NHL announces top prospects invited to 2011 NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp

For the second year in a row, Brendan Shanahan and NHL executives will host their Research, Development and Orientation Camp to try out some of the rule change suggestions advanced by the various general managers. Again, the league has looked towards draft eligible prospects to use as their guinea pigs—they’ll be the hockey players trying the new rules out over the two day camp. While all of these prospects have been playing in front of scouts for years, many times this will be their chance to make a good first impression on the 30 general managers.

The list of prospects includes some of the very best draft-eligible players North America can offer. Nail Yakupov, Ryan Murray, Alexander Galchenyuk, Jacob Trouba, and Nick Ebert are all expected to be first round selections at the NHL Entry Draft next June. On the ice, the prospects will be led by Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma and Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett.

From an NHL press release, the following players have confirmed their participation:

Name Pos Club (League) Height, Weight
ALTSHULLER, DANIEL G NEPEAN (CCHL) 6′ 2′, 194 lbs
ATHANASIOU, ANDREAS C LONDON (OHL) 5′ 11′, 157 lbs
BEAUVILLIER, FRANCIS LW RIMOUSKI (QMJHL) 6′ 1′, 170 lbs
BUSSIERES, RAPHAEL LW BAIE-COMEAU (QMJHL) 6′ 1′, 183 lbs
CAMPAGNA, MATTHEW C SUDBURY (OHL) 5′ 10′, 170 lbs
CECI, CODY D OTTAWA (OHL) 6′ 2′, 203 lbs
CURCURUTO, GIANLUCA D SAULT STE. MARIE (OHL) 6′ 1′, 191 lbs
DARCY, CAMERON C U.S. UNDER-18 (USHL) 6′ 0′, 185 lbs
DI GIUSEPPE, PHILLIP LW U OF MICHIGAN (CCHA) 6′ 0′, 185 lbs
DRIEDGER, CHRIS G CALGARY (WHL) 6′ 2′, 172 lbs
DUMBA, MATHEW D RED DEER (WHL) 5′ 11′, 171 lbs
EBERT, NICK D WINDSOR (OHL) 6′ 0′, 195 lbs
FRASER, JEREMIE D ACADIE-BATHURST (QMJHL) 6′ 1′, 200 lbs
FRK, MARTIN RW HALIFAX (QMJHL) 6′ 0′, 192 lbs
GALCHENYUK, ALEX C/LW SARNIA (OHL) 6′ 0′, 185 lbs
GAUNCE, BRENDAN C BELLEVILLE (OHL) 6′ 2′, 205 lbs
GIRGENSONS, ZEMGUS C DUBUQUE (USHL) 6′ 1′, 182 lbs
GUDBRANSON, ALEX D KINGSTON (OHL) 6′ 1′, 200 lbs
KERDILES, NICOLAS LW U.S. UNDER-18 (USHL) 6′ 1’, 183 lbs
KOSMACHUK, SCOTT RW GUELPH (OHL) 6’ 0’, 182 lbs
LAUGHTON, SCOTT C OSHAWA (OHL) 6′ 0′, 174 lbs
MAIDENS, JARROD C OWEN SOUND (OHL) 6′ 1′, 169 lbs
MATHESON, MICHAEL D DUBUQUE (USHL) 6′ 0′, 170 lbs
MARCANTUONI, MATIA C KITCHENER (OHL) 5′ 11′, 185 lbs
MURRAY, RYAN D EVERETT (WHL) 6′ 0′, 182 lbs
OLSON, COLLIN G U.S. UNDER-18 (USHL) 6′ 3’, 189 lbs
POULIOT, DERRICK D PORTLAND (WHL) 5′ 11′, 185 lbs
RIELLY, MORGAN D MOOSE JAW (WHL) 5′ 11′, 189 lbs
RYAN, ANDREW LW HALIFAX (QMJHL) 6′ 3’, 193 lbs
SCHMALTZ, JORDAN D SIOUX CITY (USHL) 6′ 2′, 175 lbs
SISSONS, COLTON RW KELOWNA (WHL) 6′ 1′, 182 lbs
SIWAK, DAULTON C RED DEER (WHL) 5′ 11′, 190 lbs
SUBBAN, MALCOLM G BELLEVILLE (OHL) 6′ 1′, 178 lbs
TIERNEY, CHRIS LW LONDON (OHL) 6′ 0′, 170 lbs
TROUBA, JACOB D U.S. UNDER-18 (USHL) 6′ 1′, 175 lbs
YAKUPOV, NAIL RW SARNIA (OHL) 5′ 11′, 180 lbs

Report: Blue Jackets RFA Anderson in contact with Hockey Canada about 2018 Olympics

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The preseason is well underway and Josh Anderson is still without a contract.

