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Prospect Faceoff: Booth faces down Audette in QMJHL action, more from the CHL, NCAA, and AHL

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Prospect Faceoff: Booth faces down Audette in QMJHL action, more from the CHL, NCAA, and AHL

Photo: 2016 prospects Dante Salituro of the Ottawa 67’s and Mikhail Sergachev of the Windsor Spitfires go head-to-head in OHL action this weekend with one month left in the 2015-16 season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

In this week’s Prospect Faceoff, we take a look at Quebec Remparts goaltender Callum Booth, who has been the team’s saving grace during a rough stretch. He will be opposed by a former first overall pick, Daniel Audette, who has a chip on his shoulder and something to prove. Also in this week’s edition, one underrated forward on North Dakota is garnering attention, as are a pair of draft-eligible skaters who are in weekend competition. Read more »

2016 NHL Draft: BU’s McAvoy heads NCAA group that could be well represented in first round

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2016 NHL Draft: BU’s McAvoy heads NCAA group that could be well represented in first round

Photo: Boston University defenseman and 2016 prospect Charlie McAvoy has won gold (U18) and bronze (U20) medals in the past year competing for Team USA in international play (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

2016 is shaping up to be a very good draft class for the NCAA. Among the current crop of draft-eligibles are three potential first round picks. Hockey Future takes a closer look at five of the NCAA’s top draft-eligible players (all freshmen), composed of three forwards and two defensemen representing three of the six NCAA conferences. Read more »

(Podcast) 2016 NHL Draft: High-profile events prominent in first two seasons for Kelowna Rockets’ Dube

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(Podcast) 2016 NHL Draft: High-profile events prominent in first two seasons for Kelowna Rockets’ Dube

Photo: Kelowna Rockets forward and 2016 prospect Dillon Dube is second in scoring for the WHL-leading Rockets with 21 goals and 51 points in 48 games (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

One shouldn’t be at all surprised if Dillon Dube of the Kelowna Rockets might occasionally feel like he has been a little spoiled since his arrival in the WHL. After all, a trip to the Memorial Cup as a 16-year-old rookie is a heckuva way to kick off a career in major junior hockey. Read more »

2015-16 Calder Poll: Same trio tops the January NHL rookie rankings

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2015-16 Calder Poll: Same trio tops the January NHL rookie rankings

Photo: Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin has been a top NHL rookie from the start of the 2015-16 season, which earned him a place in the 2016 NHL All-Star Game that took place at the end of January (courtesy of Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Detroit Red WingsDylan Larkin and Artemi Panarin of the Chicago Blackhawks continue to be the leading candidates for this year’s Calder Trophy according to the January staff poll at Hockey’s Future. But the offensive exploits of Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere — as well as the play of rookie goalies Connor Hellebuyck and John Gibson — has made things interesting as the season progresses. Read more »

Taste of NHL action has Utica Comets’ Shinkaruk eager for second helping

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Taste of NHL action has Utica Comets’ Shinkaruk eager for second helping

Photo: Utica Comets forward and Vancouver Canucks prospect Hunter Shinkaruk competed for the North Division squad at the 2016 AHL All-Star Classic in Syracuse, NY (courtesy of Scott Thomas Photography/AHL)

Entering his second pro season with the Vancouver Canucks‘ AHL affiliate, the Utica Comets, forward Hunter Shinkaruk already had 97 pro games under his belt, including 23 Calder Cup Playoff games as a member of the Western Conference champions in his AHL rookie campaign in 2014-15. Read more »

2016 NHL Draft: Move to London has been a smooth transition for Knights’ Juolevi

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2016 NHL Draft: Move to London has been a smooth transition for Knights’ Juolevi

Photo: London Knights defenseman and 2016 prospect Olli Juolevi tied with Team USA’s Zach Werenski for the scoring lead among defensemen that competed at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

It is home to the reigning IIHF World Junior Championship gold medalists, and three natives find themselves amongst ISS Hockey’s Top 10 prospects for the upcoming NHL Draft. And for London Knights’ defenseman Olli Juolevi, the reason is because his country, Finland, has put a focus on winning – and it is paying off. Read more »

2016 NHL Draft: Finland’s Laine, Puljujarvi looking like Top 3 material at midseason

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2016 NHL Draft: Finland’s Laine, Puljujarvi looking like Top 3 material at midseason

Photo: Tappara Tampere forward and 2016 prospect Patrik Laine was one of the main cogs for Team Finland in their gold medal win at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of RONI REKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)

Finland was the center of the junior hockey world when it hosted the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, with the gold medal the home team won in Helsinki not soon to be forgotten.

For 2016 NHL Draft potential first round picks Jesse Puljujarvi and Patrik Laine the games were a coming out party as the two were part of the team’s dominant “Kid Line” — teaming with Puljujarvi’s Karpat teammate Sebastian Aho (CAR) to lead the tournament in scoring. Read more »

Florida Panthers prospects help club to best-ever win percentage

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Florida Panthers prospects help club to best-ever win percentage

Photo: After moving up and down between the NHL and the minors since 2012, Quinton Howden has finally stuck with the Florida Panthers, scoring ten points in 45 games during 2015-16. (Courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

The Florida Panthers are one of the feel-good stories of the 2015-16 NHL season. The team grabbed the Atlantic division lead at the beginning of February and had a 12-game winning streak in January. Understandably, soon-to-be 44-year-old Jaromir Jagr has been garnering most of the attention, along with Roberto Luongo, who has been having a renaissance year between the pipes. But it’s the organization’s strong foundation of young players which has led to a lot of the team’s success. Read more »

Prospect Impressions: McDavid returns, Gaunce ties AHL record, more highlights from around the globe

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Prospect Impressions: McDavid returns, Gaunce ties AHL record, more highlights from around the globe

Photo: In his first four games after returning from an injury layoff, Edmonton Oilers rookie forward Connor McDavid collected two goal and four assists (courtesy of Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

The hockey world held its collective breath when Connor McDavid crashed into the end boards in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers three months ago. Since then, Dylan Larkin and Artemi Panarin took the lead in the race for the Calder Trophy, but Connor McDavid may still sneak back into the discussion if he keeps up his current scoring pace. Also in this weeks Prospect Impressions, two creative goals from the NCAA, Utica Comets forward Brendan Gaunce ties an AHL record, and plenty more highlights from around the globe including a heartwarming story out of Connecticut. Read more »

(Podcast) Resurgent Hurricanes riding the offensive ability of Estephan, other forwards

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(Podcast) Resurgent Hurricanes riding the offensive ability of Estephan, other forwards

Photo: Lethbridge Hurricanes forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Giorgio Estephan (#9) is currently among the WHL scoring leaders but will miss time due to an injury (courtesy of Ben Nelms/Getty Images)

The resurgent Lethbridge Hurricanes have been both the feel-good and surprise story in the Western Hockey League this season. All of this comes after a five-year run of futility without playoff hockey that could aptly be termed a horror story. Read more »

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