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  • NHL draft tracker: Brendan Guhle, Prince Albert Raiders

    Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net3 hrs ago

    Brendan Guhle doesn't slide right into the born-with-skates-on-his-feet image, unlike most NHL draft hopefuls.

    The Prince Albert Raiders defenceman joined his first organized league relatively late, which ties in with the carefully considered way he has about him on the ice in the Western Hockey League. The 17-year-old is considered one of the best skaters in his peer group in the WHL. Guhle also credits the example set by his father, Dr. Mark Guhle, a physician in Sherwood Park, Alta., for helping him develop some mental toughness.

    "My dad, he works a lot and it's kind of difficult at times," says Brendan Guhle, who is NHL Central Scouting's 76th-ranked North American skater. "Sometimes I don't get to see him much. He's really patient with me and I think that's a key virtue that he's taught me. Whether's it in hockey or any other aspect of life, that's key. His profession can somewhat relate to what I'm going through with the draft and everything. 

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  • Acadie-Bathurst Titan's Jordan Maher nets first QMJHL hat trick: Saturday's 3 Stars

    Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net2 days ago

    No. 1 star: Jordan Maher, Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL) 

    Not so long ago, the Titan were enriched by a 50-goal campaign from Newfoundland and Labrador native Zach O'Brien, and now the goal scorer from Gander, 16-year-old Maher (3G, +4) is finding his grove. Positions to succeed can be few and far between with a young and struggling team, but Maher went to town by scoring on all three of his shots during the Titan's 5-1 win against the Charlottetown Islanders.

    Maher, overage centre and fellow Newfoundlander Andrew Ryan (1G-4A, +4) and their linemate Jeffrey Truchon-Viel (1G-1A, +2) dominated play. Maher scored in each period, including the the icebreaker 5:07 into the contest and a clinching hat-trick goal with 1:59 left in the third period via a pass from defenceman Nicolas Latulippe (1A, +3).

    Maher has 12 goals and 22 points across 42 games for the Titan, who have the basement locked up with a .330 point percentage. Interestingly enough, all four of his multi-point nights have come at the expense of Maritimes Division foes, including a four-pointer two weeks ago vs. Saint John.

    No. 2 star: Maxim Lazarev, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL)

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