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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

by Chris Roberts
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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

by David Hahn
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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

by Glen Erickson
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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 »

Arizona Coyotes having some success with first wave of NHL rookies

by Peter Prohaska
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Arizona Coyotes having some success with first wave of NHL rookies

Photo: Arizona Coyotes prospect Max Domi has an impressive 34 points in his rookie season, but just five goals since November 12th, all of them scored in just two games (courtesy of David Berding/Icon Sportswire)

It feels like the Arizona Coyotes have been in the news for the wrong reasons in recent years. Relocation worries, arena concerns, wrangling around leases, and city council disputes have tended to overshadow the good work done by General Manager Don Maloney and his organization in building the best prospect group in the league. This season, led once again by one of the NHL’s best coaches in Dave Tippett, the Coyotes have been better than expected as they develop toward a contending squad. Part of that success is owed to the development of its rookie prospects.

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HF NHL Prospect of the Month, January, 2016: Andersson consistently offensive for Barrie Colts

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HF NHL Prospect of the Month, January, 2016: Andersson consistently offensive for Barrie Colts

Photo: Barrie Colts defenseman and Calgary Flames prospect Rasmus Andersson leads OHL defensemen in scoring in 2015-16, posting seven goals and 47 points in 47 games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The Barrie Colts are one of the top teams in the OHL’s Eastern Conference. They boast an impressive offense with Kevin Labanc (SJS) leading the league in scoring, and Julius Nattinen (ANA) and Andrew Mangiapane (CGY) providing secondary scoring. They also have impressive backstop MacKenzie Blackwood (NJD) holding the fort between the pipes. Read more »

Gostisbehere and Laughton lead small crew of NHL-ready Philadelphia Flyers prospects

by Jashvina Shah
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Gostisbehere and Laughton lead small crew of NHL-ready Philadelphia Flyers prospects

Photo: Although he has only suited up for 33 games, Shayne Gostisbehere’s 27 points (9 goals, 18 assists) leads all rookie defensemen in scoring, with a margin of nine over the nearest comer (Colton Parayko). (Courtesy of Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire)

The Philadelphia Flyers haven’t had many prospects graduate to the big club this season, but the few that have made the jump received monumental playing time. For a team that doesn’t have much NHL-ready young talent, it’s doubly important for the prospects it does have to pan out—and so far, so good. Read more »

2016 NHL Draft: Rubtsov leads interesting group of forwards competing in Russia

by Alessandro Seren Rosso
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2016 NHL Draft: Rubtsov leads interesting group of forwards competing in Russia

Photo: Team Russia U18 forward Artur Kayumov led the Russian squad in scoring at the 2015 World Junior A Challenge with a goal and six assists in four games (courtesy of Amy Deroche/OJHL Images)

At the 2015 NHL Draft, Russia had one of its better recent showings with 18 Russians being drafted by NHL clubs. This made for a good jump forward when compared to 2014 with 13 players chosen, and especially 2013 where only eight Russians were selected. Read more »

St. Louis Blues prospects making the most of NHL opportunity this season

by Suraj Sukumar
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St. Louis Blues prospects making the most of NHL opportunity this season

Photo: St. Louis Blues prospect Joel Edmundson has been an understated stabilizing presence in the lineup this season (courtesy of Scott Grau/Icon Sportswire)

The St. Louis Blues have had a few prospects at the NHL level due to their injuries woes this season. With significant time missed by Jake Allen, Patrik Berglund, Kevin Shattenkirk, Paul Stastny and Jaden Schwartz, the Blues have turned to some younger players. While some made the most of their limited opportunities, others have been impressing since the very start of the season. Colton Parayko has been the big story out of St. Louis this season and Joel Edmundson has been a welcomed addition to their defensive group.

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Healthy NHL club limits opportunities for New York Islanders prospects

by Christian Litscher
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Healthy NHL club limits opportunities for New York Islanders prospects

Photo: 2011 second-round pick (34th overall) Scott Mayfield played three games with the New York Islanders this season. (Courtesy of Joshua Sarner/Icon Sportswire)

The New York Islanders currently sit fifth in a tight Metropolitan Division. Although the Washington Capitals are running away with the division, just eight points separate the second place New York Rangers from the seventh place Philadelphia Flyers. Read more »

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