NHL Central Scouting final rankings; Steve Rohlik takes Ohio State reins; Drew LeBlanc debuts; Lynn Jennings in Duluth

NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau has released final rankings heading into the 2013 Entry Draft on June 30 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

Rankings for North American skaters and goaltenders.

Rankings for International skaters and goaltenders.

Minnesota Duluth recruits in the rankings: defenseman Blake Heinrich 81, defenseman Carson Soucy 129, defenseman Neal Pionk 141, forward Alex Iafallo 143, forward Adam Johnson 176 and defenseman Willie Raskob 178.

Also forward Avery Peterson of Grand Rapids is 77.

Drew LeBlanc made his NHL debut Wednesday for Chicago as the Blackhawks clinched the Presidents’ Trophy, in a 4-1 victory over Los Angeles. The Chicago Tribune has a game story, with a LeBlanc quote, here.

The Blackhawks have a post-game video interview with LeBlanc here.

The Columbus Dispatch has a story on Steve Rohlik being named head coach Wednesday here.

Ohio State has video of a Rohlik press conference here.

Four North Dakota players have lost scholarship money after being cited by Grand Forks police for underage drinking and noise. The story from the Grand Forks Herald here.

In the continuing aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, the World Championships marathons in August in Moscow, for men and women, will have on-course metal detectors for spectators. The Reuters story is here.

Three-time U.S. Olympian and three-time World Cross Country champion Lynn Jennings spoke at middle school assemblies in Duluth and Superior on Wednesday about staying fit for life. She was sponsored by Grandma’s Marathon. Below she speaks in front of 6-7-8th graders at Duluth’s Lincoln Middle School. Photo by Zach Hitchcock.

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