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  • Winnipeg Jets nab Kyle Connor of USHL's Youngstown Phantoms No. 17 overall

    Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net3 days ago

    In a first round that has been all about speed, the Winnipeg Jets snapped up explosive Kyle Connor of the Youngstown Phantoms with their No. 17 overall choice.

    Connor, who is committed to the Michigan Wolverines program where Jets defenceman Jacob Trouba played before going pro, turned heads during his draft season in the United States Hockey League with his ability to control the puck and change the tempo of games with his speed and skill. Not unlike Jets centre Mark Scheifele, who had a similar lanky body type during his Barrie Colts days, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Connor was a riser throughout his draft season. 

    The Shelby Township, Mich., native scored 34 goals and 80 points across 56 games for the Phantoms, which he helped reel off 23 wins in 25 games during one span of the USHL season. Throughout the season, Connor evinced excellent ability to create scoring chances on a regular basis for his Phantoms teammates, as well as himself.

    The Jets stayed south of the border for the No. 25 overall pick, taking two-way centre Jack Roslovic from the U.S. under-18 team, Trouba's other alma mater.

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  • Toronto Maple Leafs opt for Mitchell Marner and his 'elite hockey sense and a will to win'

    Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net3 days ago

    Mitchell Marner and Mark Hunter are reunited with the Toronto Maple Leafs, who went for the brainy forward with upside at No. 4 overall at the NHL draft in Sunrise, Fla., on Friday.

    Hunter, putting his stamp on the Leafs' prospect pool, opted for the diminutive dynamo that he selected in the OHL priority selection two years ago for the London Knights before Marner became a prolific playmaker. The Leafs evidently believe that Marner, generously listed at 5-foot-11 and 165 piounds, has a greater chance of being a game-changing influence than the  highest-ranked defenceman, Boston College's Noah Hanifin, who was chosen No. 5 overall by the Carolina Hurricanes. 

    "I think my heart was beating too fast," Marner, a Thornhill, Ont., native, told Sportsnet. "I was speechless. It was an awesome moment. He [Hunter] called my name in the OHL draft. I'd never thought he'd call my name in the NHL draft.

    "I wanted to play with this team my whole life," Marner added.

    Mitch Marner's parents live a 30-minute drive from the Air Canada Centre.

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  • Maple Leafs have an ardour for Marner: the coast-to-coast

    Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net4 days ago

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    Mike Morreale has his final, final, no takebacks, mock draft. (NHL.com)

    Tri-City Americans defenceman Brandon Carlo will be 77 inches of tightly coiled energy until he hears a team call his name. (Colorado Springs Gazette)

    Overage forward Scott Feser has been moved to the Swift Currento Broncos from Memorial Cup host Red Deer. (Southwest Booster)

    What would a WHL team in Nanaimo, B.C., mean for that city's Junior A team? (Nanaimo Daily News)

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