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AHL Notebook: Subban's change of fortune inspires others

McCarron, Erne among minor-league vets chasing full-time NHL opportunity

by Patrick Williams / NHL.com Correspondent

You just never know in the American Hockey League.

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Malcolm Subban is the most recent example that opportunity can arrive at any time for a player.

Going into training camp this fall, Subban, 23, faced a career crossroads as a prospect for the Boston Bruins. He had shown promise in the AHL and had a .917 save percentage to go with his 2.41 goals-against average last season with Providence.

However, the clock is always ticking for a prospect, and he was going into his fifth AHL season and facing a battle with Zane McIntyre for playing time in Providence. McIntyre had the best save percentage (.930) last season in the AHL and ranked second in GAA (2.03).

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AHL Notebook: Second-helpings good for prospects

Dal Colle, Connor among returnees ready to prove NHL credentials

by Patrick Williams / NHL.com Correspondent

For top prospects, a second season in the American Hockey League is when NHL executives begin to receive some answers.

If the player had a difficult rookie season in the AHL, does he begin to figure out the pro game in his second season?

If he was struggling in the transition from Europe, was it simply an acclimation period to the North American game?

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Sergachev hoping to stick with Lightning

Rookie defenseman, acquired in trade for Drouin, makes opening night roster

by Dan Rosen / NHL.com Senior Writer

TAMPA, Fla. -- Mikhail Sergachev survived the final cuts to make the Tampa Bay Lightning's opening night roster. The question is how long will the 19-year-old rookie defenseman stay in the NHL this season.

It will be permanently if Sergachev continues along his current path.

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5 things learned from All-American Prospects Game

Savage looking to emulate Matthews as next Arizona-raised player selected high in NHL Draft

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

BUFFALO -- Here are five things we learned from the sixth CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game at KeyBank Center on Thursday.

 

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Brady Tkachuk stars in All-American Prospects Game

Brother of Flames forward Matthew gets winner, assist

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

BUFFALO -- Left wing Brady Tkachuk is the latest member of his family to have a memorable moment at KeyBank Center.

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Haapala 'ready as I can be' for jump to NHL

23-year-old aiming to make Panthers after leading Finland's top league in scoring last season

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

Rookie left wing Henrik Haapala arrived from Finland three weeks ago with the intention of using the time before beginning his first NHL training camp with the Florida Panthers to get used to his new surroundings.

Hurricane Irma threw a wrench into that plan, forcing Haapala to evacuate to Boston for a few days along with many of his new teammates and team employees. For the 23-year-old, the experience was a bit of an eye opener.

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Tkachuk, Wahlstrom among names to watch for All-American Prospects Game

Event features 42 top United States-born players eligible for 2018 NHL Draft

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

BUFFALO -- Forwards Brady Tkachuk and Oliver Wahlstrom, each a projected first-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, will lead opposing teams at the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game at KeyBank Center on Thursday.

The sixth annual game features 42 of the top United States-born players chosen by USA Hockey in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting.

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Roykas Marthinsen lives out fantasy during Capitals training camp

Norway-born seventh-round pick skated three days on same line with Ovechkin

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Forward Kristian Roykas Marthinsen's first NHL training camp with the Washington Capitals has been more like a hockey fantasy camp.

When he arrived from Norway last week, Roykas Marthinsen, the Capitals' seventh-round pick (No. 213) in the 2017 NHL Draft, never imagined he'd skate on a line with captain Alex Ovechkin, who was named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players last season. He did a double take when he looked at the posted list of practice groups for the first day of on-ice sessions Friday and saw his name at right wing on a line with Ovechkin at left wing and center Lars Eller.

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Golden Knights lose to Kings in rookie game debut

Hyka scores first goal for Vegas at 1:15 of opening period

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

Postgame: Tomas Hyka

Tomas Hyka reacts after scoring the first goal

Tomas Hyka reacts after scoring the first goal in team history

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Forward Tomas Hyka will be the trivia answer when future generations of hockey fans try to remember who scored the first goal for the Vegas Golden Knights in a rookie game.

Hyka scored on a backhand shot 75 seconds into the game, but the Los Angeles Kings prospects scored five goals in the third period, three in a span of 1:06, to defeat the Golden Knights, 6-2, in a rookie game at Toyota Sports Center. 

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Latvian prospect Balcers impresses Sharks at rookie tourney

Forward hopes to follow in footsteps of countrymen Ozolinsh, Irbe

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- Twenty-one Latvians have played in the NHL, and two of them, defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh and goalie Arturs Irbe, began a long career in the League in the early 1990s with the San Jose Sharks.

Rudolfs Balcers, a 20-year-old forward prospect from Latvia, hopes to follow in their footsteps.

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