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Rivalry not an issue for NCAA sibling duos

by Tom Schreier
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Tyler Motte - University of Michigan

Photo: University of Michigan forward and Chicago Blackhawks prospect Tyler Motte has been productive as a freshman, picking up nine points (5G, 4A) in 18 games for the Wolverines (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

NCAA players Tyler Motte, Thomas Di Pauli, and Danny O’Regan all have something in common.

It’s not that they are all in the same class as Motte is a freshman, while Di Pauli and O’Regan are sophomores. Nor are they teammates, since Motte plays for the University of Michigan, Di Pauli is at Notre Dame, and O’Regan plays for Boston University.

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Ottawa Senators possess deep and talented group at AHL level

by Peter Morrow
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Cole Schneider - Ottawa Senators

Photo: Forward Cole Schneider is one of several forwards having a strong year for the Binghamton Senators. Schneider was signed as a free agent in 2012. (courtesy of Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

A little more than halfway through the 2013-14 NHL season, the Ottawa Senators are crowded at most positions. A number of forwards and defensemen are being evaluated as Ottawa tries to solidify its roster and push up the Eastern Conference standings.

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Stacked minor league system paying off for Boston Bruins

by Richard Murray
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Craig Cunningham - Boston Bruins

Photo: Forward Craig Cunningham made his NHL debut this season on December 17th, 2013. Selected in the fourth round of the 2010 NHL Draft, Cunningham is in his third season of professional hockey. (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

The Boston Bruins have stockpiled prospects and the Providence Bruins are starting to see some of those players shine. Multiple prospects are starting to see time at the NHL too as the Bruins have dealt with the injury bug this season.

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Late goal by McCann hands Team Orr a 4-3 win at Top Prospects Game

by Glen Erickson
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Jared McCann, Brendan Perlini, Josh Ho-Sang - Team Orr

Photo: Team Orr forward Jared McCann (C) celebrates what would be his game-winning goal along with Brendan Perlini (L) and Josh Ho-Sang (R) as Team Orr would go on to down Team Cherry at the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Propsects Game, 4-3 (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

While there appeared to be some nerves early on among the group of 40 players competing at the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Calgary, the teams were able to find a way to settle in and provide at least two periods of fast-paced, entertaining hockey.

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2014 Top Prospects Game Podcast: Joel Otto, Calgary Hitmen

by Glen Erickson
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Joel Otto - Calgary Flames Alumni Game

Photo: Former Calgary Flames forward Joel Otto (R), shown here taking part in a Flames Alumni Game at the 2011 Heritage Classic, is now an assistant coach with the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen (courtesy of Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)

The 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Calgary marks the third time the city has hosted the mid-season festivities at the Saddledome, which is home to both the Calgary Flames (NHL) and the Calgary Hitmen (WHL).

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2014 Top Prospects Game Podcast: Brayden Point, Moose Jaw Warriors

by Glen Erickson
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Brayden Point - Moose Jaw Warriors

Photo: Moose Jaw Warriors forward and 2014 prospect Brayden Point is a native of Calgary taking part in the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game taking place in that city (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

There is a long history of players receiving a late call to participate in the BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, then taking full advantage of the opportunity to make a huge impression. Brayden Point of the Moose Jaw Warriors has a chance to be “that guy” this week in Calgary.

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2014 Top Prospects Game Podcast: Ryan MacInnis, Kitchener Rangers

by Glen Erickson
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Ryan MacInnis - Kitchener Rangers

Photo: Kitchener Rangers forward and 2014 prospect Ryan MacInnis spent time in the U.S. National Team Development Program before moving over to the OHL for the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

While the BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game marks the first competitive opportunity on Saddledome ice for Ryan MacInnis of the Kitchener Rangers, there is a long history of his family’s success in the building that accommodates the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League. Ryan's father, Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Al MacInnis, spent parts of 13 seasons with the Flames, including the Stanley Cup-winning campaign in 1988-89.

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2014 Top Prospects Game Podcast: Ty Edmonds, Prince George Cougars

by Glen Erickson
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Ty Edmonds - Prince George Cougars

Photo: Prince George Cougars goaltender and 2014 prospect Ty Edmonds is one of 13 WHL players taking part in the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Calgary (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Like many of the players participating in the BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Calgary, Ty Edmonds found out he’d earned the nod from NHL general managers shortly before returning home to Winnipeg for the Christmas break in the WHL schedule. It made for a wonderful gift to share with his parents, Brian and Kim, and his younger brother Wyatt.

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Next wave of talent starting to come of age for New York Islanders

by Christian Litscher
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Mike Halmo - New York Islanders

Photo: Undrafted forward Mike Halmo is having a strong year with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, where he has managed 12 goals, 12 assists, and 85 penalty minutes in 38 AHL games. (Courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

The New York Islanders have built an impressive pool of prospects at the professional level. The team has done fairly well at the NHL Draft over the past several years and has found a lot of good talent in the middle and later rounds.

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2014 Top Prospects Game Podcast: Chase De Leo, Portland Winterhawks

by Glen Erickson
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Chase De Leo - Portland Winterhawks

Photo: Portland Winterhawks forward and 2014 prospect Chase De Leo will be taking part in his second top prospects game this season when he takes the ice for Team Cherry at the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

For a player whose first experiences with hockey included a pair of roller blades, it probably doesn’t come as too much of a surprise that today Chase De Leo might very well be developing the best set of wheels the WHL has to offer.

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