The 2012 NHL Combine and how it may influence the NHL Draft

by Leslie Treff
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The 2012 NHL Combine Tests

Photo: The NHL Combine has long been an important event leading up to the Draft. This year it was particularly important as many of the top eligible prospects had their seasons cut short by injury. (Ken McKenna/HF)

 

Last week, the National Hockey League engaged in its annual ritual of interviewing, testing, and examining the top players eligible for the 2012 Entry Draft. The 105 prospects that attended the Combine were poked, prodded and questioned, as well as given psychological tests. The difference this year is that there were many more second-year eligible prospects in attendance, and maybe more importantly, many draft eligible prospects had endured injury shortened seasons, which resulted in different concerns on the part of the NHL teams.

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Minor league success in Toronto suggests promising future for Maple Leafs

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Photo: Greg McKegg (92) was the lone prospect to represent the Leafs at the 2012 Memorial Cup. (Terry Wilson/CHL Images)

 

It's been a long time since a team in Toronto has played meaningful hockey in the Spring months. The Toronto Marlies have changed those fortunes this season with a strong year that has translated into a lengthy post-season run that has seen the club play in the Calder Cup finals. Led by a handful of solid prospects, the Toronto Maple Leafs hope the recent post-season run by the Marlies will translate into more NHL ready players as soon as next season.

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Yakupov tops among OHL’s 2012 NHL Draft prospects

by Jason Menard
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Nail Yakupov - Sarnia Sting

Photo: Sania Sting forward Nail Yakupov heads another strong NHL Draft class coming out of the Ontario Hockey League (courtesy of OHL Images)

 

Last year, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins effectively ended the OHL's dominance atop the NHL Draft when he was selected first overall by the Edmonton Oilers. This year, the Oilers may start a new streak by calling an OHL player's name with the first pick for the fifth time in six years.

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2012 Memorial Cup Preview

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Photo: OHL Commissioner  David Branch presents London Knights forward Austin Watson (NAS) with the Wayne Gretzky 99 Award, given to the player most valuable to his team in the OHL playoffs. Watson managed 10 goals and seven assists in 19 playoff games, helping London to their second OHL championship. The Knights will need Watson to keep up his scoring if they hope to win their second Memorial Cup. (Photo courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

A defending champ, a host unceremoniously bounced from the playoffs earlier than expected, a former champ crashing the party one year early, and the new kid on the block — out of 59 teams from nine Canadian provinces and four U.S. states, the 2012 CHL championship will be contested by a quartet of squads that couldn't be more different — save for the common goal of raising the Memorial Cup.
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OHL 2011-12 All-Star teams are announced

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Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the All-Star teams for the 2011-12 OHL regular season.

Both clubs competing in the Rogers OHL Championship Series are well represented on all three All-Star teams with the Niagara IceDogs leading the way with four players, followed by the London Knights with three players.  IceDogs’ All-Stars include Defenceman of the Year Dougie Hamilton on the first team, goaltender Mark Visentin on the second team, and overage forwards Alex Friesen and Andrew Agozzino listed as third team All-Stars.  The Knights are represented by Scott Harrington on defence for the first team along with Goaltender of the Year Michael Houser.  Forward Seth Griffith was voted to the second team at right wing.
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