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Prospects

Hockey Canada streamlines camp roster for WJC

Monday, 12.02.2013 / 5:01 PM / Prospects

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Quebec -- There will not be nearly as much drama surrounding the Canadian National Junior Selection Camp as there has been in past years.

Hockey Canada announced its roster Monday for the selection camp to be held Dec. 12-15 at the MasterCard Centre in Etobicoke, Ontario, and it looks very similar to the team that will ultimately go to Malmo, Sweden for the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship.

With 25 players invited to attend, including two goalies, eight defensemen and 15 forwards, Canadian coach Brent Sutter and his staff will need to make three cuts at camp, likely to be one defenseman and two forwards.

A year removed from finishing off the World Junior podium for the first time in 15 years, Hockey Canada wanted to streamline the selection process and base it more on play during the season rather than simply looking at a three-day camp.

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Drouin, McDavid highlight Canada WJC camp roster

Monday, 12.02.2013 / 2:15 PM / Prospects

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Many pundits considered the inclusion of forward Jonathan Drouin on the Canadian roster a bit of a surprise at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia last season.

There was no question about Drouin's inclusion this season, and he might be considered the best player in the 2014 tournament in Malmo, Sweden.

The 18-year-old left wing, selected in the first round (No. 3) of the 2013 NHL Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning, is in the midst of another spectacular season for the Halifax Mooseheads. Not surprisingly, he was one of 25 players invited to the country's WJC selection camp scheduled Dec. 12-15 at the MasterCard Centre in Etobicoke, Ont.

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Minney hoping recent success grabs scouts' attention

Thursday, 11.28.2013 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Hailing from an Eastern Pennsylvania town of a little more than 2,700 people, goalie prospect Minney might be on his way out of the small town and onto the big stage.

After moving from Georgia, Minney was raised in Wind Gap, Pa., a town located halfway up the border between Pennsylvania and Delaware. He played for the U.S. National Under-17 Team during the 2012-13 season, starting 35 games while carrying a 4.04 goals-against average and .890 save percentage.

The Michigan State University commit impressed during the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, playing in three games for the United States while earning a 2.14 GAA and .857 save percentage.

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Russia beats OHL in Game 3 of Super Series

Thursday, 11.21.2013 / 10:37 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Nikita Zadorov made his return to junior hockey by assisting on three goals as Russia beat the Ontario Hockey League 5-2 on Thursday night in Oshawa, Ontario, in the third game of the Subway Super Series.

The Buffalo Sabres returned Zadorov to the London Knights of the OHL on Tuesday after he had one goal in seven NHL games, but the defenseman has yet to play for the Knights. He had 25 points and a plus-33 rating in 65 games with London last season, then was taken by the Sabres with the 16th pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.

Sergei Tolchinsky, Alexei Bereglazov, Ildar Shiksatdarov, Vladimir Butuzov and Vladimir Tkachyov scored goals and Ivan Nalimov made 41 saves as Russia won its first Super Series game after losing to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on Monday and Wednesday.

The OHL outshot Russia 43-22, including 20-6 in the second period. Chris Bigras had a pair of assists for the OHL, Kerby Rychel and Brock McGinn had goals and Matt Murray stopped 17 of 21 shots.

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Milano combines talent with hard-nosed play

Thursday, 11.21.2013 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Forward Sonny Milano is a big fan of 2013 Conn Smythe Trophy winner Patrick Kane.

It makes perfect sense, as Kane is an American and former standout for the United States National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. Milano, born in Massapequa, N.Y., is currently starring for the U.S. Under-18 NTDP in the United States Hockey League.

"The reason I'm a big Patrick Kane fan is because I not only like the way he plays, but how he makes players around him better; how he can see the ice and make plays," Milano said. "That's how I want to be."

Milano will often display the offensive pop Kane showcases daily for the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, but don't think for a second he doesn't enjoy getting his hands dirty in the corners to help his teammates. Milano does bring an edge to his game.

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QMJHL tops Russia in Game 2 of Super Series

Wednesday, 11.20.2013 / 10:34 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Anthony Duclair's goal with 7:32 remaining in the third period snapped a 3-3 tie and led the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League to a 4-3 victory against Russia on Wednesday in the second game of the Subway Super Series, played in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

Daniel Audette, who plays for the Sherbrooke Phoenix of the QMJHL, had a goal and an assist and was named player of the game for the QMJHL. A top 2014 NHL Draft prospect, the 5-foot-8, 177-pound left wing earned a B rating from NHL Central Scouting in its November player to watch list.

Anthony Mantha and Christopher Clapperton also scored for the QMJHL and goalie Sebastien Auger made 22 saves as QMJHL swept their two games in the Super Series for the first time since 2009. The QMJHL won 3-2 on Monday in Gatineau, Quebec.

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Mantha's late goal leads QMJHL past Russia

Monday, 11.18.2013 / 10:25 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Anthony Mantha's goal with 4:07 left in the third period snapped a 2-2 tie and gave the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League a 3-2 win against Russia on Monday in the opening game of the Subway Super Series, played in Gatineau, Quebec.

The line of Mantha, Charles Hudon and Jonathan Drouin supplied all the offense for QMJHL. Hudon had two goals and an assist; Drouin had the primary assist on all three goals.

Ivan Barbashev, who plays in the QMJHL for the Moncton Wildcats and is the league's top-rated prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft, scored for Russia. Vladimir Tkachyov also had a goal on a spectacular end-to-end rush.

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McDonald, Peplinski to coach at Top Prospects Game

Friday, 11.15.2013 / 3:10 PM / Prospects

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

CALGARY -- Lanny McDonald and Jim Peplinski, who captained the Calgary Flames to the 1989 Stanley Cup, will serve as opposing coaches at the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

The game, which will feature 40 of the top players from the Canadian Hockey League eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft, will be played Jan. 15, 2014 at Scotiabank Saddledome.

"These are the next stars of tomorrow and we will be very proud to be a very small part in helping them get to the top," McDonald said. "Obviously with all the [NHL] scouts here we know how important it is so we are not taking this lightly. We obviously want to win but we want to showcase the talent more than anything."

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Halifax's Ehlers earns promotion by Central Scouting

Thursday, 11.14.2013 / 10:00 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

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It was five months ago that three players from the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League were making waves at the 2013 NHL Draft.

Nathan MacKinnon was the center of attention as the No. 1 pick by the Colorado Avalanche. Dynamic Jonathan Drouin was chosen two picks later by the Tampa Bay Lightning, and Zachary Fucale was the first goalie selected when he was taken in the second round (No. 36) by the Montreal Canadiens.

According to NHL Central Scouting, another prominent forward is making news for the Mooseheads this season: left wing Nikolaj Ehlers. Born in Aalborg, Denmark, the 5-foot-11.5, 162-pound left-handed shot perfected his game in Switzerland for Biel the past six seasons before joining Halifax this season.

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Goalie prospect Johansson could be big catch at draft

Thursday, 11.07.2013 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

No player on the ice is under more pressure than the goalie. And every masked man has a different way of escaping that pressure.

Some read books. Others spend time sacked out in front of the television.

Top goaltending prospect Jonas Johansson picks up his fly rod and finds a nice stream.

"I like fishing a lot, fly fishing," Johansson told NHL.com. "Back where I'm from we go up into the Swedish mountains every summer and fish one week. I look forward to that week every year."

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