Sting’s DeAngelo focused on team goals rather than NHL Draft

by Jason Menard

Anthony DeAngelo - Sarnia Sting

Photo: Sarnia Sting defenseman and 2014 prospect Anthony DeAngelo is currently the top offensive defenseman in the OHL, having produced 60 points in 41 games so far in 2013-14 (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

There may be a measure of impatience in how Sarnia Sting blueliner Anthony DeAngelo approaches his hockey career, but it certainly doesn’t have him running to see where the scouts have him on their rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft.

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Beyond Tomorrow: Jackson making a case for first round potential in 2015

by Chau Vo

Robby Jackson - Chicago Steel

Photo: Chicago Steel forward and 2015 draft prospect Robby Jackson developed his game in the LA Selects and LA Junior Kings programs (courtesy of Serena Dalhamer)

In 1988, shockwaves were sent throughout Canada and California when Canadian icon and arguably the greatest hockey player to ever play the game, Wayne Gretzky, was traded from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings. But the after-effects of that trade created a hockey boom in the Golden State and its legacy is still felt more than 25 years later. 29 NHL players have called California home, and an even greater number fill out the ranks of the top North American junior leagues and NCAA collegiate teams.

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Illinois new breeding ground for NHL prospects

by Tom Schreier

JT Compher - University of Michigan

Photo: University of Michigan forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect JT Compher is one of a growing number of young players from Illinois to be drafted ny NHL teams (courtesy of Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

As long as Brady Skjei can remember, he wanted to be a Minnesota Gopher. His grandfather Stan Skjei and relative Brett Sadek both played football at the University of Minnesota and like many other players born in the self-proclaimed State of Hockey, Skjei went to many games at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis hoping to one day be on the other side of the Plexiglas representing the school as a student-athlete.

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2014 WJC Video: Adam Erne and Jack Eichel, USA

by Chapin Landvogt

Adam Erne - Team USA

Photo: Quebec Remparts forward and Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Adam Erne is taking part in his first U20 World Junior Championship for Team USA (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Team USA started their quarterfinal contest against Russia on the offensive, scoring three goals to take a 3-2 lead into the first intermission. But a string of USA penalties in the second period swung the momentum towards Russia as they scored the last three goals of the game to take the win, 5-3.

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2014 WJC Podcast: USA, Russia match could be marquee quarterfinal contest

by HF Staff

Matt Grzelcyk - Team USA

Photo: Boston University defenseman and Boston Bruins prospect Matt Grzelcyk is tied for the scoring lead on Team USA as he has picked six points (2G, 4A) in four games at the 2014 WJC (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Both teams won their first three games at the 2014 World Junior Championship, but both Russia and the USA also lost key matchups in the final game of the preliminary round, causing those countries to miss out on a less daunting start to the playoff round.

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