Three months ago NHL.com asked nine top evaluators from NHL Central Scouting who their choice would be as the first pick of the 2015 NHL Draft, Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel.
The impromptu poll had McDavid, a center with the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League the 5-4 choice against Eichel, who will be a center at Boston University in the fall.
Many top scouts believe that slim difference between the two will be par for the course in 2014-15 when the two players will be scrutinized and publicized in every way leading up to the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.
"Every year the scouts think that it's a good crop of prospects," Dan Marr, Director of NHL Central Scouting, said. "There's just been a little more emphasis in 2015 because there's been a couple more top-end frontrunners and the fact that there were a number of underage players performing in their various junior leagues and performing well. That leads to high expectations for this draft class."
Los Angeles Kings forward Kyle Clifford had successful surgery to correct a small fracture of a bone in one of his wrists last month, according to Jon Rosen of LAKingsInsider.com. Recovery time was estimated at 6-8 weeks.
Lidster, 52, was an assistant coach on Desjardins' staff with the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League the past two seasons. The Stars won the Calder Cup last month.
"Predators forward and alternate captain Mike Fisher sustained a ruptured Achilles tendon during a training session and underwent successful surgery on Thursday, July 3," general manager David Poile said in a statement. "We expect Mike to make a full recovery in 4-6 months and look forward to his return to the ice."
Brian Skrudland will return to his role as director of player development.
Waite played 58 games with the Blackhawks over parts of eight seasons from 1988-1997. The Sherbrooke, Quebec, native was selected by the Blackhawks in the first round (No. 8) of the 1987 NHL, Draft and played 106 games with the Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks and Phoenix Coyotes from 1988-1999.
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