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Prospect Impressions: Panarin, Eichel shine at IIHF Worlds, more highlights from the OHL, AHL

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Prospect Impressions: Panarin, Eichel shine at IIHF Worlds, more highlights from the OHL, AHL

Photo: Former SKA St. Petersburg forward and Chicago Blackhawks prospect Artemi Panarin signed his first NHL contract fresh off winning the 2015 Gagarin Cup, the KHL’s championship trophy (courtesy of Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

Artemi Panarin, the newest Chicago Blackhawk appears ready for the NHL, but before he gets there, an appearance at the 2015 IIHF World Championship is on tap. Likewise, top prospect Jack Eichel is playing in the tournament, and performing well at that. The human highlight reel strikes again for the Erie Otters, as Connor McDavid creates another present for the hockey world. The Washington Capitals are headed to Game Seven soon, but they wouldn’t have made it there if not for McDavid’s former teammate in Erie, Andre Burakovsky. The Los Angeles Kings may not have made the playoffs this year, but their AHL team is in the midst of a nice run towards the Calder Cup thanks in part to two of the Kings’ prospects. Read more »

Top 50 NHL Prospects: Capitals, Blues each place a pair of players in the 21-30 group

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Top 50 NHL Prospects: Capitals, Blues each place a pair of players in the 21-30 group

Photo: Kelowna Rockets defenseman and Winnipeg Jets prospect Josh Morrissey competed for Team Canada’s gold medal squad at the 2015 U20 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

The Spring edition of the Hockey’s Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects continues with the 21 thru 30 section. The top part of this ranking features several promising defensive prospects, including Winnipeg Jets draft pick, Josh Morrissey. Read more »

Calvin Pickard is the Avalanche’s prospect of the year

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Calvin Pickard is the Avalanche’s prospect of the year

Photo: Colorado Avalanche prospect Troy Bourke has proven capable of bringing a complete game at the AHL level (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

As is the tradition, Hockey’s Future hands out some hardware to the Colorado Avalanche prospects who made an impression this season for better, or in some cases, for worse. Although it was a struggle of a season for the NHL club, several younger players in various developmental leagues stood out as hopeful signs of incoming help.

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Dallas Stars prospect awards suggest a reloaded team for next season

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Dallas Stars prospect awards suggest a reloaded team for next season

Photo: Former Miami University standout Curtis McKenzie brought great effort to both his AHL and NHL campaigns this season (courtesy of Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire)

Though the Dallas Stars fell short of a playoff berth in 2015, many prospects put themselves a step closer to being able to help the cause at the NHL level. Some Stars prospects actually received a fair bit of playing time in the show and that is reflected in this year’s awards. The most resounding example being young defenseman John Klingberg, who has been just what the doctor ordered on a Dallas Stars attack needing a big time puck mover.

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NHL Draft Primer: Stephens, Jones among mid-to-late round North American options

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NHL Draft Primer: Stephens, Jones among mid-to-late round North American options

Photo: Langley Rivermen forward and 2015 prospect Marcus Vela competed for Team West at the 2015 CJHL Prospects Game (courtesy of Jay Johnston/OJHL Images)

The NHL Draft Primer series continues with a look at North American skaters ranked between 101 and 149 for the 2015 NHL Draft, as listed by NHL Central Scouting. Often times, there are players who are trending in one direction or the other, and sometimes, players with family ties or other interesting connections can be worth a look. These players are all likely to be drafted, but as we’ve seen in previous years, there are always surprises lurking for players ranked around this part of the draft. Read more »

The Top Five goalies not affiliated with NHL teams…yet

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The Top Five goalies not affiliated with NHL teams…yet

Photo: Lulea goaltender Joel Lassinantti won the Honken Trophy this season as the SHL’s Goalie of the Year (courtesy of Lulea Hockey/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

You only have to look as far as the NHL playoffs to see how important a goalie is. Every time a team harmlessly bumps into an opposing netminder, it’s the NHL equivalent to World War 3. Read more »

Steady development and improvement for Tampa Bay Lightning prospects

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Steady development and improvement for Tampa Bay Lightning prospects

Photo: Swiss-born Tanner Richard displayed a marked improvement this season, scoring 38 points (13 goals, 25 assists) in 70 games. (Courtesy of Jerome Davis/Icon Sportswire)

The Tampa Bay Lightning’s prospects have had their seasons come to an end, despite the fact that the Syracuse Crunch looked like they were poised for a lengthy AHL playoff run. A first round loss to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins sent many of them home prematurely. Read more »

More of the same for Philadelphia Flyers prospects in 2014-15

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More of the same for Philadelphia Flyers prospects in 2014-15

Photo: Nick Cousins led the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in scoring, with 56 points (22 goals, 34 assists) in 64 games. (Courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon Sportswire)

With no prospects graduating to the pro ranks, Philadelphia’s prospect core remains intact. Scott Laughton has kept his spot as the team’s best prospect due to his reputation for hard work. While Laughton has continued to be the go-to performer, Nick Cousins showed the most improvement, bouncing back from a struggling year. Brandon Manning exceeded expectations, earning another call up to the Flyers. Meanwhile, goaltender Anthony Stolarz has struggled in his first professional year. Read more »

Top 50 NHL Prospects: Virtanen leads 31-40 group in Spring rankings

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Top 50 NHL Prospects: Virtanen leads 31-40 group in Spring rankings

Photo: Vancouver Canucks prospect Jake Virtanen contributed to Team Canada’s gold medal win at the 2015 U20 World Junior Championship, scoring a goal and adding three assists in seven games (courtesy of Dan Hamilton/Icon Sportswire)

The Spring edition of the Hockey’s Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects continues with the 31 thru 40 section. This part of the ranking showcases several players whose stock is on the rise, including Vancouver Canucks prospect Jake Virtainen. Read more »

St. Louis Blues boast plenty of talent for the 2015 Prospect Awards

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St. Louis Blues boast plenty of talent for the 2015 Prospect Awards

Photo: St. Louis Blues prospect Petteri Lindbohm put up the best scoring totals of his career with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves in 2014-15 (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

After replenishing their prospect pool in the 2014 NHL Draft, the St. Louis Blues have plenty of young talent at multiple levels of hockey. Jordan Schmaltz continues to impress at the NCAA level while Mackenzie MacEachern continued his strong college career. Jake Walman, Austin Poganski and Dwyer Tschantz had productive freshmen seasons as well.

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