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Tkachuk creating own niche on potential road to NHL

Top prospect for 2018 draft stands out with speed, all-around game

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

Boston University freshman forward Brady Tkachuk doesn't mind being compared to his father, Keith Tkachuk, who scored 538 goals in 18 NHL seasons, or his older brother, Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk.

In fact, he says he's an amalgam of the best parts of their games, which is one of the reasons he's rated among the top prospects for the 2018 NHL Draft.

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2018 Draft diary: Kevin Bahl

OHL defenseman, projected second-round pick, discusses Canada Russia Series, goals for next part of season

by Kevin Bahl / Special to NHL.com

Defenseman Kevin Bahl (6-foot-6, 231 pounds) of Ottawa in the Ontario Hockey League received a B rating on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary players to watch list and is a projected second-round candidate for the 2018 NHL Draft. Bahl has nine assists, 15 shots on goal, and 44 penalty minutes in 21 games. He had two points (one goal, one assist) in five games to help Canada win the gold medal with Canada at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup. The left-handed shot has offered to maintain a draft diary for NHL.com, leading up to the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center in Dallas on June 22-23. In his second entry, Bahl talks about playing for the OHL against Russia in the 2017 Canada Russia Series on Nov. 13 and some upcoming games for Ottawa.

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Seven 2018 NHL Draft prospects upgraded to A ratings

Noel, Wilde, Alexeyev among those rated higher in November players to watch list

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

Right wing Serron Noel of Oshawa in the Ontario Hockey League is one of seven players who have been upgraded to A-rated players on NHL Central Scouting's Players to Watch list for November.

The revised list serves as an update to the preliminary players to watch that was released Oct. 3 and which was based on last season's reports. Players with an A rating are considered potential first-round candidates for the 2018 NHL Draft, which will be held at American Airlines Center in Dallas on June 22-23.

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Bahl helps OHL defeat Russia in junior series

Top 2018 NHL Draft prospect scores in win

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Top 2018 NHL Draft prospect Kevin Bahl scored and the Ontario Hockey League won 4-2 against Russia in the fourth game of the 2017 Canada Russia Series at Sudbury Community Arena on Monday.

Nick Suzuki (Vegas Golden Knights) had two goals and an assist, and Conor Timmins (Colorado Avalanche) had a goal and two assists. Michael DiPietro (Vancouver Canucks) had 23 saves.

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2018 Draft diary: Brady Tkachuk

Boston University forward working to find scoring touch, follow father, brother to League

by Brady Tkachuk / Special to NHL.com

Boston University freshman forward Brady Tkachuk (6-foot-3, 196 pounds), an A rated skater in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary players to watch list for the 2018 NHL Draft, has five assists, 34 shots on goal and a plus-4 rating in 10 games this season. He's the son of United States Hockey Hall of Fame member Keith Tkachuk and the younger brother of Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk. Brady has offered to maintain a draft diary for NHL.com, leading up to the NHL Draft in Dallas on June 22-23. In his third entry, he talks about his improved play, the anticipation of scoring his first collegiate goal, and his roommate Shane Bowers, who was part of the big three-way NHL trade involving Matt Duchene on Nov. 5.

 

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Groulx showing more confidence in second season with Halifax

Left wing impressing with hockey smarts, strong play in all three zones

by Guillaume Lepage @GLepageLNH / LNH.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.

Halifax left wing Benoit-Olivier Groulx has already experienced the excitement of a Calder Cup championship series despite the fact he has yet to be chosen in the NHL Draft.

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2018 Draft diary: Joseph Veleno

Saint John forward trying to help team find its identity while providing offensive boost

by Joseph Veleno / Special to NHL.com

Joseph Veleno (6-foot-1, 195 pounds) of Saint John in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League is the first player granted "exceptional status" to play as a 15-year-old in the league. He's in his third season with Saint John, and has 17 points (three goals, 14 assists) in 18 games as captain this season. The 17-year-old native of Kirkland, Quebec, has 100 points (29 goals, 71 assists) in 125 career QMJHL games. Veleno, who received an A rating in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary players to watch list for the 2018 NHL Draft, has offered to maintain a draft diary for NHL.com leading to the 2018 NHL Draft in Dallas on June 22-23.

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McIsaac doing best to block out draft-season pressure

Halifax defenseman earned A rating from NHL Central Scouting on preliminary players to watch list

by Guillaume Lepage @GLepageLNH / LNH.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.

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NHL Draft prospect Svechnikov out 6-8 weeks with hand injury

Forward with Barrie of Ontario Hockey League expected to be top-five pick in 2018

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Forward Andrei Svechnikov of Barrie of the Ontario Hockey League, expected to be a top-five pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, will be out 6-8 weeks because of a hand injury.

Svechnikov (6-foot-2, 186 pounds) is tied for second in the OHL with 10 goals in 10 games, one behind Sault Ste. Marie's Boris Katchouk (Tampa Bay Lightning).

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2018 Draft diary: Kevin Bahl

OHL defenseman, projected second-round pick discusses expectations for season

by Kevin Bahl / Special to NHL.com

Defenseman Kevin Bahl (6-foot-6, 231 pounds) of Ottawa in the Ontario Hockey League is a projected second-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. He received a "B"-rating on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary players to watch list. Bahl has five assists and 16 penalty minutes after 11 games for the 67's. He won a gold medal representing Canada at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial, scoring two points (one goal, one assist) in five games. The left-handed shot will maintain a monthly draft diary for NHL.com, leading up to the NHL Draft in Dallas on June 22-23. In his first entry, he discusses his best attributes and expectations in his second OHL season.

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