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Prospect Faceoff: Dal Colle hosts old friends, Sprong and Rantanen compete, more from the NCAA, WHL

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Prospect Faceoff: Dal Colle hosts old friends, Sprong and Rantanen compete, more from the NCAA, WHL

Photo: Texas Stars forward and Dallas Stars prospect Jason Dickinson, and San Antonio Rampage forward and Colorado Avalanche prospect Mikko Rantanen meet this weekend in a top head-to-head AHL matchup of NHL prospects (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire and Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

In this week’s Prospect Faceoff, two OHL players who were traded for each other go one-on-one against their old teams for the first time . We’ll check in with Daniel Sprong and Mikko Rantanen, who both enjoyed valuable time in the NHL this year. The “Battle of Pennsylvania” gets a glimpse of the future when prospects of the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins go head-to-head, and two of the WHL’s finest defenders are heading in different directions.

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New York Rangers prospects excelling in junior, despite middling draft positions

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New York Rangers prospects excelling in junior, despite middling draft positions

Photo: With 46 points (24 goals, 22 assists) in 46 games, Ryan Gropp is scoring at a point-per-game clip for the first time in his junior career. (Courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The New York Rangers currently have seven prospects playing junior hockey, including six in the CHL and one in the USHL. Of them, two represented their countries in the World Junior Championships earlier this month (Brandon Halverson and Adam Huska). Read more »

2016 NHL Draft: Development a family affair for Mississauga Steelheads’ Nylander

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2016 NHL Draft: Development a family affair for Mississauga Steelheads’ Nylander

Photo: Mississauga Steelheads forward and 2016 prospect Alexander Nylander starred for Sweden at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, where he led the team in scoring with nine points in seven games (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

For the Mississauga Steelheads’ Alexander Nylander, his draft-eligible year is truly a family affair. And the experience handed down by his father and brother has proven to be rewarding. Read more »

NCAA Prospects Notebook, January, 2016: Michigan’s hot line, WJC returnees strut their stuff, and more

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NCAA Prospects Notebook, January, 2016: Michigan’s hot line, WJC returnees strut their stuff, and more

Photo: University of Notre Dame goaltender and Buffalo Sabres prospect Cal Petersen has appeared in all 26 games the Fighting Irish have played in 2015-16 (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

The second half of the NCAA hockey season is underway as teams battle for conference playoff positioning and NCAA Tournament bids. In this month’s NCAA Prospects Notebook, Hockey’s Future looks back at the many excellent performances by NHL prospects during the month of January. Read more »

Free agent signings can’t help Ottawa Senators prospects get Bingo out of basement

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Free agent signings can’t help Ottawa Senators prospects get Bingo out of basement

Photo: With 36 points (12 goals, 24 assists), Ryan Dzingel has led the Binghamton Senators in scoring throughout the 2015-16 season. (Courtesy of Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Ottawa Senators loaded its AHL affiliate up for bear during the offseason, but the extra help hasn’t translated over to the standings. Now, the Binghamton squad tries to get its season—and its players—back on track. Read more »

2016 NHL Draft: Top skaters remain unchanged but a new pair of goaltenders emerge in ISS February rankings

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2016 NHL Draft: Top skaters remain unchanged but a new pair of goaltenders emerge in ISS February rankings

Photo: Sherbrooke Phoenix goaltender and 2016 prospect Evan Fitzpatrick has appeared in 40 games for the QMJHL club in 2015-16, where he has posted a 3.25 goals=against average and .899 save percentage (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

Change has come to ISS Hockey’s February rankings for the 2016 NHL Draft, but not within the Top 10 or much of the Top 30, for that matter. Instead, the significant change has taken place in the goaltender rankings, where the top two goalies from the January rankings have been displaced by a new duo. Read more »

Does the AHL hold the key to a Chicago Blackhawks title defense?

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Does the AHL hold the key to a Chicago Blackhawks title defense?

Photo: After trading away much of its defensive depth, Chicago Blackhawks prospect Ville Pokka represents the top of the team’s minor league depth chart (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

The Rockford IceHogs had a stellar 2014-15 season, making the Calder Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2009-10. Despite being eliminated by the Grand Rapids Griffins, the IceHogs made tremendous strides, which have carried over to this season. At the time of this writing, the IceHogs sit atop the Central Division with a 27-10-3-4 record.

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2016 AHL All-Star Classic: Gulls’ Montour climbing the rungs quickly in NHL quest

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2016 AHL All-Star Classic: Gulls’ Montour climbing the rungs quickly in NHL quest

Photo: San Diego Gulls defenseman and Anaheim Ducks prospect Brandon Montour is second in the AHL in scoring by a defenseman with 32 points in 39 games (courtesy of Scott Thomas Photography/AHL)

If you look at the hockey world as a ladder, Brandon Montour has quickly been jumping from rung to rung.

In a span of two years the 21-year-old defenseman and Anaheim Ducks prospect has jumped from the United States Hockey League to the NCAA to the American Hockey League. Read more »

2016 AHL All-Star Classic: Central Division brings home a win for Western Conference

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2016 AHL All-Star Classic: Central Division brings home a win for Western Conference

Photo: Although his Pacific Division team didn’t do so well at the 2016 AHL All-Star Classic, San Diego Gulls forward and Anaheim Ducks prospect Nick Ritchie (#20) did his best to help the team succeed with a two-goal, one-assist performance (courtesy of Scott Thomas Photography/AHL)

The AHL All-Star Classic is wacky, fun-filled event that doesn’t reflect a real hockey game.

And the 2016 edition of the event in Syracuse, New York took it to a new level. Instead of a traditional game, the AHL adopted a divisional-based, round-robin tournament with the games split between 4-on-4 and 3-on-3 play. Read more »

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 »

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