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Islanders' de Haan aiming for NHL spot

Wednesday, 07.13.2011 / 4:13 PM / Prospects

John Kreiser - Columnist

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- In terms of his NHL career, Calvin de Haan is a rookie trying to make the NHL for the first time. But at this week's New York Islanders development camp, he's one of the old hands.

The Isles' "other" first-round pick in the 2009 Entry Draft -- de Haan was taken 12th, 11 slots after New York grabbed John Tavares with the No. 1 pick -- is attending his third development camp this week at the Nassau Coliseum, the place he hopes to call home this fall. That makes the 20-year-old a veteran among the 18- and 19-year-olds who are getting their first look at professional hockey.

"I'm old news now," de Haan said with a laugh after Wednesday's workout at the Coliseum. "I try to be welcoming to the younger guys, kind of show them the ropes a little bit."

Lauridsen set for next move in his hockey career

Wednesday, 07.13.2011 / 12:18 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

"I'm in the gym every day and I see him in the gym every day. I know if a guy trains or a guy works out. There's a difference. There's people that train to stay in shape or there's guys who work out to get better, and Oliver is in that category." -- Ian Laperriere

With only two professional hockey games under his belt, defenseman Oliver Lauridsen is a bit of a mystery to the Philadelphia Flyers.

However, one current member of the team feels he has a pretty good idea what the big Danish-born blueliner is all about.

"I'm in the gym every day and I see him in the gym every day," Ian Laperriere told during the team's recent prospect development camp. "I know if a guy trains or a guy works out. There's a difference. There's people that train to stay in shape or there's guys who work out to get better, and Oliver is in that category."

A 2009 seventh-round draft pick, the 6-foot-6, 220-pound Lauridsen had a chance to further impress Flyers management at the week-long camp. It was his first game action since March 22.

Prospect goalies looking to post-Marty future

Wednesday, 07.13.2011 / 9:59 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

"Goalies are funny … you never know when they're going to come forward. But we've been extremely pleased with Clermont and Wedgewood. They both had very good years with the teams they played for. I know (goalie coaches) Chris (Terreri) and Jacques (Caron) have been very impressed by them."
-- Lou Lamoriello

NEWARK, N.J. -- Like it or not, there will come a time when future Hall of Fame goalie Martin Brodeur decides to call it a career.
It even could be at the conclusion of the 2011-12 season, when the NHL's all-time leader in regular-season wins, shutouts, games played and numerous other marks has played the final season of the six-year deal he signed prior to the start of the 2006-07 season. Whenever the inevitable does occur, who takes over between the pipes?
Will the Devils consider someone from outside the organization? Or do they begin a new era from within?
"Whoever it is, I hope it's (another) Martin Brodeur," Devils Director of Scouting David Conte said.

Ashton ready to make his mark with Lightning

Tuesday, 07.12.2011 / 1:00 PM / Prospects

Greg Picker - Staff Writer

At Tampa Bay Lighting development camp, a familiar face is on the ice for the third consecutive summer. Carter Ashton, the 29th pick in the 2009 Entry Draft, looks to be another young piece of the puzzle being assembled by the club in a quest to bring the Stanley Cup back to Florida.

"Obviously I'd have to prove myself," Ashton told "But that's my goal, just to be in the NHL this season."

Although Ashton has not made his mark on the NHL just yet, his opportunity seems close. He had 33 goals and 71 points in 62 Western Hockey League games last season with the Regina Pats and Tri-City Americans. He also had 3 points in seven games for Canada at the 2011 World Junior Championship.

Hayes brothers aim to be Hawks teammates soon

Tuesday, 07.12.2011 / 10:13 AM / Prospects

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

"We played (on the same line) a little bit at college and it was unbelievable. Then you come in here and get to play with each other again and we were roommates here. It was unbelievable. It's a dream come true. A lot of guys dream about playing with their brother for a long time and for me and him it's come true so far. Hopefully we can keep it going." -- Kevin Hayes

A year ago, Jimmy and Kevin Hayes came into the Chicago Blackhawks' prospect camp with their sights set on opening some eyes before heading off to play at Boston College.

This time, the brothers from Boston came back to the Windy City for the Hawks' summer camp feeling like seasoned veterans among the many draft picks and other free agents invited to participate. Not only was it their second prospects camp, but both Kevin and Jimmy have developed quite a bit in the last year -- physically and in their skills.

