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Hockey’s Future 2015 NHL Prospect of the Year: Larkin parlays strong NCAA season into first pro contract

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Hockey’s Future 2015 NHL Prospect of the Year: Larkin parlays strong NCAA season into first pro contract

Photo: Detroit Red Wings prospect Dylan Larkin turned in a strong freshman season for the University of Michigan, posting 15 goals and 47 points in 35 games in 2014-15 (courtesy of Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

Considering all the factors involved – position, league, age, to name a few – it isn’t easy to compare prospects across multiple levels. But, because there can be only one Hockey’s Future NHL Prospect of the Year, we set out to make those comparisons. Read more »

Vrana, Holmstrom the top NHL-drafted forwards in the SHL in 2014-15

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Vrana, Holmstrom the top NHL-drafted forwards in the SHL in 2014-15

Photo: Linkoping HC forward and Washington Capitals prospect Jakub Vrana produced 12 goals and 24 points for the SHL club in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Sparta Prague/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

The 2014-15 season is now a thing of the past and a boatload of drafted Swedes just finished off a full season of hockey, primarily with SHL clubs. The list of topflight talent dotting the Swedish hockey landscape is quite impressive and might have even been more so if William Nylander (TOR) and Swiss-born Kevin Fiala (NSH) had actually completed the season in the SHL. Read more »

2010 NHL Draft: Kuznetsov best to be had among Washington Capitals draft class

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2010 NHL Draft: Kuznetsov best to be had among Washington Capitals draft class

Photo: Evgeny Kuznetsov raised his game in the 2015 playoffs, notching five goals through two rounds of hockey with the Capitals. (Courtesy of Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)

The 2009-10 season was a banner year for the Washington Capitals in terms of their regular season performance. With a 54-15-13 record, the Capitals not only claimed the Southeast Division crown for themselves, but also their first-ever President’s Trophy for most points in the league. Read more »

2010 NHL Draft: Vancouver Canucks had few picks, little to show

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2010 NHL Draft: Vancouver Canucks had few picks, little to show

Photo: Vancouver Canucks prospect Alex Friesen is the lone bright spot from a draft that the Canucks mostly punted (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Yes, Mike Gillis did attend the draft. Apparently not liking the looks of things in the first round, the Vancouver Canucks‘ General Manager sent the 25th overall pick, along with Michael Grabner and Steve Bernier, to Florida in exchange for Keith Ballard and Victor Oreskovich. The Panthers took Quinton Howden, who has yet to become a full-fledged NHL player, but the Canucks might have taken a gamble on a player still on the board like Evgeny Kuznetzov, Brock Nelson, or Emerson Etem who have done so. Read more »

NHL Draft Primer: WHL and QMJHL stars dominate 11-24 group of North American skaters

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NHL Draft Primer: WHL and QMJHL stars dominate 11-24 group of North American skaters

Photo: Kelowna Rockets forward and 2015 prospect Nick Merkley led the WHL Champion Rockets in scoring during the 2014-15 regular season with 90 points in 72 games (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

Among North American skaters ranked 11 through 24 in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft, the WHL and QMJHL claim a majority of them. It’s a deep group from the two leagues this year, with a pair of high-end competitors adding to this group from the OHL and USHL. Read more »

2010 NHL Draft: Verdict still out on Pittsburgh Penguins draft class

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2010 NHL Draft: Verdict still out on Pittsburgh Penguins draft class

Photo: Beau Bennett is ready to break out after getting into injury trouble in each of his last five seasons. (Courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

The Pittsburgh Penguins went into the 2010 NHL Draft looking to increase their offensive depth and came away using four of their six picks that year on forwards. While they have yet to meet their projected potential, several look like they could develop into solid NHL players. Read more »

2010 NHL Draft: Calgary Flames grabbed prospects providing current depth

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2010 NHL Draft: Calgary Flames grabbed prospects providing current depth

Photo: Calgary Flames prospect Micheal Ferland arrived as a playoff performer this season after years of paying dues in the organization (courtesy of David Hahn/Icon Sportswire)

With their first playoff appearance after just six years removed, the Calgary Flames continue to develop in the right direction with their current system of prospects, coaches and management in place. One bright spot this past season was Micheal Ferland, who was one of six players picked by Calgary in the 2010 NHL Entry draft. Ferland provided a physical presence during the first round of the playoffs, along with timely offensive contributions to help eliminate the Vancouver Canucks.

Along with Ferland, the Flames selected Max Reinhart, John Ramage, and Bill Arnold in the 2010 draft class, which is developing into a hard-working group of prospects that are starting to contribute and make an impact at the NHL level.

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2010 NHL Draft: Buffalo Sabres squander draft year on busted defensive prospects

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2010 NHL Draft: Buffalo Sabres squander draft year on busted defensive prospects

Photo: Mark Pysyk missed the last two months of this season after collapsing during a pickup basketball game. (Courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

The Buffalo Sabres needed a facelift at the 2010 NHL Draft. Once a high-flying scoring machine, the Sabres never adequately addressed the departures of co-captains Chris Drury and Danny Briere in 2007. With a potential franchise defenseman in Tyler Myers and the emergence of Ryan Miller as an elite goaltender, the Sabres nevertheless decided that they needed to re-tool from the back end out. It was a strange move, given that the team’s 207 goals allowed in 2009-10 season were the fewest in seven years—a big reason why they managed to capture a division title after failing to make the playoffs in the two previous seasons. Read more »

Prospect Impressions: Expected top three picks for NHL Draft feature in plays 6 thru 10

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Prospect Impressions: Expected top three picks for NHL Draft feature in plays 6 thru 10

Photo: Erie Otters center and 2015 prospect Connor McDavid was recently awarded the Red Tilson Trophy as the CHL Player of the Year for 2014-15 (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

For the past few months, Prospect Impressions has spotlighted the top plays performed by NHL prospects from around the globe. The top 10 features some of the best prospects available for the 2015 NHL Draft, including what is currently expected to be the first three skaters off the board. Read more »

Veleno the latest exceptional junior as Sea Dogs make him top pick in QMJHL draft

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Veleno the latest exceptional junior as Sea Dogs make him top pick in QMJHL draft

Joseph Veleno will now be associated with an elite group of young players, some of whom are already established stars in the NHL.

The 15 year old Veleno, who isn’t NHL Draft-eligible until 2018, was selected first overall by the Saint John Sea Dogs in the 2015 QMJHL Entry Draft on Saturday. He was a year younger than anyone else eligible, and becomes just the fifth player in CHL history to have been granted “exceptional player” status, the first outside of the OHL. Read more »

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