Ivan Provorov is ready for his shot with the Philadelphia Flyers

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Perhaps because he has been elite for so long, it seems bizarre that Ivan Provorov may end up back in junior this season. Unfortunately, that’s a possibility for the 19-year-old defenseman thanks to the pact between the CHL and NHL. Though he’s Russian-born and raised, Provorov was drafted seventh overall out of WHL Brandon in 2015 and therefore cannot go to the AHL yet.

But if he plays as well at Philadelphia’s training camp as he has up to now, none of that will matter because he’ll be in a Flyers uniform come autumn.

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Detroit Red Wings have a “tank” in prospect Givani Smith

Givani Smith (Photo by Jeffrey T. Barnes/Getty Images)

Givani Smith didn’t have an enviable situation in his draft year. The physical left winger played for literally one of the worst teams in all of major junior – the Guelph Storm – and watched coach Bill Stewart walk out on his troops after Guelph won just two of its first 27 games. But scouts saw Smith’s unique combination of brawn and skill and knew he’d be a good one. Detroit nabbed him in the second round this summer and now he’s already impressing NHLers.

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Report: Sabres’ Alex Nylander could head to AHL thanks to loan loophole

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Alex Nylander (Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

After one 28-goal, 57-point campaign in the OHL, Buffalo Sabres first-round, eighth-overall draft pick Alex Nylander is reportedly set to leave the Mississauga Steelheads for the AHL’s Rochester Americans.

According to OHLInsiders, Nylander, 18, could be set to head to the Sabres’ farm club as soon as the 2016-17 campaign, which would means the young winger is making use of a loophole that would allow him to go from major junior to North America’s top minor league before the normal age of eligibility.

Typically, a player drafted out of major junior has to wait until their age 20 season to become a full-time AHLer. But Nylander is the rare case of a player who had spent the entirety of the past season on a loan. So, in that sense, he’s not a major junior player, but a European player that is eligible for the AHL whenever the Sabres see fit. And it appears they could see fit this season. Read more

Want to play NCAA hockey? Make sure you know the eligibility rules

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Connor Gaarder of Univeristy of North Dakota celebrates a goal at the Frozen Four. (Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

It takes a lot of work to become an NCAA hockey player and because of the organization’s strict rules, sometimes just getting to campus with your eligibility intact can be a challenge. The most recent example is a report from Jeff Cox of SB Nation that goaltender Tyler Johnson has lost his eligibility appeal to the NCAA and will play for the OHL’s London Knights this season instead of the University of Maine.

Now, you could do a lot worse than playing for the defending Memorial Cup champions, but Johnson’s case shines the spotlight on the tricky waters that teens must navigate en route to college hockey.

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Canada packs scoring punch entering Ivan Hlinka tourney

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Maxime Comtois  (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Canada begins its quest for a ninth straight gold medal – and 13th in 14 years – at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament when play begins Monday with a game against co-host Slovakia.

For the Canadians to continue their dominance at the under-18 summertime event, they’re naturally going to need to score goals. Good thing they’re equipped in that department.

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Boston Bruins prospect Charlie McAvoy levels Florida Panthers pick Lawson Crouse in summer Canada-US game

Wilmington, MA - 7/12/2016  -  during Bruins development camp at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, MA, July 12, 2016. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)

When Canada and the United States face off it’s for keeps. That evidently goes for games in August, too.

Exhibit A: the hit American defenseman Charlie McAvoy levied on Canadian left winger Lawson Crouse during Saturday’s 5-1 U.S. win in the finale of the World Junior summer showcase tournament in Plymouth, Mich.

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Report: OHL’s Knights provide hurdle to name for NHL Las Vegas

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From left: Matthew Tkachuk, Mitch Marner (with Red Tilson Trophy) and Christian Dvorak of London (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

With the hiring Tuesday of assistant GM Kelly McCrimmon, the Las Vegas NHL team has made several steps in an attempt to shape the organization. A name, however, is proving to be a bit more challenging.

According to Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, owner Bill Foley is unable to use the nickname Knights because it is owned by the national champion OHL team.

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