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A look at some of the NHL's best teenage debuts

Wednesday, 08.11.2010 / 12:34 PM / NHL Insider

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

The Edmonton Oilers are hoping that Taylor Hall's success in junior hockey carries over as he prepares for his NHL career.

The Oilers took Hall with the No. 1 pick in the Entry Draft, and he's expected to step right into a regular role at age 18. Edmonton opted to select Hall even though center Tyler Seguin was rated slightly higher by NHL Central Scouting; the Boston Bruins, picking second, were more than happy to scoop him up.

Last year's No. 1 pick, John Tavares, had an up-and-down season, but finished with 24 goals and a team-leading 54 points for a team that struggled offensively. The Oilers and Bruins both would likely be happy to see those kinds of numbers from their prized rookies.

Seguin focuses on first Bruins camp

Monday, 08.09.2010 / 1:00 AM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Less than a month after turning more than a few heads at the Boston Bruins Development Camp in Wilmington, Mass., Tyler Seguin was doing the same last week at Team Canada's junior development camp in Newfoundland.

Sure, he has impressed his teammates and coaches, but what else would you expect from the No. 2 pick in the NHL Entry Draft? Three days after inking a three-year, entry-level contract with the Bruins on his kitchen table in Brampton, Ont., Seguin discussed his future with NHL.com during a break in the action at junior camp.

"It's nice knowing you don't have to worry about signing an NHL contract anymore and now it's just about focusing on and earning that spot and playing to make the (Bruins) roster," Seguin said.

What's in a name when it comes to NHL success?

Friday, 08.06.2010 / 12:45 PM / NHL Insider

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

The thousands of players who've suited up for NHL games include the gamut of first names -- everything from Aaron (Broten, among others) to Zybnek (Michalek, now of the Penguins). But if you want your son to have a career in the NHL, it might be best to name him Mike or Bob.

Michael and Robert (and their various derivatives) are by far the most plentiful on the NHL's all-time player list. There have been more than 200 players named Mike/Michael/Michel (Puck Prospectus put the number at 206) in the NHL, the most of any first name. Robert/Bob/Bobby is next at 194, with Dave/David/Davey a distant third at 134.

Flyers' Laperriere ready for new season

Thursday, 08.05.2010 / 11:48 AM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

A trip to the Stanley Cup Final has left Ian Laperriere hungrier than ever to win a title. Taking a puck to the face during last spring's playoffs has left him vowing to wear a half-shield for the rest of his NHL career -- but not to quit the fighting aspect of his game.

"I will always play with a half-shield now," Laperriere told the Philadelphia Flyers' website this week. "The difference is when I fight now I will take off my helmet. I am going to have to fight. The shield won't make a difference. I will have to take off my helmet and square-off instead of just grabbing the guy and fighting in the moment."

Laperriere started wearing a shield after he blocked a point shot from the point by New Jersey Devils' defenseman Paul Martin during Game 5 in the first round. Taking a shot in the face left him with 70 stitches over his right eye and what was eventually to found out to be a brain bruise that caused him to miss the next 10 playoff games. He returned for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against Montreal and played all six games of the Final against Chicago.

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