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Coyotes name change to become official at 2014 draft

Monday, 06.23.2014 / 2:49 PM / News

NHL.com

The Phoenix Coyotes officially will become the Arizona Coyotes during the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft on June 27 (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS).

"We are very excited that our franchise will change its name to the Arizona Coyotes at the NHL Entry Draft this week," Coyotes co-owner and president Anthony LeBlanc said. "Becoming the Arizona Coyotes makes sense for us since we play our games in Glendale and the city is such a great partner of ours. We also want to be recognized as not just the hockey team for Glendale or Phoenix, but the team for the entire state of Arizona and the southwest. We hope that the name 'Arizona' will encourage more fans from all over the state, not just the valley, to embrace and support our team."

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Flyers focused on getting faster with Umberger

Monday, 06.23.2014 / 2:28 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

There were a few key points Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall referred to when asked why he acquired forward R.J. Umberger, along with a 2015 fourth-round draft pick, from the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday in exchange for forward Scott Hartnell.

"The number one thing was we wanted to get quicker up front," Hextall said. "Whenever you make a deal there's a lot of considerations that come into the mix, but I guess the one for us was quickness.

"R.J. is also versatile, is a good two-way player capable of playing all three positions and can kill penalties, so he was an attractive guy for us moving forward."

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Huberdeau happy with Panthers hiring Gallant

Monday, 06.23.2014 / 1:56 PM / NHL Insider

Alain Poupart - NHL.com Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Jonathan Huberdeau blossomed into a top NHL prospect when he played under coach Gerard Gallant with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, so it figured he would welcome to chance to play for him again.

Huberdeau will get that opportunity with the Florida Panthers in the fall now that Gallant has been hired as the Panthers' new coach.

The question becomes whether Huberdeau can recapture his rookie form under Gallant after a disappointing 2013-14 season.

"Of course I was excited to hear that news," Huberdeau said Monday following a press conference Monday at BB&T Center to introduce Gallant. "Gerard has been a great coach for me. He taught me a lot of stuff when I was in juniors. That's good that he's coming here right now and I just need to keep working hard and he's just going to help all the guys on the team."

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Gallant believes Panthers' fortunes can turn quickly

Monday, 06.23.2014 / 1:23 PM / News

Alain Poupart - NHL.com Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- In his two seasons as an assistant coach with the Montreal Canadiens, Gerard Gallant saw the team go from having the third pick in the 2012 NHL Draft to reaching the 2014 Eastern Conference Final.

He sees the same kind of possibilities with the Florida Panthers, who introduced him Monday as their new coach.

"When the opportunity came up that they were looking for a head coach, you look at their roster and you look at their core players, I think it's a great opportunity," Gallant said. "I was in Montreal two years ago when I first started and that team was in 27th place. The League is so close, the teams are so close together now, you can turn things around in a hurry here and that's what I see with the Florida team."

Gallant became the 13th coach in franchise history, and sixth in the past 10 years, when he officially was hired Saturday.

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Top 2014 draft prospects invited to Canada WJC camp

Monday, 06.23.2014 / 1:21 PM / 2015 World Junior Championship

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NHL Central Scouting's top three North American skaters for the 2014 NHL Draft were among the 41 players invited Monday to attend Hockey Canada's national junior team summer evaluation camp.

The camp will be held Aug. 3-8 in Brossard, Montreal, and Sherbrooke, Quebec, and is one of the first steps in building the team that will represent Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, which will be played in Montreal and Toronto.

Centers Samuel Bennett of the Kingston Frontenacs and Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice, along with defenseman Aaron Ekblad of the Barrie Colts, were three of the 13 members of the 2014 draft class invited to the camp, including eight of Central Scouting's top nine North American skaters.

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Blue Jackets send Umberger to Flyers for Hartnell

Monday, 06.23.2014 / 1:02 PM / News

NHL.com

Scott Hartnell
Left Wing - CBJ
GOALS: 20 | ASST: 32 | PTS: 52
SOG: 207 | +/-: 11

The Columbus Blue Jackets traded forward R.J. Umberger and a fourth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft on Monday to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for forward Scott Hartnell.

Umberger had 18 goals and 34 points in 74 games for the Blue Jackets in 2013-14.

The 32-year-old left wing spent his first three NHL seasons with the Flyers, who traded him to the Blue Jackets in June 2008 for two draft picks. The trade came weeks after he had 10 goals in 17 Stanley Cup Playoff games to help the Flyers reach the 2008 Eastern Conference Final.

"R.J. is a versatile guy who can play all positions," Flyers coach Craig Berube said. "He's a good penalty killer who skates well. He's a veteran who has been around a long time and knows how to play the game properly. He'll be used in a lot of different areas. I think with our team it is nice to have a real versatile guy like him."

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NHL.com draft experts predict 2014 first round

Monday, 06.23.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

NHL.com

The scouting meetings have been finished and the draft lists have been finalized. All that's left is for 30 teams to arrive in Philadelphia for the 2014 NHL Draft and begin picking players.

That starts June 27 when the first round is held at Wells Fargo Center (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN). Rounds 2-7 will be conducted June 28 (10 a.m. ET, NHLN-US, NHLN-CA).

NHL.COM'S FINAL MOCK DRAFTS

NHL.com's draft experts have taken one last shot at predicting which teams will select which prospect.

The list includes three centers ranked in the top four of North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting: Samuel Bennett of the Kingston Frontenacs, Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice, and Leon Draisaitl of the Prince Albert Raiders. Then there's Aaron Ekblad of the Barrie Colts, who could be the first defenseman chosen with the No. 1 pick since the St. Louis Blues selected Erik Johnson with the first choice of the 2007 draft.

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Steven Hoffner's 2014 final mock draft

Monday, 06.23.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Steven Hoffner - NHL.com Staff Writer


Hoffner's Draft
  1.FLA

Aaron Ekblad, D, Barrie (OHL)

If the Panthers keep the pick they will select the big defenseman, who looks and plays like a seasoned vet.

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Mike G. Morreale's 2014 final mock draft

Monday, 06.23.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer


Morreale's Draft
  1.FLA

Aaron Ekblad, D, Barrie (OHL)

The defenseman of the year in the OHL is an excellent all-round skater for his size (6-3, 213). Plays a two-way game and passes with authority; very reliable and will challenge for an NHL roster in training camp.

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Adam Kimelman's 2014 final mock draft

Monday, 06.23.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor


Kimelman's Draft
  1.FLA

Aaron Ekblad, D, Barrie (OHL)

Big defenseman has NHL-ready size, and game and maturity make him most NHL-ready prospect available.

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