2016 NHL Draft: Top skaters remain unchanged but a new pair of goaltenders emerge in ISS February rankings

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Evan Fitzpatrick - Sherbrooke Phoenix

Photo: Sherbrooke Phoenix goaltender and 2016 prospect Evan Fitzpatrick has appeared in 40 games for the QMJHL club in 2015-16, where he has posted a 3.25 goals=against average and .899 save percentage (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

Change has come to ISS Hockey’s February rankings for the 2016 NHL Draft, but not within the Top 10 or much of the Top 30, for that matter. Instead, the significant change has taken place in the goaltender rankings, where the top two goalies from the January rankings have been displaced by a new duo. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Omark’s on fire, Leipsic gets creative in overtime, plus a must-see puppy goal

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Brendan Leipsic - Toronto Marlies

Photo: Toronto Marlies forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Brandan Leipsic is currently fourth in scoring for the Marlies with 13 goals and 31 points in 42 games this season (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Sticks are both figuratively and literally on fire in this week’s edition of Prospect Impressions. Andrew Mangiapane and Brendan Leipsic score impressive goals, joining a trio of players in Europe who provided creative entries of their own. Make sure to check in this week to see why Bobby Ryan’s snipe will forever be known as the “puppy goal!” Read more»

2016 WJC Review: Czech Republic’s tournament begins well but ends with a whimper

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Jiri Smejkal - Team Czech Republic - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Kamloops Blazers forward and 2016 prospect Jiri Smejkal (C) was one of the more effective forwards for the Czech Republic at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, posting two goals and two assists in five games (courtesy of MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/Getty Images)

The Czech Republic entered the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship looking to shock everyone from a position of anonymity. Not looked at as a favorite, the team nonetheless featured some very solid players who also happened to be NHL-drafted prospects, including New Jersey Devils recent sixth overall selection, Pavel Zacha. The team even got a huge boost when the Boston Bruins allowed last season’s rookie sensation David Pastrnak to join his native country on a sort of reassignment after an injury-plagued first half of the season. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: CSS, ISS take similar view of top prospects with Matthews at #1

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Auston Matthews - Team USA - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: ZSC Lions forward and 2016 prospect Auston Matthews is ranked third in points per game (1.22) in the NLA, where he has scored 20 goals and 33 points in 27 games this season (courtesy of MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/Getty Images)

At roughly the halfway point of the 2015-16 hockey season, the picture for the upper portion of the 2016 NHL Draft is becoming a bit clearer, in part due to the recently completed World Junior Championship that took place in Helsinki, Finland. Read more»

2016 World Junior Championship: Playoff and Relegation Round previews

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Ryan Hitchcock, Alex Nedeljkovic, Scott Eansor and Anders Bjork - Team USA - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Team USA had just one blemish in their four preliminary round games at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, with their quarterfinal match placing them up against the Czech Republic (courtesy of RONI REKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)

The playoff round of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship begins tomorrow with the quarterfinal matchups featuring the non-relegated teams from Group A and Group B, although the first relegation game in the best-of-three series will also take place. The games will take place at Helsinki Ice Hall and Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland. Read more»

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