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Why no, it's not too early to start making watch lists for the 2014 NHL draft. May the Philadelphia Phillies have a homestand that June 27-28 weekend. (Western College Hockey)

Now that he's an Ottawa Senators first-rounder, let's see whether Edmonton Oil Kings' Curtis Lazar puts up the points in his third season. (The 6th Sens, Senators Extra)

Did anyone else notice the Calgary Flames split their three first-rounders between each CHL circuit, capped off by taking hometowner Morgan Klimchuk at No. 28? (

Landing Swift Current D Dillon Heatherington and Portland RW Oliver Bjorkstrand with late second and late third-round picks contributed to the Columbus Blue Jackets' strong draft grade. (Dobber Hockey,

Ration your trips to George St., boys: Kamloops Blazers wing JC Lipon and graduating Spokane Chiefs captain Brenden Kichton could go directly to the St. John's IceCaps after being drafted by the Winnipeg Jets. (St. John's Telegram)

Defenceman Madison Bowey joins a line of Kelowna Rockets who have been selected by the Washington Capitals. (Regan's Rant)

Spokane coach Don Nachbaur has added one of his former players to his coaching staff, bringing in long-time minor-league pro Scott Burt. (Anchorage Daily News)


There's a mention that London Knights centre Bo Horvat could "push for playing time" after being drafted No. 9 overall by the Vancouver Canucks. Some perspective, please? He's 18. (Vancouver Sun,

Three of the first 16 picks were from London. It becomes four of the first 25 if Montreal Canadiens choice Michael McCarron jumps to junior. (London Free Press, United States of Hockey)

Why the Niagara IceDogs' Carter Verhaeghe could be a good value pick for the Toronto Maple Leafs. (Pension Plan Puppets)

How soon will Ottawa 67's centre Sean Monahan be a full-fledged Calgary Flames regular?

The Kitchener Rangers' comeback kid, overage defenceman Ben Fanelli, has earned a development camp invite from another team called the Rangers. (SNYRangers)

The Pittsburgh Penguins believe Olli Määttä is progressing right on schedule as the London defenceman enters his 19-year-old season. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Is forward Nick Paul the last Brampton Battalion NHL draft pick or first North Bay Battalion draft pick? (Technically it's the former.) (North Bay Nugget)


Nathan MacKinnon on being the saviour of the Colorado Avalanche: "I don't think anybody expects me to tear up the league and get 100 points as an 18-year-old." (Halifax Chronicle-Herald)

Zach Fucale could be 'the guy' in goal for Canada at the 2015 world junior, which will be co-hosted in Montreal. That means plenty of exposure before he even gets to the Canadiens. (Metro Halifax)

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Alex Killorn used to skate with No. 3 overall pick Jonathan Drouin in summer hockey, even though they are five years apart in age. (Tampa Tribune)

The Florida Panthers didn't take a Halifax Mooseheads player at No. 2, but they did take one at No. 206 with defenceman MacKenzie Weegar. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald)

Drafting Val-d'Or's 50-goal man Anthony Mantha makes three years in a row the Detroit Red Wings have taken an offensive finisher from the Q, joining Martin Frk (2012) and Tomas Jurco (2011). (Detroit News)

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