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Prospect Impressions: “Lil Burns” wins over fans, LaBerge shines at CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

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Prospect Impressions: “Lil Burns” wins over fans, LaBerge shines at CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: Niagara IceDogs forward and New York Islanders prospect Josh Ho-Sang is among the Top 20 scorers in the OHL with 15 goals and 58 points in 45 games (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

The NHL All-Star weekend is always a fun event and this year, a number of the league’s brightest personalities entertained the fans in Music City. It may have been hard to top his red carpet outfit, but Brent Burns‘ son stole the show this weekend. In addition, the CHL/NHL Top Prospect Game took place and Victoriaville Tigres forward Pascal Laberge took center stage, possibly improving his draft stock in the process. Also, a pair of goaltenders show off their quickness, an enigmatic forward strikes again, plus goals by the Wolverines captain and one of the NLA’s top scorers. Read more »

Anaheim Ducks’ prospect pipeline produces outstanding NHL talents

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Anaheim Ducks’ prospect pipeline produces outstanding NHL talents

Photo: Northeastern University product Josh Manson fits into a Ducks system that balances skill and strength along the blueline (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

The Anaheim Ducks have done a fairly good job over the last several years of slowly phasing young players into the lineup, while not thrusting them entirely into the fray without preparation. For this reason, they have just three prospects who have garnered long-lasting NHL time on the year. With that being said, there are several prospects in the minors who are on the cusp of NHL time, but will probably see at least the remainder of the season with the Gulls in San Diego. There is not a whole lot of room on the Anaheim depth chart, but a few have still cut in and are making an attempt at regular playing time.

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2016 AHL All-Star Classic: Griffins’ Ouellet has his feet in the AHL with an eye towards the NHL

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2016 AHL All-Star Classic: Griffins’ Ouellet has his feet in the AHL with an eye towards the NHL

Photo: Grand Rapids Griffins defenseman and Detroit Red Wings prospect Xavier Ouellet appeared in 21 NHL games in 2014-15, picking up two goals and an assist in NHL action (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Xavier Ouellet is embracing every moment of the 2016 AHL All-Star Classic in Syracuse, New York.

The Detroit Red Wings prospect and Grand Rapids Griffins defenseman was selected as an All-Star in 2015 but had to miss the game due to injury. That made the honor and chance to play in 2016 “even more special.” Read more »

2016 AHL All-Star Classic: Opposition keeping Comrie busy in Manitoba

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2016 AHL All-Star Classic: Opposition keeping Comrie busy in Manitoba

Photo: Manitoba Moose goaltender and Winnipeg Jets prospect Eric Comrie has faced 1015 shots in 31 games, the most of any AHL goaltender (courtesy of Graig Abel Collection/Getty Images)

Eric Comrie looks out of place in the AHL Western Conference locker room.

With his boyish face and skinny stature, you could easily confuse Comrie with one of the teenagers volunteering to help out during the 2016 AHL All-Star Classic taking place in Syracuse, New York. Read more »

AHL Eastern Conference Notebook, January, 2016: Toronto, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton are division leaders at the break

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AHL Eastern Conference Notebook, January, 2016: Toronto, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton are division leaders at the break

Photo: Providence Bruins forward and Boston Bruins prospect Austin Czarnik s currently second in scoring among AHL rookies with 12 goals and 33 points in 37 games (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

The 2016 AHL All-Star Classic is in full swing in Syracuse, New York, with several of the AHL’s brightest stars taking part in the festivities. But the All-Star break also provides the remaining AHL players a few days off to regroup and prepare for the stretch run. Read more »

Move to Hartford working well so far for Wolf Pack’s Jensen

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Move to Hartford working well so far for Wolf Pack’s Jensen

Photo: Hartford Wolf Pack forward and New York Rangers prospect Nicklas Jensen was chosen in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft but has appeared in just 24 NHL games to date (courtesy of Chris Rutsch/Hartford Wolf Pack)

The New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks swapped young forward prospects on January 8th, as the Rangers sent Emerson Etem to the Canucks in exchange for Nicklas Jensen and a sixth round draft pick in 2017 in what is a change of scenery for both players involved – hoping a new opportunity with a new organization will provide a change of fate. Read more »

2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: A look back at the TPG’s top performers

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2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: A look back at the TPG’s top performers

Photo: Team Orr forward Pascal Laberge celebrates one of the two goals that he scored in Team Orr’s 3-2 win over Team Cherry at the 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Kevin Light Photography)

Below is a look at a few of the players who made a significant impact at the 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Thursday in Vancouver, B.C.. In that game, Team Orr defeated Team Cherry by a 3-2 count. Read more »

(Podcast) 2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Howden name a familiar one at marquee CHL event

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(Podcast) 2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Howden name a familiar one at marquee CHL event

Photo: Moose Jaw Warriors forward and 2016 prospect Brett Howden is fourth in scoring on the Warriors roster with 18 goals and 43 points in 46 games in 2015-16 (courtesy of Kevin Light Photography)

Brett Howden of the Moose Jaw Warriors is fortunate in that he was able to source as much information as he may have needed prior to the 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Read more »

(Podcast) 2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Firebirds’ Bitten providing some consistent scoring in second season

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(Podcast) 2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Firebirds’ Bitten providing some consistent scoring in second season

Photo: Flint Firebirds forward and 2016 prospect Will Bitten leads the Firebirds in scoring this season with 21 goals and 48 points in 46 games (courtesy of Frank Light Photography)

When Will Bitten was drafted into the OHL, seventh overall by the Plymouth Whalers at the 2014 OHL Priority Selection, research suggests he was 5’9” and 145 pounds. In major junior hockey, where the rigors of 70-game regular season schedules are well-documented, Bitten indeed had his work cut out to emerge among bigger and more physical players. Read more »

Prospect Faceoff: Garland running away with QMJHL scoring title, trio of Winnipeg Jets prospects compete

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Prospect Faceoff: Garland running away with QMJHL scoring title, trio of Winnipeg Jets prospects compete

Photo: Halifax Mooseheads goaltender Eric Brassard (L) and Moncton Wildcats forward Conor Garland (R) go head-to-head in a top QMJHL matchup this weekend (courtesy of Mathieu Belanger/Getty Images and Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Can anyone stop Conor Garland from scoring? The diminutive forward is already 30-points clear of second place in scoring, and a veteran goaltender will be tasked with attempting to keep him off the scoresheet in weekend action. Also in this NHL Prospect Faceoff, Brendan Lemieux, Jack Roslovic, and Jansen Harkins from the Winnipeg Jets organization are all in action this weekend. Finally, two Swedish defensemen with vastly different skill sets are chronicled in SHL action. Read more »

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