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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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2017 Draft diary: Kailer Yamamoto

Forward trying to help Spokane reach WHL playoffs

by Kailer Yamamoto / Special to NHL.com

Kailer Yamamoto, No. 17 on NHL Central Scouting's list of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft, plays for Spokane of the Western Hockey League. The 18-year-old Yamamoto (5-foot-7, 153 pounds) has 32 goals and 73 points in 50 games in his third season with Spokane. The right-handed shot has offered to maintain a monthly draft diary for NHL.com leading up to the draft in Chicago, to be held June 23-24. His February post comes prior to games at Kelowna on Friday and at Tri-City on Saturday.

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2017 Draft: Casey Mittelstadt a Mr. Hockey finalist

Eden Prairie center one of 10 nominees for top Minnesota high school hockey award

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Casey Mittelstadt, a senior center at Eden Prairie High School and a top prospect for the 2017 NHL Draft, was named a finalist for the Minnesota Mr. Hockey Award.

The 6-foot-1, 201-pound center has 18 goals and 57 points in 23 games. He leads Eden Prairie in goals and points, and leads the state with 39 assists. He has at least one point in 14 straight games, including 13 straight multipoint games.

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2017 Draft: Michael Rasmussen knows way to net

Tri-City center uses size, skill to create offense in all situations

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.

Tri-City center Michael Rasmussen has one objective with the puck on his stick in the offensive zone, and that's getting to the front of the net.

It hasn't been all that difficult. At 6-foot-6, 215 pounds, Rasmussen is one of the biggest, strongest skaters eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft. In addition to his big frame, however, Rasmussen has a good skill set going for him.

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2017 Draft diary: Jake Oettinger

Boston University freshman goalie preparing for Beanpot championship game

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, Minnesota, is 16-6-2 with a 1.75 goals-against average, .937 save percentage and five shutouts in 24 games for the Terriers. 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 February blog comes prior to the championship game of the 65th Beanpot Tournament against Harvard at TD Garden in Boston on Monday.

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2017 Draft: Ivan Lodnia powers Erie to OHL lead

More size, new linemates have made forward driver on league's top team

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

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

Erie of the Ontario Hockey League is stocked with highly talented offensive players, a number of whom have been drafted by NHL teams, so it could be easy for a player in his draft season to get lost.

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2017 Draft diary: Nicolas Hague

Mississauga defenseman on trip to Quebec City, CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

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. Hague enters this weekend with 14 goals and 32 points in 46 games. The 6-foot-5, 206-pound left-handed shot has offered to maintain a monthly draft diary for NHL.com leading up to the draft in Chicago. His February blog comes after his participation in the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on Monday, and prior to a home game against North Bay on Friday.

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2017 Draft: Keith Petruzzelli starring as USHL rookie

Rated No. 1 among North American goalies in NHL Central Scouting midterm 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.

As a younger brother, Keith Petruzzelli really had no choice but to strap on the goalie pads anytime there was hockey to be played.

But those sessions did give him a chance to uncover a hidden talent. He realized he was a better-than-average goaltender.

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5 things learned from CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Nolan Patrick, Nico Hischier show why they lead Central Scouting's midterm ranking

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

QUEBEC CITY -- Brandon center Nolan Patrick and Halifax center Nico Hischier, NHL Central Scouting's top-rated North American skaters for the 2017 NHL Draft in its midterm ranking, showed why scouts value them so highly during the 2017 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game at Videotron Centre on Monday.

Patrick (6-foot-3, 198 pounds), No. 1 on Central Scouting's midterm list, had two assists and won 12 of 16 faceoffs to help lead Team Cherry to a 7-5 win against Team Orr at the 22nd annual showcase that featured 40 of the top 2017 draft-eligible players from the Canadian Hockey League.

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Nolan Patrick showcases ability at Top Prospects Game

Projected No. 1 pick at 2017 NHL Draft gets two assists in Team Cherry win

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

QUEBEC CITY -- Nolan Patrick, No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of North American skaters eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft, had two assists to help Team Don Cherry to a 7-5 win against Team Bobby Orr in the 22nd CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game at Videotron Centre on Monday.

Patrick, who plays for Brandon of the Western Hockey League, has eight goals and nine assists in 11 games this season.

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