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Lightning's Drouin highlights top 60 prospects

Tuesday, 09.09.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's Top 60 Prospects

NHL.com Staff

The star power in the League today is obvious, from Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers to Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings.

But that's the present. What about the stars of the future?

To answer that question, NHL.com set out to come up with the 60 best NHL prospects. Three members of the NHL.com staff, Adam Kimelman, Corey Masisak and Mike Morreale, were enlisted to accomplish that task, along with three NHL scouts, each of whom promised honesty in exchange for anonymity.

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Perron pleased with turnout at Oilers skate

Monday, 09.08.2014 / 9:07 PM / NHL Insider

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The Edmonton Oilers had nearly 30 players and prospects on ice Monday for an informal skate at Millennium Place at Sherwood Park. The big turnout delighted veteran forward David Perron, who was among those on the ice.

"We've been done playing since April and it's something we're trying to change," Perron told the Oilers website. "With more and more teams, their veteran guys are showing up earlier and earlier so as soon as camp starts they are ready to go. Three days after camp starts I think we have an exhibition game so it's something where we have to be as ready as possible.

David Perron
Left Wing - EDM
GOALS: 28 | ASST: 29 | PTS: 57
SOG: 220 | +/-: -16
"When I asked the trainers a couple of days ago about how many guys were in town they said roughly 30. I thought he was kidding at first but it's a nice showing of veteran guys and prospects. We'll see who is going to be able to make the team."

Perron tied Jordan Eberle for the team lead with 28 goals but had to pass on an invitation to play for Canada at the World Championships in May because of a hip injury. He said he was able to deal with the injury during the summer and is ready to go as camp approaches.

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Carlyle looks for better things from Maple Leafs

Monday, 09.08.2014 / 8:49 PM / NHL Insider

Mike Brophy - NHL.com Correspondent

The Toronto Maple Leafs will be different; there's no doubt about that. The question is whether they will be better.

One year after they threw a scare into the Boston Bruins by taking them to seven games in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Maple Leafs took a nosedive. Toronto lost its final four games of the 2013-14 season and 13 of its last 18, tumbling to 12th in the Eastern Conference and missing the postseason for the eighth time in nine seasons.

Changes were in order. Brendan Shanahan was hired as team president and wasted little time putting his stamp on the new-look Maple Leafs.

It started behind the bench; coach Randy Carlyle got a two-year contract extension, but assistant coaches Scott Gordon, Dave Farrish and Greg Cronin were released. The changes spread to the front office with the firing of vice president of hockey operations Dave Poulin and VP and assistant general manager Claude Loiselle.


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Penguins' Crosby fully healthy for training camp

Monday, 09.08.2014 / 7:06 PM / News

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby didn't know in July if he would need surgery on his wrist or if he would be able to start the 2014-15 season with the rest of his teammates. It was a nervous time.

Sidney Crosby
Center - PIT
GOALS: 36 | ASST: 68 | PTS: 104
SOG: 259 | +/-: 18
"[I didn't have] a deadline, but you start to add up the days of when camp is going to start, when the season starts, and knowing all that stuff you want to make a decision," Crosby said Monday during the NHL's Player Media Tour. "There is a window there to possibly wait a little bit longer and doing that there are no guarantees either. You try to get as much information as you can and make a decision."

Crosby's decision was to hold off on surgery and hope that multiple injections in his ailing wrist would work. He said Monday that he made the right decision, that he is healthy and ready to start training camp on time later this month.

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Newest Islanders excited for upcoming season

Monday, 09.08.2014 / 7:01 PM / NHL Insider

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The New York Islanders' summer was marked by a number of roster moves, most notably among the forwards and in goal. Some of those new additions participated in informal skates at Islanders Iceworks on Monday, and they're excited to begin preparing for the new season; it's the team's last at Nassau Coliseum before moving to Barclays Center in Brooklyn in 2015.

