A quick pre-draft link roundup.
- Not much news on the Fuel front – there will be next week when the 8-man protected lists are released – but the ECHL meetings are taking place this week in Las Vegas. According to a report, the Board of Governors has approved going to 3-on-3 OT and a 3-round shootout.
- The NHL had a similar rule change to OT (it has used a 3-round shootout since 2005), and also made a minor change to face-off procedure, where the defending zone player is required to put his stick down first, instead of the visiting player, and instituted a limited coach’s challenge system.
- As we noted earlier, there are 2 former Ice players listed as prospects by the NHL Central Scouting Service for this weekend’s NHL Draft: Chris Martenet and Troy Terry. Martenet played the full 2013-14 season with the Ice, while Terry was an affiliate player who briefly appeared with the team.
- USA Hockey magazine looks back at the bronze medal-winning World Championships team, which included former Ice player Torey Krug.
- ECHL.com caught up with former Ice goalie Scott Darling, who played in the SPHL, ECHL and the AHL on the road to the NHL and a Stanley Cup title.
- Also, former Ice player Lukas Laub signed with a team in Frankfurt, Germany (hope you can read German).
- The NHL is looking to expand by 2 teams. Las Vegas is almost certain to be one, but the other is in the air. Quebec and Seattle appear to be the frontrunners.
- The NHL Draft is tonight. Here’s what you need to know.
- The 2015-16 NHL schedule has been released. Opening night is Oct. 7 with four games.
- The Milwaukee Bucks’ new arena proposal might have an effect on the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals, who aren’t being included in the new arena plans and could have to go back to their “old” arena, the building formerly known as the MECCA. Interestingly, the Bradley Center – where the Bucks currently play – was built for hockey by the Pettit family, which owned the Admirals.