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Central Scouting Midterm Rankings

from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

Jack Hughes of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program under-18 team is No. 1 in NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft.

Central Scouting revealed its midterm rankings of the top North American and International skaters and goaltenders Monday. The 2019 draft will be held at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on June 21-22.

Hughes, a 5-foot-10, 168-pound center, is the first skater currently playing for the NTDP to be ranked No. 1 on the North American list by Central Scouting since defenseman Erik Johnson was No. 1 in the midterm and final rankings for the 2006 NHL Draft. Johnson was chosen No. 1 by the St. Louis Blues.


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Top 50 Prospects Affiliated With An NHL Team

from Craig Button of TSN,

New York Rangers prospect Vitali Kravtsov barely edges out fellow Russian winger Grigori Denisenko of the Florida Panthers to lead the way in the 2019 edition of TSN Hockey’s annual list of the Top 50 NHL-affiliated prospects.

Only players considered to have not achieved full-time NHL status are included in the rankings.

Kravtsov, 19, is a highly skilled winger who is an offensive threat with his combination of speed, power, shot and finish. He’s expanding his game by playing centre this season for Traktor Chelyabinsk in the KHL. Kravtsov’s skill set, along with this adaptability, allows him to impact the game in multiple ways. His style of play is similar to that of the recently retired Rick Nash.

Denisenko, 18, is a dynamic offensive player who has a tremendous level of confidence in his play. Skating for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in the KHL this season, Denisenko can shoot as well as make a play and has qualities that are reminiscent of Tampa Bay Lightning star Nikita Kucherov.

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Video- The Views Of Brian Burke

via Sportsnet,

Brian Burke discusses Peter Chiarelli, Michael Frolik’s agent and the World Juniors.


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Finland Wins Gold At The World Junior Championship

A late goal in the 3rd period give Finland a 3-2 win over the USA.

TSN has been posting some of the goals, start here.

I will recap in the morning.



added 7:30am on 1/6/19, recap and game highlights are below...

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It’s Team USA vs. Team Finland Going For Gold Tonight At The WJC

from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

United States vs. Finland (8 p.m. ET; NHLN, TSN)

5 things to watch

Hughes vs. Kakko

United States center Jack Hughes and Finland right wing Kaapo Kakko, top prospects for the 2019 NHL Draft, are set to meet in the gold-medal game of the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship on Saturday.

Hughes was unable to play in a 4-1 United States win Dec. 31 because of an undisclosed injury. He's the projected No. 1 pick, and Kakko is projected as a top five choice.

"There's lots of talk, so time will show who is going to be No. 1," Kakko said.

Finland defenseman Henri Jokiharju (Chicago Blackhawks) said, "[Kakko's] going to be No. 1."

Hughes has three assists and 12 shots on goal averaging 13:36 of ice time in three games. Kakko has one goal, three assists and 20 shots on goal averaging 14:58 in six games.

"I don't look at this as Jack Hughes versus Kaapo Kakko," Hughes said. "I'm just worried about myself and our team. I feel good where I'm at and I'm not going to stress over it. They have two NHL players on their roster, too, with Eeli Tolvanen (Nashville Predators) and Henri Jokiharju."

Hughes and Kakko last played against each other at the 2018 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Russia on April 29. Kakko scored once on two shots in a 3-2 win in the gold-medal game. Hughes had no points on four shots.

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Video- Team USA Will Go For The Gold Tomorrow

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Cayden Primeau (Voorhees, N.J./Northeastern University) made 34 saves as Oliver Wahlstrom (Quincy, Mass./Boston College) and Sasha Chmelevski (Northville, Mich./Ottawa 67's) scored to help the U.S. National Junior Team advance to the gold-medal game of the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship with a 2-1 semifinal victory over Russia.

"When we got together on the (Dec.) 14th, we said this was the goal, to make it to the gold-medal game and our players made that a reality here tonight," said Mike Hastings (Crookston, Minn./Minnesota State), head coach of the 2019 U.S. National Junior Team. "Give credit to Russia, who gave us everything we could handle. We battled through, earned a hard-fought win and now have a chance to go after what we came here for and that's a gold medal."

With the win, the U.S. (5-0-1-0/W-OTW-OTL-L) will play for gold tomorrow against the winner of the Finland-Switzerland semifinal that is currently under way. Puck drop tomorrow (Jan. 5) is set for 5 p.m. local time (8 p.m. ET) here at Rogers Arena and will be televised live on NHL Network.

Tonight's win secures a fourth-straight medal finish for the United States, the first time it has ever accomplished the feat. Team USA won gold in 2017 and earned bronze-medal finishes in 2016 and 2018.

For the complete game recap, click here.

Watch the game highlights below.

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Open Post- Team USA vs. Team Russia In A Semi-Final Game Of The WJC

Puck drop is 4:00pm ET on the NHL Network and TSN.

If you wish to follow on Twitter, these guys will have you covered.

Mike MorrealeCorey Pronman and Chris Peters.

Feel free to comment on the game.

The gold medal game will be played tomorrow at 8:00pm ET on the NHL Network and TSN.

update 6:25pm, USA wins 2-1.  On to the gold medal game.

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Keys For A Team USA Win Today

from Mke G. Morreale of NHL.com,

The U.S. finished second after four preliminary-round games (3-0-1-0) in Group B at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria and defeated Czech Republic 3-1 in the quarterfinal round. They will play against Russia in the semifinal round at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Friday (4 p.m. ET; NHLN, TSN).

Longtime NCAA hockey analyst Dave Starman, who will handle the broadcast along with Stephen Nelson, will give his three keys to victory for the United States before each of its games during the 11-day tournament.

"Watching the tape on Russia of their past couple of games, you can make a case that they are a carbon copy of the U.S. in many ways," Starman said. "They're well-coached, up-tempo, skilled, have a dangerous top six, a defense that can go and good goaltending."

Here are Starman's three keys to success for the United States against Russia.

1. No leakers
From the net out, bad goals in single-elimination games are killers. Goalies get blamed for bad goals, but you can give up a good goal that is the result of leaky play leading up to it. Don't spend all game playing safe, but no drop passes to no one in the closing minute of a period, no individual high-risk play at the blue line, and no bad line changes that lead to free chances against. Play hard, smart, and together."

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Video- Quinn And Jack Hughes Today

Just over 2 minutes long.


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Video- Too Much Pressure On Team Canada

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Sid (Seixeiro) goes off on those criticizing the players on Team Canada at the World Juniors and discusses with Donnovan Bennett the interest level of the tournament.


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