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Bob and Tina Hanifins first-born child arrived on Jan. Nike Roshe One Dyn FW QS españa . 25, 1997, but it took Dad and Mom another few days before they decided on a name for their baby boy. Noah. Noah Hanifin. My wife loved it, Bob Hanifin said. After we named him that, she told me, Hes going to go on to do great things with this name. If youre not familiar with Noah Hanifin, you soon will be. And, yes, it would appear hes on course to do great things, certainly in the hockey arena. This years NHL draft is billed as the Connor McDavid draft. Or Connor McDavid vs. Jack Eichel. McDavid and Eichel have been labeled generational talents, potential NHL franchise centres, the undisputed top two in the Class of 2015. Hanifin, a defenceman, will be hard pressed to displace either of the star centres, but the Boston College freshman goes into this season as a potential elite offensive blueliner who could yet transform the high end of this draft from a dynamic duo to a tremendous trio. Theres not a huge gap between McDavid or Eichel and Hanifin but there is, to start the season anyway, a gap between those top three and everyone else, said one head scout of an NHL team. (Hanifin) is at a disadvantage simply because hes a defenceman and the other two guys are centres. But (Hanifin) could be Scott Niedermayer. He skates like him. Hanifin is a shade under 6-foot-3 and weighs 205 pounds. The scouting report says he has world-class wheels, elite offensive skills, can run a power play and use his size effectively to play physically when its required. Hes not quite as big as Nashville Predator Seth Jones, the last prospect, before Hanifin, who went into his NHL draft year billed as the next great American defenceman. Some scouts like Hanifin better than Jones at the same stage of development. Others think the jury is still out on that. Regardless, Hanifin is certainly viewed as being in the same universe as the top defenceman from the 2013 NHL draft, who was ranked No. 1 much of his draft year before going fourth overall to Nashville. TSNs pre-season 2015 NHL draft rankings will be unveiled in a half-hour special (and on www.tsn.ca) Thursday at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt – at precisely the same time as Hanifin, Eichel and others will be playing in the USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game at Buffalos First Niagara Center. There is considerable discussion amongst NHL scouts who should start this season as No. 1 – McDavid or Eichel – but (spoiler alert) theres little doubt whos ranked No. 3 – eight of 10 NHL scouts surveyed by TSN have Hanifin right behind the two star centres. Hanifin played last season for USA Hockeys Under-17 program based out of Ann Arbor, Mich., but in late March was added to the Under-18 national team, where he excelled at the Under-18 World Championships last April, helping to lead Team USA to the gold medal. With one goal and five points, Hanifin was highest-scoring American defenceman. He took over the tournament as an underage defenceman, said another NHL head scout. Hanifin was a teammate of Eichels at that tournament; Hanifin hasnt played with or against McDavid, though Hanifin did skate this summer with McDavid -- as well as Sam Gagner, John Tavares and other NHLers -- at a skating and skills session in the Toronto area. Hanifin first met McDavid last year at a Boston Bruin game when they were both there as guests of the agent – Bobby Orr – they share. Hanifin is uniquely qualified to size up the Mac (McDavid) or Jack (Eichel) battle, but as one might expect, hes playing it safe, with a fellow American/former teammate who is now a college rival at Boston University and a young Canadian whom he got to know as a friend/training partner this summer. Well, theyre both tremendous players, Hanifin said. But I just try to focus on my own game and what I can control. This was supposed to be Hanifins senior year at high school, the season in which he moved up fulltime to the U.S. Under-18 program. But he instead opted to fast track his high school graduation – he took internet courses all summer – so he could go directly to Boston College, where hes been billed as the youngest player in BC history. (For the record, Boston College has no definitive word on who is the youngest player to play for the Eagles, but a 17-year old freshman is highly unusual.) Its always been my goal to play college hockey and Ive always wanted to go to Boston College, Hanifin said. Its a big jump but Im looking forward to the challenge. Im feeling confident in practice but I know Ill be playing against guys who are a lot older, a lot more mature. So its going to be a challenge but I like challenges. Im looking forward to getting started. Hanifin began his minor hockey career as a forward. But Neil Shea, an NHL scout (now with the Colorado Avalanche) who was Hanifins coach through much of his minor hockey career in the Boston area with the South Shore Kings, moved him to the blueline, and theres been no looking back. Hanifin also excelled at St. Sebastians prep school before going to the U.S. program in Ann Arbor. As a 13-year-old eighth grader, Hanifin made the St. Sebastians varsity high school team, playing against competition as much as five years older. Hanifin grew up in Norwood, Mass., southwest of Boston. He has a younger brother Cole, 12, and younger