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(Video) 2016 NHL Draft Prospect: Award-filled season has Laine poised for a high NHL Draft selection

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(Video) 2016 NHL Draft Prospect: Award-filled season has Laine poised for a high NHL Draft selection

Photo: Tappara forward and 2016 prospect Patrik Laine produced seven goals and 12 points in 10 games at the 2016 IIHF World Championship, helping Team Finland take home a silver medal (courtesy of Anna Sergeeva/Getty Images)

In the span of a year and one month, Finnish forward Patrik Laine produced a body of work that would be impressive for players even many years older than the 18-year-old winger. Read more »

2011 NHL Draft: Vancouver Canucks placed puzzling bets

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2011 NHL Draft: Vancouver Canucks placed puzzling bets

Photo: Alexandre Grenier made his NHL debut in 2015-16, not accomplishing much on the scoreboard during six games, but emerging in one piece (courtesy of Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)

For the Vancouver Canucks, the question of whom to select at the 2011 NHL Draft was secondary. After clinching the President’s Trophy and a Western Conference title, the primary concern was adding pieces to make another run to the Stanley Cup finals, not the state of the prospect pool. Read more »

Prospect Impressions: Alex Nylander shines, Milano brings Cleveland a championship, Top 5 plays of the year

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Prospect Impressions: Alex Nylander shines, Milano brings Cleveland a championship, Top 5 plays of the year

Photo: Edmonton Oilers rookie forward is one of three finalists for the 2015-16 Calder Trophy, which is presented to the NHL’s top rookie (courtesy of Chris LaFrance/Icon Sportswire)

The final Prospect Impressions of the year is finally here, and the top five plays of the 2015-16 season have arrived.

The Nylander name is a strong one, with a storied past that includes an NHL veteran, an NHL rookie, and a player sure to hear his name called early in the 2016 NHL Draft. But a most familiar name has provided the top individual effort in the now completed 2015-16 campaign. Read more »

(Video) 2016 NHL Draft Prospect: Top U.S.-born prospect Matthews may be headed to Canadian hockey hotbed

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(Video) 2016 NHL Draft Prospect: Top U.S.-born prospect Matthews may be headed to Canadian hockey hotbed

Photo: Top 2016 prospect Auston Matthews competed for Team USA at the 2016 IIHF World Championship, posting six goals and nine points in 10 games (courtesy of Pavel Bednyakov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

He has gone coast-to-coast atop the rankings for the 2016 NHL Draft, so the likelihood that center Auston Matthews will be passed over for Finnish star Patrik Laine seems unlikely. The Toronto Maple Leafs, holders of the first pick in this year’s draft, will ultimately decide Matthews fate, but it seems likely that the Scottsdale, AZ native will be donning the blue-and-white at next Friday’s proceedings. Read more »

2011 NHL Draft: New York Rangers find great value in first round but miss with later picks

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2011 NHL Draft: New York Rangers find great value in first round but miss with later picks

Photo: New York Rangers forward J.T. Miller has been one of the best value picks in the 2011 NHL Draft and has evolved into an effective offensive option. (courtesy David Hahn/Icon Sportswire)

The New York Rangers returned to the postseason in the 2010-11 season, but it was not an overly auspicious year in general for the club. As a result, the fringe playoff team did not make a lot of deadline moves – as they would in the coming years – that would diminish their draft ammunition substantially. They did bring in veteran Bryan McCabe in exchange for Tim Kennedy and a third round selection, but did really nothing further during the season. Read more »

Several Ottawa Senators prospects enjoy exciting seasons

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Several Ottawa Senators prospects enjoy exciting seasons

Photo: Ottawa Senators prospect Ben Harpur has the hardest shot among the organization’s prospects. The first year pro appeared in ECHL, AHL, and NHL games this season. (Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Ottawa Senators took a beating this year in both the NHL and AHL, but there was still plenty for fans to get excited about—and each Hockey’s Future award category has a clear winner.

Ottawa doesn’t have any prospects in the OHL or WHL right now, which is probably why the system is underestimated so often. The team’s biggest stories and best players are all found in the QMJHL, NCAA, and SHL. Read more »

Schmaltz, Pokka highlight Chicago Blackhawks 2016 Prospect Awards

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Schmaltz, Pokka highlight Chicago Blackhawks 2016 Prospect Awards

Photo: Chicago Blackhawks prospect Dylan Sikura finished his sophomore season second on his team in shots on goal (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

The 2015–16 season for the Chicago Blackhawks certainly had its ups and downs. In a season that included Patrick Kane’s historic point streak, Artemi Panarin‘s sublime rookie campaign, and two prospects winning the NCAA Division I Championship (more on that in a bit) – but also some off-the-ice issues – the Blackhawks’ season came to an early end, falling to the St. Louis Blues in game seven of the Western Conference Semifinals.

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2011 NHL Draft: Early round picks pay off for Philadelphia Flyers

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2011 NHL Draft: Early round picks pay off for Philadelphia Flyers

Photo: Sean Couturier has become an effective two-way center for the Philadelphia Flyers, playing in 350 career games with the franchise. (courtesy Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

The Philadelphia Flyers took six players, spread out over seven rounds, in the 2011 NHL Draft. The first two picks, earned from trades with Columbus, featured a first rounder and a third rounder. Philadelphia also had two fourth round picks, a sixth round pick and a seventh round pick. The Flyers, however, did not have a second round pick.

The first round pick ended up being forward Sean Couturier, now a staple for the Flyers. And the third round pick was Nick Cousins, a center who has been making his way to the NHL. Read more »

2016 NHL Draft Primer: Notable names to watch later on the draft’s second day

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2016 NHL Draft Primer: Notable names to watch later on the draft’s second day

Photo: Vancouver Giants forward and 2016 prospect Ty Ronning produced 31 goals and 59 points in 67 games in 2015-16 after producing two points in 24 games in 2014-15 (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The second day of the 2016 NHL Draft will afford teams an opportunity to select character players who will certainly still impact their prospect pool in a positive fashion. In the latest edition of NHL Draft Primer, we highlight a few notable names that have family ties, one or two elements of their games that make them unique, and a couple players who have been overlooked for one reason or another. Read more »

Marner, Labanc tops among NHL properties on the wing in OHL

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Marner, Labanc tops among NHL properties on the wing in OHL

Photo: London Knights forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Mitch Marner (L) produced 16 goals and 44 points in 18 postseason games in the Knights’ run to a Memorial Cup championship (courtesy of Rob Wallator/CHL Images)

The Ontario Hockey League was stocked with talent up front this season and it culminated in a season for the ages for one London Knight. But while Toronto Maple Leafs’ prospect Mitchell Marner may have been the top winger this year, he was not the only show in the league.

The OHL was blessed with a depth of elite-quality, NHL-drafted talent on its wings this season, with the best of that group being ranked below. Read more »

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