Buzzing The Net - Junior Hockey

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Sportsnet has a complete rundown of its top 30 prospects, topped by a certain Portland Winterhawks standout. (Sportsnet)

Dustin Neilson's aggregation of draft rankings puts Seth Jones second after Nathan MacKinnon. Second comes right after first! (Team 1260)

Hey, the WHL schedule is set. Keep in mind the Kamloops Blazers are going to have a long span of away games in February. (WHL)

There's much more to Brandon Wheat Kings defenceman Ryan Pulock's game than that cannon shot. (

Matt Erhart, who guided the Surrey Eagles to the BCHL title, is joining Don Hay's Vancouver Giants coaching staff. (Vancouver Sun)


Is new Soo Greyhounds captain Darnell Nurse the right fit for the Edmonton Oilers at No. 7 overall? (Edmonton Journal, Sault Star)

Forget the '13 draft, what about 2014 and Aaron Ekblad's place in the prospect pecking order? (Windsor Star)

Gene Pereira laments the demise of the European goalie in major junior. (Barrie Examiner)

When will Peterborough Petes wing Greg Betzold hear his name called on draft day? Meantime, the Petes have signed No. 3 overall pick Matt Spencer. (Peterborough Examiner)

Owen Sound Attack defenceman Chris Bigras is on the late first/second-round bubble. One positive of a one-day draft: no media questions for second-rounders about whether they "overcame adversity" by waiting an extra day to be picked. (Owen Sound Sun Times)

Does Saginaw Spirit centre Jimmy Lodge have next-level scoring ability? (Bay City Times)


Will it be a record year for first-round picks from the Q? There were eight among the first 30 selections taken in the Vincent Lecavalier draft in 1998. (La Presse)

Gatineau left wing Émile Poirier, a late first to third-round pick, is a Montreal Canadiens fans. But he's also tight with Ottawa Senators youngster Jean-Gabriel Pageau, who helped knock the Habs out of the playoffs. (Radio-Canada)

How did Rimouski Océanic goalie Philippe Desrosiers' parents juggle their time? On top of having a son who's a netminder, their younger son Jérôme is a talented basketball player. (Postmedia)

Charlottetown Islanders coach Gordie Dwyer has received a well-deserved contract extension. (Charlottetown Guardian)

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