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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 »

Vancouver Canucks youth movement in full swing

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Vancouver Canucks youth movement in full swing

Photo: Vancouver Canucks rookie Ben Hutton is showing that solid offense at the NCAA level can translate to NHL success (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon Sportswire)

The Vancouver Canucks have been an intriguing team to follow during the first half of the 2015-16 season. It was stated before the start of training camp that Canucks management was going to try to put a younger team on the ice this year, and so far they have done exactly that. Read more »

(Podcast) 2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Focused Fitzpatrick stands tall in Sherbrooke net

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(Podcast) 2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Focused Fitzpatrick stands tall in Sherbrooke net

Photo: Sherbrooke Phoenix goaltender and 2016 prospect Evan Fitzpatrick is tied for sixth in save percentage in the QMJHL with a .901 percentage and has faced the most shots of any QMJHL goaltender (courtesy of Kevin Light Photography)

Of the four goaltenders that took part in the 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Vancouver this week, Evan Fitzpatrick of the Sherbrooke Phoenix sported the largest frame at 6’3” and 222 pounds. Given the penchant in recent years for NHL teams to employ bigger and bigger goalies, it would appear that in many cases, size does matter. Read more »

(Podcast) 2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Wheat Kings’ Clague having solid campaign after incomplete rookie season

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(Podcast) 2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Wheat Kings’ Clague having solid campaign after incomplete rookie season

Photo: Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman and 2016 prospect Kale Clague was a part of Canada’s gold medal squad at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament (courtesy of Kevin Light Photography)

When the Brandon Wheat Kings made Kale Clague the sixth pick overall at the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, he became yet another highly-touted defenseman among an already deep stable of defenders compiled by Kelly McCrimmon in Brandon. Read more »

2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: QMJHL duo dominates in 3-2 Team Orr victory

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2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: QMJHL duo dominates in 3-2 Team Orr victory

Photo: Team Orr forward Pierre-Luc Dubois deposits the game-winning goal into the net behind Team Cherry goaltender Zach Sawchenko in Team Orr’s 3-2 win at the 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Kevin Light Photography)

Once the pomp and circumstance came to an end at the Pacific Coliseum, with Bobby Orr and Don Cherry feigning disdain for each other prior to puck drop, a group of 40 prospects from across the CHL were finally allowed to cut loose and play hockey at the 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Read more »

(Podcast) Dan Marr, NHL scouts able to access Major Junior and Junior A showcases just days apart

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(Podcast) Dan Marr, NHL scouts able to access Major Junior and Junior A showcases just days apart

Photo: Director of NHL Central Scouting Dan Marr has had a busy couple of weeks with the release of the CSS Midterm Rankings for the 2016 NHL Draft, as well as the CJHL Prospects Game and CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

When Dan Marr was absent from the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game meet and greets on Tuesday evening in Vancouver, it was certainly for good reason. The amicable Director of NHL Central Scouting was busying himself a few miles away in Surrey at the annual CJHL Prospects Game. Read more »

(Podcast) 2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Sea Dogs’ Green travels long distance for national spotlight

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(Podcast) 2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Sea Dogs’ Green travels long distance for national spotlight

Photo: Saint John Sea Dogs defenseman and 2016 prospect Luke Green was the first overall selection at the 2014 QMJHL Entry Draft (courtesy of Kevin Light Photography)

If there is anyone participating at the 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Vancouver who can relate to the feelings associated with highlights on Draft Day, it might very well be Luke Green of the Saint John Sea Dogs. Read more »

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