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2017 Draft: Cale Makar rapidly gaining attention

Brooks defenseman has risen up prospect ranking since strong World Junior A Challenge

by Aaron Vickers / NHL.com Correspondent

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

Defenseman Cale Makar of Brooks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League can already imagine himself walking across the stage during the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft and pulling on the jersey of the team that calls his name at United Center in Chicago on June 23.

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Six WHL prospects to watch

Scouts assess 2017 NHL Draft candidates

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

The 2017 NHL Draft is three months away (June 23-24 in Chicago), and the full-time scouts at NHL Central Scouting are hard at work.

In addition to charting players within their respective regions throughout the course of the season, two of those scouts, David Gregory and Matt Ryan recently took a 13-day trip through the Western Hockey League to evaluate the top prospects available in the area.

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On road with NHL Central Scouting

Inside look at League's well-traveled talent evaluators in action

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

REGINA, Saskatchewan -- David Gregory and Matt Ryan of NHL Central Scouting arrived in the lobby of their hotel with no time to spare.

Gregory, who had just driven 225 miles here in just under four hours from Brandon, Manitoba, approached the receptionist, provided identification, got his room key and asked, "When does the kitchen close?" She responded, "Fifteen minutes."

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2017 Draft Diary: Jake Oettinger

Boston University goalie to face Boston College in Hockey East Tournament semifinals on Friday

by Jake Oettinger / Special to NHL.com

Jake Oettinger, No. 3 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of North American goaltenders eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft, is a freshman at Boston University in Hockey East. The native of Lakeville, Minn., is 20-9 with three ties, four shutouts, a 2.06 goals-against average and .928 save percentage in 32 games. Oettinger (6-foot-4, 212 pounds) has offered to maintain a blog for NHL.com all season leading up to the 2017 draft in Chicago. His March blog comes prior to a game against Boston College in the semifinals of the Hockey East Tournament at TD Garden in Boston on Friday.

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2017 draft: Pierre-Olivier Joseph takes after brother

Defenseman credits older sibling, Lightning forward prospect Mathieu Joseph for paving way to success

by Guillaume Lepage @GLepageLNH / LNH.com Staff Writer

MONTREAL -- Pierre-Olivier Joseph has always been in competition with his older brother, Mathieu, for as long as he can remember. It was something that pushed him to follow in the footsteps of the elder, but at a different position.

That might explain why Pierre-Olivier Joseph, a defenseman for Charlottetown Islanders in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, is a projected second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. He's No. 42 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of North American skaters.

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2017 Draft Diary: Nicolas Hague

Mississauga defenseman looking forward to OHL playoffs, congratulates Reid Duke

by Nicolas Hague / Special to NHL.com

Nicolas Hague, No. 11 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of North American skaters eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft, is in his second season with Mississauga of the Ontario Hockey League. He has 44 points (18 goals, 26 assists) in 59 games. The 6-foot-5, 206-pound left-shot defenseman has offered to maintain a monthly draft diary for NHL.com leading up to the draft in Chicago. His March blog comes with five games remaining in the OHL regular season.

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Nolan Patrick feeling better after injury

Wheat Kings forward, who could be No. 1 pick in 2017 draft, fully recovered

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

BRANDON, Manitoba -- Brandon center Nolan Patrick, who could be selected with the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, said he's feeling good again.

The road to get there wasn't easy after missing 35 games because of an upper-body injury, but the 18-year-old seems to have regained the form that NHL scouts craved the past two seasons in the Western Hockey League.

"Missing three months is tough in getting your cardio and timing back and getting into the swing of things," Patrick said. "I think every game I play I'm starting to feel better and [a 6-1 win against Calgary on Friday] was one of the best games I've felt this year.

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2017 Draft: Gabriel Vilardi driven to rise higher

Windsor center generating attention in quest to move up NHL Central Scouting rankings

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.

Windsor coach Rocky Thompson is a big proponent of tracking advanced statistics on his players throughout the Ontario Hockey League season.

When it comes to charting the success of center Gabriel Vilardi, there always seems to be one common denominator.

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Top-rated goalie prospect scores goal in USHL game

Keith Petruzzelli, No. 1 in NHL Central Scouting rankings, shoots puck into empty net

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

Keith Petruzzelli, No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm list of North American goaltenders eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft, scored the first goal of his career to help Muskegon to a 4-1 win against Madison in a United States Hockey League game at LC Walker Arena in Muskegon, Michigan, on Friday.

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2017 Draft: Nicolas Hague dependable two-way player

Mississauga defenseman considered among best at position in Ontario Hockey League

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 defenseman Nicolas Hague grew up a big fan of the Kitchener Rangers.

Born and raised in Kitchener, Ontario, Hague understandably followed his hometown team. He fondly recalls the days when he and his father had season tickets to Kitchener Memorial Auditorium, where they'd root for the Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League.

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