Winterhawks trio keeping NHL scouts busy

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Nic Petan - Portland Winterhawks

Photo: Portland Winterhawks forward Nic Peten (R) is one of a trio of Winterhawks' players expected to have their names called early in the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The current tale of the tape, Western Hockey League style, quite convincingly suggests the Portland Winterhawks will probably supply the “long and short of it” when the time comes for NHL teams to make their selections at the 2013 NHL Draft in Newark, New Jersey.

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Steady, persistent approach paying off for Blazers’ Smith

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Colin Smith - Kamloops Blazers

Photo: Kamloops Blazers forward and Colorado Avalanche prospect Colin Smith currently sits at third in WHL scoring after placing 14th overall in 2011-12 (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Success stories in life can be measured in different ways. In junior hockey, many of these stories are just beginning to be written. And yet, there are some players that, to date, can already be deemed successful.

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San Jose friends choose different paths in hockey journey

by Tom Schreier
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Michael Mylchreest - Prince George Cougars

Photo: Prince George Cougars defenseman Michael Mylchreest is a product of the Jr. Sharks program in San Jose, California (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Ji Young Li and Michael Mylchreest grew up playing hockey with and against each other in San Jose, CA. Both were members of the Jr. Sharks program and distinguished themselves among their peers by choosing to leave the Bay Area and compete against 16-to-20-year-old's in junior hockey.

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Scout’s Perch: NHL Draft observations from the road

by Josh Deitell
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Connor McDavid - Erie Otters

Photo: Erie Otters phenom forward Connor McDavid has been one of the few bright spots for an Erie club that is in rebuilding mode (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Thoughts accumulated on a two-week trip that took me through eight states and four provinces. Lots of snow and lots of coffee.

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Rielly tops among drafted WHL defensemen

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Matt Dumba - Minnesota Wild

Photo: Minnesota Wild defensive prospect Matt Dumba received a brief look from the parent club to start the 2012-13 season before being returned to his WHL team, the Red Deer Rebels (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon SMI)

Our ranking of the drafted WHL defensemen includes a mix of offensively gifted players and prototypical “shut down” defensemen. For this list, the criteria we ranked “signed” prospects currently playing in the WHL. A handful of these defensemen attended their respective NHL training camps.

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