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2015-16 Calder Poll: Panarin overtakes Larkin in February poll, but NHL rookie prize still up for grabs

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2015-16 Calder Poll: Panarin overtakes Larkin in February poll, but NHL rookie prize still up for grabs

Photo: Chicago Blackhawks rookie forward Artemi Panarin’s 25 goals is three more than Buffalo Sabres rookie Jack Eichel in the 2015-16 NHL rookie goal-scoring standings (courtesy of Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire)

Chicago Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin — the leading scorer amongst all rookies — takes over the top spot from the Detroit Red WingsDylan Larkin in the Hockey’s Future Calder Trophy poll for February. But the big development is the scoring exploits of pre-season favorite Connor McDavid and Philadelphia Flyers‘ defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, which have made the race a four-player contest. Read more »

In NCAA and Europe Arizona Coyotes prospects offer more than mere depth

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In NCAA and Europe Arizona Coyotes prospects offer more than mere depth

Photo: Although Michigan’s top line scored more goals than some NCAA teams did this season, the Wolverines’ tournament success will depend on contributions from depth players like Arizona Coyotes prospect Brendan Warren (courtesy of Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

The Arizona Coyotes spring Top 20 was chock-full of players excelling in the junior hockey ranks, with a few young pros added in for good measure. Many of the honorable mentions – the players just outside the Top 20 –  are playing college hockey or pro hockey in Europe. A few long-term projects may not pan out as professional players, but others are on track for a role with the Coyotes if all goes well. With playoffs right ahead, here is a look at what the college and European group has accomplished in 2015-16 so far.

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(Podcast) Cougars’ Olson showing signs of being more than the average 7th round pick

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(Podcast) Cougars’ Olson showing signs of being more than the average 7th round pick

Photo: Prince George Cougars defenseman and Vancouver Canucks prospect Tate Olson has nearly doubled his offensive production from the 2014-15 season, having posted nine goals and 47 points in 64 games in the 2015-16 season (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Chances are pretty good that NHL teams will tell us that every draft selection they make is well thought out. The player they choose is the player they had hoped to secure. And after all, it would be unfair to the athlete to suggest a late round pick was simply a formality. Read more »

Prospect Impressions: Eichel in OT, pair of firsts from Hyman and Bigras, Vasilevskiy stops 2-on-0, more highlights

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Prospect Impressions: Eichel in OT, pair of firsts from Hyman and Bigras, Vasilevskiy stops 2-on-0, more highlights

Photo: Colorado Avalanche defenseman Chris Bigras played in 37 AHL games with the San Antonio Rampage this season before receiving his first NHL call-up in January (courtesy of Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

With the game on the line, Jack Eichel was cool, calm, and collected with just seconds left on the clock. Likewise, David Pastrnak wasn’t even looking at the net when he sniped Cam Ward’s water bottle. This time of year provides young players an opportunity in the NHL, and Chris Bigras and Zach Hyman took advantage of it to score their first NHL goals. Plenty of other highlights are included in a jam-packed edition of Prospect Impressions. Read more »

Buffalo Sabres draw heavily from NCAA talent pool

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Buffalo Sabres draw heavily from NCAA talent pool

Photo: Will Borgen’s +17 rating helped St. Cloud State to an impressive .729 win percentage this season and the team sat in third place before the NCHC playoffs began. (Courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

Perhaps more than almost any other team in the NHL, the Buffalo Sabres have invested heavily in both the collegiate and European hockey scenes. A whopping 13 prospects from both factions inhabit their rankings, and that isn’t even including recent graduates like Boston University’s Jack Eichel and European Linus Ullmark. Read more »

Some of the Winnipeg Jets’ top talent lies outside the borders of Canada

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Some of the Winnipeg Jets’ top talent lies outside the borders of Canada

Photo: Winnipeg Jets prospect Erik Foley has grown into an inspirational role for his Providence College team that is undefeated since January (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

The Winnipeg Jets have put together one of the most impressive prospect groups in hockey, with tremendous talents all over the hockey world. Young NHL players like Nik Ehlers, Joel Armia and Marko Dano – brought over in the Andrew Ladd deal – are nearly established as difference-makers. Read more »

(Podcast) Diminutive Morrison playing big role in Prince George

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(Podcast) Diminutive Morrison playing big role in Prince George

Photo: Prince George Cougars forward and New York Rangers prospect Brad Morrison currently ranks third in scoring on the Cougars roster with 60 points in 68 games (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

It has been a couple of years since a new ownership group took over operation of the Prince George Cougars, an organization that had struggled on the ice and at the box office for a good portion of the last decade. Read more »

Tigers’ Schneider leads short list of WHL goaltenders with NHL ties

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Tigers’ Schneider leads short list of WHL goaltenders with NHL ties

Photo: Medicine Hat Tigers goaltender and Calgary Flames prospect Nick Schneider earned an NHL contract with a strong performance at the Flames’ training camp last fall (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

In past years, the ranking of the WHL goaltenders used a criteria whereby the goaltenders listed would all be drafted and or signed by NHL teams. Based on these parameters this season, the list is short, with only three netminders making the grade. Read more »

Arizona Coyotes Top 20 prospects will compete to form a championship core

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Arizona Coyotes Top 20 prospects will compete to form a championship core

Photo: For Arizona Coyotes top prospect Dylan Strome, a post-draft season in junior is an opportunity for an OHL title and Memorial Cup berth (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Strong drafting and Don Maloney’s clever work over the phone – plus the presence of Oliver Ekman-Larsson – should have the Arizona Coyotes back into contention soon. The team in fact brought strong efforts for most of the 2015-16 season, but a playoff berth was asking a lot of this roster. The good news is the franchise has organizational depth to rival any team’s. Read more »

2016 World Cup of Hockey: Stars’ Lindell looking to improve upon short NHL stint

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2016 World Cup of Hockey: Stars’ Lindell looking to improve upon short NHL stint

Photo: Texas Stars defenseman and Dallas Stars prospect Esa Lindell is a veteran of international play, and will represent Finland at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Esa Lindell will represent Finland at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey in Toronto.

The Dallas Stars prospect and 21-year-old defenseman was confident his play at the 2015 IIHF World Championship combined with his first season with the American Hockey League’s Texas Stars was enough to impress the Finnish brass. Read more »

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