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‏Maturation and evolution causing movement in Kings Spring Top 20 Prospects

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‏Maturation and evolution causing movement in Kings Spring Top 20 Prospects

Photo: LA Kings top prospect Adrian Kempe plays an advanced pro game despite being still just 19 years old (courtesy of Lee Calkins)

The Los Angeles Kings system remains robust in role players, grinders, and two-way defensemen. This has always seemed to be the case. However, the organization is starting to see a nice evolution from a few players within the system. When you have so few high end picks, you have to hope for the growth of the Mersch’s, the Dowd’s, and the Auger’s of the pipeline to come through for you in filling in the gaps. While some of these players are in the very nascent stages of their careers and development paths, they are starting to rise just like the development team had hoped.

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Prospect Impressions: Eichel, Gostisbehere contend for Calder, Marner magic, Leipsic’s first NHL goal

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Prospect Impressions: Eichel, Gostisbehere contend for Calder, Marner magic, Leipsic’s first NHL goal

Photo: Toronto Maple Leafs forward Brendan Leipsic celebrates his first NHL goal in a game against the Vancouver Canucks this past weekend (courtesy of Rich Lam/Getty Images)

The Calder Trophy race is in full swing, and it appeared to be a three horse race heading into the rest of the regular season, but Shayne Gostisbehere is making a case to join Jack Eichel and others featured in this week’s Prospect Impressions. Also included is Brendan Leipsic’s first NHL goal, Joe Blandisi’s betweeen-the-legs effort, and more from Mitch Marner and a look at Jeff Lerg’s fine year in the ECHL. Read more »

2016 NHL Draft: Hitmen defender Bean leads WHL crop weighted towards forwards

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2016 NHL Draft: Hitmen defender Bean leads WHL crop weighted towards forwards

Photo: Calgary Hitmen defenseman Jake Bean is currently ranked fourth in scoring among WHL defensemen with 50 points in 54 games (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Back in June, the Western Hockey League saw 35 of its players selected at the 2015 NHL Draft in Sunrise, Florida. With the 2016 edition set for Buffalo, New York, scouting personnel are busy perusing the current WHL talent pool. Read more »

Prospect Faceoff: Booth faces down Audette in QMJHL action, more from the CHL, NCAA, and AHL

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Prospect Faceoff: Booth faces down Audette in QMJHL action, more from the CHL, NCAA, and AHL

Photo: 2016 prospects Dante Salituro of the Ottawa 67’s and Mikhail Sergachev of the Windsor Spitfires go head-to-head in OHL action this weekend with one month left in the 2015-16 season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

In this week’s Prospect Faceoff, we take a look at Quebec Remparts goaltender Callum Booth, who has been the team’s saving grace during a rough stretch. He will be opposed by a former first overall pick, Daniel Audette, who has a chip on his shoulder and something to prove. Also in this week’s edition, one underrated forward on North Dakota is garnering attention, as are a pair of draft-eligible skaters who are in weekend competition. Read more »

2016 NHL Draft: BU’s McAvoy heads NCAA group that could be well represented in first round

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2016 NHL Draft: BU’s McAvoy heads NCAA group that could be well represented in first round

Photo: Boston University defenseman and 2016 prospect Charlie McAvoy has won gold (U18) and bronze (U20) medals in the past year competing for Team USA in international play (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

2016 is shaping up to be a very good draft class for the NCAA. Among the current crop of draft-eligibles are three potential first round picks. Hockey Future takes a closer look at five of the NCAA’s top draft-eligible players (all freshmen), composed of three forwards and two defensemen representing three of the six NCAA conferences. Read more »

(Podcast) 2016 NHL Draft: High-profile events prominent in first two seasons for Kelowna Rockets’ Dube

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(Podcast) 2016 NHL Draft: High-profile events prominent in first two seasons for Kelowna Rockets’ Dube

Photo: Kelowna Rockets forward and 2016 prospect Dillon Dube is second in scoring for the WHL-leading Rockets with 21 goals and 51 points in 48 games (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

One shouldn’t be at all surprised if Dillon Dube of the Kelowna Rockets might occasionally feel like he has been a little spoiled since his arrival in the WHL. After all, a trip to the Memorial Cup as a 16-year-old rookie is a heckuva way to kick off a career in major junior hockey. Read more »

2015-16 Calder Poll: Same trio tops the January NHL rookie rankings

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2015-16 Calder Poll: Same trio tops the January NHL rookie rankings

Photo: Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin has been a top NHL rookie from the start of the 2015-16 season, which earned him a place in the 2016 NHL All-Star Game that took place at the end of January (courtesy of Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Detroit Red WingsDylan Larkin and Artemi Panarin of the Chicago Blackhawks continue to be the leading candidates for this year’s Calder Trophy according to the January staff poll at Hockey’s Future. But the offensive exploits of Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere — as well as the play of rookie goalies Connor Hellebuyck and John Gibson — has made things interesting as the season progresses. Read more »

Taste of NHL action has Utica Comets’ Shinkaruk eager for second helping

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Taste of NHL action has Utica Comets’ Shinkaruk eager for second helping

Photo: Utica Comets forward and Vancouver Canucks prospect Hunter Shinkaruk competed for the North Division squad at the 2016 AHL All-Star Classic in Syracuse, NY (courtesy of Scott Thomas Photography/AHL)

Entering his second pro season with the Vancouver Canucks‘ AHL affiliate, the Utica Comets, forward Hunter Shinkaruk already had 97 pro games under his belt, including 23 Calder Cup Playoff games as a member of the Western Conference champions in his AHL rookie campaign in 2014-15. Read more »

2016 NHL Draft: Move to London has been a smooth transition for Knights’ Juolevi

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2016 NHL Draft: Move to London has been a smooth transition for Knights’ Juolevi

Photo: London Knights defenseman and 2016 prospect Olli Juolevi tied with Team USA’s Zach Werenski for the scoring lead among defensemen that competed at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

It is home to the reigning IIHF World Junior Championship gold medalists, and three natives find themselves amongst ISS Hockey’s Top 10 prospects for the upcoming NHL Draft. And for London Knights’ defenseman Olli Juolevi, the reason is because his country, Finland, has put a focus on winning – and it is paying off. Read more »

2016 NHL Draft: Finland’s Laine, Puljujarvi looking like Top 3 material at midseason

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2016 NHL Draft: Finland’s Laine, Puljujarvi looking like Top 3 material at midseason

Photo: Tappara Tampere forward and 2016 prospect Patrik Laine was one of the main cogs for Team Finland in their gold medal win at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of RONI REKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)

Finland was the center of the junior hockey world when it hosted the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, with the gold medal the home team won in Helsinki not soon to be forgotten.

For 2016 NHL Draft potential first round picks Jesse Puljujarvi and Patrik Laine the games were a coming out party as the two were part of the team’s dominant “Kid Line” — teaming with Puljujarvi’s Karpat teammate Sebastian Aho (CAR) to lead the tournament in scoring. Read more »

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