russia 43-22, including 20-6 in the second period. Chris Bigras had a pair of assists for the OHL, Kerby Rychel and Brock McGinn had goals and Matt Murray stopped 17 of 21 shots.

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Milano combines talent with hard-nosed play

Thursday, 11.21.2013 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Forward Sonny Milano is a big fan of 2013 Conn Smythe Trophy winner Patrick Kane.

It makes perfect sense, as Kane is an American and former standout for the United States National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. Milano, born in Massapequa, N.Y., is currently starring for the U.S. Under-18 NTDP in the United States Hockey League.

"The reason I'm a big Patrick Kane fan is because I not only like the way he plays, but how he makes players around him better; how he can see the ice and make plays," Milano said. "That's how I want to be."

Milano will often display the offensive pop Kane showcases daily for the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, but don't think for a second he doesn't enjoy getting his hands dirty in the corners to help his teammates. Milano does bring an edge to his game.

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QMJHL tops Russia in Game 2 of Super Series

Wednesday, 11.20.2013 / 10:34 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Anthony Duclair's goal with 7:32 remaining in the third period snapped a 3-3 tie and led the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League to a 4-3 victory against Russia on Wednesday in the second game of the Subway Super Series, played in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

Daniel Audette, who plays for the Sherbrooke Phoenix of the QMJHL, had a goal and an assist and was named player of the game for the QMJHL. A top 2014 NHL Draft prospect, the 5-foot-8, 177-pound left wing earned a B rating from NHL Central Scouting in its November player to watch list.

Anthony Mantha and Christopher Clapperton also scored for the QMJHL and goalie Sebastien Auger made 22 saves as QMJHL swept their two games in the Super Series for the first time since 2009. The QMJHL won 3-2 on Monday in Gatineau, Quebec.

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Mantha's late goal leads QMJHL past Russia

Monday, 11.18.2013 / 10:25 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Anthony Mantha's goal with 4:07 left in the third period snapped a 2-2 tie and gave the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League a 3-2 win against Russia on Monday in the opening game of the Subway Super Series, played in Gatineau, Quebec.

The line of Mantha, Charles Hudon and Jonathan Drouin supplied all the offense for QMJHL. Hudon had two goals and an assist; Drouin had the primary assist on all three goals.

Ivan Barbashev, who plays in the QMJHL for the Moncton Wildcats and is the league's top-rated prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft, scored for Russia. Vladimir Tkachyov also had a goal on a spectacular end-to-end rush.

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McDonald, Peplinski to coach at Top Prospects Game

Friday, 11.15.2013 / 3:10 PM / Prospects

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

CALGARY -- Lanny McDonald and Jim Peplinski, who captained the Calgary Flames to the 1989 Stanley Cup, will serve as opposing coaches at the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

The game, which will feature 40 of the top players from the Canadian Hockey League eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft, will be played Jan. 15, 2014 at Scotiabank Saddledome.

"These are the next stars of tomorrow and we will be very proud to be a very small part in helping them get to the top," McDonald said. "Obviously with all the [NHL] scouts here we know how important it is so we are not taking this lightly. We obviously want to win but we want to showcase the talent more than anything."

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Halifax's Ehlers earns promotion by Central Scouting

Thursday, 11.14.2013 / 10:00 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

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It was five months ago that three players from the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League were making waves at the 2013 NHL Draft.

Nathan MacKinnon was the center of attention as the No. 1 pick by the Colorado Avalanche. Dynamic Jonathan Drouin was chosen two picks later by the Tampa Bay Lightning, and Zachary Fucale was the first goalie selected when he was taken in the second round (No. 36) by the Montreal Canadiens.

According to NHL Central Scouting, another prominent forward is making news for the Mooseheads this season: left wing Nikolaj Ehlers. Born in Aalborg, Denmark, the 5-foot-11.5, 162-pound left-handed shot perfected his game in Switzerland for Biel the past six seasons before joining Halifax this season.

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Goalie prospect Johansson could be big catch at draft

Thursday, 11.07.2013 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

No player on the ice is under more pressure than the goalie. And every masked man has a different way of escaping that pressure.

Some read books. Others spend time sacked out in front of the television.

Top goaltending prospect Jonas Johansson picks up his fly rod and finds a nice stream.

"I like fishing a lot, fly fishing," Johansson told NHL.com. "Back where I'm from we go up into the Swedish mountains every summer and fish one week. I look forward to that week every year."

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DeAngelo followed unique path to Sarnia

Thursday, 10.31.2013 / 9:00 AM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Watching Sarnia Sting defenseman Anthony DeAngelo with the puck on his stick, you can tell he's not the most patient player.

That carries over to his off-ice life as well, which is a big reason the Sewell, N.J., native made his way to Sarnia in the first place.

It's turned into a strong move, as DeAngelo has blossomed into one of the top offensive defensemen in the Ontario Hockey League and one of the top prospects for the 2014 NHL Draft.

"Obviously he's a very, very dynamic player offensively," Sarnia coach Trevor Letowski told NHL.com. "He's really a threat as far as being a defenseman. He's able to create offense not just on the power play, but at 5-on-5 he's a threat. The other thing that really sticks out is he's a really passionate player. That's when he's at his best. He sometimes walks a fine line. He competes so hard, he wants to win, he wants to be the difference out there. It's been fun for me to watch him develop."

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Nick Schmaltz following in brother's footsteps

Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 9:00 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Nick Schmaltz knows the perfect role model from which to build his hockey resume.

That would be his brother Jordan, who happened to be a 2012 first-round pick (No. 25) of the St. Louis Blues.

"I look up to him and am happy for what he has accomplished so far with his career," Schmaltz said of his older brother. "It's pretty unique to have a brother be such a good player so I take advantage of that and learn from his experiences. I hope I can achieve some of the goals that he has already."

It isn't by accident that Nick basically has followed the same path as Jordan, playing for the under-16 Chicago Mission and now with the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League. He's also committed to the University of North Dakota, where Jordan is now starring as a sophomore defenseman.

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When we started our journey we made a commitment to our fans to be relevant and to see the Chicago Blackhawks become the best professional hockey organization. There are not two finer symbols of that than Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. The commitment we have made to these incredible young men is equal to the commitment they have made to our team, our fans, our entire organization and the city of Chicago.

— Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz on signing Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to contract extensions