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Canucks' Subban hopes to create own niche

Friday, 07.18.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- It didn't take long before the questions directed at Vancouver Canucks prospect Jordan Subban during development camp focused more on his older brothers.

It never does.

He plays defenseman, the same position as Norris Trophy-winning sibling and Montreal Canadiens star P.K. Subban, so comparisons are inevitable. With middle brother Malcolm Subban coming off his first pro season as a goaltender in the Boston Bruins organization, the questions about family are never far off.

To be clear, none of that bothers the youngest Subban.

"I am used to it by now," Jordan said, adding most of the questions are about P.K. "He's my brother, so I love to talk about him, and it's great to see him have success, but at the same time I am me."

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Canucks' Horvat trims down, aims for roster spot

Thursday, 07.17.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

Bo Horvat
Center - VAN
2013-14 stats with London (OHL)
Goals: 30 | Assists: 44 | Pts: 74
Games: 54 | +/-: 20

VANCOUVER -- Bo Horvat is trying to lighten up.

Not in a "Why so serious?" kind of way, mind you. The Vancouver Canucks' top prospect is trying to lose weight with the hope it will make him faster and ease the transition from junior hockey to the NHL as a 19-year-old center this season.

Horvat, who was selected by the Canucks with the ninth pick of the 2013 NHL Draft, a pick acquired from the New Jersey Devils in a trade for goaltender Cory Schneider, has already dropped 6-8 pounds in less than three weeks.

"I have to get lighter," said Horvat, who was listed at 6-foot and 206 pounds for Canucks development camp. "It's not like I am overweight or anything; it's just trying to get quick, get leaner and a little bit lighter and try to work on my speed and my agility."

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Grigorenko blames self for not sticking with Sabres

Wednesday, 07.16.2014 / 9:41 PM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

Mikhail Grigorenko started each of the past two seasons with the Buffalo Sabres, then found himself back in juniors and eventually in the American Hockey League.

He says he has only himself to blame.

"From past experiences, I've kind of realized that it was probably no one's fault but mine that I didn't stay in the NHL," Grigorenko told the Sabres website Wednesday at development camp. "If I want to play in the best league in the world, it's just on me. No one is going to make me play just because I was drafted in the first round. I just need to go out there and just be the best."

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Toews, Kane never thought of leaving Blackhawks

Wednesday, 07.16.2014 / 8:35 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane would've had tantalizing options as unrestricted free agents, but the idea of staying with the Chicago Blackhawks was more appealing.

After winning the Stanley Cup twice in their first seven seasons, the Blackhawks' dynamic duo intends to add more championship banners to the rafters inside United Center. That's ultimately what led them to sign identical eight-year contract extensions July 9, reportedly worth $84 million each, choosing to avoid hitting the open market as free agents July 1, 2015.

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Nylander impressing Maple Leafs with early showing

Wednesday, 07.16.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO -- When the Toronto Maple Leafs selected forward William Nylander with the eighth pick of the 2014 NHL Draft, they felt they were getting a great player. What has surprised the organization is how well Nylander handled being thrust into the spotlight during the team's prospect camp in Toronto.

Nylander joined 28 other prospects at MasterCard Centre this week, and the impression he left was overwhelmingly positive.

"He's been very impressive. And not to put pressure on a young player like that, I think the first step was just getting him here," Maple Leafs president of hockey operations Brendan Shanahan said. "What really impresses me about William, aside from the skill level he has, is just his character that he's shown since he's been here."

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Panthers' Barkov healthy, eager for second season

Wednesday, 07.16.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Alain Poupart - NHL.com Correspondent

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- Aleksander Barkov made a brief appearance during the Florida Panthers development camp last week, skating the first two days and then sitting out the last two. He still managed to provide one of the highlights of the week with a shootout move that quickly found its way to the Internet, a one-handed backhand flip into the middle of the net.

Barkov didn't really need to show the Panthers anything last week. The main reason they brought him to development camp was to evaluate his rehabilitation from the knee injury that cut short what had been a tremendous rookie season for the second pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.

"We just want to make sure that when training camp comes that he's raring to go," Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said. "He has nothing to prove to me. We just brought him in here to evaluate him and look at him and everything's good."

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Analysis: Poile hopes 'small ball' works for Predators

Tuesday, 07.15.2014 / 5:41 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Nashville Predators general manager David Poile's preference would have been to hit a home run this offseason. He's hoping a couple of singles and doubles are enough to get the team back into the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2011.

"We have some quantity that hopefully will provide us with more quality," Poile told NHL.com on Tuesday after announcing the club had signed centers Mike Ribeiro and Derek Roy to one-year contracts.

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Brodeur's sons carrying on family tradition with Devils

Tuesday, 07.15.2014 / 11:33 AM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- It was a surreal scene watching three talented prospects named "Brodeur" doing their best to make their father proud this week during New Jersey Devils development camp here at AmeriHealth Pavilion.

At a time when the future of franchise icon and unrestricted free agent goalie Martin Brodeur remains uncertain, there were his sons, Anthony, Jeremy and William Brodeur, on the ice looking to earn the respect of coaches and teammates just as their father did almost a quarter-century ago.

The sight of three Brodeur teens certainly was unusual for Devils coach Peter DeBoer.

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Reinhart looks to bring winning attitude to Islanders

Tuesday, 07.15.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Griffin Reinhart was 19 years old when he arrived at training camp with the New York Islanders last September, but he made a strong case to stay with them rather than be sent back to his junior team, the Edmonton Oil Kings in the Western Hockey League.

New York's first-round pick (No. 4) at the 2012 NHL Draft, the 6-foot-4, 217-pound defenseman impressed Islanders brass at training camp and scored a goal in a preseason game against the Calgary Flames. But instead of throwing him into the fire at the sport's highest level, it was determined Reinhart would be better served returning to the WHL.

In his final season of junior hockey, Reinhart learned what it takes to become a champion. The Oil Kings captain played 66 games in the regular season and playoffs, and combined for 34 points and a plus-31 rating, leading Edmonton to a Memorial Cup championship.

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Coyotes' Domi confident after extra year of juniors

Tuesday, 07.15.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Jerry Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

SCOTTSDALE Ariz. -- The Arizona Coyotes development camp featured 39 players and enough familiar NHL surnames to ice a starting lineup.

Henrik Samuelsson, son of Ulf Samuelsson and the Coyotes' first-round pick in 2012 (No. 27), is coming off a 95-point season with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League. Brendan Perlini, son of former Toronto Maple Leafs center Fred Perlini, was Arizona's first-round pick (No. 12) last month. Coyotes coaches Sean Burke and Jim Playfair got to put their sons, goalie Brendan Burke and forward Jackson Playfair, through their paces. And Kevin Ekman-Larsson, brother of Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, was one of the defensemen in camp.

But there is one player with the best chance to add another generation to his hockey pedigree very soon. The Coyotes are hoping forward Max Domi, son of longtime NHL forward Tie Domi, can supply some much-needed skill to the lineup.

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