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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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Four prospects have sights on role with Sabres

Bailey, Baptiste, Fasching, Nylander set to compete for one top-six forward spot among crowded group

by Joe Yerdon / NHL.com Correspondent

BUFFALO -- When the Buffalo Sabres open training camp Thursday, competition for a place among the forwards is expected to be intense, especially among four prospects competing for one top-six spot.

Forwards Justin Bailey, Nicholas Baptiste, Hudson Fasching and Alexander Nylander are in the hunt for a place among a group that includes Jack Eichel, Kyle Okposo, Ryan O'Reilly, Evander Kane and Sam Reinhart.

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Abramov out to prove he can make Blue Jackets

19-year-old forward prospect turning heads at Traverse City tournament

by Brian Hedger / NHL.com Correspondent

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Columbus Blue Jackets forward prospect Vitaly Abramov is 19, but his age isn't keeping him from setting a big goal heading into training camp.

"I want to make NHL this year and I feel that I can do it," said Abramov, who was selected by the Blue Jackets in the third round (No. 65) of the 2016 NHL Draft. "I have improved my game and my [defensive] zone coverage, and I think I can do it."

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Fischer focused on earning full-time role with Coyotes this season

Power forward prospect scored on first three shots during seven-game taste of NHL in 2016-17

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- Forward Christian Fischer got a taste of the NHL last season with the Arizona Coyotes and scored on his first three shots during a four-game span.

He played a total of seven NHL games, and he's hungry for more this season.

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