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Adam Kimelman's 2015 mock draft part II

Wednesday, 03.25.2015 / 12:00 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Kimelman's Draft
*Note: Standings are through games played March 22

Connor McDavid, C, Erie (OHL)

The top talent in this year's draft class, the 6-foot, 175-pound forward finished third in the OHL in scoring with 120 points and tied for fourth with 44 goals despite playing 21 fewer games than the league leader. A generational talent.


Mike G. Morreale's 2015 mock draft part II

Wednesday, 03.25.2015 / 12:00 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Morreale's Draft
*Note: Standings are through games played March 22

Connor McDavid, C, Erie (OHL)

McDavid, regarded as the best player to come through the draft since Sidney Crosby, has incredible speed with game-changing potential. Was among the OHL scoring leaders despite missing six weeks because of a broken hand and the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship. His 11 points in seven games tied for the WJC tournament lead, helped Canada win the gold medal and earned him a spot on the tournament all-star team.


McDavid consensus top pick in mock drafts

Wednesday, 03.25.2015 / 12:00 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

When the 2014-15 season began, Connor McDavid of the Ontario Hockey League's Erie Otters was considered the best prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft.

Months later very little has changed.

In the latest mock drafts by staff writers Adam Kimelman and Mike G. Morreale, McDavid remains the consensus No. 1 pick.

McDavid is viewed by many scouts as the best draft-age prospect since Sidney Crosby in 2005. Despite playing about 20 fewer games than most of the scoring leaders in the OHL, McDavid finished third in scoring with 120 points and tied for fourth with 44 goals.


Blue Jackets forward Boll faces Player Safety hearing

Wednesday, 03.25.2015 / 10:02 AM / Department of Player Safety News

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Jared Boll will have a hearing Thursday with the NHL Department of Player Safety for an illegal check to the head of Anaheim Ducks forward Patrick Maroon during a game at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday.

Maroon was hit by Boll at 4:02 of the second period in the Blue Jackets' 5-3 win. No penalty was assessed on the play and Maroon remained in the game.


Around the League notebook for Tuesday, March 24

Wednesday, 03.25.2015 / 9:00 AM / News

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Ahead two goals before the eight-minute mark, the Lightning surrendered three goals in a span of 1:58 but scored twice in the third period, including Ryan Callahan's winning goal with 2:28 left, to pick up their fourth straight victory. 4-3 against the Florida Panthers.

* The Lightning (46-21-7, 99 points) are one of four teams in the NHL at 99 points. They sit one point behind the Atlantic Division rival Montreal Canadiens (46-20-8, 100 points), who lost in overtime but became the first team to reach the 100-point plateau and pulled into top spot in the entire League, where the top 12 teams are separated by 10 points.

* Tampa Bay's 46 wins equal a single-season franchise record established in 2003-04 (46-22-14, 106 points) en route to its first and only Stanley Cup championship. The Lightning matched that win total last season (46-27-9, 101 points) and in 2010-11 (46-25-11, 103 points), their only other seasons with at least 100 points.


Five things to watch when Flyers host Blackhawks

Wednesday, 03.25.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Brian Compton - Deputy Managing Editor

The Chicago Blackhawks' week of playing against teams that are trying to play the spoiler role continues at the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday.

After a 3-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday, the Blackhawks' continued pursuit of a Central Division crown will be featured this week in the Wednesday Night Rivalry game (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA) from Wells Fargo Center.

Here are five things to watch between the Blackhawks and Flyers:


Flyers' Emery savored chance after hip surgery

Wednesday, 03.25.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Five years ago, Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ray Emery received what was supposed to be a hockey death sentence. He was diagnosed with avascular necrosis in his right hip. Not only was his hockey career over, walking normally again was in question.

Today, as Emery prepares for a game against the Chicago Blackhawks (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports), he has a Stanley Cup ring (won with the Blackhawks), is in the second season of his second stint with the Flyers, and has no intention of putting his pads away any time soon.

Emery said early in the 2009-10 season with the Flyers, he felt pain in his hip, groin and pelvis. Surgery in December 2009 to repair torn abdominal muscles kept him out six weeks. But on Feb. 1, 2010 in a game at the Calgary Flames, the pain returned worse.

"That game in Calgary I said, 'Something's not right,'" Emery said. "Feels like my leg is going to fall off."


Canucks sign defenseman Tanev to five-year contract

Tuesday, 03.24.2015 / 5:14 PM / News

Kevin Woodley - Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Vancouver Canucks defenseman Christopher Tanev figured he was finished with hockey in high school, so the idea of one day signing a five-year, $22.25 million contract never crossed his mind.

That's exactly what the 25-year-old did Tuesday, signing an extension with the Canucks worth $4.45 million per season almost 10 years after he thought he was done playing competitively.

"It's something I never thought would happen at all, especially during those days," said Tanev, who signed in Vancouver as an undrafted free agent in 2010, after one season playing NCAA hockey at the Rochester Institute of Technology. "Even during college I had no idea I would be in the NHL now. It's just something that's evolved so fast and I'm just happy to be here and along for the ride."

It's a ride that almost ended in grade 10 because Tanev was 5 feet tall and weighed less than 120 pounds, too small to continue playing AAA hockey in the Greater Toronto Hockey League.

"I couldn't really make any triple-A teams, so I just went back and played high school hockey once a week with my buddies," said Tanev, who also turned to roller hockey. "And I honestly thought I would play some high school hockey with friends and that would be it."


Stars captain Benn questionable for Wednesday

Tuesday, 03.24.2015 / 5:02 PM / News Staff

Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn is questionable for the game Wednesday at the Calgary Flames.

Benn sustained an undisclosed injury late in the Stars' 4-3 win against the Buffalo Sabres and did not practice Tuesday.

"Jamie is a little bit of a concern," coach Lindy Ruff told the Stars website Tuesday. "He was hurting late in the game and he was sore today. We'll see. He is a question mark for tomorrow."


Bruins defenseman Hamilton out indefinitely

Tuesday, 03.24.2015 / 4:47 PM / News

Boston Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton is out indefinitely because of an unspecified injury and will be evaluated in a few days, coach Claude Julien told the Bruins website Tuesday.

Hamilton may have sustained a shoulder injury during the Bruins' shootout loss to the Florida Panthers on Saturday, according to Comcast SportsNet New England. Hamilton left that game in the second period after a hit against the boards by Scottie Upshall and Nick Bjugstad.

The Bruins shuffled their defensive pairings at practice Tuesday, according to the Boston Globe.Adam McQuaid moved into the top pair with Zdeno CharaZach Trotman, recalled from Providence of the American Hockey League on Sunday, skated with Matt Bartkowski.

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