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Super 16: MacKinnon's rookie year one for the ages

Friday, 03.14.2014 / 2:00 AM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Shortly after Sidney Crosby joined the NHL, tales of the next "Next One" began to percolate.

John Tavares gained notoriety for becoming the first 15-year-old allowed into the Ontario Hockey League in 2005. He quickly became the most talked about prospect in North America, despite there being two more NHL drafts between then and the one he was eligible for. During that period, a few great hockey players (like Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Nicklas Backstrom and Phil Kessel) almost were overshadowed by what the youngster who NHL teams couldn't yet draft was doing in Oshawa.

Nathan MacKinnon was in a similar situation last season. Though he was lighting up the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League en route to being the No. 1 pick in the 2013 draft, there were plenty of stories written about the new "best prospect since Crosby."

It wasn't MacKinnon, who hails from the same small town as Crosby, but Connor McDavid, who isn't eligible to be drafted until 2015 but produced great numbers with Erie in the OHL after gaining "exceptional-player status" to play in the OHL at 15 like Tavares did.

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Jets goalie Pavelec injured vs. Rangers

Friday, 03.14.2014 / 1:20 AM / News

Patrick Williams - NHL.com Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec left the team's game Friday against the New York Rangers at MTS Centre with a lower-body injury.

The Jets did not provide any further information on Pavelec's injury. Pavelec played the entire first period, but was replaced by Al Montoya to start the second and did not return.


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Daily Primer March 14: Who's in first?

Friday, 03.14.2014 / 1:08 AM / NHL Insider

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The Anaheim Ducks have spent most of the season on top of the Pacific Division; they led the San Jose Sharks by nine points at the end of January and by seven when play resumed after the break for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

But that lead is all gone, and the Ducks are facing the prospect of looking up at the Sharks after Friday night. Each team has 93 points, though the Ducks still hold first place because they've played one fewer game.

The Sharks continue a road trip with a visit to the New York Islanders, who are last in the Metropolitan Division. That game starts about two hours before the Ducks play the Colorado Avalanche in Denver.

Here's a look at all of the action on a busy Friday:

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Peverley visits with Stars after release from hospital

Thursday, 03.13.2014 / 5:54 PM / News

NHL.com

Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley visited with his teammates Thursday after being released from the hospital Wednesday night.

"He walked in the back and started shaking hands, and he didn't get far, he was kind of swarmed," Stars forward Ray Whitney told the Dallas Morning News. "We didn't shake hands so much as we all hugged him. It was an emotional moment."

Peverley, who is scheduled to have surgery at the Cleveland Clinic to remedy the heart issue that caused him to collapse on the bench during a game Monday against the Columbus Blue Jackets, will wear a monitoring vest at home, according to the newspaper.

"He just seems completely normal, but we all know it's more serious than that," Whitney said. "But it's such a great thing to have him here and to know he's OK. He has a lot of things he has to do, but from where he was to where he is now, it's great to see him."

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Islanders recall Sundstrom from Bridgeport

Thursday, 03.13.2014 / 5:40 PM / News

NHL.com

The New York Islanders recalled center Johan Sundstrom on an emergency basis from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League on Thursday.

Selected in the second round (No. 50) of the 2011 NHL Draft, Sundstrom, 21, has 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 38 games this season with the Sound Tigers. The Gothenburg, Sweden native had 32 points (11 goals, 21 assists) in 59 games for Bridgeport last year, his first season in North America.

Prior to joining the Sound Tigers, Sundstrom played two seasons with Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League.

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Hurricanes' Pitkanen hopes to resume career

Thursday, 03.13.2014 / 4:32 PM / News

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Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen, out for the season with a broken heel bone, hopes to return to play eventually, although he doesn't know when.

"I've been working with Raleigh Orthopedic throughout this season with the hope of returning to play hockey," Pitkanen said in a statement released Thursday. "There is no timetable as of now, but I've been making progress with my rehab and it remains my goal to resume my professional hockey career. It's been frustrating to be away from the ice, but I want to thank all of the people who have expressed support throughout the season."

Pitkanen sustained the injury on April 2, 2013.

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Canadiens prospect Bozon still critical, but improving

Thursday, 03.13.2014 / 4:10 PM / News

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Kootenay Ice forward and Montreal Canadiens prospect Tim Bozon, who contracted a form of acute bacterial meningitis late last month, is showing signs of improvement which include responding to verbal stimuli.

The Saskatoon Health Region on Thursday updated the condition of Bozon, whom doctors said remains in critical but stable condition.

According to the update that was posted on the Kootenay Ice website, Bozon remains in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, after being admitted March 1 with Neisseria Meningitidis.

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U.S. blanks Canada at Paralympics, will play for gold

Thursday, 03.13.2014 / 2:51 PM / News

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Forward Declan Farmer scored two goals and goalie Steve Cash made 11 saves to lead the United States Paralympic Sled Hockey team to a 3-0 victory against Canada in the semifinal round of the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Games on Thursday at Shayba Arena in Russia.

The U.S. will look to make history Saturday when it faces host Russia in the gold-medal game at 1 p.m. ET (NBC). No team in the Paralympics sled hockey tournament has won back-to-back gold medals, and the United States, which lost 2-1 in Pool B preliminary-round action to Russia on Tuesday, will get that chance.

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Rangers' Talbot, actor Russell share Alabama bond

Thursday, 03.13.2014 / 1:15 PM / NHL Insider

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

The University of Alabama-Huntsville isn't necessarily known for developing high-end NHL talent. But the hockey program is gaining some attention this season with the recent success of New York Rangers goaltender Cam Talbot, who led the school to the College Hockey America tournament title and its second NCAA tournament berth in 2010.

A lanky, under-recruited goaltender from Ontario when he arrived at Huntsville in 2007, Talbot's gradual rise to the League was propelled in part by competition from another goaltender who is now paving his own way in a completely different field.

Battling Talbot for a spot in the Chargers' crease that season was Wyatt Russell, the son of actors Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn, who would stay for just over a year at Huntsville before leaving to play professionally in Germany. Now establishing himself as an actor with a number of high-profile roles, Russell became fast friends with his UAH teammate.

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In the Cage: Tight schedule adds value to backups

Thursday, 03.13.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Justin Goldman - NHL.com Correspondent

With only a few days before standard Yahoo Fantasy league playoffs begin (March 17), it's time to pinpoint some hidden talent that can help you squeeze more points out of your goaltending categories.

Fortunately, the condensed NHL schedule has opened the door for plenty of backups to gain some crucial fantasy points that, if earned a few months ago, would have largely gone unnoticed.

To get an idea of how jam-packed the schedule will be over the next month, look at the remaining back-to-back games. The Boston Bruins, Nashville Predators, New Jersey Devils, Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins will play five sets over the next month. The Anaheim Ducks, Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, Montreal Canadiens and the New York Islanders all have four sets remaining. The rest of the League has two or three.

Now is a great time to consider adding an Edmonton Oilers goaltender. Not only are the Oilers 8-3-2 in their past 13 games, but their schedule is not as grueling as the rest of the League. They only have two back-to-back sets remaining and they play 10 of their final 16 games at home.

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I kept refreshing the page on the NHL website after the second round and I was shocked he lasted that long. I'm sure the Coyotes were pretty happy to get him. He's such a good player and he plays big in big games.

— Arizona forward Henrik Samuelsson on prospect Edgars Kulda being drafted by the Coyotes