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Pulock selection intended to spur prospects program

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BRANDON Wheat Kings captain Ryan Pulock has been chosen the honorary prospect of the 2013 Director's Cup Prospects program for Hockey Manitoba.

Pulock, a defenceman, is projected as a possible first-round selection at the NHL entry draft in June.

He's been chosen to try to help give Hockey Manitoba's prospects program, which is being revamped, some profile. The program is giving minor bantam players a high-end development path to an entry point for the Program of Excellence.

It includes on-ice and off-ice training delivered by the regions in a standardized five-week skills program ending with a tournament April 26-28 in Portage la Prairie.

Pulock, of Grandview, Man., has been through the Hockey Manitoba Director's Cup program and has also been through the national Program of Excellence as a member of Under-16 Team Manitoba and Under-17 Team West in 2011. In 2012, he was a member of Under-18 Team Canada. With the Wheat Kings this season, he's had 14 goals and 31 assists for 45 points.

Preds activate Forsberg

NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Predators have added forward Filip Forsberg to the active roster and he may make his NHL debut against the Detroit Red Wings today.

The Predators gave Forsberg No. 9 on Saturday.

He was acquired in the trade that sent Martin Erat to Washington.

The 18-year-old Forsberg was Washington's top draft selection in 2012 at No. 11 overall. He received the 2013 Golden Cage Award in Sweden as the top junior player after getting 33 points in 38 games this season.

He also helped Sweden win the 2012 World Junior Championship and was captain of the silver-medal winners at the 2013 world juniors.

Briere wants to stay put

VOORHEES, N.J. -- A half hour after the Philadelphia Flyers' morning skate, Danny Briere was still out there on the Skate Zone ice skating hard, shooting pucks and pushing himself -- proof he wouldn't be returning from a concussion Tuesday night against Ottawa. But he did return to the lineup Saturday against Buffalo.

Unlike Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, Briere cares a lot about whether his contract is bought out after the season.

"This is where I want to be," Briere said, two days after Bryzgalov's surprising comments on amnesty. "I can't control if they decide to buy me out, but this is where I want to be at this point. My kids being here, obviously it would be tough to have to go somewhere else."

The two-time all-star forward seems to know the deck is stacked against him lasting in Philadelphia for the final two seasons of his eight-year, $52-million contract. He knew it right after hearing amnesty buyouts had been added to the league's new collective bargaining agreement, a clause that allows teams to buy out contracts of two players at two-thirds the remaining money without it counting against the salary cap.

Sabres sign college D-man

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres have signed undrafted rookie free-agent defenceman Chad Ruhwedel (ROO-wee-dell) to a two-year contract after he completed his college career at UMass Lowell.

Hours after being signed Saturday, Ruhwedel made his NHL debut, playing in Buffalo's home game against the Philadelphia Flyers. He had 23 points (seven goals) in 41 games this past season in helping Lowell reach the Frozen Four, before losing to Yale in a semifinal game on Thursday. Overall, he had 63 points (15 goals) in 110 career games for the River Hawks.

The Sabres had an immediate need at defence. Tyler Myers will miss the remainder of the season after breaking his leg in a 5-1 loss to Montreal on Thursday.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 14, 2013 B4

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