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2013 NHL Draft

Button picks his best from Under-18 Championship

Friday, 05.03.2013 / 10:40 AM / 2013 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NHL Network analyst Craig Button recently returned from the 2013 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Sochi, Russia, and came away impressed by a number of players eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft.

Among them was a quartet of players who helped Canada win the gold medal -- goaltender Philippe Desrosiers, defensemen Madison Bowey and Samuel Morin, and forward Laurent Dauphin.

Desrosiers, who played this season with the Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, allowed four goals in five games, and led the tournament with a 0.80 goals-against average and .970 save percentage. NHL Central Scouting placed him seventh among North American goaltenders in its final rankings for this year's draft.

Bailey rebounded from welcome-to-the-OHL moment

Wednesday, 05.01.2013 / 9:00 AM / 2013 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Prior to joining the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League this season, Justin Bailey never realized just how easy he had it on the ice.

"I thought coming into the OHL would be a little easier than it was," Bailey told NHL.com. "Throughout my hockey career, it's been easy and nice to play."

Kitchener coach Steve Spott knew there would be a learning curve for his prized recruit, who joined the Rangers from the Under-16 Long Island Royals midget team in Kings Park, N.Y.

"I don't think our young players, including those from minor-midget drafts, know how good of a league this is," Spott told NHL.com. "You're playing against the best players in the world in your age group, sometimes two or three years older. I think Justin learned real quickly how different it was."

Corkum to coach 2013 U.S. Hlinka team

Tuesday, 04.30.2013 / 12:25 PM / 2013 NHL Draft


USA Hockey on Tuesday named Bob Corkum as coach of the U.S. team that will play in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August.

Corkum, the interim men's ice hockey coach at the University of Maine, previously was an assistant on the 2012 U.S. Hlinka team and coached the U.S. Under-17 team that won the 2011 Five Nations Tournament. A Maine alum, he's been coaching at his alma mater since 2008, when he was hired as an associate coach with the men's hockey program.

Prior to coaching, Corkum played 720 games for seven NHL teams in 12 seasons, and played in the Stanley Cup Final with the New Jersey Devils in 2001.

Draft experts predict how lottery teams could pick

Tuesday, 04.30.2013 / 10:30 AM / 2013 NHL Draft


The Colorado Avalanche won the 2013 Scotiabank NHL Draft Lottery on Monday, earning the right to make the first pick.

Who will that player be? Hockey fans won't know for sure until the draft starts June 30 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

However, NHL.com's draft experts couldn't wait that long, and have weighed in with how they believe the first 14 picks of this year's draft could go.

Much like in their previous mock draft, NHL.com's trio is unanimous in its belief that Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones will be the player taken when the Avalanche step to the podium. It would be a fitting choice; Jones started his hockey career playing on rinks in the Denver suburbs and grew up an Avalanche fan.

Avalanche win 2013 Scotiabank NHL Draft Lottery

Monday, 04.29.2013 / 9:51 PM / 2013 NHL Draft

Mike Brophy - NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTOSeth Jones took his first strides as a hockey player in Colorado. Based on the fact the Colorado Avalanche won the 2013 Scotiabank NHL Draft Lottery on Monday, he may take his first strides as an NHL player there too.

Jones, a defenseman for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League, is the No. 1 ranked prospect by NHL Central Scouting. The 2013 NHL Draft will be held June 30 in New Jersey and the Avalanche, who beat the odds with an 18.8-percent chance to win the lottery, is certainly in the market for a big, offensive defenseman.

For the first time in four years, it will not be the Edmonton Oilers stepping up to the microphone to announce the first pick of the draft. The Oilers collected Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov with the No. 1 selection the past three summers.

"It is a very, very exciting night for the franchise for sure," Avalanche general manager Greg Sherman told NHL.com.

Draft Lottery provides teams last chance for a big win

Monday, 04.29.2013 / 11:30 AM / 2013 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

For the teams that missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs, it's because they just didn't win enough. Those teams will have a shot at one important win when the 2013 Scotiabank NHL Draft Lottery is held on Monday (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN).

