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Prospects

Rangers see bright future ahead for Bourque

Wednesday, 07.06.2011 / 1:29 PM / Prospects

Emily Kaplan - NHL.com 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.
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Rangers, first-round pick Miller a perfect marriage

Tuesday, 07.05.2011 / 2:30 PM / Prospects

Emily Kaplan - NHL.com 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.
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McIlrath improves game, confidence one year later

Tuesday, 07.05.2011 / 12:43 PM / Prospects

Emily Kaplan - NHL.com 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 NHL.com. "I had never done anything like this, and I didn't know what to expect."
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Prospect camps getting underway

Wednesday, 06.29.2011 / 3:06 PM / Prospects

Emily Kaplan - NHL.com 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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Murphy to lead Canada at World U-18 Championship

Wednesday, 04.06.2011 / 3:10 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Kitchener Rangers defenseman Ryan Murphy, who could be a top-10 pick at the 2011 Entry Draft, was among the 22 players picked by Hockey Canada for the 2011 World Under-18 Championship.

The tournament will be held April 14-24 in Crimmitschau and Dresden, Germany.

The Calgary Hitmen's Mike Williamson will coach the team, with Barrie Colts coach Dale Hawerchuk and Swift Current Broncos coach Mark Lamb serving as assistants.

"As a coaching staff we are looking forward to getting together with the players we have chosen and working towards our goal of a gold medal for Canada," Williamson told Hockey Canada's website. "A number of these players have previous international experience, and that will prove invaluable in Germany."

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CSS previews best of next season's draft class

Monday, 04.04.2011 / 12:12 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- Don't expect the gang from NHL Central Scouting to begin scheduling tee times once the final rankings of North American skaters and goaltenders are released next week.
 
All the end of one season really does is signal the start of another. When asked for their opinion of a few of the top 2012 Entry Draft-eligible prospects, the scouts had no problem dipping into their black books or calling up computer files. It's a never-ending cycle, really.
 
It gains steam upon completion of the final North American lists -- which will be released April 12.

According to the scouts, there seems to be an abundance of talent and future prospects from each of the five major leagues. Leading that list could be Ryan Murray, a 6-foot, 182-pound defenseman from the Everett Silvertips who already is turning heads in the Western Hockey League.

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Biggs, Grimaldi lead USA's run at U-18 three-peat

Wednesday, 03.30.2011 / 1:39 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Two top 2011 Entry Draft prospects who won gold medals at last year's tournament headline the team USA Hockey will send to Germany for the 2011 World Under-18 Championship.

Forwards Tyler Biggs and Rocco Grimaldi are rated among the top 25 North American skaters available for June's draft by NHL Central Scouting in its mid-term rankings.

Biggs, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound right wing, is No. 5 on Central Scouting's list. He was held scoreless in seven games at last year's tournament, but should have a bigger impact this year. Playing with the U.S. National Team Developmental Program's Under-18 team, Biggs is third on the team with 17 goals and fourth with 28 points. His 112 penalty minutes are a team-high.

Grimaldi, his USNTDP teammate, posted team-highs of 34 goals, 28 assists and 62 points. He also had 13 power-play goals and 5 game-winning goals. The 5-6, 163-pound center is No. 25 on Central Scouting's list.
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Caps have talented young centers in pipeline

Monday, 01.10.2011 / 11:31 AM / Prospects

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- For most of the past two seasons, Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau has been in search of a No. 2 center to slot behind Nicklas Backstrom.

After the trade earlier this season for Scott Hannan to sure up the defense corps, finding a solution in the middle of the second line -- internally or through another addition -- is considered the team's biggest need for a potentially long playoff run.

If teams are able to take advantage of Washington's weakness in the middle now, though, they'd better not get used to it. The Capitals have a bevy of young center prospects and the position could be a great strength in the near future.

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Best of the 2011 Draft to meet at Prospects Game

Wednesday, 12.22.2010 / 3:30 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The 2011 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game might be the first time some of these players will skate in an NHL arena, but it certainly won't be the last.

Forty of the best prospects for the 2011 Entry Draft playing in the Canadian Hockey League will take to the ice at Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Jan. 18-19 for this year's Top Prospects Game.

Sean Couturier, Gabriel Landeskog and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- NHL Central Scouting's top-rated players in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League and Western Hockey League, respectively, in its preliminary rankings -- top the list of 40 prospects for the 2011 Entry Draft named to this year's game.

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Top Draft-eligible Russians lead European contingent for World Junior 'A' Challenge

Wednesday, 10.27.2010 / 10:49 AM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Defenseman Nikita Nesterov and right wing Maxim Shalunov will lead Team Russia into the next month's World Junior 'A' Challenge.

The event, which also features teams the U.S., Switzerland, Sweden and a pair from Canada, will take place Nov. 8-14 in Penticton, B.C.

Shalunov, a 6-foot-3, 185 pound forward, is scoreless in three games with Traktor Chelyabinsk in the KHL. He's also played for Chelyabinsk's top junior team, Belye Medvedi, where he has 7 goals and 12 points in nine games.

Nesterov, a 6-foot, 183-pound defenseman, plays with Shalunov with Chelyabinsk's KHL and junior team.

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Quote of the Day

We've got a team filled with captains, that's what I think. With these first two games we got in, we're really dominating and moving the puck really fast, and it's worked out really good.

— U.S. goalie Brandon Halverson after a 6-0 win against Germany in the World Junior Championship on Sunday