2015 NHL Draft: McDavid does not disappoint in Otters win in Buffalo

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Connor McDavid - Erie Otters

Photo: Erie Otters forward and top 2015 prospect Connor McDavid is currently the leading scorer in the OHL with 29 points in 10 games (courtesy of Bill Wippert/Getty Images)

 

It was another day at the office for Connor McDavid, albeit a much larger office with many more sets of eyes watching he and his Erie Otters’ teammates defeat the Niagara IceDogs, 8-4, at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Griffith, Lowry net first career markers in Tuesday wins

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Adam Lowry - Winnipeg Jets

Photo: Winnipeg Jets rookie forward Adam Lowry notched 33 points (17G, 16A) in 64 games for the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps in 2013-14 (courtesy of Terrence Lee/Icon Sportswire)

 

Two NHL rookies netted their first career goals on Tuesday night, while another newcomer scored one on the weekend that had been previously overlooked. The Boston BruinsSeth Griffith and the Winnipeg JetsAdam Lowry each registered their first NHL goal on Tuesday while the St. Louis BluesJori Lehtera netted his in a Saturday win. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: Schemitsch adapting well to defensive duties

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Thomas Schemitsch - Owen Sound Attack

Photo: Owen Sound Attack defenseman and 2015 prospect Thomas Schemitsch is the brother of Geoffrey Schemitsch, a former draft pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning now playing for Acadia University (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

It was only a couple of years ago that Owen Sound Attack defender Thomas Schemitsch made the switch to the blueline. And now he finds himself on Central Scouting’s coveted “Ones to Watch” list for the 2015 NHL Draft. Schemitsch hopes to continue his ascent up the draft boards by doing the little things right. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Namestnikov notches two points in Lightning’s victory

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Vladislav Namestnikov - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning forward Vladislav Namestnikov starred for the OHL’s London Knights for two seasons before playing the past two seasons for the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch (courtesy of Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire)

 

Tampa Bay Lightning rookie forward Vladislav Namestnikov was among the scoring leaders during the 2014 NHL preseason, picking up seven assists in five games. It took him a couple of regular season games to find his groove, but Namestnikov broke through with two points against the Montreal Canadiens in a 7-1 Lightning win that included Namestnikov’s first NHL goal. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: No surprises at the top of the ISS Hockey October rankings

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Connor McDavid - Erie Otters

Photo: Erie Otters center Connor McDavid, the top prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft according to ISS Hockey, is wearing the captain’s “C” for the 2014-15 OHL season (courtesy Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

 

The race to claim the mantle of first overall selection for the 2015 NHL Draft has officially begun in earnest with the start of the 2014-15 season. The main combatants for that honor, Erie Otters center Connor McDavid and Boston University forward Jack Eichel, have both seen game action within the past week and will be closely scrutinized by NHL scouts from now through April or May. Read more»