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Ducks sign forward Silfverberg to four-year contract

Friday, 08.07.2015 / 7:32 PM / News

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

Jakob Silfverberg sounded like he knew he had to exercise patience when it came to getting a contract from the Anaheim Ducks.

The Ducks' top priority of the offseason was extending center Ryan Kesler, and they also have other moving parts.

But the wait paid off when Anaheim on Friday announced a four-year contract for Silfverberg, 24, who was a restricted free agent.

"My agent and I had a pretty good talk, and we said we were in no hurry," Silfverberg said from Sweden. "We just wanted to get the right kind of contract. … I think both parties are really happy about the contract. I'm super-excited. It might have taken a little longer than I expected, but that's how it is."

Top prospect Matthews to play '15-16 in Switzerland

Friday, 08.07.2015 / 5:07 PM / News

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Auston Matthews, a frontrunner to be the top pick of the 2016 NHL Draft, announced Friday that he will play for Zurich in the Swiss National League in 2015-16.

The announcement came after months of speculation that the 17-year-old center might instead play for Everett of the Western Hockey League. Matthews was selected in the third round (No. 57) by Everett in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.

Matthews, who signed a one-year contract with Zurich and said he will join the Lions after he turns 18 on Sept. 17, is with 32 other U.S. prospects at United States National Evaluation Camp. The U.S. will play Finland on Saturday.

"I am deeply grateful to the ZSC Lions for the opportunity to be a part of their wonderful organization and look forward to joining them next month," Matthews said in a statement. "For now, however, my commitment is to my teammates and USA Hockey as we prepare to win tomorrow’s game."

Philadelphia Flyers fantasy hockey outlook

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

As part of NHL.com's offseason 30 in 30 package, fantasy hockey insiders Matt Cubeta and Pete Jensen will break down each team's fantasy landscape. They will look at the players at the top of the ranks, an undervalued player, an overvalued player, a deep sleeper (players likely ranked outside the top 200 overall players) and the goalie outlook for each NHL team.

Leading the way: Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek

Giroux cracks my offseason fantasy rankings at No. 1 and Voracek comes in at No. 20. Both players are elite fantasy contributors and should be viewed that way again this season. Though Voracek finished last season as the No. 4 overall player in Yahoo leagues, I would expect some regression this season. His 81 points were a career high and a big jump from the 62 he had in 2013-14. He also had 78 penalty minutes, the most of his career, but two unlikely fighting majors and two 10-minute misconducts contributed to that total. I wouldn't expect that again.

Matthews, Puljujarvi offer excitement for 2016 draft

Friday, 08.07.2015 / 9:14 AM / 2016 World Junior Championship

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- There's certainly a lot to get excited about when discussion shifts to the increasing potential of the 2016 NHL Draft class.

Fans and some 100 NHL scouts had an opportunity to witness two of the most high-profile prospects eligible for the draft during United States National Junior Evaluation Camp here at Lake Placid Olympic Center's 1980 Herb Brooks Arena this week.

Center Auston Matthews (6-foot-1, 210 pounds), the projected No. 1 pick, is starring for the U.S. National Junior Team. Right wing Jesse Puljujarvi (6-3, 203), widely considered to be the top European prospect, has been equally impressive for Finland.

Each player represented his country at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship and will likely participate in the 2016 WJC in Helsinki, Finland, to be held Dec. 26, 2015, through Jan. 5, 2016.

WJC drought over, Canada aims to maintain success

Friday, 08.07.2015 / 8:44 AM / 2016 World Junior Championship

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

CALGARY -- Canada's gold-medal drought at the IIHF World Junior Championship ended in 2015, and the focus has shifted to a gold rush.

That process is off to a good start, according to Hockey Canada vice president of hockey operations and national teams Scott Salmond.

"I think for five years we've kind of been chasing it," Salmond said. "I've seen the feeling in the room from the coaches, from the players. We know what it takes to win. I think we've done a real good job of building, not only World Juniors, but men's Worlds and back to (the) Sochi (Olympics) on the concept of the team we need to be to win and how we need to play. I think that's in the players' minds. To go in and defend instead of chasing, that's a different thing.

"It's tough when you have pressure and you're trying to get something back. When you have it, you want to keep it. It's a bit of a different feeling."

A weeklong retreat to Calgary in August attempted to lay the foundation for just that.

Neuvirth, Gagner give Flyers some optimism

Friday, 08.07.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The Philadelphia Flyers are hoping to erase the memories of last season, when they won 33 games and failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second time in the past three seasons.

They enter this season with a new coach and the hope that their talented group of forwards, along with goaltender Steve Mason, can get them back in contention.

Here are four reasons for optimism in Philadelphia:

Lecavalier, defensemen among Flyers questions

Friday, 08.07.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

A slow start last season ultimately led to the Philadelphia Flyers missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second time in three seasons. Philadelphia finished 12th in the Eastern Conference, 14 points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second wild card from the Eastern Conference.

The Flyers will have a different coach this season; Dave Hakstol was hired on May 18 to replace Craig Berube. Hakstol spent his entire coaching career at the collegiate level, experiencing plenty of success over the past 11 seasons at the University of North Dakota. He now has the task of getting the Flyers to play more consistently, something Berube was unable to accomplish last season.

Here are three questions facing the Flyers this season:

Provorov, Sanheim among Flyers' top five prospects

Friday, 08.07.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The Philadelphia Flyers are experienced on defense, with three of their six regulars 28 or older. But an influx of young, talented defensemen is on the way.

Led by Ivan Provorov, the Flyers are about to get younger and quicker on defense within the next two years. Provorov, drafted with the No. 7 pick of the 2015 NHL Draft, hopes it won't even take that long.

"I'm taking it one day at a time, but my long-term goal is to make the team," Provorov said during development camp last month. "I'm going to try to do everything that I can, and we'll see what's going to happen in September."

Here is a look at the Flyers' top five prospects, according to NHL.com:

Flyers counting on Hakstol to get back into playoffs

Friday, 08.07.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2015-16 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout August.

It's a rare occurrence when the Philadelphia Flyers don't qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but that was the case last season. A slow start doomed Philadelphia, which won 33 games and finished 12th in the Eastern Conference.

"I think the whole point of hockey is making playoffs. That's the best time of the year," captain Claude Giroux told the Flyers website. "When you can't be a part of it, obviously [there's] a lot of disappointment and frustration. We're going to learn the hard way, but it's going to help us for the future."

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