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Gabriel Vilardi of Windsor likely to be noticed on Memorial Cup stage

Scouts keeping eye on 17-year-old center, ranked fourth on NHL Central Scouting list

by Dave Hogg / NHL.com Correspondent

WINDSOR, Ontario -- Windsor center Gabriel Vilardi knows he has a special opportunity during the next 10 days. He's doing everything he can to ignore it.

Vilardi, 17, is No. 4 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters for the 2017 NHL Draft, and he's the only prospect among the top 35 on the list playing at the Memorial Cup, which began Friday and runs through May 28 at WFCU Centre. It will be his last chance to impress before the draft in Chicago on June 23-24.

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Devils waiting to determine how to use No. 1 pick in draft

Centers Nolan Patrick, Nico Hischier expected to be options if they keep selection

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

The New Jersey Devils likely won't determine what they will do with the No. 1 pick of the 2017 NHL Draft until the days leading up to event, which will be held at United Center in Chicago on June 23-24.

"Sometimes we'll bring kids to our home cities to conduct interviews, and obviously you throw in the trade possibilities, so this stuff will go right down to the week of the draft," Devils director of amateur scouting Paul Castron said this week. "[Devils general manager] Ray Shero has told me to prepare like we're making the No. 1 pick, so that's what we'll do."

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Stars willing to trade No. 3 pick in 2017 NHL Draft

Dallas would want established player in return, GM Jim Nill says

by Sean Shapiro / NHL.com Correspondent

The Dallas Stars are willing to trade the No. 3 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft if the price is right, general manager Jim Nill said Thursday.

"I have talked to other teams already about possibly moving that pick, getting an established player back," Nill told SiriusXM NHL Network Radio. "It gives us lot of options. I think this will heat up more as we go."

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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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Nick Suzuki proving to be intelligent, all-around player

Owen Sound forward showing skills, smarts needed to succeed in NHL

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

Every Thursday, NHL.com will look ahead to the 2017 NHL Draft with an in-depth profile on one of its top prospects.

Owen Sound right wing Nick Suzuki considers himself a pass-first kind of player.

When told of Suzuki's self-assessment, former NHL player and Owen Sound coach Ryan McGill chuckled.

"He's definitely underselling himself when he tells you he's more of a playmaker because he's an all-around player, a 200-foot guy who kills penalties, takes faceoffs, and on top of that is the smartest player on the ice," McGill said.

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Owen Tippett offers big shot, steady production

Mississauga forward recognized as one of better shooters, skaters in draft class

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

Every Thursday, NHL.com will look ahead to the 2017 NHL Draft with an in-depth profile on one of its top prospects.

Mississauga right wing Owen Tippett has a lot of respect for Winnipeg Jets rookie forward Patrik Laine for the way he was able to utilize his shot to succeed in his first NHL season. To Tippett, what was most impressive was how Laine was able to produce consistently, with 64 points (36 goals, 28 assists) in 73 games, even when the opposition knew what was coming.

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Nolan Patrick shocked by NHL Draft Lottery winners

Brandon center, potential No. 1 pick, excited to see results, says he's '100 percent healthy'

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

Brandon center Nolan Patrick, No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters, said he was as shocked as everyone else to see the big winners unveiled at the NHL Draft Lottery on Saturday.

The New Jersey Devils won the No. 1 pick despite having an 8.5 percent chance of winning the lottery. The Philadelphia Flyers vaulted 11 spots to No. 2, and the Dallas Stars moved eight spots up to No. 3.

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Mock Draft: Nico Hischier taken by Devils with first selection

LNH.com's Guillaume Lepage projects top 15 picks

by Guillaume Lepage / LNH.com Staff Writer

LNH.com staff writer Guillaume Lepage projects the top 15 selections in the 2017 NHL Draft:

 

1. New Jersey Devils - Nico Hischier, C, Halifax (QMJHL)

The Devils haven't selected first since moving to New Jersey in 1982 but will make the most of their opportunity by picking the most complete forward in the draft. Born in Switzerland, Hischier (6-foot-1, 176 pounds) impressed in his first season in North America with his speed and skill and will add depth at center for the Devils. His intelligence on the ice should allow him to make an impact in the NHL next season.

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Mock Draft: Nolan Patrick goes to Devils, Nico Hischier taken by Flyers

NHL.com's Adam Kimelman projects top 15 picks

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

NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor Adam Kimelman projects the top 15 selections in the 2017 NHL Draft:

 

1. New Jersey Devils - Nolan Patrick, C, Brandon (WHL) 

The Devils get the franchise center they need to invigorate an offense that averaged 2.20 goals per game this season, third-fewest in the League. Patrick (6-foot-2, 198 pounds) played 33 games because of injuries but was 10th in the Western Hockey League at 1.39 points per game. The injuries won't prevent him from going No. 1. Scouts still remember him winning MVP of the WHL playoffs last season as a 17-year-old.

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Mock Draft: Nolan Patrick, Nico Hischier selected 1-2

NHL.com's Mike Morreale projects top 15 picks

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

NHL.com Staff Writer Mike G. Morreale projects the top 15 selections in the 2017 NHL Draft:

 

1. New Jersey Devils - Nolan Patrick, C, Brandon (WHL)

Patrick (6-foot-2, 198 pounds) can do so much off the rush and has elite hockey sense. He knows how to use his size and reach, is as dangerous a passer as he is a shooter, and is projected a future top-line NHL center capable of playing all situations. He models his game after Los Angeles Kings captain Anze Kopitar.

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