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2013 NHL Draft

Sault Ste. Marie's Nurse offers smarts, physicality

Tuesday, 11.27.2012 / 4:00 PM / 2013 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Defenseman Darnell Nurse of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds knows that those curious NHL scouts coming to see him play not only expect a steady game along the back end, but a fairly physical one.

"At 6-foot-4 and 189 pounds, I have to use every pound that I have … it's kind of expected being this size," Nurse told NHL.com. "You have to be someone who is hard to play against, and that's something I enjoy.

"When a player skates down his wing, looks up and sees me, I want them to say, 'Oh God, I have to go against him again.'"

Scouts have already seen that trait in Nurse.

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Halifax's Fucale tops Central Scouting's list of goalies

Tuesday, 11.20.2012 / 11:00 AM / 2013 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Many consider Halifax Mooseheads Zachary Fucale to be the obvious choice for first goaltender chosen in the 2013 Draft. (Courtesy: Halifax Mooseheads)

While this year's pool of eligible goaltenders may not be as plentiful as it was last June, there still will be a few big names at the top of every team's list at the 2013 NHL Draft.

At the 2012 Draft, five goalies were selected among the top 62 picks, including Andrey Vasilevskiy (No. 19, Tampa Bay Lightning) and Malcolm Subban (No. 24, Boston Bruins) in the first round. Though there is no guarantee a goalie will be chosen among the first 30 picks in 2013, there is one goalie from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League expected to be high on every draft list.

Many consider 6-foot-1.25, 181-pound Zachary Fucale of the Halifax Mooseheads to be the obvious choice to be the first goaltender drafted.

"Zach is still one of the top goalies, for sure, but he's not a clear-cut No. 1," NHL Central Scouting's Al Jensen told NHL.com.

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Barkov, Lindholm top list of European prospects

Tuesday, 11.20.2012 / 11:00 AM / 2013 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

The battle for top honors in the European sector of players eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft looks to be just as tight as the race shaping up between North American prospects Nathan MacKinnon and Seth Jones.

Leading the way are Aleksander Barkov of Tappara in Finland and Elias Lindholm of Brynas in Sweden. While there's a good chance several top players currently starring overseas will hear their name announced during the opening round of the draft in June, Director of European Scouting Goran Stubb feels Barkov and Lindholm are the surefire standouts.

Tuesday, NHL Central Scouting revealed its preliminary rankings for the top levels of North American junior hockey and Europe. Barkov was the No. 1-rated skater in Finland. Lindholm was tops among skaters in Sweden.

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MacKinnon, Jones top preliminary rankings for 2013

Tuesday, 11.20.2012 / 11:00 AM / 2013 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

The next stage to projecting who could go in the opening round of the 2013 NHL Draft was revealed Tuesday when NHL Central Scouting released its preliminary rankings for the top levels of North American junior hockey and Europe.

While the lists certainly offer a good look into which players could be chosen in the early rounds, NHL Central Scouting director Dan Marr is quick to note that the rankings are subject to refinement by the time the mid-term report is released in January.

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MacKinnon one of many stars skating in QMJHL

Friday, 10.26.2012 / 9:00 AM / 2013 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Halifax Mooseheads forward Nathan MacKinnon isn't the only player eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft garnering attention in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season.

In addition to two other highly regarded players from the Mooseheads -- forward Jonathan Drouin and goalie Zachary Fucale -- the league is loaded with high-end talent. Hockey pundits feel Halifax and the Quebec Remparts will battle for top honors in the league this season, and each has two draft-eligible players among the seven listed from the league as A skaters on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings of players to watch for next year's draft.

"The league is a lot stronger than last year [when 19 players were selected from the QMJHL at the 2012 Draft]," NHL Central Scouting's Chris Bordeleau told NHL.com.

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List of top WHL prospects is heavy on defensemen

Thursday, 10.25.2012 / 9:00 AM / 2013 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

A U.S.-born defenseman has been taken with the first pick of an NHL Draft twice in League history. It could happen for a third time next June.

Portland Winterhawks blueliner Seth Jones has lived up to all the expectations that have followed him this season, and he's an early candidate to join that very exclusive club.

But Jones isn't the only highly regarded draft prospect skating in the Western Hockey League.

NHL.com reached out to NHL Central Scouting's top WHL scouts, Peter Sullivan and B.J. MacDonald, for their opinions on a few of the players who could hear their names called early at June's selection process at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

Presented in alphabetical order, here is a list of the top 10 prospects skating in the WHL, with expert opinion from Sullivan and MacDonald:

Oliver Bjorkstrand, RW, Portland -- The 5-foot-10.5, 167-pound Danish forward has had little trouble adjusting in his first season in North America. He is tied for the lead among WHL rookies with five goals in 12 games, while his 10 points are third, two behind the league leader. He earned a B rating on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings of players to watch for this year's draft.

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McCoshen, McAdam among top USHL prospects

Wednesday, 10.24.2012 / 9:00 AM / 2013 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Waterloo Black Hawks coach P.K. O'Handley isn't taking anything for granted despite the fact his team was pegged by many as the favorite to capture the Clark Cup as champion of the United States Hockey League this season.

Surprising Waterloo lost a five-game series to the Green Bay Gamblers in the championship round last spring. The Hawks hope for a better ending this season, and they're off to a fast start: through seven games, Waterloo has a 6-1-0 record while outscoring the opposition 33-19.

"We don't have a lot of guys who were in that series [against Green Bay], but the guys who were high-profile players are passing what they learned on to the other guys," O'Handley told NHL.com.

Four players who experienced the agony of a 5-2 defeat in Game 5 of the final against Green Bay return in 2012-13 with high draft aspirations -- defenseman Ian McCoshen, forward Taylor Cammarata and goalies Eamon McAdam and Cal Petersen.

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