2013 Rookie Tournament: Harrington, Maatta competing for Penguins in familiar surroundings

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Scott Harrington - London Knights

Photo: Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Scott Harrington (C) appeard in two consecutive Memorial Cup tournaments as a member of the OHL’s London Knights (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

 

For a pair of Pittsburgh Penguins’ products, their participation in the Toronto Maple Leafs’-sponsored rookie tournament took place right in their own backyard. And while Olli Maatta looks to have more games wearing the London Knights’ green and gold, for Scott Harrington, it’s a bittersweet ending to his time in the Forest City.

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2013 Rookie Tournament: Rielly hopes hard work in off-season lands him in Toronto

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Morgan rielly - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Morgan Rielly got his first taste of the pro game in 2012-13 with a stint in the AHL with the Toronto Marlies (courtesy of Abelimages/Getty Images)

 

Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan may not be the end of the world, but it’s certainly a long distance away from where Morgan Rielly wants to be this season. And while he professes to be okay should he find himself back in the CHL, the 19-year-old former first-round draft pick isn’t going to become a Warrior without putting up a fight.

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Reid McNeill among the newest players to spend off-season training with Gary Roberts

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Gary Roberts coaches Michael Neal

Photo: Former NHL forward Gary Roberts (left) coaches ECHL forward Michael Neal (right). The Gary Roberts High Performance Centre in North York, Ontario has become an increasingly popular destination for hockey players in the off-season (courtesy of David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Following his first season as a pro hockey player, Pittsburgh Penguins defensive prospect Reid McNeill came into the 2013 off-season with the goal of putting himself in as good of a position to succeed as humanly possible. So he took an off-season training route that is increasingly popular among NHL players, namely training with former NHL forward Gary Roberts.

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Griffith prepares for next step after successful OHL career

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Seth Griffith - London Knights

Photo: London Knights forward and Boston Bruins prospect Seth Griffith capped off his OHL career with a second consecutive appearance in the Memorial Cup Tournament (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

After going undrafted in his first year of eligibility, Seth Griffith locked in.

“When you’re drafted right away you might want to sit back a little bit,” Griffith said. “I got in the right mindset that I had to keep working and that good things would happen.”

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Huberdeau looks like Calder Trophy material in HF’s final 2013 Calder Poll

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Jonathan Huberdeau - Florida Panthers

Photo: Florida Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau edged out the Montreal Canadiens’ Brendan Gallagher as HF’s pick for NHL Rookie of the Year (courtesy of Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)

Hockey's Future polled their staff to find out who their choice was for the 2013 Calder Trophy. As it was last season, when Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog narrowly edged out Edmonton center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, this year's contest came down to two forwards.

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