"It looks like a good place to play. I feel just excited. I still am a little bit tired after the plane. I moved from California. We will see. To me, first day is always hard," center Mikhail Grabovski said. "Personally, I'm just happy to find a good team and sign a long deal so I can play and relax. A great city, a great chance to play next year in a new stadium. I'm happy."

Grabovski was one of the Islanders' marquee acquisitions, signing with New York on the same day as good friend Nikolai Kulemin. The two forwards enjoyed great success playing together with the Toronto Maple Leafs and the hope is they can rekindle that chemistry with their new team.


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Krejci eager for more goals and Cups in Boston

Monday, 09.08.2014 / 6:55 PM / NHL Insider

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins center David Krejci has averaged 0.75 points per game in his 504-game NHL career. But now that he's been granted a raise, he's thinking about doing things to raise that scoring average.

Krejci, who could have become an unrestricted free agent next summer, last week signed a six-year extension that will begin in 2015-16 and carry an annual salary-cap charge of $7.25 million through 2021. He spoke about his new contract for the first time at TD Garden on Monday.

"I do want to score more goals, that's for sure," said Krejci, whose cap charge this season is $5.25 million in the last year of a three-year contract. "Not necessarily because I signed a new deal, but just because I want to get better every year. And that's my goal: Get more goals and help the team to win more games, get in the good spot, in the good position before the playoffs and go from there."

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Player Media Tour an eye-opener for NHL stars

Monday, 09.08.2014 / 5:32 PM / News

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- There are a number of benchmark dates on the NHL calendar, and one of them is occurring here this week.

The annual NHL Player Media Tour has brought 34 of the League's top stars to the New York area for two days of interviews, photo shoots, promotional videos and more.

"It's always cool," New York Islanders captain John Tavares said. "It always signals the season is right around the corner, training camp is coming up, the buildup [to the season] is coming. It's an exciting time. You always enjoy increasing that buildup with all the media attention we get there [for a] couple days."

For a number of players, this is their first time attending one of the NHL's biggest events. It was an opportunity for them to be exposed to some of the national media outlets that broadcast their games, as well as meet some of the League's elite players in a quiet, non-competitive setting.


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Coyotes name Steve Sullivan as development coach

Monday, 09.08.2014 / 5:05 PM / News

NHL.com

The Arizona Coyotes on Monday named Steve Sullivan as development coach, signing him to a multiyear agreement. No other terms were disclosed.

Sullivan, 40, played 16 seasons in the NHL, including 33 games with the Coyotes during the 2012-13 season.

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Veteran forward Malone skates with Rangers

Monday, 09.08.2014 / 3:51 PM / News

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Ryan Malone participated in informal skates with the New York Rangers on Monday.

Malone has been a free agent since the Tampa Bay Lightning used their second compliance buyout on the forward on June 25. At the time Malone had one year and $2.5 million remaining on the seven-year, $31.5 million contract he signed with the Lightning in 2008.

"Obviously I'm looking to prove myself," Malone told NorthJersey.com. "Obviously last year was not the way I wanted it to go, especially at the end. So I'm looking for an opportunity to show what type of person I am on and off the ice.

"We've been in contact with a few teams but I think here it's a great opportunity. Obviously a great team, great young talent. Where they went [the 2014 Stanley Cup Final] is something I'd obviously love to be a part of if the opportunity presents itself. I want to come out here and show my face and see where it goes.

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Lightning goalie Bishop says wrist still recovering

Monday, 09.08.2014 / 3:30 PM / News

NHL.com

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop said Monday his wrist has not yet fully recovered after he had surgery to repair a torn ligament in April.

Following an informal skate with teammates in Tampa Bay, Bishop said that he was still rehabbing the injury, although the wrist was feeling good.

"It's getting there. It's not quite 100 percent yet," Bishop told the Lightning's web site. "I have a little pad on the blocker now, just easing out of that and getting back to the normal blocker. It feels good to be back in Tampa skating with the guys. Everything else is going well."

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