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Rangers prospect Duclair eager to make jump

Thursday, 03.27.2014 / 3:00 AM / In the Pipeline

James Murphy - NHL.com Correspondent

Quebec Remparts forward and New York Rangers prospect Anthony Duclair missed the last seven games of the regular season and has not played in the first four Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoff games due to a concussion sustained Feb. 28.

While sitting in the stands at the most exciting time of the year is obviously frustrating, Duclair has had a season to remember and likely made the Rangers very happy they took the skilled left wing in the third round (No. 80) of the 2013 NHL Draft. After Duclair scored 20 goals and added 30 assists in the 2012-13 season despite missing five-plus weeks with a sprained ankle, he more than doubled his goal total this season with 50 in 59 games; he fell one point shy of 100 points.

"Missing the last seven games of the season because I was there at 99 points and one point shy of 100, so that was pretty frustrating," Duclair said. "Then just watching the boys battle it out from the stands, you want to be down there and now the playoffs being the most exciting time of the year, it's definitely tough to watch from the outside."


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Reinhart poised to become third brother drafted

Thursday, 03.27.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Center Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice in the Western Hockey League takes pride in the little things that culminate in success.

Possessing great leadership, work ethic and a hockey IQ that is simply off the charts, the 6-foot-0.75, 185-pound right-handed shot could be the highest-drafted Reinhart to lace on the skates.

That's saying a lot, considering he no doubt has quite the hockey pedigree. His two older brothers and father were drafted.

Max Reinhart, 21, was taken by the Calgary Flames in the third round (No. 63) of the 2010 draft. The only defenseman of the three Reinhart brothers, Griffin, 19, was selected fourth overall by the New York Islanders in 2012. His father, Paul Reinhart, was chosen No. 12 by the Atlanta Flames in 1979.

"Over the years, all of us talked to my dad after every game," Reinhart told NHL.com. "He'd give us advice. Max and Griffin went through the same things I am going through, so being able to watch them has had a huge positive influence on my career; it's nice having both of them."


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Prospector Files: WHL draft-eligible All-Star team

Thursday, 03.27.2014 / 2:00 AM / Prospector Files

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Nashville Predators rookie defenseman Seth Jones was one of four Portland Winterhawks players selected at the 2013 NHL Draft at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

The Winterhawks and Kelowna Rockets actually shared the Western Hockey League lead for having the most players drafted last June with four. Since 1969, Portland is the WHL's all-time draft leader with 126 players selected at the draft.

At the 2013 draft, the WHL saw 33 players selected, eight of whom were taken in the first round. This year, eight of the top 30 North American skaters on NHL Central Scouting's midterm rankings are from the WHL, and 13 of the 40 players invited to the BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Calgary on Jan. 15 were also from the league.

It is traditionally considered the league of defensemen, but this year two forwards were listed among the top four on NHL Central Scouting's midterm list: No. 2 Leon Draisaitl of the Prince Albert Raiders and No. 4 Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice. Each was named a First Team All-Star of the WHL's Eastern Conference.

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Wild's Backstrom, Zucker out for remainder of season

Wednesday, 03.26.2014 / 9:39 PM / News

Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom underwent successful core muscle surgery Tuesday in Philadelphia. The Wild said Wednesday that Backstrom is expected to miss the remainder of this season but should be fully recovered for the start of 2014-15.

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Sommer sets AHL record for games coached

Wednesday, 03.26.2014 / 8:05 PM / AHL Update

NHL.com

Roy Sommer established an American Hockey League record for most regular-season games coached when he led the Worcester Sharks against the Portland Pirates on Wednesday.

The game was Sommer's 1,257th as an AHL coach, surpassing the mark held by Hockey Hall of Fame member Frank Mathers.

Sommer, 56, was named coach of the San Jose Sharks’ AHL affiliate on May 28, 1998, and has spent his entire 16-year coaching career in the Sharks organization with the Kentucky Thoroughblades (1998-2001), Cleveland Barons (2001-06) and Worcester Sharks (2006-present). His 571 regular-season victories rank fourth all-time among AHL coaches.

