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2013 NHL Draft

U.S. team rallies for first win at U-18 Worlds

Saturday, 04.20.2013 / 1:50 PM / 2013 NHL Draft


Having already lost once and facing a 5-on-3 power-play against, the United States secured their one-goal lead in the third period to hold on for a 4-3 victory against the Czech Republic on Saturday at the Under-18 World Championship in Sochi, Russia.

"We worked all year and every day in practice on defending the 5-on-3," U.S. forward Evan Allen said. "We pride ourselves on defense."

That defense arrived a little late on Saturday as the Czech team took a 2-0 lead in the first period of the Group A preliminary-round game. Adam Zboril finished a 3-on-1 at 12:18, then David Kampf converted a U.S. turnover into a shorthanded goal at 16:22.

World U-18: Czech Republic, Switzerland cruise

Friday, 04.19.2013 / 3:45 PM / 2013 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The Czech Republic and Switzerland won in comfortable fashion Friday on Day 2 of the 2013 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Sochi, Russia.

A pair of 2013 NHL Draft prospects playing in North America keyed the Czech Republic's 7-0 rout of Latvia in their opener in a Group A game played at Bolshoy Ice Arena.

Patrik Zdrahal, who plays for the Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, had a hat trick, and teammate Dominik Kubalik, who plays for the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League, had five assists and a team-high nine shots on goal.

McDavid, Canada win U-18 opener; USA defeated

Thursday, 04.18.2013 / 2:26 PM / 2013 NHL Draft


Connor McDavid might be the youngest player on Canada's roster at the World Under-18 Championship in Sochi, Russia, but the 16-year-old forward made quite an impact Thursday during his country's 4-1 victory over Slovakia in the Group B opener at Shayba Arena.

The United States, which is seeking a fifth straight gold medal at the tournament, suffered a 4-3 setback to host Russia when Vladimir Tkachyov scored with 1:54 left in third period at Bolshoy Ice Dome in a Group A preliminary-round matchup.

The Americans pulled into a 3-3 tie when captain J.T. Compher scored a shorthanded goal 11:14 into the third. The play began when United States forward Tyler Motte stole the puck at the top of the U.S. blue line and skated into the neutral zone with Compher, before the latter got the pass, skated into the Russian end and beat goalie Igor Shestyorkin (34 saves) with a shot under his arm.

Fasching has added motivation to make most of gifts

Wednesday, 04.17.2013 / 9:00 AM / 2013 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Hudson Fasching knows just how lucky he is. Lucky to be a highly skilled hockey player. Lucky to be considered a top prospect for the 2013 NHL Draft.

He also knows how lucky he is just to be able to get out of bed every morning.

Fasching, 17, is the oldest of three children, but the only one able to care for himself. His younger brother Cooper, 14, and sister Mallory, 13, each suffer from a mitochondrial disease, which leaves them unable to walk or speak, and they require around-the-clock medical care.

"I just am very grateful for what I have," Fasching told NHL.com. "I feel like I'm very lucky. It was a statistical thing, a one-in-four chance that they would contract the disease or the genes ended up the way they have. I'm just really lucky that I have all the gifts I've been given as a person, and I work that much harder every day to work for them because they can't do that.

"It's something that only I can do. Sometimes I feel like I took all the good genes. I want to do everything I can to make my family proud and do the best I can."

Reinhart named captain of Canada World U-18 team

Friday, 04.12.2013 / 4:08 PM / 2013 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Sam Reinhart, an early favorite to be the top pick of the 2014 NHL Draft, on Friday was named captain of Canada's team for the 2013 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.

Reinhart, a 6-foot-1, 186-pound center with the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League, led the team this season in goals (35), assists (50) and points (85).

The tournament runs April 18-28 in Sochi, Russia, the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Canada plays its first pre-tournament exhibition game April 14 against the United States at the Bolshoy Arena in Sochi.

