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Well-developed New Jersey Devils prospects failing to make presence felt in NHL

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Well-developed New Jersey Devils prospects failing to make presence felt in NHL

Photo: Reid Boucher has been up and down between New Jersey and Albany for the third-straight year. He has 29 points in 32 games for the AHL Devils. (Courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

The New Jersey Devils have cooled off from their surprising start to the season. For the most part, the veterans have been the ones getting it done in Newark, but there have been a handful of prospects that have received opportunities with the big club. For the most part, the rookies have not taken full advantage of the opportunity presented to them. In the best interest of the franchise, some prospects are on the slow path so they can take on bigger roles in the future. Read more »

IceCaps’ McCarron looking to regain early-season form

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IceCaps’ McCarron looking to regain early-season form

Photo: St. John’s IceCaps forward and Montreal Canadiens prospect Mike McCarron competed for the North Division squad at the 2016 AHL All-Star Classic, where he picked up a goal and an assist (courtesy of Scott Thomas Photography/AHL)

It is hard not to notice Mike McCarron when he is on the ice during a St. John’s IceCaps game. The 6-foot-6, 231-pound forward simply towers over much of his competition at the AHL level. It is not often to see a player with his size have the hands and abilities with the puck that he possesses, and it is that rare combination of size and skill that led the Montreal Canadiens to draft McCarron with their first round pick (25th overall) in 2013. Read more »

Strome using lessons learned at first NHL camp to guide his Erie teammates

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Strome using lessons learned at first NHL camp to guide his Erie teammates

Photo: Erie Otters forward and Arizona Coyotes prospect Dylan Strome leads the Otters in scoring and is currently fourth overall in the OHL scoring race with 73 points in 35 games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Last year, all eyes were on the Erie Otters as the combination of Dylan Strome and Connor McDavid were charging up the OHL standings and the NHL Draft boards. This year, with McDavid in Edmonton and Strome having been drafted by the Arizona Coyotes third overall, it’s a different dynamic – and instead of leading the charge up the draft boards, or leading the scoring race, Strome is putting the pressure on himself to be a leader on his team. Read more »

Prospect Faceoff: Dal Colle hosts old friends, Sprong and Rantanen compete, more from the NCAA, WHL

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Prospect Faceoff: Dal Colle hosts old friends, Sprong and Rantanen compete, more from the NCAA, WHL

Photo: Texas Stars forward and Dallas Stars prospect Jason Dickinson, and San Antonio Rampage forward and Colorado Avalanche prospect Mikko Rantanen meet this weekend in a top head-to-head AHL matchup of NHL prospects (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire and Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

In this week’s Prospect Faceoff, two OHL players who were traded for each other go one-on-one against their old teams for the first time . We’ll check in with Daniel Sprong and Mikko Rantanen, who both enjoyed valuable time in the NHL this year. The “Battle of Pennsylvania” gets a glimpse of the future when prospects of the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins go head-to-head, and two of the WHL’s finest defenders are heading in different directions.

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New York Rangers prospects excelling in junior, despite middling draft positions

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New York Rangers prospects excelling in junior, despite middling draft positions

Photo: With 46 points (24 goals, 22 assists) in 46 games, Ryan Gropp is scoring at a point-per-game clip for the first time in his junior career. (Courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The New York Rangers currently have seven prospects playing junior hockey, including six in the CHL and one in the USHL. Of them, two represented their countries in the World Junior Championships earlier this month (Brandon Halverson and Adam Huska). Read more »

2016 NHL Draft: Development a family affair for Mississauga Steelheads’ Nylander

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2016 NHL Draft: Development a family affair for Mississauga Steelheads’ Nylander

Photo: Mississauga Steelheads forward and 2016 prospect Alexander Nylander starred for Sweden at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, where he led the team in scoring with nine points in seven games (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

For the Mississauga Steelheads’ Alexander Nylander, his draft-eligible year is truly a family affair. And the experience handed down by his father and brother has proven to be rewarding. Read more »

NCAA Prospects Notebook, January, 2016: Michigan’s hot line, WJC returnees strut their stuff, and more

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NCAA Prospects Notebook, January, 2016: Michigan’s hot line, WJC returnees strut their stuff, and more

Photo: University of Notre Dame goaltender and Buffalo Sabres prospect Cal Petersen has appeared in all 26 games the Fighting Irish have played in 2015-16 (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

The second half of the NCAA hockey season is underway as teams battle for conference playoff positioning and NCAA Tournament bids. In this month’s NCAA Prospects Notebook, Hockey’s Future looks back at the many excellent performances by NHL prospects during the month of January. Read more »

Free agent signings can’t help Ottawa Senators prospects get Bingo out of basement

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Free agent signings can’t help Ottawa Senators prospects get Bingo out of basement

Photo: With 36 points (12 goals, 24 assists), Ryan Dzingel has led the Binghamton Senators in scoring throughout the 2015-16 season. (Courtesy of Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Ottawa Senators loaded its AHL affiliate up for bear during the offseason, but the extra help hasn’t translated over to the standings. Now, the Binghamton squad tries to get its season—and its players—back on track. Read more »

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

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

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 »

Does the AHL hold the key to a Chicago Blackhawks title defense?

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Does the AHL hold the key to a Chicago Blackhawks title defense?

Photo: After trading away much of its defensive depth, Chicago Blackhawks prospect Ville Pokka represents the top of the team’s minor league depth chart (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

The Rockford IceHogs had a stellar 2014-15 season, making the Calder Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2009-10. Despite being eliminated by the Grand Rapids Griffins, the IceHogs made tremendous strides, which have carried over to this season. At the time of this writing, the IceHogs sit atop the Central Division with a 27-10-3-4 record.

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