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Ranking The Prospects

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Rasmus Dahlin, Auston Matthews and Connor McDavid went No. 1 wire-to-wire in their draft years, and there’s no doubt who is the top prize in what 10 out of 10 scouts surveyed call the ‘Jack Hughes Draft.’

What's interesting about Hughes is he comes in as a different sized package than a lot of the other No. 1 prospects. Dahlin, McDavid and Matthews are big guys who are well over six feet. At 5-foot-10, 168-pounds, Hughes is a lot closer to Patrick Kane dimensions in terms of physical stature for a No. 1 overall pick. Think Kane, Mitch Marner and Clayton Keller - some of the smaller, more dynamic players in the National Hockey League.

Hughes has an unbelievable ‘wow’ factor – he can really skate, makes everyone on the ice better and a playmaker who has the ability to score goals and is absolutely dynamic and tenacious on the puck. Hughes has tremendous potential and the ability to be a game-changer - in-game and for the franchise that gets him.

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Video- The Emotional Puck Drop For The Humboldt Broncos

via the YouTube page of TSN,

The Humboldt Broncos are introduced to the home crowd before an emotional ceremonial opening faceoff.


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Early Draft Rankings

from Craig Button of TSN,

An exceptional combination of skill, imagination and competitiveness is what sets Jack Hughes apart from the rest of the pack.

A 5-foot-9, 157-pound centre with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, Hughes is the top prospect in the September edition of Craig’s List ahead of the 2019 NHL Draft – a draft that could see as many as 12 American-born players taken in the first round.

Hughes is the kind of player who brings excitement every time he comes over the boards. He had 116 points (40 goals, 76 assists) with the USNTDP last season and was very impressive in international play. It’s difficult to see how his name isn’t the first one called next June in Vancouver.

Whitehorse, Yukon native Dylan Cozens sits at No. 2 on our first list of the season. 

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Jim Johannson Named Recipient Of The 2018 Lester Patrick Trophy

NEW YORK (Sept. 5, 2018) – The National Hockey League today announced Jim Johannson has been named the recipient of the 2018 Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

The annual award, one of the most prestigious in hockey, was presented to the National Hockey League by the New York Rangers in 1966. It honors the memory of Lester Patrick, who spent 50 years in hockey as a player, coach and general manager and was a pioneer in the sport’s development.

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All Kurtis Foster And Rob Wilson

from Alex Scantlebury of Grandstand Central,

Kurtis Foster and Rob Wilson both find themselves working the bench as head coaches in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) now that their playing careers have come to an end. Foster is heading into his inaugural season as the bench boss for the Kingston Frontenacs, and Wilson is about to start his first season as the head coach of the Peterborough Petes, the team that he played with as a teenager.

I wanted to know how this recent spotlight on mental health has changed the dynamics of leading a team, how they plan to adjust and how their professional careers have prepared them for the unique challenges each will face when dealing with their players as individuals and as a team....

GSC — Do think that old-school coaching mentality of “toughen up and play” will ever fully disappear from competitive hockey?

Foster — “That’s a tough question. I feel that there are pros and cons to any kind of coaching style you might have, and I think that we’re in a day and age where concussions and mental health, those sort of things, have changed and evolved the game. We have to really listen to our therapists and our doctors as to what our players’ best interests are at the heart of these decisions we’re trying to make, but at the same time our job is to grow and develop young players in a winning environment. Because if we don’t win we don’t develop, and we don’t have a job.”

Wilson — “It’s not about ‘toughen up and play,’ and it was never just on the coaches. It was also the environment of the players and how they felt they were viewed by their peers or their own parents, their brother or their friend group that they went to high school with. Then they’d go on to play hockey somewhere and that was how they wanted their new organization to view them, and that had a lot to do with the situation. It wasn’t just the coaches that players were worried about what they were thinking. When I look back now, you realize all of the coaches, whether you liked them or not, were just humans too. It was a different time, and it wasn’t just on the coaches. How the players felt around their teammates and peers added just as much pressure as the coaches.”


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Video- Red Berenson Joined The NHL Network Today

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You Now Know Ben Meisner

from Ben Meisner at The Players' Tribune,

All I had to do was step off the chair.

That was it. Literally. Everything else was taken care of.

I’d gone out to the local hardware store and bought the rope.

I’d made the noose. Tied it to a staircase bannister on the second floor of my apartment. Placed the loop around my neck.

I was standing up there, too. Perched on that chair. On my tippy toes … all ready to go.

I just had to take that one last step and it all would’ve been over....

I’m not Connor McDavid or Ovi or Sid. Hell, I’m not even in the NHL.

I’m not famous.

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Video- Top Of The List Players For The 2019 NHL Draft

via TSN's YouTube channel,

TSN's resident GM and Director of Scouting, Craig Button, reveals his top five players heading into the 2019 NHL Draft during the gold medal game of the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.


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Controversial Goal In The USA/Canada Game At The Hlinka Gretzky Cup

from the CP at TSN,

An administrative decision by the organizers of the Hlinka Gretzky Cup ended up sending Canada to the tournament's gold-medal game.

Josh Williams scored twice, including the overtime winner, as Canada advanced to the final of the under-18 hockey tournament thanks to a controversial 6-5 victory over the United States on Friday.

Canada was credited with a goal on a shot by Dylan Cozens just as time expired in the third period. However, as there is no video replay available at the tournament, the goal stood, sending the game to overtime. Williams put away the winner 1:44 into the extra period.

"Prior to the competition, at the directorate meeting, it was decided there would be no video review because the three venues being used don't all have that capacity," said Hockey Canada president and CEO Tom Renney. "In the best interest of consistency and fairness throughout all three venues, it was decided by all teams — and signed off on — that the officials on the ice would make that call, as they did tonight.


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added 9:00am ET, from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Logic and common sense lost a big one Friday night at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup Friday at Rogers Place.

Justice was not served. And the first edition of the event in Edmonton was soiled and spoiled.

With the clock registering 0:00, Dylan Cozens scored what appeared to be the game-equalizing goal to send the semifinal against the USA to overtime.

TSN video proved beyond an element of doubt that the puck had not entered the net before time expired.

The United States should be playing Sweden in Saturday night’s gold medal game.


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Mark Hunter Returns To The London Knights As General Manager

from the London Knights,

The London Knights have announced that Mark Hunter will be assuming the role of General Manager with the team.  Current General Manager, Rob Simpson, will assume the role of Associate General Manager.

Hunter, the team’s Owner and Vice-President, will reassume the role of General Manager after spending time with the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League.  Hunter was named Director of Player Personnel for the Maple Leafs in 2014 and was later promoted to Assistant General Manager.  Previous to his role with the Maple Leafs, Hunter spent 14 seasons as the General Manager of the Knights.

“I am very happy to be back in London,” said Hunter.  “We have a strong group within our organization and I look forward to returning to work with everyone to develop an even stronger team for our fans and for our city and the community.”


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