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Boeser hoping to build on start with Canucks

Forward prospect learning from veterans after scoring five points in nine games last season

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Vancouver Canucks forward Brock Boeser had an NHL debut to remember late last season, but that doesn't mean he has arrived for good.

Less than 24 hours after his college season with the University of North Dakota ended with a loss to Boston University in the NCAA championship, Boeser signed an entry-level contract with the Canucks and played his first NHL game in front of a large group of family and friends in his home state, scoring the winning goal in a 4-2 victory at the Minnesota Wild on March 25.

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Prospect Pedrie 'couldn't say no' to Rangers

Defenseman left Penn State to pursue NHL dream

by Kaitlyn Kaminski / NHL.com Staff Writer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- When opportunity knocks, you answer. Just ask New York Rangers defenseman prospect Vince Pedrie, who gave up his final two years at Penn State University for a chance to play in the NHL.

"It felt like an opportunity I couldn't say no to," said Pedrie, 23. "It's something I worked my whole life to get to, and I couldn't say no to that."

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DeBrincat wants to force Blackhawks' hand in training camp

Skilled 5-foot-7 forward prospect hoping to defeat odds, make it to NHL this season

by Brian Hedger / NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- If Alex DeBrincat were a few inches taller, he probably wouldn't have slipped to the Chicago Blackhawks outside the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft.

Nobody knows that more than Blackhawks director of amateur scouting Mark Kelley, who helped select the high-scoring forward with Chicago's first pick at No. 39 in the second round.

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Dream comes true for China-born player at Canucks development camp

Beijing native Simon Chen plays in prospects game at Rogers Arena

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Simon Chen was limping as he left the ice early on the second day of Vancouver Canucks development camp, but the pain showing on the China-born defenseman's face had been replaced by a smile when he returned the next day.

There was no way Chen was going to let a charley horse stop him from continuing a dream that began when he was a young child. And there was no way the Beijing native was going to miss a chance to play in the Canucks Summer Showdown Top Prospects Game at Rogers Arena on Thursday.

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Capitals prospect showing fellow countrymen the ropes

Jonas Siegenthaler, in third development camp, helping ease transition for Washington's other Swiss players

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Va. -- In terms of NHL development camps, Jonas Siegenthaler is a veteran now.

This week, the 20-year-old defenseman has been participating in his third development camp with the Washington Capitals since they selected him in the second round (No. 57) of the 2015 NHL Draft.

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Kris Letang feels more work equals more success

Penguins defenseman going hard during training camp to play big minutes during season

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

CRANBERRY, Pa. -- Defenseman Kris Letang was first on and last off the ice Sept. 23, the first day of Pittsburgh Penguins training camp.

That wasn't surprising. Coaches and teammates have touted Letang's work ethic throughout his NHL career, which is entering its 11th season.

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Loui Eriksson scores twice in Canucks debut

Forward plays with Henrik, Daniel Sedin in preseason game vs. Flames

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Vancouver Canucks forward Loui Eriksson normally would worry more about making his debut with a new team in the second-to-last preseason game. But there's no need to fret about finding chemistry with Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin as his linemates.

Eriksson, who signed a six-year, $36 million contract as a free agent on July 1, scored two goals in his first preseason game with the Canucks against the Calgary Flames on Thursday. He looked very comfortable at right wing in a reunion of a line that played together for Team Sweden at the World Cup of Hockey 2016.

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Jakub Voracek ready for big season after World Cup

Flyers forward says tournament should help him have bounce-back season

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

VOORHEES, N.J. -- Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek believes he's in midseason form because of the World Cup of Hockey 2016.

After the way last season started, fast-forwarding to the middle of this season can only be a good thing.

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Lukas Bengtsson wants to clear last hurdle to NHL

After overcoming numerous barriers, undrafted Penguins defense prospect has sights set on future in League

by David Alter / NHL.com Correspondent

LONDON, Ontario -- There aren't many players from Sweden who have carved a path to an NHL contract the way defenseman Lukas Bengtsson did.

In Sweden, there is an annual regional tournament 15-year-old players take part in, known as "TV Puck." Many Swedish greats have played in it, but Bengtsson wasn't deemed good enough to participate.

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Stars sign Justin Fontaine to professional tryout

Right wing played three seasons with Wild

by Sean Shapiro / NHL.com Correspondent

FRISCO, Texas -- Right wing Justin Fontaine signed a professional tryout with the the Dallas Stars on Thursday, and he will play in a preseason game against the Los Angeles Kings in Las Vegas on Friday.

"I like his speed," Stars general manager Jim Nill said. "It's a chance to look at a player and we'll go from there."

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