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Sabres' Grigorenko accepts assignment to junior team

Monday, 01.13.2014 / 12:34 PM / News

NHL.com

Mikhail Grigorenko, the Buffalo Sabres' 2012 first-round pick, has accepted his assignment to his junior team, the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

The Sabres announced that the 19-year-old Grigorenko, who previously had said he would not accept the assignment, had changed his mind Sunday night.

Grigorenko had two goals in 18 games but last played for the Sabres on Nov. 27. He had team-highs of five goals and eight points playing with Russia at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Due to the agreement between the NHL and the Canadian Hockey League, players drafted from a CHL team are barred from playing in the American Hockey League until age 20.


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Fantasy All-Access: Breaking down Ducks' win streak

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

Just like the Chicago Blackhawks' historic 24-game points streak to start the 2012-13 season, we are witnessing another incredible run this year by the Anaheim Ducks, who have won 17 of their past 18 games.

Let's look at the Ducks' recent run of victories from a fantasy perspective. Jonas Hiller has been carrying fantasy teams with a franchise record 14 consecutive wins. Eleven different Ducks have scored a game-winning goal in their past 18 games, with Kyle Palmieri leading the way with three. Captain Ryan Getzlaf, although day-to-day with lower-body, leads the team with 21 points in this stretch followed by Corey Perry with 18 points in the past 18 games. The Ducks have outshot their opponents in 14 of the 18 games, but have given up the first goal in 11 of those games.

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Senators sign GM Bryan Murray to two-year extension

Monday, 01.13.2014 / 10:50 AM / News

NHL.com

The Ottawa Senators on Monday announced Bryan Murray has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him as the team's general manager through the 2015-16 season and also named him president of hockey operations.

Murray, 71, will hold both jobs for the next two seasons and then remain with the club for an additional two seasons in an advisory capacity.

"I am very pleased to have Bryan remain here in Ottawa for the next four years," Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said in a statement released by the team. "Without question Bryan stands among the best general managers in the National Hockey League. Our drafting success and the emergence of so many young, dynamic players within our organization is a testament to Bryan's leadership and wealth of hockey knowledge."

Murray has been with the Senators since he was hired as coach in June 2004. He was promoted to general manager in June 2007, days after guiding the Senators to the 2007 Stanley Cup Final.


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Boston College's Demko No. 1-rated goalie at midterm

Monday, 01.13.2014 / 10:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Thatcher Demko of Boston College in Hockey East was the only goalie to receive an A rating on NHL Central Scouting's December players to watch list for the 2014 NHL Draft.

So the fact that the freshman from San Diego, Calif., is No. 1 on Central Scouting's midterm rankings for North American goalies is no surprise.

The 6-foot-3.75, 192-pounder could become the first American-born goalie drafted in the first round since the Dallas Stars selected Jack Campbell with the 11th pick of the 2010 draft.

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Kingston's Bennett rises to top of midterm rankings

Monday, 01.13.2014 / 10:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

CSS 2014 MIDTERM RANKINGS

NHL Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr acknowledged that while the 2014 NHL Draft will certainly have its share of high-caliber players, there remains no clear front-runner as the top pick at this point in the season.

Still, after tireless deliberation and constructive debate at Central Scouting's midterm meetings that concluded Jan. 7, one player had to be deemed the No. 1 skater.

That early honor belongs to center Samuel Bennett of the Kingston Frontenacs.

The 6-foot-0.25, 178-pound left-handed shot ranks fourth in the Ontario Hockey League with 66 points (26 goals, 40 assists) in 40 games. At this juncture Central Scouting believes he is the top North American player available for the 2014 draft, which will be held June 27-28 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

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Familiar surnames top list of draft-eligible Euro talent

Monday, 01.13.2014 / 10:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

The European contingent eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft looks to be a very enticing group.

Leading the way is Kasperi Kapanen (6-foot, 180 pounds) of KalPa in SM-liiga, Finland's top professional league. He has four goals and eight points in 28 games, and also earned the top ranking from NHL Central Scouting in its midterm ranking of the top European prospects for the 2014 draft.

"He's a good-skating wing and can also play center," NHL Director of European Scouting Goran Stubb told NHL.com. "He has a smooth and surprisingly fast style that has surprised many unsuspecting defensemen. His tricky puck skills and quick release have paid off in many games and he has good hand-eye coordination. He's not overly physical but does not shy away from rough situations."

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