Anderson, who scored 17 goals and 29 points last season for the Columbus Blue Jackets, is one of two remaining restricted free agents without a new deal. The other is Andreas Athanasiou of the Detroit Red Wings.

While there were reports this summer about Athanasiou potentially going to the KHL for this season, John Shannon of Sportsnet reported on Thursday that Anderson’s representatives have reached out to Hockey Canada’s staff about the 2018 Olympics. 

Anderson’s entry-level contract, with an AAV of just over $894,000, expired at the end of last season.

Meanwhile, here is the latest on this ongoing contract situation.

Making an impression: Sergachev has ‘NHL written all over him’

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Mikhail Sergachev has, over the summer, stated his belief he can play in the NHL this season.

He had a small taste of NHL action last season, appearing in four games for Montreal — the team that selected him ninth overall in 2016 — before getting sent back to junior and then being traded in June to Tampa Bay, as part of a blockbuster involving Jonathan Drouin to the Habs.

Well, Sergachev made a statement Wednesday in his preseason debut for the Lightning.

He scored once. He also played more than 22 minutes, which led all Lightning players on the night. That included time on the power play and penalty kill. If he was looking to make a favorable impression, to show that he belongs at the NHL level when the regular season begins, this seems to be another step in that direction.

“You watch this kid skate, shoot, stickhandle, he’s got NHL written all over him,” Tampa Bay’s associate coach Rick Bowness told the Tampa Bay Times. “Now we’ve got to give him experience. How much can he handle?”

There is competition on the blue line, with eight defensemen under contract in Tampa Bay for this season. That includes Sergachev, who is still only 19 years old. After getting sent back to junior last season, he recorded 43 points in 50 games with Windsor and then won the Memorial Cup that spring. That said, he’s made it a point of saying going back to junior “is not an option” for him.

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Looking to make the leap: Mikhail Sergachev

Report: Lupul will have ‘independent medical exam’

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Joffrey Lupul issued a statement Wednesday, saying he wouldn’t seek a second medical opinion after the Maple Leafs announced he didn’t pass his training camp physical.

A day later, reports have surfaced that the 33-year-old forward will, in fact, undergo another, independent medical test.

That is according to James Mirtle of The Athletic:

Earlier this week, Lupul made accusations against the Maple Leafs on Instagram.

“I’m ready … just awaiting the call,” Lupul wrote in the comments section of the Instagram post, per a screen grab. “haha failed physical? They cheat. Everyone lets them.”

Lupul, who didn’t pass his physical for a second year in a row, issued an apology yesterday. But those comments — which have since been deleted — seem to have grabbed the attention of the league.

Darren Dreger of TSN added to that, saying it’s the NHL pursuing a second medical opinion on this matter.

“The National Hockey League has that right to pursue the second opinion. That’s exactly what they’re engaging in right now,” Dreger reported Thursday.

“The reasoning behind it is because of the comment that Lupul made on social media. I’ll go back a year ago. The league didn’t step in a year ago but Lupul stayed quiet at that point. So they want to make sure — ‘They’ being the National Hockey League — that the medical evaluation from the Toronto Maple Leafs is 100 per cent above the board.”

Team USA won’t include NHL draft-eligible prospects at 2018 Olympics

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) General manager Jim Johannson has ruled out the possibility of the U.S. men’s hockey team having NHL draft-eligible prospects competing at the Winter Olympics in February.

Johannson tells The Associated Press he doesn’t view anyone from the 18-and-younger pool of prospects capable of cracking the projected lineup of non-NHL players, many of whom are opening this season playing in Europe.

USA Hockey’s assistant executive director says he’s also targeting a number of established college players, and would not rule out keeping a spot or two open for members of the U.S. team competing at the World Junior Championships this winter.

Johansson spoke in Buffalo, New York, on Thursday, where he is attending USA Hockey’s sixth annual All-American Prospects game. The game features the top 42 U.S.-born players eligible to be selected in the NHL draft in June.