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Prospects

Yakupov excited about Super Series visit to Sarnia

Monday, 11.12.2012 / 2:18 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Electrifying forward Nail Yakupov makes his anticipated return to Sarnia, Ont., on Monday to lead Russia against the stars of the Ontario Hockey League in the fourth game of the 2012 Subway Super Series before an expected capacity crowd at RBC Centre.

The game can be seen on NHL Network-US at 9 p.m. ET, following coverage of Hockey Hall of Fame ceremonies in Toronto.

The RBC Centre, home to the OHL's Sting, was Yakupov's stomping grounds for two seasons before he was announced as the No. 1 choice by the Edmonton Oilers at the 2012 NHL Draft last June.

Bailey used absence to clear head and refine game

Tuesday, 11.06.2012 / 9:00 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

The road back from a concussion might well be just what the doctor ordered for Kitchener Rangers rookie forward Justin Bailey.

Bailey was sidelined five games in the Ontario Hockey League after suffering a concussion off a neutral zone hit delivered by Calgary Flames prospect Pat Sieloff of the Windsor Spitfires on Sept. 27. Sieloff was assessed a charging penalty and game misconduct on the play.

At the time of Bailey's injury, he had zero points and four penalty minutes in three games.

MacKinnon to play wing in Super Series opener

Monday, 11.05.2012 / 1:11 PM / Prospects

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BOISBRIAND, Quebec -- Top 2013 NHL Draft prospect Nathan MacKinnon of the Halifax Mooseheads may take his first step toward an eventual inclusion on the Canadian junior national team Monday, when he skates in an unfamiliar position for the team representing the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in Game 1 of the Canadian Hockey League Subway Super Series against Team Russia.

Team QMJHL coach Andre Tourigny, who also will serve as an assistant to Steve Spott on the team Canada sends to Russia for the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, said he will be playing MacKinnon on the wing Monday, alongside fellow 2013 NHL Draft hopeful Jean-Sebastien Dea of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and Florida Panthers top prospect Jonathan Huberdeau of the Saint John Sea Dogs.

It will be the first time MacKinnon will play out of his natural position of center, but Tourigny said there's a specific reason behind the decision, which goes beyond Monday's game (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US, Sportsnet).

Drouin out for Game 1 of Subway Super Series

Monday, 11.05.2012 / 11:00 AM / Prospects

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BOISBRIAND, Quebec -- Halifax Mooseheads left wing Jonathan Drouin, one of the top prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft, will not play for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team against Team Russia in Game 1 of the Subway Super Series on Monday (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US, Sportsnet) due to a foot injury.

Drouin, 17, suffered the injury Saturday blocking a shot in the Mooseheads' 5-1 win at the Drummondville Voltigeurs. He played in Halifax's 6-5 shootout loss at the Rimouski Oceanic on Sunday, which snapped the Mooseheads' 14-game winning streak, but was limited to spot duty because of the injury.

Mooseheads general manager Cam Russell told the Halifax Chronicle-Herald that Drouin suffered a bruise and added that it was possible he would play in Game 2 of the series, Wednesday night in Val-d'Or, Quebec.

Stars prospect Ritchie has 11-point weekend in OHL

Sunday, 11.04.2012 / 8:30 PM / Prospects

NHL.com

Dallas Stars prospect Brett Ritchie scored five goals Sunday to cap an 11-point weekend playing for the Niagara IceDogs in the Ontario Hockey League.

IceDogs linemate Ryan Strome, a New York Islanders prospect, had 10 points in the two games.

"It was a good weekend. We played well as [a] team and obviously I got the points with my line," Ritchie told the St. Catherines Standard.

Ritchie helped his team come back from 4-2 down against the Peterborough Petes on Sunday, scoring three times (including an empty-netter) in the final 7:13 of a 6-4 win. The wing had given the IceDogs a 2-1 lead with a first-period power-play goal and a score six minutes into the second.

McDavid named OHL Rookie of the Month

Thursday, 11.01.2012 / 5:37 PM / Prospects

NHL.com

Erie Otters center Connor McDavid is off to quite a start in the Ontario Hockey League.

Just one day after being added to the Subway Super Series, McDavid was named the OHL's Player of the Month for October on Thursday. The Toronto native had six goals and six assists in 10 games.

The third player to receive exceptional player status by Hockey Canada for early entry into the OHL, McDavid has a league-leading 14-game point-scoring streak and leads all OHL rookies with 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists). He notched at least a point in each of the 10 games he played in October.

Hall, McDavid added to Team OHL Super Series roster

Wednesday, 10.31.2012 / 8:36 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Barrie Colts center Zach Hall, a well-regarded prospect for the 2013 NHL Draft, has been added to Team OHL for its Subway Super Series game against Team Russia on Nov. 8 in Guelph, Ont.

