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Blues' Armstrong named GM of Canada at World Cup

Monday, 06.22.2015 / 2:21 PM / 2016 World Cup of Hockey

Mike Brophy - NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO -- St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong will be the general manager for Canada for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, Hockey Canada announced Monday.

The tournament will be held Sept. 16 to Oct. 1, 2016, with all games at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

"I can't obviously sit here and guarantee that we're going to win the World Cup, but I can guarantee to the fans of Canada that this group will work tirelessly to put the best coaching staff together, the best players together to represent our country with great pride and dignity," Armstrong said.

Armstrong has been general manager of the Blues since 2010, and they've made the Stanley Cup Playoffs in four of his five seasons. Armstrong also was assistant general manager when the Dallas Stars won the Stanley Cup in 1999. He also was part of Canada's management group for gold medals at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Named as assistants were Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland, Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray, Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin, Los Angeles Kings assistant GM Rob Blake, and Hockey Canada vice-president of hockey operations and national teams Scott Salmond.

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Canadiens' Price up for three trophies at NHL Awards

Monday, 06.22.2015 / 11:37 AM / 2015 NHL Awards

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price might want to consider bringing an extra suitcase to Las Vegas for the 2015 NHL Awards show Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN), because he could be going home with an extensive amount of hardware.

Price is a finalist for the Hart Trophy as the League's most valuable player, the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best goalie, and the Ted Lindsay Award, given to the most outstanding player in a vote by the members of the NHL Players' Association.

He is the only person with the opportunity to win three trophies at the Awards show, which will be held at MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. Price is considered the favorite to win all three after a dominant and historic regular season.

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Seventh-round selection Lundqvist tops 2000 re-draft

Monday, 06.22.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NHL.com will take a look back at the NHL drafts from five, 10 and 15 years ago this week, leading up to the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. How would a redo of those drafts look today?

It's not often a seventh-round draft pick makes it to the NHL, let alone becomes a star.

But 15 years after he was the 205th player selected at the 2000 NHL Draft, there's no question New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is not your average seventh-round selection.

Since taking the starting job with the Rangers during the 2005-06 season, Lundqvist has consistently been among the best at his position in the League. His 339 wins and 55 shutouts since 2005 lead all goalies, according to Hockey-Reference.com.

Lundqvist wasn't the only player from the 2000 draft to develop into a star. So with 15 years of hindsight, how would that draft go if the same players were made available today?

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Erie's Strome used time in spotlight to emerge as star

Monday, 06.22.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Erie Otters forward Dylan Strome experienced something similar to what NHL legends Mark Messier and Jaromir Jagr went through early in their careers.

Messier was the co-pilot to Wayne Gretzky with the Edmonton Oilers during their championship run in the 1980s; Jagr was a linemate to Mario Lemieux on the Pittsburgh Penguins' Stanley Cup teams in the 1990s.

Strome was the second-line center to Connor McDavid in Erie this season. But like Messier and Jagr, Strome was able to steal some of the spotlight and emerge as a star.

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound center led the Ontario Hockey League with 129 points and was third with 45 goals. He clinched the scoring title on the final day of the regular season with four goals and two assists against the Niagara IceDogs.

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Central Division team needs entering 2015 NHL Draft

Monday, 06.22.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The 2015 NHL Draft will be a great opportunity for teams to shore up positions of need with an injection of energetic, young talent.

As the first round of the draft draws near, there's no better time to take a glimpse at the possible draft needs of all 30 NHL teams.

Though there still may be trades and surprises in the works leading up to the draft, which will be held June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., the priorities likely will remain the same. Here's a breakdown of what Central Division teams could be looking to do when they arrive in Florida.

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Oilers fire four members of scouting team: report

Sunday, 06.21.2015 / 10:20 AM / News

NHL.com Staff

Stu MacGregor, who has served as head amateur scout for the Edmonton Oilers since 2007, was fired along with three other members of the Oilers scouting team on Saturday night six days before the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft, according to a report by Bob McKenzie of TSN.

The Oilers also fired head pro scout Morey Gare. MacGregor and Gare had each been with the organization for over a decade. Two additional scouts not named in the report were also fired.

The Oilers hold 10 picks in this year's draft, including two first- and two second-round selections. The organization won the NHL Draft Lottery in April to gain the No. 1 pick for the fourth time since 2010. The 2015 NHL Draft is June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.

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Atlantic Division team needs entering 2015 NHL Draft

Sunday, 06.21.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

The 2015 NHL Draft will be a great opportunity for teams to shore up positions of need with an injection of energetic, young talent.

As the first round of the draft draws near, there's no better time to take a glimpse at the possible draft needs of all 30 NHL teams.

While there still may be trades and surprises in the works leading up to the draft, which will be held June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., the priorities likely will remain the same. Here's a breakdown of what Atlantic Division teams could be looking to do when they arrive in Florida.

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Sabres general manager Murray set for defining draft

Sunday, 06.21.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Buffalo Sabres director of amateur scouting Greg Royce is looking forward to working alongside general manager Tim Murray again at the 2015 NHL Draft on June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.

The timing couldn't be any better as many associated with the organization feel the two-day draft might be Murray's defining moment as the leader of the organization.

"I've known Tim through scouting and seeing him on the road, socializing with him; we go back quite a few years," Royce said. "He brought me in when he was assistant GM with the Ottawa Senators and he called me after getting the job in Buffalo. I didn't hesitate because a GM with his scouting background makes it easy to go to work."

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Alex Carpenter first pick of new pro women's league

Saturday, 06.20.2015 / 7:45 PM / News

NHL.com

Alex Carpenter of Boston College became the first player drafted into the new National Women's Hockey League on Saturday when the New York Riveters selected her with the top pick.

Players who had completed their junior seasons in college were eligible for the NWHL's first draft, which was held in Boston at Harvard University's Bright-Landry Hockey Center. Each of the 20 players selected Saturday can sign with the team that drafted her after completing her senior season, or she can opt for free agency and sign with one of the league's other three teams.

In addition to the Riveters, the NWHL's other teams are the Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts and Connecticut Whale. The league's inaugural season is scheduled to begin in October. Free agency begins Aug. 17, when rosters will be finalized.

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Islanders' Okposo could be on trading block: report

Saturday, 06.20.2015 / 7:19 PM / News

NHL.com

New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo may be a trade chip for general manager Garth Snow at the 2015 NHL Draft in Sunrise, Fla., next week, Newsday reported Saturday.

Okposo, who is entering the final season of his five-year, $14 million contract, missed 22 games this season after having emergency surgery in January to repair a detached retina. He finished the season with 18 goals and 33 assists in 60 games. Okposo had two goals and one assist during the Islanders' seven-game first-round loss against the Washington Capitals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Two sources told Newsday that nothing is imminent.

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