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Prospects

McCoshen among top stars at USHL prospects game

Monday, 01.21.2013 / 2:28 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Defenseman Ian McCoshen of the Waterloo Black Hawks heads an impressive list of United States Hockey League prospects eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft set to take the ice Wednesday at 7:15 ET in the second annual USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game presented by CCM, at the L.C. Walker Arena in Muskegon, Mich.

All 16 teams will have at least one player participating in the event, topped by the Black Hawks with five -- McCoshen, forwards Justin Kloos and Taylor Cammarata, and goalies Eamon McAdam and Calvin Petersen.

"I think it's fair to say [the USHL] is getting stronger each draft year," USHL president and commissioner Skip Prince said. "We're continuing to suggest that the USHL is not only a direct delivery vehicle to the NCAA, but that the USHL and NCAA are direct delivery vehicles to the NHL."

Scouts will have the opportunity to see 27 players in their first year of NHL draft eligibility.

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American WJC gold started with U-17 squad

Friday, 01.18.2013 / 12:44 PM / Prospects

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

"I think we're the best team," United States defenseman Seth Jones told TSN entering the IIHF 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia. "I think we have all the pieces to win the gold medal."

Two weeks later, Jones had a gold medal draped around his neck, closing a remarkable amateur career with wins at world under-17, under-18, and under-20 tournaments. And he won those last two world titles with a group of familiar teammates that had been working together for much of the past three years. For that group of American prospects, their three-year odyssey yielded incredible results.

Roughly half the players who won gold in Ufa also played on the U.S. team that won the 2011 World Under-18 Championship in Germany. From that group, seven players -- including John Gibson, Jake McCabe, Rocco Grimaldi and J.T. Miller -- were members of the 2010 U-17 championship team. It's a winning core that first came together as 16-year-olds at the United States National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich.

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Team Orr blanks Team Cherry in 3-0 win

Wednesday, 01.16.2013 / 11:58 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia -- Despite being the last replacement player added to the 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, Laurent Dauphin of the Chicoutimi Sangueneens was determined to prove he belonged among the elite draft-eligible standouts.

The 6-foot, 166-pound left wing of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League did just that on Wednesday when he struck for a goal and an assist to earn player of the game for Team Orr in a 3-0 victory against Team Cherry at the Metro Centre in the 18th annual event.

"The first 10 minutes, we were overwhelmed, but we fought back and I must say in my 14 years coaching in the game, that first period was the best period I've ever been involved with," Team Cherry coach Don Cherry said. "I thought it was a heck of a hockey game. It had fights, hits and goals. You can't ask for more than that."

Orr goaltenders Spencer Martin of the Mississauga Steelheads (OHL) and Philippe Desrosiers of the Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL) combined for 20 saves to notch the first shutout at the Top Prospects Game. The Orr defense, led by Seth Jones of the Portland Winterhawks (WHL) and Nikita Zadorov of the London Knights (OHL), played a spirited game while frustrating those Halifax fans in attendance hoping to see their hometown heroes earn the spotlight.

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Shaping up to be banner draft year for QMJHL

Tuesday, 01.15.2013 / 10:00 AM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

CSS 2013 MIDTERM RANKINGS

The majority of talent picked by teams at the annual NHL Draft comes from the Canadian Hockey League.

Of the three leagues that make up the CHL, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League usually lags behind the Ontario Hockey League and Western Hockey League as far as developing first-round picks.

At the 2012 draft, only one player from the QMJHL was taken in the first round, and from 2008-2012, of the 150 first-round picks, only 11 were QMJHL alums. By contrast, 49 OHL players and 32 WHL players were taken in that timeframe.

And since 1980, only once, in 1988, has the QMJHL produced the most first-round picks. That year they had six, the same as the WHL and one more than the OHL.

