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40 players named to NHL/USHL Top Prospects Game

Likely 2018 NHL Draft first-round pick Ranta among invitees

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Sioux City right wing Sampo Ranta, a projected first-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, was one of 40 players invited to participate in the 2018 United States Hockey League/NHL Top Prospects Game at the Viaero Center in Kearney, Nebraska, on Jan. 9, 2018.

The USHL released the rosters on Wednesday in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting. This year marks the sixth USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game; 13 participants from the 2017 top prospects game were selected in the 2017 NHL Draft. The 2018 NHL Draft will be held in Dallas on June 22-23.

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AHL

Lightning have AHL pipeline primed

Syracuse affiliate plays important part in Tampa Bay success

by Patrick Williams / NHL.com Correspondent

A commitment to player development at the American Hockey League level has paid off handsomely for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy along with forwards Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov, Ondrej Palat, J.T. Brown, Alex Killorn, and Cedric Paquette all honed their trade with Syracuse. Each is a part of one of the most productive AHL pipelines this decade.

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NHL Draft

2018 Draft diary: Joseph Veleno

Saint John forward gaining confidence, sees team chemistry growing

by Joseph Veleno / Special to NHL.com

Joseph Veleno (6-foot-1, 195 pounds) of Saint John in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League is the first player granted exceptional status to play as a 15-year-old in the league. He has 25 points (four goals, 21 assists) in 27 games and is Saint John's captain. The 17-year-old native of Kirkland, Quebec, has 108 points (30 goals, 78 assists) in 134 QMJHL games. Veleno, who received an A rating on NHL Central Scouting's November players to watch list for the 2018 NHL Draft, has offered to maintain a draft diary for NHL.com leading up to the draft at American Airlines Center in Dallas on June 22-23.

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Tkachuk creating own niche on potential road to NHL

Top prospect for 2018 draft stands out with speed, all-around game

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

Boston University freshman forward Brady Tkachuk doesn't mind being compared to his father, Keith Tkachuk, who scored 538 goals in 18 NHL seasons, or his older brother, Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk.

In fact, he says he's an amalgam of the best parts of their games, which is one of the reasons he's rated among the top prospects for the 2018 NHL Draft.

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Russia takes final game against QMJHL

Canada wins series in shootout

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Columbus Blue Jackets forward prospect Vitaly Abramov scored the game-winning goal with 2:57 remaining in the third period, and Russia defeated the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League 2-1 in the sixth and final game of the 2017 Canada Russia Series at Moncton Coliseum in Moncton, New Brunswick on Thursday.

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Batherson lifts QMJHL past Russia in junior series

Senators prospect scores winner on power play in third period

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Drake Batherson, an Ottawa Senators forward prospect, scored the game-winning goal on the power play in the third period, and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League defeated Russia 3-1 in the fifth game of the 2017 Canada Russia Series at Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, on Tuesday.

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Russia defeats OHL in third game of series

Draft-eligible goalie Melnichuk makes 35 saves

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Artyom Manukyan and Alexei Polodyan, prospects for the 2018 NHL Draft, each scored twice, and Russia defeated the Ontario Hockey League 5-2 in the third game of the 2017 Canada Russia Series at Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre in Owen Sound, Ontario, on Thursday.

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Russia rallies past WHL in junior series

Devils prospect Maltsev scores twice in win

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Mikhail Maltsev, a New Jersey Devils prospect, scored two goals, including the game-winner in the third period, to help Russia defeat the Western Hockey League 4-3 in the second game of the 2017 Canada Russia Series, at Credit Union iPlex in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, on Tuesday.

The WHL led 3-0 in the second period, but Russia scored the next four goals.

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WHL shuts out Russia in first game of junior series

Flyers prospect Hart makes 20 saves in win; Canucks draft choice Lind has three points

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Kole Lind, a Vancouver Canucks prospect, had two goals and an assist, and the Western Hockey League defeated Russia 7-0 in the first game of the 2017 Canada Russia Series at Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, on Monday.

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Farabee overcoming small stature with hard work

USNTDP left wing earned A rating from NHL Central Scouting

by Joe Yerdon / NHL.com Correspondent

BUFFALO -- Left wing Joel Farabee of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program may not immediately stand out among those who could be impact players in the 2018 NHL Draft, but his compete level has helped him get noticed.

Farabee (5-foot-11, 164 pounds) doesn't have the prototypical standout size, but he earned an A rating on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary players to watch list as a potential first-round pick.

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