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Buchnevich, Slepyshev top NHL-drafted wingers competing in the KHL

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Buchnevich, Slepyshev top NHL-drafted wingers competing in the KHL

Photo: Severstal Cherepovets forward and New York Rangers prospect Pavel Buchnevich represented Russia at the 2015 World Junior Championship, scoring one goal and five assists in seven games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/CHL Images)

Forward is traditionally the position that is most productive for Russia, as evidenced by the success rate of Russian-born NHL forwards and the recent good performances at the World Junior Championship. Read more »

Vancouver Canucks Top 20 deep in blueline prospects

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Vancouver Canucks Top 20 deep in blueline prospects

Photo: Vancouver Canucks first-rounder Jared McCann is pivotal to his team’s playoff chances. (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Vancouver has iced very good rosters for a long time now. Despite having not yet won the Stanley Cup, the Canucks accomplished a lot in the 2000s on the strengths of Daniel and Henrik Sedin’s puck possession skills, Ryan Kesler’s defensive game, the goaltending of Roberto Luongo, and teams that were composed from top to bottom with strong talents who could drive play. The Sedins will be 35 years old when the 2015-16 season starts, Kesler and Luongo are gone, and though the team has performed well this season, it is no longer among the President’s Trophy favorites. Management has not had the luxury of lottery picks to build around, but there are several prospects in the system who will help ease the transition to a post-Sedin era, whenever that arrives.

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(Video) First NHL Goal: Hamilton nets eventual game-winner for Avalanche

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(Video) First NHL Goal: Hamilton nets eventual game-winner for Avalanche

Photo: Colorado Avalanche forward Freddie Hamilton (C) celebrates his first NHL goal with Daniel Briere (L) and Nick Holden (R) in the Avalanche’s 5-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes (courtesy of Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)

Five years after he was drafted and 18 games into his NHL career, Colorado Avalanche forward Freddie Hamilton notched his first NHL goal – the eventual game-winner – in his club’s 5-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes. Read more »

2017 NHL Draft: ISS Hockey’s early look at five top prospects

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2017 NHL Draft: ISS Hockey’s early look at five top prospects

Photo: Brandon Wheat Kings forward and 2017 prospect Nolan Patrick has been a productive contributor on one of the WHL’s top teams in 2014-15 (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

It is still two years and three months away, but the prospects eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft nevertheless are receiving some attention from scouts, albeit not as much scrutiny as those in the Classes of 2015 and 2016. Read more »

Dallas Stars Top 20 features a new number one prospect

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Dallas Stars Top 20 features a new number one prospect

Photo: Dallas Stars prospect Brett Ritchie is developing into a scoring threat at the NHL level. (courtesy of Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire)

Emergence and trades combined with accelerated arcs and stalling players have mixed up the Dallas Top 20 prospect list quite a bit. With two slick, offensive-minded defensemen leading the way followed by some monsters in the middle portion of the list, the Stars continue to boast an eclectic mix of youngsters. While there are some projects hovering in the ranks, there is a lot of experience as well, as seven of these 20 have participated in an NHL contest.

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NHL Prospect Signings: Canucks, Ducks get defensive in the West

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NHL Prospect Signings: Canucks, Ducks get defensive in the West

Photo: Edmonton Oil Kings defenseman and Vancouver Canucks prospect Ashton Sautner was a member of the Oil Kings squad that won the WHL and Memorial Cup championships in 2013-14 (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)

After a week of NHL prospect signings that featured activity mostly in the NHL’s Eastern Conference, a pair of Western Conference teams have logged the only signings since the weekend. Read more »

Several New Jersey Devils collegiate prospects developing into impact players

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Several New Jersey Devils collegiate prospects developing into impact players

Photo: Steve Santini is has bolstered Boston College’s blue line since returning from a wrist injury during his sophomore year. (Courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

Look up and down the New Jersey Devils line-up, and you will find many former NCAA athletes. Under Lou Lamoriello, the organization has prided itself on developing players from the collegiate pool into influential NHL players. Despite the Devils’ struggles in the last decade at the draft, the college pipeline has remained a valuable source of talent. Read more »

Prospect Faceoff: CHL playoff implications on the line, other playoff games in Europe and in NCAA hockey

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Prospect Faceoff: CHL playoff implications on the line, other playoff games in Europe and in NCAA hockey

Photo: Oshawa Generals forward and Montreal Canadiens prospect Mike McCarron (L) goes head-to-head against Kingston Frontenacs forward and Calgary Flames prospect Sam Bennett (R) in a marquee NHL prospect matchup this weekend (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Jam packed with intriguing NHL prospect matchups, this week’s Prospect Faceoff is one you don’t want to miss.

In the OHL, Oshawa and Kingston meet for the eighth time this season, where one of the league’s premier power forwards meets a top draft pick returning from injury. Also, read on as top teams in the QMJHL and WHL battle for playoff positioning with a handful of games left. In the SHL, the playoffs are already underway and two promising young players need to step it up to help their teams advance. Finally, the NCHC wraps up their playoff tournament this weekend, a tournament that features a rematch from last year’s championship game. Read more »

Calgary Flames prospects gaining NCAA postseason experience

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Calgary Flames prospects gaining NCAA postseason experience

Photo: Calgary Flames prospect Rushan Rafikov is an intelligent and calm defenseman playing in Russia’s second tier league. (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

The NCAA continues to be a quality source of promising prospects for the Calgary Flames with six currently represented in the system. Leading the way is a trio of Providence Friars which includes Jon Gillies, Mark Jankowski, and John Gilmour. Matt Deblouw and Tim Harrison have returned to their respective schools with stronger seasons, while freshman Brandon Hickey has stepped in and elevated his play as a defender for Boston University.

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SHL Prospects Notebook, March, 2015: Skelleftea takes regular season points title, playoffs begin

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SHL Prospects Notebook, March, 2015: Skelleftea takes regular season points title, playoffs begin

Photo: Timra IK forward and Nashville Predators prospect Emil Pettersson has had a good 2014-15 season in the Allsvenskan, posting 35 points in 52 games (courtesy of City-Press via Getty images)

The 2014-15 SHL regular season has concluded and, as is usually the case, the cream floated to the top once the final siren rang.

Leksand and Modo were the teams at the bottom of the totem pole, so both will face-off with no less than four teams from the Allsvenskan to try to stick in the SHL. It is widely felt that Leksand, a team that came on strong at the end of the season, thanks in good part to the strong contributions of 22-year-old undrafted defenseman Linus Hultstrom (10-23-33 in 48 games), will have little problem dominating this relegation round. But Modo’s squad will have its work cut out for it, despite having added Donald Brashear and then Marcel Hossa after losing William Nylander to Toronto Marlies. Read more »

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