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Guelph locks up spot in Memorial Cup title game

Monday, 05.19.2014 / 10:24 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Guelph Storm forward Robert Fabbri continued to cement his status as one of the top forwards available for the 2014 NHL Draft with a goal and an assist in a 6-3 defeat of the Val-d'Or Foreurs on Monday at the 2014 Memorial Cup.

Minnesota Wild draft pick Zack Mitchell had a goal and two assists for Guelph, which also got a goal and an assist from Columbus Blue Jackets 2013 first-round pick Kerby Rychel. Goalie Justin Nichols made 30 saves as the Storm, champions of the Ontario Hockey League, outshot the Foreurs 49-33.

Guelph, which beat the Western Hockey League champion Edmonton Oil Kings 5-2 on Saturday, improved to 2-0 in the tournament and earned a spot in the championship game Sunday. They'll finish round-robin play Wednesday against the host London Knights.


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Edmonton's Jarry shows mettle in defeat of London

Monday, 05.19.2014 / 9:50 AM / Prospects

Ed Klajman - NHL.com Contributor

LONDON, Ontario -- It was not the game that was expected from Edmonton Oil Kings goalie Tristan Jarry on Saturday, in his first start at the 2014 Memorial Cup.

The 2013 second-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins (No. 44) allowed five goals on 32 shots as the Western Hockey League champions lost to the Guelph Storm 5-2.

Even Edmonton coach Derek Laxdal described Jarry's performance as "not great."

So how did the 19-year-old react to the disappointment of that game?

He emerged from the locker room the same way he always does after a game, with a big smile on his face.

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Kulda leads Edmonton past London at Memorial Cup

Sunday, 05.18.2014 / 10:22 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Edgars Kulda, a top prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft, had two goals and an assist to lead the Western Hockey League champion Edmonton Oil Kings to a 5-2 victory against the host London Knights at the Memorial Cup on Sunday night.

The Latvia-born forward is No. 145 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American forwards for the 2014 NHL Draft.

Luke Bertolucci scored twice and Reid Petryk also had a goal for Edmonton. Goaltender Tristan Jarry, a Pittsburgh Penguins prospect, stopped 30 of 32 shots.

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Guelph's Rychel comes full circle at Memorial Cup

Sunday, 05.18.2014 / 10:38 AM / Prospects

Ed Klajman - NHL.com Contributor

LONDON, Ontario – For someone who is technically a Memorial Cup rookie, forward Kerby Rychel has a lot of valuable experience to draw upon when it comes to junior hockey's championship tournament.

The Columbus Blue Jackets prospect, selected in the first round (No. 19) of the 2013 NHL Draft, was 11 years old when he attended the last Memorial Cup held in London in 2005. He witnessed an all-time classic when Sidney Crosby played his final games in junior hockey, representing the Rimouski Oceanic, and the London Knights won that franchise's first title led by future Anaheim Ducks star Corey Perry and a number of other players who are now in the prime of their NHL careers.

Four years later, Rychel was in Rimouski, at the Memorial Cup held there, taking morning skates with the Windsor Spitfires. He was able to do that because the Oceanic was and still is managed and co-owned by his father Warren, who played for five different NHL teams over a 12-year career. The young Kerby was overjoyed to see the powerhouse Spitfires win the Memorial Cup that season.

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Guelph tops Edmonton in Memorial Cup

Saturday, 05.17.2014 / 11:06 PM / Prospects

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Kerby Rychel and Tyler Bertuzzi each scored two goals to lead the Guelph Storm to a 5-2 victory against the Edmonton Oil Kings on Saturday at the Memorial Cup in London, Ontario.

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Goalie Bibeau shines for Val-d'Or at Memorial Cup

Saturday, 05.17.2014 / 11:20 AM / Prospects

Ed Klajman - NHL.com Contributor

LONDON, Ontario – Antoine Bibeau didn't make it onto NHL Central Scouting's goalie rankings in the middle of last season.

He was listed as the ninth-ranked netminder when the Toronto Maple Leafs drafted him in the sixth round (No. 172) in the 2013 NHL Draft.

But today, junior hockey's hottest goalie no longer needs to worry about being overlooked.

In leading the Val-d'Or Foreurs to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League title with an upset over the high-powered Baie-Comeau Drakkar, Bibeau faced an average of 40 shots per game in the last four contests of the seven-game series. After that onslaught, Bibeau topped his own high playoff standards in the opening game of the Memorial Cup championship.

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Plenty at stake as London Knights host Memorial Cup

Wednesday, 05.14.2014 / 4:05 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

There's a good chance many of the NHL's brightest future stars will be playing big roles this weekend when the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup commences at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario.

The four-team round robin tournament takes place May 16-25 and will feature the host team London Knights along with the Ontario Hockey League champion Guelph Storm, Western Hockey League champion Edmonton Oil Kings and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champion Val d'Or Foreurs.

Make no mistake, NHL scouts and general managers pay close attention to the tournament and which prospects rise to the occasion in a big spot.

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Brendan Lemieux living up to family name in Barrie

Thursday, 04.17.2014 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Brendan Lemieux is a regular chip off the old block.

The son of former NHL player and three-time Stanley Cup champion Claude Lemieux considers himself a playoff performer. In other words, he's a forward who can make the big play and score the big goal when needed.

Sound familiar? It should. Claude ended his career tied for third with Joe Sakic on the all-time NHL list with 19 game-winning goals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for three different teams.

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Wild prospect Peterson wins Mr. Hockey Award

Sunday, 03.09.2014 / 3:47 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Minnesota Wild prospect Avery Peterson of Grand Rapids High School was named the recipient of the 2014 Mr. Hockey Award on Sunday as the most outstanding senior boy's high school player in the state of Minnesota.

The Mr. Hockey Award is selected by a panel of judges, including scouts from the NHL and United States Hockey League, Division I and III coaches, and selected media members from around the state.

Other finalists for the award this year were Philip Beaulieu (Duluth East), Tyler Cline (Blaine), Spencer Naas (Benilde St. Margaret's), Tyler Nanne (Edina), Mitch Slattery (Hill-Murray), Steven Spinner (Eden Prairie), Luc Snuggerud (Eden Prairie), Nick Wolff (Eagan) and Zach Yon (Roseau).

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Top prospect Connor McDavid has highlight-reel goal

Thursday, 03.06.2014 / 8:23 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

There are a number of NHL general managers who already are looking ahead to the 2015 NHL Draft. One look at Erie Otters forward Connor McDavid shows why.

The 17-year-old McDavid showcased the kind of skill that has NHL teams so excited Wednesday with a highlight-reel goal in an 11-2 win against the Plymouth Whalers.


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