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On Campus: Petruzzelli growing into starter's role at Quinnipiac

Junior goalie's game evolving after taking over net; NHL draft picks setting pace for Denver

by Mark Divver / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Stepping into Division I hockey as an 18-year-old can be hard for forwards and defensemen. It can be even harder for goalies.

Quinnipiac University's Keith Petruzzelli, chosen by the Detroit Red Wings in the third round (No. 88) of the 2017 NHL Draft, is a case in point.

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Lafreniere among players to watch at 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series

Forward expected to be No. 1 pick in 2020 NHL Draft, leads QMJHL in scoring

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

Alexis Lafreniere, the favorite to be the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, is one of eight players to receive an A rating in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary players to watch list that will play in the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series.

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AHL Notebook: Western Conference affiliates with deep prospect pools

Schuldt highlights rookie class in Chicago; Kupari star of growing pipeline in Ontario

by Patrick Williams / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Top selections from several different NHL Drafts populate the rosters of American Hockey League teams, but the talent runs much deeper than those blue-chip prospects.

Here is a look at five AHL affiliates of NHL Western Conference teams that have deep prospect pools:

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On Campus: Top freshmen to watch

Knight, Caufield lead class of NHL draft picks playing in college this season

by Mark Divver / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Spencer Knight and Cole Caufield sharpened their skills by going head-to-head every day in practice with USA Hockey's National Team Development Program the past two seasons.

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Kakko impressing Rangers despite lack of scoring

Coach, teammates pleased with composure shown by No. 2 pick in 2019 NHL Draft

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Kaapo Kakko's English is improving, and his comfort level and confidence are growing. Now, two games into his NHL career, the desire the New York Rangers rookie forward has to produce is slowly rising to a level matching the hype that preceded him. 

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Barron starring for hometown Halifax team on path to 2020 NHL Draft

Defenseman received A rating from Central Scouting in preliminary players to watch list

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

Every Thursday, NHL.com will look ahead to the 2020 NHL Draft with an in-depth profile on one of its top prospects. This week: Justin Barron with Halifax of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

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AHL Notebook: Eastern Conference affiliates with deep prospect pools

Alexeyev comfortable as first-year pro in Hershey; Providence building core of young defensemen

by Patrick Williams / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Top selections from several different NHL Drafts populate the rosters of American Hockey League teams, but the talent runs much deeper than those blue-chip prospects.

Here is a look at five teams from the Eastern Conference in the NHL that have deep prospect pools at the AHL level. Next week, a breakdown of the top Western Conference AHL affiliates.

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NHL Draft

Top prospects eligible for 2020 Draft

Lafreniere, Byfield, Holtz lead list according to NHL.com's Mike Morreale

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

Mike Morreale has covered the NHL Draft and NHL prospects for the past 10 years. He provides an early look at the top 31 prospects for the 2020 NHL Draft, which will take place at Bell Centre in Montreal on June 26-27. 

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On Campus: Drafted college players to watch this season

Blues prospect Perunovich, Flyers pick Allison head impressive class

by Mark Divver / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

The 2019-20 NCAA Division I hockey season starts Saturday and its importance to the NHL has never been more pronounced.

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2020 Draft Diary: Alexis Lafreniere

Projected No. 1 pick discusses meeting Crosby, outlook for Rimouski

by Alexis Lafreniere / Special to NHL.com

Alexis Lafreniere, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, will write a diary this season for NHL.com leading up to the draft at Bell Centre in Montreal on June 26-27. The 17-year-old left wing, who plays for Rimouski of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, was named the league's most valuable player after scoring 105 points (37 goals, 68 assists) in 61 regular-season games last season. Lafreniere (6-foot-1, 192 pounds) has 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in five games this season. In his first entry, he discusses being named captain, meeting Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and expectations for the season.

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