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Coyotes excited about Max Domi's potential

Tuesday, 09.09.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's Top 60 Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

There's no denying Arizona Coyotes prospect Max Domi possesses the offensive tools required to one day play an integral role in the lineup, but his adjustment to reach that status remains in question.

Of all the players on NHL.com's Top 60 prospect rankings, Domi was the most divisive. The 19-year-old was ranked as high as No. 12 and as low as No. 53 on the six lists submitted; the other four lists had him No. 16, No. 30, No. 32 and No. 42. Some evaluators point to Domi's 5-foot-9, 197-pound frame as a hindrance to his development. Others feel it's just maturity. Then there's some who believe he's ready to be an NHL regular.

"I think Max has a tremendous upside as an offensive player and has shown an ability to dominate at the junior level, but maybe there's some prejudice because of his size," Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said. "I think it's just maturity to be honest; there are times when he tries too hard. Whether or not he'll star in the League this November or two Novembers from now, I can't tell you."

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Led by Sweden, European players continue to emerge

Tuesday, 09.09.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's Top 60 Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

The percentage of European-born and -trained players selected at the 2014 NHL Draft was the highest it has been in more than a decade.

Leading the way was a heavy dose of Swedish standouts, representing 27 of the 66 European players picked in seven rounds at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The European contingent made up 31.4 percent of the players chosen; the remainder hailed from Canada or the United States.

The number of Europeans who played at least one NHL game last season was 25.1 percent, which has been roughly the average during the past five seasons; the highest percentage of Europeans playing in the NHL in a given season during the past 14 seasons was in 2001-02 (33.6 percent).

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Three prospects worthy of top-60 consideration

Tuesday, 09.09.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's Top 60 Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The pipeline of talent flowing into the NHL likely never has been as rich as it is right now. So when narrowing a list of top prospects to 60 players, it's going to leave some future talent on the outside.

Three players who could have been on the list are Buffalo Sabres forward Hudson Fasching, New York Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock and Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros.

Fasching was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round (No. 118) of the 2013 NHL Draft and traded to the Sabres in March. A 6-foot-2, 213-pound power forward, he had 14 goals and 30 points as a freshman at the University of Minnesota last season and two goals and four points in five games for the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship. He'll likely have a prominent spot on the team that plays for the U.S. at the 2015 WJC.

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Numbers show depth of NHL's prospect pool

Tuesday, 09.09.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's Top 60 Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Coordinating six voters to compile their lists of the top 60 NHL prospects creates some interesting sets of numbers.

The most important number was one, for the spot Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin claimed, finishing ahead of Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson. Drouin, a high-scoring forward, was the third pick of the 2013 NHL Draft and the top selection by two voters and second on another ballot.

Here are a few other interesting numbers that came out of NHL.com's Top 60 prospect ranking:

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Lightning's Drouin highlights top 60 prospects

Tuesday, 09.09.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's Top 60 Prospects

NHL.com Staff

The star power in the League today is obvious, from Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers to Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings.

But that's the present. What about the stars of the future?

To answer that question, NHL.com set out to come up with the 60 best NHL prospects. Three members of the NHL.com staff, Adam Kimelman, Corey Masisak and Mike Morreale, were enlisted to accomplish that task, along with three NHL scouts, each of whom promised honesty in exchange for anonymity.

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Perron pleased with turnout at Oilers skate

Monday, 09.08.2014 / 9:07 PM / NHL Insider

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The Edmonton Oilers had nearly 30 players and prospects on ice Monday for an informal skate at Millennium Place at Sherwood Park. The big turnout delighted veteran forward David Perron, who was among those on the ice.

"We've been done playing since April and it's something we're trying to change," Perron told the Oilers website. "With more and more teams, their veteran guys are showing up earlier and earlier so as soon as camp starts they are ready to go. Three days after camp starts I think we have an exhibition game so it's something where we have to be as ready as possible.

David Perron
Left Wing - EDM
GOALS: 28 | ASST: 29 | PTS: 57
SOG: 220 | +/-: -16
"When I asked the trainers a couple of days ago about how many guys were in town they said roughly 30. I thought he was kidding at first but it's a nice showing of veteran guys and prospects. We'll see who is going to be able to make the team."

Perron tied Jordan Eberle for the team lead with 28 goals but had to pass on an invitation to play for Canada at the World Championships in May because of a hip injury. He said he was able to deal with the injury during the summer and is ready to go as camp approaches.

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Carlyle looks for better things from Maple Leafs

Monday, 09.08.2014 / 8:49 PM / NHL Insider

Mike Brophy - NHL.com Correspondent

The Toronto Maple Leafs will be different; there's no doubt about that. The question is whether they will be better.

One year after they threw a scare into the Boston Bruins by taking them to seven games in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Maple Leafs took a nosedive. Toronto lost its final four games of the 2013-14 season and 13 of its last 18, tumbling to 12th in the Eastern Conference and missing the postseason for the eighth time in nine seasons.

Changes were in order. Brendan Shanahan was hired as team president and wasted little time putting his stamp on the new-look Maple Leafs.

It started behind the bench; coach Randy Carlyle got a two-year contract extension, but assistant coaches Scott Gordon, Dave Farrish and Greg Cronin were released. The changes spread to the front office with the firing of vice president of hockey operations Dave Poulin and VP and assistant general manager Claude Loiselle.


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Newest Islanders excited for upcoming season

Monday, 09.08.2014 / 7:01 PM / NHL Insider

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The New York Islanders' summer was marked by a number of roster moves, most notably among the forwards and in goal. Some of those new additions participated in informal skates at Islanders Iceworks on Monday, and they're excited to begin preparing for the new season; it's the team's last at Nassau Coliseum before moving to Barclays Center in Brooklyn in 2015.

"It looks like a good place to play. I feel just excited. I still am a little bit tired after the plane. I moved from California. We will see. To me, first day is always hard," center Mikhail Grabovski said. "Personally, I'm just happy to find a good team and sign a long deal so I can play and relax. A great city, a great chance to play next year in a new stadium. I'm happy."

Grabovski was one of the Islanders' marquee acquisitions, signing with New York on the same day as good friend Nikolai Kulemin. The two forwards enjoyed great success playing together with the Toronto Maple Leafs and the hope is they can rekindle that chemistry with their new team.


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Krejci eager for more goals and Cups in Boston

Monday, 09.08.2014 / 6:55 PM / NHL Insider

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins center David Krejci has averaged 0.75 points per game in his 504-game NHL career. But now that he's been granted a raise, he's thinking about doing things to raise that scoring average.

Krejci, who could have become an unrestricted free agent next summer, last week signed a six-year extension that will begin in 2015-16 and carry an annual salary-cap charge of $7.25 million through 2021. He spoke about his new contract for the first time at TD Garden on Monday.

"I do want to score more goals, that's for sure," said Krejci, whose cap charge this season is $5.25 million in the last year of a three-year contract. "Not necessarily because I signed a new deal, but just because I want to get better every year. And that's my goal: Get more goals and help the team to win more games, get in the good spot, in the good position before the playoffs and go from there."

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Quintal to lead NHL Department of Player Safety

Monday, 09.08.2014 / 1:00 PM / Department of Player Safety News

The National Hockey League announced today that Stephane Quintal has been named Senior Vice President of Player Safety.

Quintal had been serving in that role on an interim basis since April 11, 2014, when Brendan Shanahan left his position as Senior Vice President of Player Safety to become the President of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Following an extensive evaluation process that included interviews with many qualified candidates, it was determined that the goals and objectives of the Department of Player Safety would be served best under Quintal's continued leadership.

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