Reinhart also was captain of Canada's team that won the gold medal at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August.

Subban hoping to follow brothers' path to spotlight

Wednesday, 04.10.2013 / 11:02 AM / 2013 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Jordan Subban has had the benefit of watching two older brothers succeed in the Ontario Hockey League then hear their names called at the NHL Draft.

Now it's time for little brother to earn his moment in the spotlight.

At least that's what Jordan, a defenseman with the Belleville Bulls, is hoping for come June 30 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., when Subban is expected to be picked in the second or third round at the 2013 NHL Draft.

"I don't really put too much emphasis on the fact my brothers are so successful and because of that I might feel added pressure," Subban told NHL.com. "Having brothers that are so successful is an advantage more than anything. It's great to just pick up the phone and get advice."

Compher to help U.S. win 5th straight World U-18 title

Monday, 04.08.2013 / 12:10 PM / 2013 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

The United States Men's National Under-18 Team will look to capture a fifth straight gold medal when the International Ice Hockey Federation's World U-18 Championship is held in Sochi, Russia, April 18-28.

USA Hockey on Monday announced the 23-man roster, which includes 17 players eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft, to be held in Newark, N.J., on June 30. All 23 players are members of the United States National Team Development Program.

The U.S., which will be coached by Don Granato, will include 13 forwards, seven defenseman and three goalies. Leading a talented group of forwards are highly regarded 2013 draft prospects J.T. Compher, Michael McCarron, Hudson Fasching and John Hayden.

Top 2013 NHL Draft prospects examine their game

Saturday, 04.06.2013 / 9:00 AM / 2013 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- Prior to the start of every season, NHL Central Scouting has evaluated hundreds of top prospects available in the upcoming NHL Draft.

In addition to the meticulous reports scouts take, it's also required that each prospect file some paperwork to Central Scouting.

So long before Seth Jones of the Portland Winterhawks, Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin of the Halifax Mooseheads, Sean Monahan of the Ottawa 67's and Hunter Shinkaruk of the Medicine Hat Tigers begin a new season, they've already completed their "Central Scouting Questionnaire."

One of the more intriguing areas on the questionnaire are the sections that requires each prospect to identify the strongest area of their game, where they'd like to improve, and the NHL player they most resemble. The self-assessments, for the most part, are pretty accurate. They also provide the scouts with a gauge as to what type of player each prospect expects to become.

Here's a summary of what each of the top five North American prospects, top North American goalie and top European skater from Central Scouting's midterm rankings provided in their questionnaires, followed by an evaluation of that response from NHL Central Scouting.

Top prospects invited to Canada's World U-18 camp

Friday, 04.05.2013 / 4:26 PM / 2013 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Top 2013 NHL Draft prospects Frederik Gauthier, Jason Dickinson, Morgan Klimchuk, Shea Theodore and Joshua Morrissey were among 24 players invited by Hockey Canada on Friday to attend a training camp for a spot on Canada's roster for the 2013 World Under-18 Tournament.

Camp will be held April 6-10 at the MasterCard Centre in Toronto. The tournament will be held April 18-28 in Sochi, Russia.

Canada won the bronze medal at last year's tournament, its first medal of any kind since winning the gold in 2008. The United States has won four straight years.

Rajanen brings strong opinions to role as scout

Friday, 04.05.2013 / 9:00 AM / 2013 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Greg Rajanen feels one key to unearthing a future blue-chip hockey prospect is pinpointing at least one quality that could be carried over into the NHL.

It's a philosophy the 59-year-old believes has suited him well in his inaugural season at NHL Central Scouting. Rajanen, who is responsible for the Minnesota and midwestern United States regions, including the United States Hockey League and NCAA, joined Central Scouting on Sept. 1, 2012.

"This was an opportunity for me to go full-time in an area that I have a deep passion for in scouting," Rajanen told NHL.com. "I was told on Day One that I needed to hit the ground running, but I think it's been more like a sprint."

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