The lottery will determine the draft order for the 14 clubs that missed the postseason. The Florida Panthers, who finished 30th in the League standings, will have the best odds of winning the first pick -- 25.0 percent.

The rules were changed this year, allowing all 14 teams to have a chance at winning the top pick; in previous years teams only could move up four slots, meaning only the teams that finished in the bottom five in the standings had a chance at winning the lottery.

However, teams still can't move down more than one spot, so the Panthers are guaranteed a top-two selection. And with this year's draft class considered the deepest and most talented since 2003, that's already a big win for the Panthers

Nurse has great source for advice in uncle -- McNabb

Monday, 04.29.2013 / 10:00 AM / 2013 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Defenseman Darnell Nurse of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the Ontario Hockey League has been surrounded by athletes his entire life.

It's no wonder he's privy to all the hype that accompanies the spotlight of his chosen future profession.

Nurse is No. 4 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft. In NHL.com's most recent mock drafts, he's expected to be a top-10 selection, with one expert predicting he'll go in the top five.

One of the things he's learned from his uncle -- former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb -- is the importance of training and staying physically fit.

"From a physical standpoint, being able to work out with guys who've been through the experiences, as well as being in a house with so many competitors, is great," Nurse told NHL.com. "But the three biggest people, to be honest, are my parents [Richard and Cathy] and Uncle Donovan."

Canada ends U.S. run of dominance at U-18s

Sunday, 04.28.2013 / 3:11 PM / 2013 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Frederik Gauthier's goal with 3:32 left in the second period held up as the game-winner as Canada won the gold medal Sunday with a 3-2 victory against the United States in the championship game at the 2013 IIHF World Under-18 Championship at Bolshoy Ice Dome in Sochi, Russia.

Gauthier, ranked No. 8 by NHL Central Scouting in its final ranking of North American skaters for the 2013 NHL Draft, found open space in the slot and buried a pass from Nick Baptiste to put Canada ahead.

Phillipe Desrosiers, Gauthier's teammate with the Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, made 33 saves as the U.S. outshot Canada 35-12. Desrosiers is No. 7 on Central Scouting's final ranking of North American goalies.

Laurent Dauphin had a goal and an assist, Baptiste had two assists, and Madison Bowey -- all three are ranked among the top 65 North American skaters in Central Scouting's final rankings.

2013 Scotiabank NHL Draft Lottery to be held Monday

Sunday, 04.28.2013 / 1:15 AM / 2013 NHL Draft

The 2013 Scotiabank NHL Draft Lottery, a weighted system to determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the 2013 NHL Draft, will take place Monday, April 29, at 8 p.m., ET.

The League, in cooperation with TSN, will announce the results of the Draft Lottery live during a 30-minute program produced and televised by TSN in Canada. The special presentation also will air in the U.S. on NBC Sports Network and will re-air on NHL Network U.S. at 9 p.m., ET.

Canada, U.S. to face off in U-18 final

Friday, 04.26.2013 / 4:10 PM / 2013 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Emotions will be high Sunday in Sochi, Russia, when the United States faces Canada in the gold-medal game of the 2013 IIHF World Under-18 Championship, at Bolshoy Ice Dome.

Both teams advanced to the title game after winning their respective semifinals Friday. The gold-medal game will be played Sunday at noon ET.

2013 NHL Draft prospects Tyler Kelleher and J.T. Compher scored in a shootout to lead the United States to a 4-3 victory against Russia in the nightcap before a capacity crowd at Bolshoy. In the earlier semifinal, Canada secured a ticket to the championship game for the first time since 2008 with a 3-1 defeat of Finland.

The U.S., which rallied from 2-1 and 3-2 deficits against the host Russians, will seek an unprecedented fifth straight U-18 gold medal Sunday.

"When the U.S. plays Canada, it's a big game all the time, at any level," U.S. goalie Thatcher Demko said.

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