Hall, a 5-foot-10.5, 172-pound forward, is tied for fourth in the Ontario Hockey League with 22 points in 13 games. He earned a C rating in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings of players to watch for this year's draft.

2012 SUBWAY SUPER SERIES SCHED

  • Game 1: Nov. 5 at Blainville-Boisbriand, Que.
  • Game 2: Nov. 7 at Val-d'Or, Que.
  • Game 3: Nov. 8 at Guelph, Ont.
  • Game 4: Nov. 12 at Sarnia, Ont.
  • Game 5: Nov. 14 at Vancouver, B.C.
  • Game 6: Nov. 15 at Victoria, B.C.

Also added to the team is Erie Otters forward Connor McDavid, a 15-year-old playing his first season in the Ontario Hockey League after receiving "exceptional player" status last season to enter the league a season early. He's the youngest player in the 10-year history of the Super Series to skate in the event, which is considered a showcase for players eligible to skate for Canada in the World Junior Championship.

He's certainly proving worthy of the decision, as he leads all first-year OHL players with 18 points in 15 games. In fact, after going without a point in his first game, he has at least a point in a league-best 14 straight. He has four multi-point games in that span.

McDavid, a 5-foot-11.25, 173-pound center, is eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft.

Ten questions with Jaden Schwartz

Wednesday, 10.31.2012 / 11:57 AM / Prospects

Chris Pinkert - NHL.com Correspondent

Jaden Schwartz was drafted by the Blues in the first-round (14th overall) at the 2010 NHL Draft. He attended Colorado College, where he recorded 88 points (32 goals, 56 assists) in 60 games. He left school after two years, signing with the Blues in March 2012. He scored his first NHL goal in his first game on March 17 vs. Tampa Bay and had 3 points (2 goals, 1 assist) in seven NHL games last season.

Now, Schwartz is playing for the Peoria Rivermen. He currently ranks second on the club with 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists). Just before his season started, Schwartz talked to stlouisblues.com about getting involved in hockey, breaking Vincent Lecavalier's scoring record in high school and what it will take to become a regular in the Blues lineup.

STLOUISBLUES.COM: How did you get your start in hockey? Your older brother, Rylan, played hockey. Is that where your desire to play came from?

Grade A talent skating for Team WHL at Super Series

Friday, 10.26.2012 / 10:12 AM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Four Western Hockey League players who received A ratings in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings of players to watch for the 2013 NHL Draft will skate for Team WHL against Team Russia in a pair of Subway Super Series games.

2012 SUBWAY SUPER SERIES SCHEDULE

Game 1: Nov. 5 at Blainville-Boisbriand, Que.
Game 2: Nov. 7 at Val-d’Or, Que.
Game 3: Nov. 8 at Guelph, Ont.
Game 4: Nov. 12 at Sarnia, Ont.
Game 5: Nov. 14 at Vancouver, B.C.
Game 6: Nov. 15 at Victoria, B.C..

Forwards Curtis Lazar of the Edmonton Oil Kings and Hunter Shinkaruk of the Medicine Hat Tigers, Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman Ryan Pulock and Tri-City Americans goalie Eric Comrie will skate in games to be played Nov. 14 in Vancouver and Nov. 15 in Victoria, British Columbia. Lazar and Comrie will play in both games; Shinkaruk and Pulock will play in the game in Vancouver.

Lazar, a 5-foot-11.75, 193-pound center, has eight goals and three assists in 13 games, after leading all WHL rookies in scoring in the Oil Kings' run to the Memorial Cup last season.

"I really like his speed, he has a real nose for the net," Central Scouting's B.J. MacDonald told NHL.com. "His skill set is good. I like to say about some of these players that are A players: You watch them play and they get it. He gets it. He gets the game and knows how to filter through it all."

Shinkaruk has 13 points in 14 games after finishing second on the team last season with 49 goals and 91 points. He's got less talent around him in Medicine Hat this season, but scouts have been impressed.

"He's a talented kid," MacDonald said. "No one can give-and-go and go to the net better than he does. He's got a great understanding of the game. He's going to develop his character this year because every team they play against is going to key on him."

Coach says MacKinnon stood out at young age

Friday, 10.26.2012 / 9:00 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

In Jon Greenwood's eyes, Nathan MacKinnon was always the best player on the ice "by a landslide." (Photo: Maritime Hockey Academy)

Jon Greenwood still remembers the first time he set sights on Nathan MacKinnon as an 11-year-old with the Cole Harbour Wings in Nova Scotia.

Greenwood, who now serves as the director of hockey development of the Maritime Hockey Academy, was MacKinnon's coach at the time. It would be the start of a great friendship between mentor and student.

"He was different," Greenwood told NHL.com. "His skating was something that jumped out at me right away. As that first season went on, I started to think, 'Gee, this is the best first-year pee wee player we've seen in some time.' That eventually grew to my thinking there may not be as good a player in the province and maybe even Canada."

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