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Flames glad to give hyped Jankowski time to develop

Sunday, 07.19.2015 / 12:00 AM / Prospects

Aaron Vickers - Correspondent

CALGARY -- Jay Feaster, the Calgary Flames general manager at the time, told reporters center Mark Jankowski "will be viewed as the best player in the 2012 [NHL] Draft."

John Weisbrod, Feaster's assistant, compared the 17-year-old to a young Joe Nieuwendyk.

Those quotes about Jankowski, the 21st pick of that draft by Calgary, still ring out occasionally. Craig Conroy remembers them.

"You try not to hear that, but once it's been said and then it's said everywhere -- Twitter and blogs -- it has a life of its own," said Conroy, now assistant GM with the Flames after serving as special assistant to Feaster when Calgary traded down from No. 14 to select Jankowski three summers ago in Pittsburgh.

"It's hard to avoid it nowadays. I think if it happened 15 years ago it would be said once at the draft and then probably nobody would even talk about it."

Capitals D-man Bowey draws comparisons to Carlson

Sunday, 07.19.2015 / 12:00 AM / NHL Insider

Katie Brown - Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- All the comparisons prospect Madison Bowey has drawn to Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson don't bother him. He gets that a lot.

The 20-year-old defenseman lists Carlson and Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings among the NHL players he's trying to emulate.

"Those two D-men are the new mold of defensemen now in the NHL and that's kind of like how I like to play," Bowey said. "Both those guys are tremendous players and guys that I look up to. It's kind of funny; I've always liked watching John Carlson play even when he was younger. It's pretty cool now just being in the same organization as him."

Bruins prospect DeBrusk scores slick shootout goal

Saturday, 07.18.2015 / 8:38 PM / Prospects

Boston Bruins prospect Jake DeBrusk left something to remember him by on the final day of development camp.

DeBrusk, the 14th pick of the 2015 NHL Draft, scored a slick, behind-the-back shootout goal Friday.

"My thought process going into the shootout at the end was that we lost the game and I didn't score, so I wanted to go into the shootout with the mindset of doing something kind of crazy," DeBrusk told the Bruins website.

Gretzky: McDavid can handle transition to NHL

Saturday, 07.18.2015 / 12:28 PM / News

David Satriano - Staff Writer

Wayne Gretzky said he doesn't expect Connor McDavid to struggle in the NHL despite extremely high expectations, turning pro at 18 after three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League.

"Going right from junior to the NHL? That's a big step for Connor," Gretzky told the Edmonton Journal this week. "But he's the one guy who can handle it. He'll be fine. With his speed and his shot and his creativity and his hockey knowledge, that's as good as anybody."

McDavid had 44 goals and 120 points with the Erie Otters of the OHL last season and had 21 goals and 49 points in 20 playoff games. He was taken with the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft by the Edmonton Oilers.

Gretzky went from the World Hockey Association to the NHL when the former folded in 1979. He had 46 goals and 110 points in 89 games for the Indianapolis Racers and Edmonton Oilers in the WHA during the 1978-79 season.

Flyers still trying to trade Lecavalier, says Hextall

Saturday, 07.18.2015 / 11:30 AM / News

Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said he's still looking to trade forward Vincent Lecavalier but has been unable to find a partner.

"We're status quo," Hextall told CSN Philly on Thursday. "We're planning on going into the season with Vinny and see what happens. Do I get a call with interest? I don't know. At this point, we're status quo."

The Flyers signed Lecavalier, 35, to a five-year $22.5 million contract prior to the 2013-14 season. He has three seasons remaining with an average annual value of $4.5 million.

Lecavalier received a $2 million bonus July 1. CSN said Hextall hoped teams would be interested in a trade after the Flyers paid it, but that has not been the case.

Wild maintain confidence in goalie Kuemper

Saturday, 07.18.2015 / 10:30 AM / News

The Minnesota Wild remain optimistic about goaltender Darcy Kuemper, even after signing Devan Dubnyk to a long-term contract, general manager Chuck Fletcher told the Minneapolis Star Tribune on Thursday.

"Well we're still very excited about Darcy Kuemper," Fletcher told the newspaper. "He's a young man, and two seasons ago, he had a tremendous year. Last year he was certainly more erratic. He started well and had a tough stretch in the middle of the year. Then Dubnyk came in and never relinquished the net. It was hard for Darcy to get any ice time at the end of the year."

Devils expect to sign Larsson soon: report

Saturday, 07.18.2015 / 10:21 AM / News

The New Jersey Devils expect to sign defenseman Adam Larsson before their arbitration hearing on July 29.

General manager Ray Shero told that negotiations continue on a long-term deal but the sides could settle on a two-year contract.

Sundqvist eyes open spot on Penguins' fourth line

Saturday, 07.18.2015 / 12:00 AM / Prospects

Wes Crosby - Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins forward prospect Oskar Sundqvist is prepared to make his NHL debut.

Sundqvist, one of Pittsburgh's final cuts last preseason, is eyeing a spot on the Penguins' opening night roster. He fell short of that goal in 2014 after leading Pittsburgh with two preseason goals.

Entering this season, there is a hole at center on the Penguins' fourth line, Sundqvist's natural position. Although he did not participate in development camp because of a lower-body injury, Sundqvist is expected to be available for Pittsburgh's rookie tournament and training camp.

The 21-year-old hopes to again reach the final stages of training camp and to top the list of potential candidates available to play when the Penguins open their season against the Dallas Stars on Oct. 8.

"It's all about the camp, how I perform there," Sundqvist said. "Like last year, I had my best time during the year during the camp. So I'm just looking for me to make a big impression on [Penguins coach Mike Johnston] and I'm hoping that's in his mind still.

"We will see [if I'm prepared to play in the NHL]. I haven't been on the ice yet, so I don't really know about that. But hopefully I feel mature enough to move here. So I should be ready to play in the NHL."

McIntyre expects to climb Bruins goalie depth chart

Saturday, 07.18.2015 / 12:00 AM / Prospects

Matt Kalman - Correspondent

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- With a sunburned nose as red as a goal light, Zane McIntyre looked more off-duty lifeguard than future NHL goalie after the first day of Boston Bruins development camp at Ristuccia Arena.

"Looks like Rudolph," McIntyre said.

The 22-year-old explained he recently fell asleep in a boat and woke up with the sunburn. He needed to be wide awake as he tried to make an impression on the Boston brass in his sixth development camp since the Bruins selected him in the sixth round (No. 165) at the 2010 NHL Draft, his first since he turned pro this summer.

Devils see prospect base as remedy to scoring woes

Saturday, 07.18.2015 / 12:00 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- A glimpse of what could be the start of something special began to materialize for the New Jersey Devils despite not qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs a third straight season in 2014-15.

It started when homegrown defensemen Adam Larsson, Eric Gelinas, Jon Merrill and Damon Severson began to earn more ice time, which led to greater confidence as they established themselves on a daily basis.

The challenge Devils general manager Ray Shero and coach John Hynes now face will be to establish some sort of cohesiveness up front in providing more offense. Make no mistake, it will be a work in progress.

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