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2016 Memorial Cup: Opponents only hope may be to contain, not stop, London Knights’ trio

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2016 Memorial Cup: Opponents only hope may be to contain, not stop, London Knights’ trio

Photo: London Knights forwards Christian Dvorak (#10) and Mitch Marner (#93) along with linemate Matthew Tkachuk continued their offensive tear in the opening game of the 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup tournament (courtesy of Rob Wallator/CHL Images)

There is no line in the CHL that has been more dangerous than the London Knights’ troublesome trio of Mitch Marner (TOR), Christian Dvorak (ARI) and Matthew Tkachuk (2016).

That isn’t an opinion, it is fact. And they have the numbers to back it up: the linemates combined for 129 points in just 18 OHL playoff games, and each player topped 100 points in the regular season. Read more »

AHL Eastern Conference Notebook, May, 2016: Bears winning conference final that on paper favors Marlies

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AHL Eastern Conference Notebook, May, 2016: Bears winning conference final that on paper favors Marlies

Photo: Toronto Marlies defenseman and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Connor Carrick is the leading scorer in the 2016 AHL playoffs so far with 15 points in 12 games (courtesy of Graig Abel/Getty Images)

The 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs are in the Conference Finals stage, and in the East, it is Atlantic Division champion Hershey against North Division champion Toronto in a best-of-seven series that will see the winner play for the Calder Cup championship against the winner of Lake Erie and Ontario. Read more »

2011 NHL Draft: Buffalo Sabres have most insignificant draft in over a decade

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2011 NHL Draft: Buffalo Sabres have most insignificant draft in over a decade

Photo: Buffalo Sabres prospect Daniel Catenacci had his first stint in the NHL this season, playing 11 games. He had 24 points in 50 games with Rochester of the AHL. (courtesy Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Looking back at the 2010-11 season for the Buffalo Sabres, it almost seems like an entire era ago. The team not only made the playoffs, but they finished second in the then-Northeast Division with 96 points, sporting a 43-29-10 record.

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Edmonton Oilers prospect awards show team improving its depth options

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Edmonton Oilers prospect awards show team improving its depth options

Photo: Edmonton Oilers prospect Anton Slepyshev was a surprising inclusion on the NHL squad for 11 games last season, but his upside remains an intriguing asset (courtesy of Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)

Year after year for the past decade, the Edmonton Oilers have added top talents via the draft. Rather than building an enviable prospect pool, the team has only succeeded in constructing unbalanced rosters that finish near the bottom of the league standings. Still, the 2015 Draft gifted the Oilers one of the world’s best players, and several other young men who have learned the NHL game the hard way are coming into the primes of their careers. Will the supporting cast be enough to change the script in 2016-17? Only time will tell, but the Hockey’s Future prospect awards for 2015-16 serve to highlight some of the more encouraging signs from a mostly disappointing campaign.

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2016 IIHF World Championship: USA’s Murphy adds to international hockey portfolio

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2016 IIHF World Championship: USA’s Murphy adds to international hockey portfolio

Photo: Arizona Coyotes defenseman Connor Murphy (C) had a leadership role for Team USA at the 2016 IIHF World Championship, wearing the ‘A’ for his country while picking up five points in 10 games (courtesy of Xavier Laine/Getty Images)

Connor Murphy has a wealth of experience representing Team USA internationally. He has just finished his third IIHF World Championship, losing 7–2 to host Russia in the bronze medal game. While the team was obviously overmatched against the star-studded host team, there was still disappointment. Read more »

2016 NHL Draft: Season-long spectator Mahura now getting his feet wet in playoffs, Memorial Cup

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2016 NHL Draft: Season-long spectator Mahura now getting his feet wet in playoffs, Memorial Cup

Photo: Red Deer Rebels defenseman and 2016 prospect Josh Mahura played in just two regular season games in 2015-16 due to injury, but he competed in the WHL playoffs and is now competing at the 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup (courtesy of Rob Wallator/CHL Images )

Life was great for Red Deer Rebels defenseman Josh Mahura entering the 2015-16 season. He had just come off a 10-point rookie season where he earned steady ice time as a 16 year old and was given a ‘B’ ranking on NHL Central Scouting’s Futures List in the summer. Read more »

2011 NHL Draft: Despite lack of star power, Los Angeles Kings made a few picks matter

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2011 NHL Draft: Despite lack of star power, Los Angeles Kings made a few picks matter

Photo: Andy Andreoff of the Los Angeles Kings fits the team mold of big, strong, smart players who relish a physical style (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon Sportswire)

2010 started a new trend in drafting for the Los Angeles Kings. Instead of dealing with a heavy amount of picks and prospects, like the 10 selections they had in the 2009 and 2007 NHL Drafts, and the nine they had in 2008, the Kings started drafting fewer prospects. By virtue of success, and win-now trades, the Kings started depleting their cupboard and drafting opportunities in order to be a competitive team at the NHL level. Read more »

2016 NHL Draft Primer: Several re-entry candidates from CHL, NCAA ranks

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2016 NHL Draft Primer: Several re-entry candidates from CHL, NCAA ranks

Photo: Ottawa 67’s forward and 2016 prospect Dante Salituro was the leading scorer for the 67’s in 2015-16, posting 38 goals and 83 points in 65 OHL games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Each year, the NHL Draft provides a fast-track opportunity for over 200 players to be drafted and realize their childhood dreams. For others, the draft comes and goes and another year of uncertainty faces prospects who do not hear their names called. Read more »

AHL Western Conference Notebook, May, 2016: Reign, Monsters battle for Western supremacy

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AHL Western Conference Notebook, May, 2016: Reign, Monsters battle for Western supremacy

Photo: Lake Erie Monsters defenseman and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Zach Werenski has been impressive in AHL action since turning pro at the end of the 2015-16 NCAA season (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Lake Erie Monsters coach Jared Bednar understands the challenge in front of his team as it prepares for the Calder Cup Western Conference Finals against the Ontario Reign.

The Reign are the defending champions, having won the title last season as the Manchester Monarchs, and return 15 players with championship rings. In addition, Ontario is big, physical and plays “Los Angeles Kings-style hockey” that wins in the playoffs. Read more »

Career seasons for the majority of Boston Bruins’ NCAA and European prospects

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Career seasons for the majority of Boston Bruins’ NCAA and European prospects

Photo: Boston Bruins prospect Peter Cehlarik had a career high 20 points in 46 games for Lulea of the SHL this past season. The third round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft also had five points in 11 playoff games. (courtesy Lulea Hockey/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

It has been a year of rising stock among the Boston Bruins’ NCAA prospects.

Of the 11 Bruins prospects spread throughout college hockey, many have enjoyed career seasons. Nine of those players helped their respective teams to NCAA tournament appearances.

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