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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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Beyond Tomorrow: Family ties guide Wheat Kings’ Patrick towards 2017 NHL Draft

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Beyond Tomorrow: Family ties guide Wheat Kings’ Patrick towards 2017 NHL Draft

Photo: Brandon Wheat Kings forward and 2017 prospect Nolan Patrick has been named the WHL Rookie of the Year for the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

While a lot can happen between now and the summer of 2017, Nolan Patrick is an early favorite to have his name called in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft. At just 16 years old, Patrick has already introduced himself to the Brandon Wheat Kings faithful in fine fashion, and has been a major part of a team looking to add to their trophy case. Read more »

HF interview with Hockey Canada’s Ryan Jankowski

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HF interview with Hockey Canada’s Ryan Jankowski

Photo: Hockey Canada Director of Player Personnel Ryan Jankowski has previously held positions with the New York Islanders and Montreal Canadiens before taking on his current duties with Canada’s national program (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

The establishment of the national hockey programs and the teams that participate at no less than the highly popular World Junior Championship, Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, and the U18 World Championship (often referred to as the “scouts’ tournament”) is a mammoth job that requires the people behind the scenes to put in all types of hours to sculpt together a group of young players who will best represent their respective nation, always looking to take gold in the process. Read more »

AHL Eastern Conference Notebook, April, 2015

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AHL Eastern Conference Notebook, April, 2015

Photo: Manchester Monarchs forward and Los Angeles Kings prospect Michael Mersch is tied for third in scoring in the AHL’s Calder Cup Playoffs with five goals and three assists in six games (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

The American Hockey League’s 2014-15 regular season has ended and the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs are in mid-swing. This month’s AHL notebook will preview the Eastern Conference’s final four teams in the postseason as well as highlight some of the league’s award winners in the East. Read more »

NHL Draft Primer: Wildcats’ Askew among late-round North American options

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NHL Draft Primer: Wildcats’ Askew among late-round North American options

Photo: Owen Sound Attack defenseman and 2015 prospect Jarrett Meyer stands 6’8″ and weighs 249 pounds, likely making him the largest prospect available for the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Welcome to an all new series at Hockey’s Future, where over the course of the next six weeks, we’ll take a look at a wide range of prospects hoping to hear their name called in late June at the 2015 NHL Draft. Thanks to NHL Central Scouting, NHL Draft Primer will review select prospects from North America and Europe in this twice-weekly series. Read more »

Buffalo Sabres flaunt wide array of talented up-and-comers in 2014-15

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Buffalo Sabres flaunt wide array of talented up-and-comers in 2014-15

Photo: Sean Malone scored eight goals and 10 assists for Harvard this season, despite being limited to 21 games. (Courtesy of Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire)

If anything, the 2014-15 season indicated that the Buffalo Sabres are indeed on the right track. The past two seasons have been arguably the worst stretch of hockey the organization has ever seen, but still the future is bright. The majority of the team’s prospects took big steps forward, such as Justin Bailey, while others, such as Sam Reinhart, re-affirmed their status as one of the league’s top prospects. Read more »

Jacob de la Rose best among 2014-15 Montreal Canadiens prospects

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Jacob de la Rose best among 2014-15 Montreal Canadiens prospects

Photo: Jeremy Gregoire raised his game in the QMJHL playoffs, scoring 21 points through 12 games. (Courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Montreal’s diverse pool of prospects participated in professional and amateur leagues throughout Europe and North America in 2014-15. Several, such as Mike McCarron, flashed glimpses of their potential while others, like Magnus Nygren, regressed. Read more »

Prospect Impressions: Neil Doef appearance, Declan Farmer guides U.S. to gold again, trio of AHL and international highlights

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Prospect Impressions: Neil Doef appearance, Declan Farmer guides U.S. to gold again, trio of AHL and international highlights

Photo: Nashville Predators prospect Steve Moses (#14) is competing for the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Championship (courtesy of Robert Hradil/EQ Images/Icon Sportswire)

While the game of hockey originated with two 1/8th inch blades of steel strapped to two feet, it has evolved to welcome generations of different types of athletes that deserve recognition in their own right. In this week’s Prospect Impressions, Neil Doef makes a heartwarming surprise appearance, while Declan Farmer and the United States sledge hockey team vied for another medal. The United States is also participating in the World Championship, and a former defector showed why he recently earned an NHL contract. In the AHL, a trio of prospects produced must-see individual efforts. concluding a fantastic week of highlights! Read more »

Top 50 NHL Prospects: Anthony Duclair heads 41-50 group in Spring rankings

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Top 50 NHL Prospects: Anthony Duclair heads 41-50 group in Spring rankings

Photo: Arizona Coyotes prospect Anthony Duclair was originally drafted by the New York Rangers, but was dealt to the Coyotes in the March 2nd deal that brought Keith Yandle to the Rangers (courtesy of Dan Hamilton/Icon Sportswire)

The Spring edition of the Hockey’s Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects begins with the prospects ranked 41 thru 50. This section of the ranking features prospects at various levels of their development, including a few who saw some time in the NHL during the 2014-15 season. Read more »

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