sister, Lily, 11. His parents – Bob, a Boston court officer, and Tina, who works in human resources with a law firm – both grew up in the city (Boston). Not surprisingly, Noah was raised to be a Bruin fan. Oh, yeah, my Dad was always a huge Bruin fan, Hanifin said. But the defenceman he most admired growing up was Detroit Red Wing star Nick Lidstrom. Hanifin wore no. 5 in minor hockey and at St. Sebastians as a tribute to Lidstrom. No. 5 wasnt available with the U-17 team so he wore 55. No. 5 is taken at Boston College, so hell wear No. 7, which isnt a coincidence. Hanifin is too young to recall Ray Bourques time with the Bruins but his Dad most certainly imparted some wisdom. Ive watched a lot of Ray Bourque video because my Dad told me all about him, Hanifin said. Nick Lidstrom and Ray Bourque, those would be the two defencemen Ive tried to model my game after. Disappointments have been few and far between in Hanifins young hockey career, but he was not happy to not be invited to USA Hockeys national junior team summer evaluation camp in Lake Placid, N.Y., though he wasnt alone on that count. U-17 teammate Zach Werenski, who often was paired on the blueline with Hanifin, was also overlooked. Like Hanifin, Werenski fast-tracked through high school to leave the U.S. program a year early for the University of Michigan. There was speculation the Lake Placid snub was a USA Hockey reaction to the pair bolting early. Players are generally expected to play two seasons - U-17 and U-18 - in the system. Nevertheless, USA Hockey still considers Hanifin, Werenski and, for that matter, Tampa first-rounder draft pick Anthony DeAngelo of the OHLs Sarnia Sting (a third high profile absentee from the Lake Placid camp) as candidates for the U.S. world junior team. I wasnt that surprised (at not being invited to the summer camp), Hanifin said. Im a young guy but Im a competitive kid and I feel like I can contribute. (Not getting invited) motivated me even more. In the meantime, he intends to do whatever he can to work on the areas of the game that need improvement. Im really focusing on my shot, he said. Im working on that a lot. Im trying to shoot it harder, be better at the one-timers, get more shots through. Hes also taking advantage of having Bobby Orr as a sounding board and confidante. The biggest thing Bobby tells me is to not get caught up in everything -- the draft, the attention, the pressure, all that stuff, Hanifin said. He tells me to embrace it, just enjoy playing, just try to have fun playing the game and focusing on that. So that is what he will do, and it all starts in earnest this week: McDavids third OHL season with the Erie Otters begins on Wednesday; Eichel, Hanifin and the best young American talent playing in the U.S. prospects game in Buffalo on Thursday. Nike Roshe One NM BR Baratas .A. Nike Roshe One FB Leopard España .com) - Sixth-seeded Feliciano Lopez was a first-round winner on Monday at the Delray Beach Open tennis event. Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Nyjer Morgan and Prince Fielder both homered as Milwaukee took a 3-2 victory over Florida in the second of a four-game series at Sun Life Stadium. Yovani Gallardo (8-2) earned his sixth straight win, allowing two runs -- one earned -- on six hits and two walks in six innings. He also struck out five in the Brewers third victory in four games. Chris Volstad (2-5) allowed three runs on six hits and a walk while fanning four in seven innings, as the Marlins lost their third straight game and their sixth in the last eight contests. Chris Coghlan led off the first with an infield single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Emilio Bonifacio and scored on a single by Gaby Sanchez to give the Marlins an early one-run lead. Morgan tied the game at one after leading off the third inning with just his fifth career home run and his first since 2009. Sanchez started the sixth with a single and moved to third on consecutive groundouts by Greg Dobbs and Mike Stanton. After John Buck walked, Omar Infante hit a hard grounder to third that Casey McGehee could not field cleanly and then threw high to first, forcing Fielder to jump off first for the ball and allowing Sanchez to score on the throwing error. Milwaukee then took a 3-2 lead in the seventh on a solo shot by Fielder and a double by Yuniesky Betancoourt that plated Jonathan Lucroy after Lucroy hit a two-out single. Nike Roshe One Hyperfuse Baratas. That lead held as LaTroy Hawkins and Zach Braddock combined to pitch a scoreless seventh inning, and Kameron Loe did not allow a run in the eighth. John Axford entered for the ninth and worked around a lead-off single to earn his 15th save of the year. The road games are what we needed to pick it up on, and we have been doing that, said Fielder. Florida had a chance to take control of the game early, but they could not convert on the opportunity. The Marlins put men on second and third with no outs in the third after Volstad singled and Coghlan followed with a single of his own that included a Morgan fielding error, allowing the runners to move up a bag. Then Gallardo got Bonifacio to ground out back to the mound, Logan Morrison to pop out to short and Sanchez to look at strike three to end the inning. I dont think were in a slump. I think we just lost a couple of games by not doing situational hitting, said Buck. 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