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Hard work, opportunity leads to NHL contract for Medicine Hat’s Schneider

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Hard work, opportunity leads to NHL contract for Medicine Hat’s Schneider

Photo: Medicine Hat Tigers goaltender and Calgary Flames prospect Nick Schneider was passed over at the 2015 NHL Draft, but parlayed a good showing at the Flames camp into an entry-level deal (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Imagine what it would be like being a teenager with some hockey aspirations sitting in an NHL dressing room beside a player earning about $5 million a season. For many juniors across Canada, this is perhaps a rite of passage, the culmination of long hours of work, of diligence, of persistence. Read more »

Deep crop of Tampa Bay Lightning prospects in junior

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Deep crop of Tampa Bay Lightning prospects in junior

Photo: Cristiano DiGiacinto joined Team OHL at the CHL Canada Russia Series in November, where he registered 2 PIM in his single appearance. (Courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

In the past two NHL drafts the Tampa Bay Lightning have heavily selected from the CHL. Of the team’s 16 picks, 12 have come from Canada’s top junior league. Both Anthony DeAngelo and Cam Darcy, selected in last year’s draft, have already turned pro, but the Lightning still have 10 prospects playing in the CHL. Read more »

Blueger, Mavericks battling for third straight WCHA title, hoping for deeper run in postseason

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Blueger, Mavericks battling for third straight WCHA title, hoping for deeper run in postseason

Photo: Minnesota State Mankato forward and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Teddy Blueger is currently on pace to have the best offensive season of his NCAA career (courtesy of Minnesota State Mankato Athletics)

When Mike Hastings was hired as the head coach at Minnesota State University Mankato, he almost immediately took a trip to the Czech Republic.

Hastings and assistant coach Darren Blue were set on securing a commitment from a then 17-year-old Teddy Blueger, who was playing for Latvia at the Under-18 World Championship. Read more »

2016 NHL Draft: Spitfires’ Sergachev proving to be a quick study both on and off the ice

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2016 NHL Draft: Spitfires’ Sergachev proving to be a quick study both on and off the ice

Photo: Windsor Spitfires defenseman and 2016 prospect has produced offense from the blueline in 2015-16, posting nine goals and 18 points in 29 games to go along with a +7 rating (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

If anything, Windsor Spitfires defenseman Mikhail Sergachev has proven that he is a quick study – whether it is picking up offensive notes from the coaches or picking up a new language, the Russian defenseman is showing that he can not only grasp new concepts, but run with them and do it successfully. Read more »

Prospect Impressions: Mistele, Marner beckon the bears, Sparks makes history, QMJHL goals from Fontaine, Garland, and Veleno

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Prospect Impressions: Mistele, Marner beckon the bears, Sparks makes history, QMJHL goals from Fontaine, Garland, and Veleno

Photo: Toronto Maple Leafs rookie goaltender Garret Sparks has had an eventful year, spending time in the ECHL and AHL before getting his first NHL win and shutout in his first NHL start last week (courtesy of Peter Llewellyn/Icon Sportswire)

Prospect Impressions is packed full of highlight-reel plays this week. Matt Mistele and Mitch Marner sent teddy bears flying with their goals, while Garret Sparks made history in his first NHL start. Three goals from the QMJHL highlight a great weekend of play in La belle province, plus goals from unexpected sources in minor hockey and Europe, including one perpetrator caught in the act of embellishment. Read more »

St. Louis Blues have positional depth developing at the junior level

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St. Louis Blues have positional depth developing at the junior level

Photo: St. Louis Blues prospect Luke Opilka is part of a crowded and talented depth chart at goaltender, but gets a chance to shine on the international stage with Team USA at the 2016 World Juniors (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The St. Louis Blues have continued to find success through the NHL draft and have several intriguing prospects at every stage of hockey. While most of the Blues prospects are at the professional or college level, the young talent at the junior level has given St. Louis even more to look forward to down the line. The most impressive aspect of their junior prospect pool is the level of skill at forward, on defense, and in net.

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2015-16 Calder Poll: Red Wings’ Larkin leads the way in November

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2015-16 Calder Poll: Red Wings’ Larkin leads the way in November

Photo: Detroit Red Wings rookie forward Dylan Larkin has made a smooth transition so far from NCAA hockey last season to the NHL in 2015-16 (courtesy of Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire)

A clavicle injury to Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, the first player taken in the 2015 NHL Draft, has sidelined the 18-year-old until mid-January at the earliest. With McDavid — the leader in the initial Hockey’s Future Calder Trophy staff poll last month — out of action, the Detroit Red WingsDylan Larkin and Chicago BlackhawksArtemi Panarin are out in front of the field after putting up big numbers in November. Read more »

New York Rangers prospects deep in goal, weak on the blueline

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New York Rangers prospects deep in goal, weak on the blueline

Photo: Magnus Hellberg is part of a deep stable of New York Rangers goaltenders developing below the NHL level. (Courtesy of Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire)

The New York Rangers have had a regular, steady graduation of excellent prospects to the NHL over the last five to seven years, which has accounted in part for the competitiveness of the team. When combined with free-agent pickups who are in or just past their prime, the prospects have helped make the team a Stanley Cup contender for the last several years. The goal of every organization is to win a Cup, and every player on the team has a window of opportunity to do so. Certainly, star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is within his window, and the Rangers have surrounded him with the players to win either this season or in the next two or three. Read more »

Detroit Red Wings junior prospects a variety pack of possibilities

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Detroit Red Wings junior prospects a variety pack of possibilities

Photo: Detroit Red Wings prospect Dominic Turgeon has taken on a more offensive role with the Portland Winterhawks in his fourth season with the WHL squad (courtesy of Marissa Baeckaer/Getty Images)

The Detroit Red Wings have seen an influx of young talent over the last several years, with the biggest changes coming at the AHL level. Several of their top prospects have graduated to Grand Rapids, having various impacts from low-level grinder all the way to top-line players. Still, even with all of the recent graduates, there are a handful of junior level prospects that could be making noise in the Detroit organization a few years down the road.

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Talented few Florida Panthers prospects at the junior level

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Talented few Florida Panthers prospects at the junior level

Photo: Juho Lammikko is wearing a Kingston Frontenacs jersey again this season, and has 23 points (8 goals, 15 assists) in 26 games to show for it. (Courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Despite the pro team’s relative youth, the Florida Panthers don’t own the rights of many CHL or junior prospects. Rather, a lot of the team’s prospects are playing NCAA or pro, leaving just eight of the team’s prospects playing junior hockey this season. Read more »

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