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Top NHL Draft Rankings

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Appearances can be deceiving.

Take for instance, TSN’s Top 15 2019 NHL Draft Rankings, the Lottery Edition.

American Jack Hughes is the unanimous No. 1 pick. Ten out of 10 scouts surveyed by TSN this week — on the eve of next week’s (Tuesday, April 9) NHL Draft Lottery — put Hughes in the No. 1 slot, just as they did in TSN’s preseason rankings in September and midseason rankings in late January.

So, Jack Hughes, slam-dunk No. 1 prospect for the 2019 NHL draft, correct?

Well, not so fast.

Unanimity doesn’t allow for how close the race for No. 1 has become between Hughes, the 5-foot-10, 168-pound American centre, and 6-foot-2, 194-pound Finnish forward Kaapo Kakko, who is now the most prolific under-18 goal scorer (22 in 45 games played) ever in Finland’s top professional league (eclipsing Aleksander Barkov’s 21 goals in 53 games in 2012-13).

“The difference for us, right now, is razor thin,” said one NHL team head scout. “It’s almost a coin flip, pretty much a dead heat. Really close. Call it Hughes at 51 per cent, Kakko at 49 per cent. It’s that close and that could change.”


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Coverage Of The 2019 IIHF Women’s World Championship Begins Today On The NHL Network

via a press release from the NHL PR department,

NHL Network™ will serve as the exclusive U.S. TV home of the 2019 IIHF Women’s World Championship, providing extensive coverage of the tournament from Espoo, Finland, including live game telecasts plus comprehensive previews, highlights, analysis, interviews and demonstrations within its studio programming.

NHL Network’s complete on-air schedule for the 2019 IIHF Women’s World Championship is available here and below:

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The TSN Insiders Tonight

The TSN Hockey Insiders discuss where women's hockey will go now following the CWHL discontinuing operations, how the Lightning's flight had to make an emergency landing last week, whether Harvard defenceman Adam Fox will end up with the Hurricanes or somewhere else, which team St. Cloud State defenceman Jimmy Schuldt could sign with, and what Jeff Blashill's extension with Red Wings means for the NHL coaching carousel.

Watch at TSN.


added 7:54pm, Watch it below.

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Chris Drury Named GM Of 2019 U.S. Men’s National Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Chris Drury, currently in his third year as assistant general manager of the NHL’s New York Rangers and general manager of the Rangers’ AHL affiliate Hartford Wolf Pack, will serve as general manager of the 2019 U.S. Men’s National Team it was announced today by USA Hockey.

Drury will be assisted by the U.S. Men’s National Team Advisory Group, led by John Vanbiesbrouck, assistant executive director of USA Hockey, and including NHL general managers David PoileDon WaddellRay SheroDale TallonStan BowmanJeff Gorton and Paul Fenton.

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Video- Hrudey’s Take

via Sportsnet,

Kelly Hrudey and Ron MacLean honour Bob Ridley after his induction into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame, and pay their respects to Ted Lindsay after the late legend has passed.


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College Free Agents Who Could Sign With An NHL Team

from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

NHL.com takes a look at some of the top college free agents (in alphabetical order) who could be the next to sign with an NHL team:

Robert 'Bobo' Carpenter, F, Boston University

The son of former NHL forward Bobby Carpenter, Robert has 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) in 22 games and is a co-captain. Carpenter (5-foot-11, 200 pounds), who turns 23 on Aug. 16, attended development camps with the New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils last summer.

"The way he goes about his business, the guys can watch and pick up on how intense he is and how serious he is every day," Boston University coach Albie O'Connell said. "He's one of the first guys on the ice and one of the last guys off the ice."

10 more players...

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Video- Minnesota High School Hockey Hair

via NHL.com's YouTube page,

Players at the MSHSL Boys' State Hockey Tournament show off their incredible haircuts and over-the-top hairstyles during introductions. Courtesy of 45TV/prep45.com.


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Meet Hector Majul

from Tal Pinchevsky of the New York Times,

Perhaps the only thing more unusual than being a Mexican in Lithuania is being a Mexican hockey player in Lithuania.

So the general astonishment that has greeted Hector Majul since his arrival in Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital, in late November does not surprise him.

At 24, he is a forward for the Hockey Punks, one of four teams in the country’s largely unknown professional league. That move was another unforeseen step on an unconventional hockey path, which shifted when Majul was deported to Mexico during his college career in the United States.

“He is an impressive skater,” said Boris Dorozhenko, Majul’s childhood coach and mentor. “The only problem for him was always his Mexican citizenship.”

Like a growing number of international athletes who want to pursue careers in the United States, Majul found that his immigration status — and what some view as suddenly stringent enforcement of technicalities — had become a major impediment.


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Video- Hockey Names Of Saskatchewan

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Steve Langdon’s Only NHL Point Came While Wearing Bobby Orr’s Hockey Pants

from Leo Roth of the Democrat & Chronicle,

During his five seasons with the Rochester Amerks, newest Hall of Famer Steve Langdon played 11 games in the NHL with the parent Boston Bruins

His NHL debut on April 3, 1975 against the Buffalo Sabres could not have been more memorable.

Called up that morning by Bruins coach Don Cherry, it took Langdon and trainer Nate Agnello four hours to make the hour-and-a-half trip to downtown Buffalo due to a major snowstorm.

o Langdon’s relief, the game was delayed and they beat the Bruins to the arena.

Needing gear in Bruins’ colors, Langdon got a helmet here, a pair of gloves there. He even was tossed a pair of spare pants to wear that belonged to none other than Bobby Orr.

With Boston short players, Cherry used Langdon with Andre Savard and Don Marcotte on a regular shift. They often found themselves paired against the French Connection, the Sabres' famed line of Gil Perreault, Rick Martin and Rene Robert.

“I played the whole game trying to cover Rick Martin,’’ Langdon said....

“I was behind the goal line, and Jim Schoenfeld rams me into boards,’’ Langdon said. “The puck was there, I kicked it behind the net to Don Marcotte, he tries to center it out, and it hits the goalie (Gerry Desjardins) on his pad or skate and goes in the net - from behind the goal line. That was a perfect assist I gave him.’’

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