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Memorial Cup: What we learned

Hamilton defeats Swift Current; Skinner makes 54 saves in loss

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

The Memorial Cup, a four-team round-robin tournament to determine the champion of the Canadian Hockey League, features the winners of the Ontario Hockey League (Hamilton Bulldogs), Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (Acadie-Bathurst Titan) and Western Hockey League (Swift Current Broncos), and the host Regina Pats of the WHL. The event is being held at Brandt Center in Regina, Saskatchewan, from May 18-27 and features several NHL-drafted prospects and some eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft.

In the fourth game of the Memorial Cup, Hamilton defeated Swift Current 2-1 on Monday.

Here are three things we learned on the fourth day:

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NHL Insider

Necas primed for successful future with Hurricanes

Center prospect has skills to land Carolina roster spot next season

by Aaron Vickers / NHL.com Correspondent

COPENHAGEN, Denmark - There has been plenty of buzz regarding Martin Necas around the Carolina Hurricanes. Their goaltender, Scott Darling, has not only heard it; he has seen the 19-year-old center play.

He thinks Necas, one of the organization's top prospects, is close to stepping up and becoming a full-time NHL forward.

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Memorial Cup: What we learned

Acadie-Bathurst tops Swift Current in OT; defenseman Dobson proving his worth

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

The Memorial Cup, a four-team round-robin tournament to determine the champion of the Canadian Hockey League, features the winners of the Ontario Hockey League (Hamilton Bulldogs), Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (Acadie-Bathurst Titan) and Western Hockey League (Swift Current Broncos), and the host Regina Pats of the WHL. The event is being held at Brandt Center in Regina, Saskatchewan from May 18-27 and features several NHL-drafted prospects and some eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft.

In the second game of the Memorial Cup, Acadie-Bathurst defeated Swift Current 4-3 in overtime Saturday.

Here are three things we learned on the second day:

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Memorial Cup: What we learned

Henry in spotlight for Regina in tournament opener

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

The Memorial Cup, a four-team round-robin tournament to determine the champion of the Canadian Hockey League, features the winners of the Ontario Hockey League (Hamilton Bulldogs), Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (Acadie-Bathurst Titan) and Western Hockey League (Swift Current Broncos), and the host Regina Pats of the WHL. The event is being held at Brandt Center in Regina, Saskatchewan, from May 18-27 and features several NHL-drafted prospects and some eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft.

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World Championship

Canucks prospect impressing at World Championship

Pettersson could be in Vancouver next season after dominating in Sweden

by Aaron Vickers / NHL.com Correspondent

COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- There wasn't much Vancouver Canucks prospect Elias Pettersson didn't accomplish with the Vaxjo Lakers of the Swedish Hockey League this season.

His accomplishments could land the 19-year-old forward in the NHL as soon as next season.

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NHL Draft

Mock draft: Dahlin will go No. 1 to Sabres

Defenseman is unanimous choice by NHL.com experts after Buffalo wins lottery

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NHL.com writers Adam Kimelman, Mike G. Morreale and Guillaume Lepage are unanimous in their belief that Rasmus Dahlin will be the first pick of the 2018 NHL Draft, which will be held at American Airlines Center in Dallas on June 22-23.

They agreed on little else.

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NHL Insider

Sabres finally celebrate NHL Draft Lottery win

Get No. 1 pick after losing out twice before

by Mike Zeisberger @Zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- The third time was a charm for the Buffalo Sabres. Maybe vice president of media relations Chris Bandura is to thank for that.

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NHL Draft

Sabres win No. 1 pick in NHL Draft Lottery

Hurricanes at No. 2, Canadiens will select No. 3 at event in Dallas

by Mike Battaglino and Mike G. Morreale / NHL.com Staff Writers

The Buffalo Sabres have the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft after winning the NHL Draft Lottery on Saturday.

The Carolina Hurricanes will pick No. 2, and the Montreal Canadiens will pick No. 3.

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NHL Draft

Samuelsson adds offensive upside to physical game

Puck-moving ability, poise among attributes of USNTDP defenseman

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

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

Adam Samuelsson can't help but grin when asked to describe his biggest role model, who happens to be his father and former NHL defenseman Ulf Samuelsson.

"He was sort of a tough guy; it's fun searching him on the internet and seeing what he did because it makes me laugh a little," said Samuelsson, who plays for USA Hockey's Under-18 National Team Development Program in the United States Hockey League.

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AHL

Sanheim, Nedeljkovic, Delia among those shining in Calder Cup playoffs

Youth brigade takes leading role in AHL postseason success stories

by Patrick Williams / NHL.com Correspondent

High-end young talent is earning its fair share of attention in the American Hockey League as the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs continues.

There is little time to waste in finding your groove in the AHL postseason. The NHL's top developmental league utilizes a best-of-5 format in the first round. All subsequent rounds are best-of-7.

Here is a look at four series where youth is shining extra bright:

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