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Mikhail Sergachev hoping to cap eventful season with Memorial Cup

Windsor defenseman played four games for Canadiens, won World Juniors medal, excelling in tournament

by Dave Hogg / NHL.com Correspondent

WINDSOR, Ontario -- Defenseman Mikhail Sergachev had a memorable 2016-17 season.

He had two stints with the Montreal Canadiens, won a bronze medal with Russia at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship and now, after a six-week hiatus, is playing for host Windsor at the 2017 Memorial Cup.

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Mathew Barzal keeps Islanders in mind while helping junior team

Center played two NHL games, helped Seattle reach Memorial Cup for first time

by Dave Hogg / NHL.com Correspondent

WINDSOR, Ontario -- For the first few months of 2017, center Mathew Barzal had two hockey teams on his mind. While he was leading Seattle to the Western Hockey League playoffs, he also was paying close attention to the New York Islanders.

Barzal, 19, was chosen by the Islanders in the first round (No. 16) of the 2015 NHL Draft. He was on their opening-night roster and made his NHL debut against the Washington Capitals on Oct. 15. But it didn't go the way he wanted. He was whistled for three penalties, including two in the first 5:06 of the game. He had 10:10 of ice time, won two of six faceoffs and didn't have a shot attempt in a 2-1 loss.

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Memorial Cup Preview

Windsor, Saint John, Seattle, Erie vie for Canadian Hockey League championship

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

The 2017 Memorial Cup tournament to determine the champion of the Canadian Hockey League will take place at WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario, beginning Friday and concluding with the championship game May 28.

The four-team, round-robin tournament includes the host team, Windsor, along with Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champion Saint John, Western Hockey League champion Seattle, and Ontario Hockey League champion Erie.

Since the round-robin format was introduced in 1972, the OHL has won 16 times, including last season when the London Knights won 3-2 in overtime against QMJHL champion Rouyn-Noranda in the championship. Erie eliminated London with a 5-4 overtime win in Game 7 of the 2017 OHL Western Conference Semifinal.

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Injuries shouldn't hurt Nolan Patrick on Draft board

NHL Central Scouting director expects center to remain top-rated prospect

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

TORONTO -- The status of Brandon center Nolan Patrick was one of the many talking points heading into NHL Central Scouting's final meetings to determine the top North American skaters and goaltenders eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft.

Patrick, No. 1 on Central Scouting's midterm list of North American skaters, missed 35 games with an upper-body injury in the regular season and all four games of the Western Hockey League playoffs against Medicine Hat with a lower-body injury.

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How top prospects stack up against NHL stars

Comparing Draft-eligible players to Anze Kopitar, John Tavares, others

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

TORONTO -- Each year, every top prospect eligible for the NHL Draft can usually target a current NHL player he feels has a style similar to his.

In 2015, Jack Eichel (Buffalo Sabres) compared himself to Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter. In 2016, center Auston Matthews (Toronto Maple Leafs) said he felt Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks best represented what he was trying to do on the ice, and Patrik Laine (Winnipeg Jets) attempted to model his game after that of Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin.

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Eight first-round picks dot NCAA hockey tournament

Boston University center Clayton Keller, defenseman Charles McAvoy among those competing on road to Frozen Four

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

Eight first-round NHL draft picks will be among the players taking part in the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament, which starts March 24.

Among that group are four players from Boston University: center Clayton Keller, selected by the Arizona Coyotes with the No. 7 pick of the 2016 NHL Draft; defenseman Charles McAvoy (Boston Bruins, No. 14, 2016); defenseman Dante Fabbro (Nashville Predators, No. 17, 2016); and left wing Kieffer Bellows (New York Islanders, No. 19, 2016). 

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Tage Thompson signs entry-level contract with Blues

Forward gets three years, was No. 26 pick in 2016 NHL Draft

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Forward Tage Thompson signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.

Thompson, 19, was selected by the Blues with the No. 26 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. His contract will begin next season, when he will report to Chicago of the American Hockey League. 

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Top college free agents who could sign with NHL teams

Hockey analyst Dave Starman breaks down best available NCAA players

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

The Stanley Cup Playoffs are five weeks away, but NHL teams are keeping a close eye on the college hockey playoffs, which are underway and building toward the Frozen Four at United Center in Chicago on April 6-8.

NHL teams can start signing undrafted college free agents after they've played the final game of their season. Players eligible to be signed are at least 20 years old and have gone through the draft process twice without being selected.

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Nolan Patrick showcases ability at Top Prospects Game

Projected No. 1 pick at 2017 NHL Draft gets two assists in Team Cherry win

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

QUEBEC CITY -- Nolan Patrick, No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of North American skaters eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft, had two assists to help Team Don Cherry to a 7-5 win against Team Bobby Orr in the 22nd CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game at Videotron Centre on Monday.

Patrick, who plays for Brandon of the Western Hockey League, has eight goals and nine assists in 11 games this season.

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2017 Draft: Top prospects honored by USHL

Waterloo's Shane Bowers named forward of the week, Green Bay's Maksim Zhukov named best goaltender

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Waterloo forward Shane Bowers and Green Bay goaltender Maksim Zhukov, top prospects for the 2017 NHL Draft, were honored by the United States Hockey League on Monday.

Bowers, No. 13 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of North American skaters, was named the USHL CCM Forward of the Week. The 6-foot-1, 183-pound center had three goals and two assists in three games, including two games with a goal and an assist.

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