"Last year I was a lot more nervous," said Kevin, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound center who was Chicago's top pick (No. 24) in the 2010 Entry Draft. "I was their first-round guy. I felt like I had to do a lot of good things, and I was pretty nervous on the ice. I wanted to make sure I showed them why they picked me. This year, I came in with my brother again and was more relaxed. I felt a lot more comfortable."

McNeill aims to make Hawks' roster this season

Friday, 07.08.2011 / 11:07 AM / Prospects

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

Like the rest of the Chicago Blackhawks' prospects, center Mark McNeill took note of the numerous moves the team made recently in both free agency and trades.

The Hawks dealt away defenseman Brian Campbell and forwards Tomas Kopecky and Troy Brouwer before bringing in a haul of eight veterans via various transactions. Barring one or more trades to lessen the backlog of players, those vets will open training camp in the fall with Chicago. It doesn't leave much, if any, room for prospects to crack the Hawks' roster.

Still, that's the stated goal for the 18-year old McNeill, a 6-foot-1, 211-pounder taken by Chicago with the 18th pick at the 2011 Entry Draft.

Rangers see bright future ahead for Bourque

Wednesday, 07.06.2011 / 1:29 PM / Prospects

Emily Kaplan - Staff Writer

Last summer, Ryan Bourque was trading texts with an old hockey buddy, Derek Stepan. Stepan wanted advice about what the Rangers' prospect development camp was like -- something Bourque had already been through.

This winter, the two friends exchanged texts regularly. Yet this time, most of the hockey-related questions were asked by Bourque. He wanted to know what life as an NHL rookie was like.
Bourque and Stepan -- old friends and linemates at the 2010 Traverse City Prospects Tournament -- are both members of the Rangers organization. Yet they've taken completely different paths to the NHL.

After two years at the University of Wisconsin, Stepan made New York's roster out of training camp last summer. He shined as a rookie sensation for the Blueshirts in 2010-11, tallying 21 goals with 24 assists while playing all 82 games.

Rangers, first-round pick Miller a perfect marriage

Tuesday, 07.05.2011 / 2:30 PM / Prospects

Emily Kaplan - Staff Writer

Gordie Clark knows all too well that at the NHL Scouting Combine, agents tell their prospects how to act, what to say and how to say it in order to impress NHL personnel.

J.T. Miller isn't like most players.

At this year's Combine, the New York Rangers were interested in the 18-year-old center from Pittsburgh. So Clark, New York's Director of Player Personnel, had Ranger legends Mark Messier and Adam Graves interview Miller.

McIlrath improves game, confidence one year later

Tuesday, 07.05.2011 / 12:43 PM / Prospects

Emily Kaplan - Staff Writer

When Dylan McIlrath walked into the Madison Square Garden Training Facility in Tarrytown, N.Y., at this time last year, he was taken aback by what he saw.

McIlrath, then just 18, entered the Rangers' practice facility, the site of the team's annual prospect development camp, for a taste of what the NHL was like. He was awed by the 105,000-square foot facility, set on 16 acres of private land about a half-hour north of Manhattan. He saw the state-of-the-art regulation-size rink, the 1,800-square foot cardiovascular and weight room and the plush player lounge.

"Seeing the facility like this, it was kind of overwhelming in a way," McIlrath told "I had never done anything like this, and I didn't know what to expect."

Prospect camps getting underway

Wednesday, 06.29.2011 / 3:06 PM / Prospects

Emily Kaplan - Staff Writer

"It's nice to have a year under my belt. It's a great learning experience and it's been a tough first day, but it's been fun. We feel like it's been a month already and it's just been one day, so it's definitely going to be beneficial." -- Ryan Johansen

The 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins will begin the summer by thinking about the future.

The Bruins have announced that 25 prospects -- including defenseman Dougie Hamilton, the No. 9 pick of the 2011 Entry Draft -- are expected to attend the team's development camp, which will take place July 7-11 at Ristuccia Memorial Arena in Wilmington, Mass.

Boston is one of several NHL teams that have announced the dates and locations of their summer development camps.

The Columbus Blue Jackets' development camp started June 28 and runs through July 2, at the Ice Haus, the club's practice rink at Nationwide Arena.
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