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Top draft-eligible talent set for Prospects Game

Tuesday, 01.15.2013 / 9:00 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

The effervescent Don Cherry predicts an atmosphere reminiscent of a seventh and deciding game in a championship series when the 18th annual Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is held Jan. 16 at the Metro Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The contest will showcase the Canadian Hockey League's top 40 NHL draft-eligible players, featuring talent from the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The OHL has 16 representatives, the QMJHL has 13 and the WHL will have 11 participants.

"Any time you can gather the top draft-eligible prospects to one venue to compete against one another, it's invaluable to NHL scouts and general managers," NHL Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr said.

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Central Scouting midterm rankings revealed Tuesday

Monday, 01.14.2013 / 4:44 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

The question on everyone's mind heading into the 2013 NHL Draft is whether or not a defenseman will finally get the nod over a forward as the first pick.

After all, the last time that happened was 2006 when Erik Johnson of the U.S. National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich., went to the St. Louis Blues with the No. 1 choice.

The top defenseman on the radar of every scout this year is Seth Jones of the Portland Winterhawks in the Western Hockey League. Jones, who played a big role for the gold medal-winning United States National Junior Team at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, currently leads all rookies in the WHL with 28 points, including eight goals and a plus-27 rating, in 31 games with Portland.

Forward Nathan MacKinnon of the Halifax Mooseheads in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League has also been touted as one of the best prospects in recent years. MacKinnon leads Halifax with 23 goals, 55 points and a plus-29 rating in 32 games.

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Junior stars could be set to make impact in NHL

Wednesday, 01.09.2013 / 12:16 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

When NHL training camps open, a significant number of the players in attendance will have gone as long as nine months without playing a competitive game.

In theory, players who have been playing in high-intensity games could have an advantage in the race to win roster spots. A number of those players could come from the junior ranks, where those players have been going full bore since their training camps started in September and by now are in midseason form.

Here are a few of the players, listed in alphabetical order, who could jump from junior hockey directly into the NHL for the 2012-13 season.

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McDavid continuing to live up to 'phenom' label

Saturday, 01.05.2013 / 8:00 AM / Prospects

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

It's easy to get caught up in the hype that surrounds any player who is dubbed a "phenom" before he is even allowed to drive a car -- and sometimes that hype can even exceed that player's true potential.

But that doesn't appear to be the case with Connor McDavid.

The 15-year-old center for the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League spent the past week competing for Ontario in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Drummondville and Victoriaville, Quebec, before his team was knocked out of medal contention Wednesday night in a 2-1 loss to the host Quebec team.

Among the eager onlookers at one of Ontario's games was Hockey Canada's head scout Kevin Prendergast, a man charged with identifying talent for the Canadian Junior National Team.

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40 players chosen for USHL/NHL Top Prospects game

Wednesday, 01.02.2013 / 6:07 PM / Prospects

NHL.com

The United States Hockey League on Wednesday announced the 40 players selected to compete in the 2013 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game presented by CCM to be held on Jan. 23 at the L.C. Walker Arena in Muskegon, Michigan.

It is the second season for the event, which will showcase many of the top players in the USHL who are eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft. In all, 27 of the players selected are in their first year of eligibility for the NHL Draft. The selection process was completed in cooperation with USHL general managers, NHL scouts and team personnel, and NHL Central Scouting. The composition of the two teams will be announced at a later date.

All 16 USHL clubs had at least one player selected to participate in the event. The Waterloo Black Hawks were tops with five players chosen, while the Dubuque Fighting Saints, Lincoln Stars, Muskegon Lumberjacks, Sioux City Musketeers, and Tri-City Storm each had four players named.

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Kypreos, MacLean named Top Prospects assistants

Wednesday, 12.19.2012 / 11:22 AM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Former NHL player Nick Kypreos and former NHL coach Doug MacLean have been named assistant coaches for the 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

The Top Prospects Game will be held Jan. 16, 2013 at the Halifax Metro Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and features 40 of the best 2013 NHL Draft-eligible prospects playing in the Canadian Hockey League.

Kypreos, who was part of the 1994 Stanley Cup champion New York Rangers during his eight-season NHL career, will be an assistant coach for Team Cherry, which will be coached by hockey icon Don Cherry.

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