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Hunt, Helewka the top NHL properties at wing competing in the WHL in 2015-16

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Hunt, Helewka the top NHL properties at wing competing in the WHL in 2015-16

Photo: Moose Jaw Warriors forward and Florida Panthers prospect Dryden Hunt has completed his WHL career having posted 249 points in 269 regular season games (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Many of the WHL’s top players achieve success due in part to their versatility, as most forwards will take a shift from time to time at the center position. But for this article, we are ranking wingers in the Western Hockey League, based on those that have been drafted and/or signed by National Hockey League teams. Read more »

Fasching and Bailey highlights among Buffalo Sabres year-end prospect awards

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Fasching and Bailey highlights among Buffalo Sabres year-end prospect awards

Photo: Justin Bailey had 45 points (20 goals, 25 assists) during his professional rookie season with the Rochester Americans. (Courtesy of Graig Abel/Graig Abel Photography)

The 2015-16 season has been an interesting one for the Buffalo Sabres and their prospects. More than a handful have graduated to the NHL full-time, including uber-prospect Jack Eichel, fellow second-overall pick Sam Reinhart, and standout defenseman Jake McCabe. Read more »

On the Rush, April, 2016: Gostisbehere, Timashov amongst those leading the rush

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On the Rush, April, 2016: Gostisbehere, Timashov amongst those leading the rush

Photo: Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere had a strong NHL rookie campaign, scoring 17 goals and 46 points in 64 games in 2015-16 (courtesy of Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire)

It seems like just yesterday that we were talking about October/November, and the first On the Rush of the 2015-16 campaign was being put together. Alas, here we are in April with many teams and players done for the season. It has been another phenomenal year across the hockey world, and every year we are left with no shortage of players who surpass expectations and those that fall short. Read more »

Guentzel, Blueger providing ample reinforcement for depleted Wilkes-Barre/Scranton lineup

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Guentzel, Blueger providing ample reinforcement for depleted Wilkes-Barre/Scranton lineup

Photo: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Teddy Blueger (R) had his best NCAA season in his senior campaign, posting 11 goals and 35 points in 41 games in 2015-16 (courtesy of Nina Weiss/The Home News)

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have seen several prospects start the season on their roster, but a number of them have moved on to the NHL and are currently in the midst of a Stanley Cup Playoff run. Read more »

2016 NHL Draft: Rangers’ Mascherin unfazed by draft pressure

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2016 NHL Draft: Rangers’ Mascherin unfazed by draft pressure

Photo: Kitchener Rangers forward and 2016 prospect Adam Mascherin had a productive second OHL season in 2015-16, posting 81 points in 65 regular season games, then another 12 points in 9 playoff games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

This drafting thing is getting to be old hat for Kitchener Rangers’ left winger Adam Mascherin. At least, he is familiar enough with the process to be a little less stressed about the prospect of having his name called at this year’s NHL Draft. Read more »

Colorado Avalanche have potential impact players in NCAA and Europe

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Colorado Avalanche have potential impact players in NCAA and Europe

Photo: Colorado Avalanche prospect JT Compher led the nation in assists and earned an entry-level contract from the Colorado Avalanche (courtesy of Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

In just 24 hours, the Colorado Avalanche dramatically changed the college and European pipelines from bleak to optimistic. On June 26th, 2015, the team sent forwards Ryan O’Reilly and Jamie McGinn to the Buffalo Sabres and in return received JT Compher as part of a four-piece package. One day later at the 2015 NHL Draft, the team selected 21-year old Andrei Mironov from the KHL. Mironov’s age and extensive international and professional experience made it easier for the Avalanche to see what they have in him as a prospect.

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Minnesota Wild Prospect Awards highlight need for more forward depth

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Minnesota Wild Prospect Awards highlight need for more forward depth

Photo: With a shortage of NHL forwards signed for next season, the Wild may have to rely on a player like leading Iowa scorer Zack Mitchell to step up into a depth role (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Once again it has been a tough year to be a prospect in the Minnesota Wild organization. Chris Porter, Jarret Stoll, David Jones, and Nate Prosser took some of the minutes in the NHL often reserved for younger players but the team lacked for better options. Although Christian Folin (eventually) graduated, Mike Reilly looked like a possible fit during his stint, and Kurtis Gabriel got a great opportunity to play a role in the playoffs, the team’s lack of NHL-ready depth was a major factor in a disappointing season.

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(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Puljujarvi hat trick powers Finland to gold medal win

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(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Puljujarvi hat trick powers Finland to gold medal win

Photo: Team Finland captain Juuso Valimaki and forward Eeli Tolvanen pose with their gold medals after Finland downed Sweden 6-1 to win the gold medal game at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

It was just three short months ago that Finland celebrated a home-ice, gold medal win at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship. That country can now make room in the trophy case for more gold as Team Finland defeated archrival Sweden by a 6-1 score to win the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship. Read more »

(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Late comeback not enough as Canada falls in shootout

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(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Late comeback not enough as Canada falls in shootout

Photo: Team Canada forward and 2016 prospect Pascal Laberge competed for the Victoriaville Tigres of the QMJHL, where he posted 23 goals and 68 points in 56 games (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

A late third period comeback from a 5-3 deficit seemed to have Team Canada in a good position to win their semi-final game against Sweden at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship in Grand Forks, ND. But Sweden weathered the storm through overtime, then won the shootout on a goal by Linus Lindstrom. Read more »

(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Shootout win sends Sweden to gold medal game

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(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Shootout win sends Sweden to gold medal game

Photo: Team Sweden forward and 2016 prospect Tim Wahlgren played for MODO’s SHL squad in 2015-16, picking up a goal and an assist in 10 games in Sweden’s top league (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

In a game that literally became a ‘last shot wins’ scenario, Team Sweden moved on to the gold medal game after taking a 6-5 shootout victory from Canada in the semi-finals of the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship. Read more »

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