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Leon Draisaitl

Leon Draisaitl

by Ryan Kennedy - September 26, 2013 12:20 PM EDT

The German center returns to Prince Albert for a second season - and he may become the highest ever NHL draft pick from his country next June.
Saskatchewan is a long way from Germany and though it was daunting for center Leon Draisaitl to make that trek last season, at least he knew he was coming.


WJC camp gives gritty sneak peek

WJC camp gives gritty sneak peek

by Ryan Kennedy - August 8, 2013 1:07 PM EDT

The US World Junior Evaluation Camp is underway in Lake Placid, N.Y., and includes the Swedes, Finns and Canadians.
Though it's the first step in procuring a spot on a world junior team, the National Junior Evaluation Camp being held by Team USA has already produced some hard-nosed hockey, proving that the teams from Sweden, Finland and Canada are taking things seriously, along with the hosts.


Blue skies ahead for Jackets

Blue skies ahead for Jackets

by Ryan Kennedy - August 1, 2013 2:15 PM EDT

With depth in goal and on the blueline, plus three first round forward studs in the fold, the future is bright in Columbus.
The Columbus Blue Jackets walked into the 2013 draft with a spring in their step. After all, the franchise was quickly resurrected by Vezina Trophy-winning goalie Sergei Bobrovsky during the shortened season, albeit a smidge late to earn a playoff berth.


Carter Verhaeghe

Carter Verhaeghe

by Ryan Kennedy - July 25, 2013 10:08 AM EDT

The Maple leafs prospect has been buried behind top prospects with OHL Niagara, but will take on a greater role in 2013-14.
As Jim Hughes cautioned the assembled media, we’re talking about hockey in July here. Having said that, the Toronto Maple Leafs’ director of player development was pleased with what he saw from 2013 third-rounder Carter Verhaeghe, who scored two nice goals and added a showstopper in the shootout during a development camp scrimmage last week.


Eamon McAdam

Eamon McAdam

by Ryan Kennedy - June 20, 2013 1:30 PM EDT

After splitting duty in USHL Waterloo this season, goalie McAdam moves to the new Penn State program.
The United States League’s Waterloo Black Hawks had a great problem this year: Two excellent goalies, but just one crease. Luckily, the draft-eligible tandem of Eamon McAdam and Cal Petersen got along and that battery helped the Hawks finish fourth overall in the league.


Jonathan-Ismael Diaby

Jonathan-Ismael Diaby

by Ryan Kennedy - June 6, 2013 1:40 PM EDT

Teams looking for a beast-built defense-minded blueliner at this year's draft will want to look at Jonathan-Ismael Diaby.
Much has been made of Seth Jones’ background as an American who grew up with a basketball-playing father, but Victoriaville’s Jonathan Diaby may have him beat: his father was a pro soccer player in Africa, making Diaby an NHL prospect whose lineage comes from the Ivory Coast nation.


Zach Sanford

Zach Sanford

by Ryan Kennedy - June 4, 2013 2:21 PM EDT

The Middlesex Islanders scorer earned more attention from NHL scouts as his year unfolded.
With 20 interviews scheduled at the draft combine in Toronto, Zach Sanford had a busy couple of days. But if scouts are correct about his potential, his calendar is going to be booked with NHL dates in the future.


Nic Petan

Nic Petan

by Ryan Kennedy - May 17, 2013 10:37 AM EDT

The Portland Winterhawks kick off their Memorial Cup tournament this weekend and need Petan to keep producing.
Nic Petan has just finished golfing with Portland teammates Brendan Burke and Taylor Leier when I called. But unlike most hockey players who hit the links, Petan’s season isn’t quite finished.


Darnell Nurse

Darnell Nurse

by Ryan Kennedy - April 23, 2013 1:30 PM EDT

The hulking Sault Ste. Marie defenseman took his offense to a new level this year and is winning over scouts.
If there’s one thing the CHL Top Prospects Game has ironically been known for, it’s fighting. In a contest featuring 40 of major junior’s most skilled players, Dylan McIlrath got famous that way, as did Tom Wilson.


Dansk weathers Erie storm

Dansk weathers Erie storm

by Ryan Kennedy - April 11, 2013 2:50 PM EDT

Columbus draft pick Oscar Dansk isn't rattled when he's peppered with shots on a poor Otters team and is mature beyond his years.
With his Erie Otters missing out on the Ontario League playoffs, Swedish netminder Oscar Dansk decided to engage in a very North American pursuit: the road trip.


College Hockey showcase

College Hockey showcase

by Ryan Kennedy - April 4, 2013 1:55 PM EDT

Looking at nine players who impressed at a recent showcase and may go the NCAA route.
College hockey coaches must feel like they’re fighting a Sisyphean battle for recruits sometimes, as even kids who want to go NCAA instead of major junior are tripped up by arcane bylaws that wreck their eligibility.


Florentino part of rising program

Florentino part of rising program

by Ryan Kennedy - March 28, 2013 12:57 PM EDT

Anthony Florentino is a long-term NHL prospect who is part of a rising Selects Hockey Program.
When Mark Jankowski was taken 21st overall by Calgary in the 2012 draft, it helped put Stanstead College in Quebec on the prospects map. Many prep schools are attempting to replicate the success of Shattuck-St.


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