Couturier moving in with Briere

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Sean Couturier is moving. Inhabiting a hotel for the duration of his stay in Philadelphia, the Flyers’ eighth overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft is set to find a more permanent living accommodation. More specifically, he’ll be bunking with veteran Daniel Briere.

Recent draftees push for NHL gigs

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The 2010 NHL Entry Draft graduated five players to the NHL the following season. In 2009, six players made the jump directly to the show. 2008, like 2010, saw five. The question remains how many skaters make the immediate jump from the 2011 draft class.

Flyers take Couturier 8th overall in 2011 NHL Entry Draft

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The Philadelphia Flyers have selected Sean Couturier eighth overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Couturier’s six-foot-four, 195-pound frame make him a strong candidate to be in the NHL sooner rather than later. It isn’t his size, though, that’s going to get him there. The Drummondville forward who led all draft eligible CHLers in points-per-game with 1.66 has soft hands … Read More

RNH nabs ‘Top Prospect’ honours

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He’s on top again. Red Deer Rebels centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was named the Jack Link’s Top Prospect of the Year, awarded to the player deemed to be the best draft eligible player in the Canadian Hockey League. Nugent-Hopkins finished the season with 31 goals and 106 points, the highest total of any CHL draft eligible player.

NHL Entry Draft lottery order set

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From Aaron Vickers: In game 1,240 of the National Hockey League schedule, the Dallas Stars were upended 5-3 by the Minnesota Wild, ending their bid for a berth in the playoffs. It also solidified the final regular season standings and, as a result, the NHL Entry Draft lottery order. For the second year in a row, the Edmonton Oilers head … Read More

The Draft Ranking Fallout

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Talk about busy. The month of January, with the World Junior Championship rapping up and the CHL Top Prospects game taking centre stage, can be a demanding time for scouting agencies and NHL teams when it comes to re-shuffle their lists and draft rankings based on their most current viewings.

Hits and Misses at the Top Prospects Game

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Typically there isn’t much interest in a 7-1 game. But with 40 of the CHL’s best draft eligibles on the ice for the Top Prospects Game, it wasn’t the score scouts were interested in. Assembled primarily as a scouting exercise, the game allows a glimpse at the top talent available for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft in June.

Draft eligibles set to make mark on WJC

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From Dan Stewart: Every year it seems like the a few of the top prospects for the next NHL Entry Draft get to show off their wears at the premier junior tournament in the world, the IIHF World Junior Championship. The 2011 event looked to be exceptional when the preliminary rosters were announced as more than the normal quantity of … Read More

2011 NHL Entry Draft at a glance

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With Taylor vs. Tyler discussed – ad nauseam, and finally settled; and the summer gone and the new season in full swing, we can again turn focus to the next crop of talented future NHLers as they look to impress scouts and NHL executives in countless hockey arenas around the globe.