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Colorado Avalanche trade deadline moves mean less depth in the Top 20

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Colorado Avalanche trade deadline moves mean less depth in the Top 20

Photo: The Colorado Avalanche’s top prospect, Mikko Rantanen, has shown elite pro ability in two leagues now and might be key to helping the Avalanche into a playoff berth (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

The Colorado Avalanche’s top five prospects are as good as any other team’s in the league but after fifth-ranked Nicolas Meloche the level of talent begins to wane and big question marks appear. The front office targeted defense as a weakness a few years ago, putting emphasis on improving that area at the expense of the forward group. The lack of success in the mid- to late-rounds has not helped the team’s situation.

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Prospect Impressions: Nylander, Soshnikov first NHL goals, McDavid tops Eichel, Kamloops goes old school

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Prospect Impressions: Nylander, Soshnikov first NHL goals, McDavid tops Eichel, Kamloops goes old school

Photo: Toronto Maple Leafs rookie forward Nikita Soshnikov had produced 28 points in 50 AHL games for the Toronto Marlies before his current call-up to the NHL (courtesy of Nick Turchiaro/Icon Sportswire)

Prospect Impressions is on fire this week, with a pair of first NHL goals from the Toronto Maple Leafs and the first battle in the McDavid vs. Eichel throwdown. College hockey’s undisputed top line produced two highlight-worthy goals this week, and we have plenty more coverage of all three CHL leagues. Read more »

Lyon, Nelson and Tanev lead this season’s NCAA free agent group

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Lyon, Nelson and Tanev lead this season’s NCAA free agent group

Photo: Providence College senior forward Brandon Tanev scored the championship-winning goal at the 2015 NCAA Frozen Four, and is a team leader for the fourth-ranked Friars in 2015-16 (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

As the 2015-16 NCAA season winds down, NHL teams begin to descend on the college hockey landscape in hopes of stockpiling their pipelines with collegiate free agents. Hockey Future takes a closer look at 10 players (listed alphabetically by last name) who have all drawn considerable NHL interest and could soon be headed to an NHL organization near you. Read more »

Ottawa Senators prospects get opportunities on the left side in 2015-16

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Ottawa Senators prospects get opportunities on the left side in 2015-16

Photo: Since he was recalled to the Senators on Feb. 16, Nick Paul has played well on a line with Chris Neil and Curtis Lazar. (Courtesy of Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)

The Ottawa Senators ran into injury trouble at the beginning of the 2015-16 season, so several prospects got the opportunity to prove they could compete in the NHL. And the ones who have stuck aren’t those who were predicted to do so—at least not this season. Read more »

Timo Meier still leads the San Jose Sharks Top 20 prospects

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Timo Meier still leads the San Jose Sharks Top 20 prospects

Photo: The top San Jose Sharks prospect is still Timo Meier, but finding the right linemates for the Swiss dynamo will be crucial to getting the best out of him (courtesy of Rocky W. Widner/NHL/Getty Images)

The San Jose Sharks prospect pool is quite possibly the deepest it has ever been. With a lack of high picks on the horizon, it might just be the deepest it will be for a while. Then again, the Sharks organization has a propensity to find hidden gems in the later rounds of the draft, especially considering ten of the players listed on this top 20 list were drafted in the 4th round or later (and that’s not even including the three free agent signings).

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New York Islanders organization loaded up from the blueline back

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New York Islanders organization loaded up from the blueline back

Photo: Mathew Barzal is 9th in WHL scoring, with 83 points (25 goals, 58 assists) in 52 games. (Courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The New York Islanders currently sit third in the Metropolitan Division behind the powerhouse Washington Capitals and crosstown rival New York Rangers. The Islanders have established themselves as a yearly playoff contending team as the organization looks assured of making their 2nd straight playoff appearance. Read more »

2016 NHL Draft: Wiederer rounding out his game with playoff-bound Wildcats

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2016 NHL Draft: Wiederer rounding out his game with playoff-bound Wildcats

Photo: Moncton Wildcats forward and 2016 prospect Manuel Wiederer is currently third in scoring on the Wildcats roster with 24 goals and 56 points in 48 games (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Having arrived on the German ice hockey scene at the tender age of 16, Manuel Wiederer made quite a splash, popping in 16 goals and posting 29 points in 44 games for a pro team in the third men’s league. This quickly earned him a role on his nation’s national team for the 2014 U18 World Championship in Finland, where he proceeded to contribute five points in six games, helping Germany retain the class in two close victories over Denmark in the relegation round. Read more »

Anaheim Ducks Top 20 prospects show the benefits of good scouting

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Anaheim Ducks Top 20 prospects show the benefits of good scouting

Photo: Anaheim’s top prospect Shea Theodore is being developed with patience but his offensive skills definitely have a place in the NHL (courtesy of Jose Quiroz/Icon Sportswire)

If the Anaheim Ducks management and scouts have done one thing right in their recent history, it is that they have made the top end picks count. While every team has its missed opportunities, flops, and top picks that do not live up to expectations, the Ducks have had an enviable success rate. The mid-season Top 20 features 13 players from rounds one through three, while the top ten features eight players from the first and second rounds. They are getting wonderful seasons from their best prospects, and that is one of the many reasons why the Ducks pipeline is considered one of the more promising in the NHL. It is a group whose promise goes even deeper than the twenty names here.

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Carolina Hurricanes AHL squad makes due without expected contributors

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Carolina Hurricanes AHL squad makes due without expected contributors

Photo: Tyler Ganly has split the season between the AHL and the ECHL–with success in both. (Courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Head coach Mark Morris’ first year with the Carolina Hurricanes AHL affiliate likely doesn’t look as he expected when he took the job last July. When the season opened, the Checkers had defenseman Brett Pesce and Jaccob Slavin—both first-year pros, but highly regarded prospects—penciled into the blueline, with the possibility that 2015 fifth overall pick Noah Hanifin could need some seasoning in Charlotte. Read more »

HF NHL Prospect of the Month, February, 2016: Hawryluk powers surging Wheat Kings in WHL

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HF NHL Prospect of the Month, February, 2016: Hawryluk powers surging Wheat Kings in WHL

Photo: Brandon Wheat Kings forward and Florida Panthers prospect Jayce Hawryluk got a taste of NHL action in the 2015 preseason, but he is turning in a strong 2015-16 campaign for the Wheat Kings in the WHL (courtesy of Ronald C. Modra/NHL/Getty Images)

The Brandon Wheat Kings were expected to be a powerhouse in the WHL this season. The team arguably has no weaknesses, boasting a bevy of NHL-drafted prospects as well as several others who will soon be selected by NHL clubs (Nolan Patrick, Kale Clague, Stelio Mattheos). Read more »

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