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2016 IIHF World Championship: USA’s Murphy adds to international hockey portfolio

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2016 IIHF World Championship: USA’s Murphy adds to international hockey portfolio

Photo: Arizona Coyotes defenseman Connor Murphy (C) had a leadership role for Team USA at the 2016 IIHF World Championship, wearing the ‘A’ for his country while picking up five points in 10 games (courtesy of Xavier Laine/Getty Images)

Connor Murphy has a wealth of experience representing Team USA internationally. He has just finished his third IIHF World Championship, losing 7–2 to host Russia in the bronze medal game. While the team was obviously overmatched against the star-studded host team, there was still disappointment. Read more »

2016 NHL Draft: Season-long spectator Mahura now getting his feet wet in playoffs, Memorial Cup

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2016 NHL Draft: Season-long spectator Mahura now getting his feet wet in playoffs, Memorial Cup

Photo: Red Deer Rebels defenseman and 2016 prospect Josh Mahura played in just two regular season games in 2015-16 due to injury, but he competed in the WHL playoffs and is now competing at the 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup (courtesy of Rob Wallator/CHL Images )

Life was great for Red Deer Rebels defenseman Josh Mahura entering the 2015-16 season. He had just come off a 10-point rookie season where he earned steady ice time as a 16 year old and was given a ‘B’ ranking on NHL Central Scouting’s Futures List in the summer. Read more »

2011 NHL Draft: Despite lack of star power, Los Angeles Kings made a few picks matter

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2011 NHL Draft: Despite lack of star power, Los Angeles Kings made a few picks matter

Photo: Andy Andreoff of the Los Angeles Kings fits the team mold of big, strong, smart players who relish a physical style (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon Sportswire)

2010 started a new trend in drafting for the Los Angeles Kings. Instead of dealing with a heavy amount of picks and prospects, like the 10 selections they had in the 2009 and 2007 NHL Drafts, and the nine they had in 2008, the Kings started drafting fewer prospects. By virtue of success, and win-now trades, the Kings started depleting their cupboard and drafting opportunities in order to be a competitive team at the NHL level. Read more »

2016 NHL Draft Primer: Several re-entry candidates from CHL, NCAA ranks

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2016 NHL Draft Primer: Several re-entry candidates from CHL, NCAA ranks

Photo: Ottawa 67’s forward and 2016 prospect Dante Salituro was the leading scorer for the 67’s in 2015-16, posting 38 goals and 83 points in 65 OHL games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Each year, the NHL Draft provides a fast-track opportunity for over 200 players to be drafted and realize their childhood dreams. For others, the draft comes and goes and another year of uncertainty faces prospects who do not hear their names called. Read more »

AHL Western Conference Notebook, May, 2016: Reign, Monsters battle for Western supremacy

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AHL Western Conference Notebook, May, 2016: Reign, Monsters battle for Western supremacy

Photo: Lake Erie Monsters defenseman and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Zach Werenski has been impressive in AHL action since turning pro at the end of the 2015-16 NCAA season (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Lake Erie Monsters coach Jared Bednar understands the challenge in front of his team as it prepares for the Calder Cup Western Conference Finals against the Ontario Reign.

The Reign are the defending champions, having won the title last season as the Manchester Monarchs, and return 15 players with championship rings. In addition, Ontario is big, physical and plays “Los Angeles Kings-style hockey” that wins in the playoffs. Read more »

Career seasons for the majority of Boston Bruins’ NCAA and European prospects

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Career seasons for the majority of Boston Bruins’ NCAA and European prospects

Photo: Boston Bruins prospect Peter Cehlarik had a career high 20 points in 46 games for Lulea of the SHL this past season. The third round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft also had five points in 11 playoff games. (courtesy Lulea Hockey/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

It has been a year of rising stock among the Boston Bruins’ NCAA prospects.

Of the 11 Bruins prospects spread throughout college hockey, many have enjoyed career seasons. Nine of those players helped their respective teams to NCAA tournament appearances.

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2011 NHL Draft: the Colorado Avalanche took a franchise cornerstone

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2011 NHL Draft: the Colorado Avalanche took a franchise cornerstone

Photo: Second overall pick Gabriel Landeskog won the Calder Trophy in 2012, an Olympic silver medal, and a World Championship gold medal, but awaits the support for NHL playoff success (courtesy of Dustin Bradford/Icon Sportswire)

Obviously, the 2010-11 NHL season was from the Colorado Avalanche perspective a forgettable one. The team finished a mere six points ahead of the cellar-dwelling Edmonton Oilers. Matt Duchene was the team’s leading scorer in just his second season in the league, but the goaltending trio of Craig Anderson, Peter Budaj and Brian Elliott all posted save percentages under .900. Legendary Avs Peter Forsberg and Adam Foote each played their last games in the NHL that season as well, signalling the closing of an era of dominance. Read more »

2016 Memorial Cup: Rebels’ Helewka hopes to cap junior career with championship

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2016 Memorial Cup: Rebels’ Helewka hopes to cap junior career with championship

Photo: Red Deer Rebels forward and San Jose Sharks prospect Adam Helewka produced 42 goals and 74 points in 53 games split between the Rebels and the Spokane Chiefs in 2015-16 (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Whether ready for a league championship run or not, the MasterCard Memorial Cup host is expected to load up for an extended playoff push. And this year’s Red Deer Rebels were no exception. Read more »

Europeans headline Washington Capitals Top 20 prospects

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Europeans headline Washington Capitals Top 20 prospects

Photo: Boston College Eagle and Washington Capitals prospect Zach Sanford had a breakout season in 2015-16 with 39 points in 41 games. (courtesy of John Crouch/Icon Sportswire)

It’s the most important position on the ice and the Washington Capitals have invested heavily in goalies amongst their Top 20 prospects. Washington has a trio of goalies in the Top 20 including two in the top 10, while you can’t forget the franchise goalie Braden Holtby is only 26.

Washington also has a good collection of puck-moving defenseman, while there are a couple intriguing prospects and projects at other positions.

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Dallas Stars prospect awards reveal system strength and weakness

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Dallas Stars prospect awards reveal system strength and weakness

Photo: Dallas Stars prospect Radek Faksa, the 13th pick of the 2012 Draft, was brought along slowly but emerged during the playoffs (courtesy of Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire)

Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill believes that it’s best to have prospects “over ripen” and over develop in the AHL. Although Dallas fell short in this season’s Stanley Cup playoffs, the patience paid off as AHL players made instant impacts for the NHL club.

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