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Blake named Canada GM for 2014 worlds

Wednesday, 03.26.2014 / 4:17 PM / News

NHL.com Staff

Hockey Canada announced Wednesday that Los Angeles Kings assistant general manager Rob Blake has been named general manager for Canada in the 2014 IIHF World Championship, which will be held May 9-25 in Minsk, Belarus.

Philadelphia Flyers assistant GM Ron Hextall, Hockey Canada vice president of hockey operations Brad Pascall, and Phoenix Coyotes assistant GM Brad Treliving will serve as Blake's assistants. Former NHL defenseman Steve Staios will be Canada's director of player development while assisting the management group and coaching staff on the ice.

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Red Wings' Zetterberg hoping for postseason return

Wednesday, 03.26.2014 / 4:08 PM / News

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

DETROIT -- Henrik Zetterberg's beard is ready for the Stanley Cup Playoffs but his surgically repaired back is not.

Thus, his focus is fairly simple right now. The injured Detroit Red Wings captain is biding his time doing rehab and strengthening exercises to get ready for his possible return at some point during the postseason.

"That's the goal," Zetterberg said Wednesday afternoon at Joe Louis Arena while meeting with reporters for the first time since having surgery to repair a herniated disk. "I want to play hockey again this year and obviously that would be sometime in the playoffs. So, I might as well get a head start [on the playoff beard]."

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Davidson named HHOF committee chairman

Wednesday, 03.26.2014 / 2:36 PM / News

NHL.com

Columbus Blue Jackets president John Davidson was named Wednesday as the new Chairman of the Selection Committee by the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Davidson, who will succeed Jim Gregory, starts in his new role April 1. Three new members of the selection committee were also announced. Philadelphia Flyers senior vice president Bob Clarke, Los Angeles Kings president Luc Robitaille and Nashville Predators general manager David Poile will join the committee, replacing Gregory, Pat Quinn (who stepped down to become Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame) and Serge Savard.

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Dynamic duo, depth key Ducks' run to playoff berth

Wednesday, 03.26.2014 / 1:57 PM / Drive to the Playoffs

Jon Lane - NHL.com Staff Writer

During 20 years of existence, the Anaheim Ducks have won a Stanley Cup and two conference championships.

In this anniversary season, the Ducks clinched their 10th playoff berth and seventh in the past nine campaigns. And they did it by setting new franchise standards.

Anaheim is off to its finest start through 71 games (46-18-7, 99 points) to best the mark of 42-17-12 set in 2006-07, the season it won the Stanley Cup. The Ducks have also scored the most goals (226) at this stage of the season in club history and is two wins from matching the franchise record for wins in a single season (also in 2006-07).

In addition, the Ducks are poised to become the fastest team in club history to reach 100 points (75 games in 2006-07) and surged to the top of the NHL standings this season aided a 20-0-2 start at Honda Center.

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On the 'D'-fence: All hail King Karlsson

Wednesday, 03.26.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Brian Metzer - NHL.com Correspondent

Entering this season, we penned a fantasy faceoff breaking down the merits of owning the Montreal Canadiens' P.K. Subban against those of owning the Senators' Erik Karlsson. While we explained it was more about preference when determining which of those two defensemen to draft, we pointed you in the direction of Subban based on the fact Karlsson didn't quite look like himself at the end of the last season upon returning from injury.

In fact, on Sept. 5, 2013, we said "though Karlsson made it back late in the season and still managed to post .82 points-per-game, he just didn't look comfortable. Speed and agility are such an important part of his game and it just wasn't there as he seemed to be dealing with the lingering effects of the severed Achilles."

Well, today, we admit that was a load of hogwash and shout from the rooftop of our secret fantasy headquarters, "All Hail King Karlsson!"

Sure owning Subban, who has 50 points in 73 games, isn't hurting your team, but it isn't helping as much as if you had drafted the leading scorer at the position, Karlsson.

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