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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 / 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 @NHL

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 @NHL

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 @NHL

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 @NHL

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 @NHL

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 / 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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McIsaac doing best to block out draft-season pressure

Halifax defenseman earned A rating from NHL Central Scouting on preliminary players to watch list

by Guillaume Lepage @GLepageLNH / Staff Writer

Every Thursday, will look ahead to the 2018 NHL Draft with an in-depth profile on one of its top prospects.

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Initial 10-game deadline looms for players on entry-level deals

Teams face stay-or-go decisions on players like DeBrincat, Patrick, Yamamoto

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL Staff Writer

Teams are beginning to face tough roster decisions regarding the future of key young players.

A player on an entry-level contract can skate in nine games before teams must decide whether to send him to the American Hockey League or junior hockey and delay the start of their contract to the following season. Teams still can send a player down after his 10th game, but it would use up the first season of his contract regardless of how many more NHL games he played.

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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 / 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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