Before he was the Ottawa Senators' #1 centre, Jason Spezza was dubbed 'The Next One' during his OHL career.
If NHL pedigree is something you like in a prospect's family, you're going to like what the NHL.com draft experts have in store for you.
The draft panel put out their latest prediction list last week, showcasing where they think this crop of prospects will head on June 30. With the top three picks split between Seth Jones, Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin almost exclusively — Aleksander Barkov makes an appearance as well — the rest of the board is wide open.
The three do seem to agree on their assessment of where the Sens will go, however, as all three have a forward and child of a former NHLer headed to Ottawa.
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If you’re looking for what-ifs surrounding Regina Pats star Morgan Klimchuk, a good place to start is what if the 5-foot-11, 180 pound Calgary native had played for a stronger WHL side?
Klimchuk bared the brunt of the load for the Pats in 2012-13. They didn’t have enough to work their way into the post-season, finishing their season in 11th out of 12 teams in the Eastern Conference. Those collective struggles didn’t hinder Klimchuk who scored 36 goals this season, finishing amongst the league’s top 20 goal scorers and accounting for just under 20 per cent of the Pats goals scored. That production also carried through to the World U-18s where he helped Canada win gold.
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There is the usual sprinkling of high school players amongst this year’s draft crop and there may not be a better defenceman in it than Tommy Vannelli of Minnetonka, Minn.
Vannelli split his 2012-13 between Minnetonka High School and the USNTDP and the 6-foot-2, 170 pound defender showed what he brings to the table. With Minnetonka he posted 31 points in 25 games from the blueline before joining the USNTDP and providing some offensive flair. His impact came through at the World U-18s where he scored a pair of goals and added an assist for Team USA in seven games.
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Sens fans near Barrie, Ont., will get a chance to see their hockey heroes up close as part of the 2013-14 pre-season.
The Sens, in conjunction with the New York Islanders and the OHL’s Barrie Colts, will face off at the Barrie Molson Centre on Sept. 29 at 6 pm. The game will be a great showcase for fans in the region as they will be able to see two of the Eastern Conference’s youngest, most exciting teams play in their home rink.
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If you’re looking at potential sleepers to make it into the first round of the Entry Draft, Zach Nastasiuk of the Owen Sound Attack should be a name on your mind.
At 6-foot-1, 191 pounds and possessing the ability to play centre or down the wing, Nastasiuk is an intriguing option for many teams heading into the draft. He has been dubbed as a player with plenty of offensive upside to go with a good understanding of the game and a high output motor.
Linus Arnesson, a 6-foot-2, 190 pound defender currently playing for Djurgarden of the Swedish Allsvenskan division kicks off our draft profiles today.
As an 18-year-old, Arnesson is best described as “steady.” He is seen as a good (but not great) skater. He has good (but not great) size. He can move the puck up ice but doesn’t put up notable numbers offensively. He is a quintessential do-the-little-things type of defenceman. He gets the job done with smart, straightforward play.
The internet is littered with cute things (looking at you, kitten videos) and occasionally you'll see the world of sport spill over the line into that realm. Today, Daniel Alfredsson took part in some adorable activity.
With the City of Ottawa launching a program to help promote healthy and active lifestyles in children, the Sens captain stopped by to play a little noodle hockey with a group of kids. He also spoke with some local media in attendance. By the looks of things it was a spirited match bolstered by the veteran savvy and poise of the NHL's longest serving captain.
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It’s the second consecutive Memorable Monday of the summer to profile a Swedish rookie’s first NHL goal. Last week we reviewed Jakob Silfverberg’s first and today we’re going to be taking a look at Mika Zibanejad’s first career tally at the NHL level.
With the injury to Jason Spezza creating a hole in the Sens lineup, Zibanejad — Ottawa’s first pick in the 2011 Entry Draft — got the call to join the big club. In his first game against the Washington Capitals he was named the first star for a solid debut and efforts that yielded an assist. While it would have been easy to suggest he couldn’t top that first game, he found a way, using his second game to get a major career milestone out of the way.
Taking a power play shift between Jakob Silfverberg and Colin Greening, Zibanejad set up camp at the top of the circle to Habs goalie Peter Budaj’s right side. After taking a drop pass from Greening, Zibanejad walked in, wound up and blasted a shot underneath Montreal’s Alexei Emelin, which generated a big bounce that found the top shelf. A big shot coupled with screens from Emelin and Silfverberg meant Budaj had no chance and Zibanejad had a puck to mount on his wall.
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