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Generals’ McCarron living up to first round status in second OHL season

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Generals’ McCarron living up to first round status in second OHL season

Photo: Oshawa Generals forward and Montreal Canadiens prospect Michael McCarron has nearly doubled his 2013-14 point total while having played 20 less games to this point of the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

The new 2014-15 OHL campaign brought about a dramatic change in Montreal Canadiens’ prospect Michael McCarron’s game. The start of 2015 brought a new opportunity to play a key role in the Oshawa Generals’ Memorial Cup aspirations, and he’s hoping to lead the way by taking a year’s worth of lessons and applying them to this season’s success. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Sadek the best among solid Minnesota high school crop

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2015 NHL Draft: Sadek the best among solid Minnesota high school crop

Photo: Lakeville North High School defenseman and 2015 prospect Jack Sadek has scored five goals and added 20 assists in 25 games in 2014-15 (courtesy of Jim Lindquist)

The state of Minnesota has long been fertile ground when it comes to the development of NHL prospects. And, while the players competing at the NCAA level receive most of the attention from fans and scouts alike, the talent produced at the high school level in that state is second to none in the United States. Read more »

The San Jose Sharks youth movement is in full effect

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The San Jose Sharks youth movement is in full effect

Photo: San Jose Sharks rookie Barclay Goodrow has provided energy in a limited role. (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon Sportswire)

The San Jose Sharks have had an up and down 2014-2015 NHL season but with an eye on the future, and a deep desire to ‘get younger’, the growing pains were to be expected. The fact that the team remains in the playoff hunt is a testament to many of the younger players in the lineup who have risen up to play important roles for the organization.

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Buffalo Sabres flaunt deep prospect pool despite recent trade

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Buffalo Sabres flaunt deep prospect pool despite recent trade

Photo: Justin Bailey has scored 12 goals and 14 assists in 20 games since being traded to the Soo Greyhounds at the trade deadline. (Courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Only a team with a wealth of young talent like the Buffalo Sabres could have put together a package appetizing enough to wrestle Evander Kane and Zach Bogosian away from Winnipeg. Outgoing prospects Joel Armia and Brendan Lemieux are promising young players, but the organization has plenty of others—and the best are still in the fold. Read more »

Prospect Impressions: Conway’s goal from Happy Valley, trio of OHL plays, more from around the globe

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Prospect Impressions: Conway’s goal from Happy Valley, trio of OHL plays, more from around the globe

Photo: Niagara IceDogs defenseman and 2015 prospect Vince Dunn was ranked 53rd in NHL Central Scouting’s midterm rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images )

One collegiate freshman from Great Britain scores a beauty in Happy Valley, while a former SHL Goalie of the Year makes a spectacular save. Three OHL players with different NHL circumstances score this weekend in this week’s Prospect Impressions. Read more »

Winnipeg Jets Top 20 has a wealth of international talent

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Winnipeg Jets Top 20 has a wealth of international talent

Photo: Winnipeg Jets prospect Nic Petan has been brilliant as a junior player. (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

The Winnipeg Jets broke the mold this month, making the team’s first major trade in their short history – a massive seven-player deal that saw franchise top-five picks Evander Kane and Zach Bogosian head to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, prospects Joel Armia and Brendan Lemieux, and a first-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

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Wildcats’ Garland focused on team success over personal accolades

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Wildcats’ Garland focused on team success over personal accolades

Photo: Moncton Wildcats forward Conor Garland this season has already doubled his point total from 2013-14 with 10 games remaining in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Dave Connell)

If it wasn’t quite evident last season, then it’s easy to see this year: Conor Garland is the most skilled player in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

The Moncton Wildcats winger recorded 54 points in 51 games last season in what was his first year of NHL Draft eligibility. Despite that level of production on a relatively mediocre Wildcats team compared to years past, Garland went undrafted. Offensive totals are not the be-all, end-all when it comes to drafting a player – the last QMJHL player to be selected in the 2014 NHL Draft was Julien Nantel (COL), who had just 34 points in 68 games. Read more »

(Video) First NHL Goal: Lindbohm gets Blues going in win over Bruins

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(Video) First NHL Goal: Lindbohm gets Blues going in win over Bruins

Photo: St. Louis Blues rookie defenseman Petteri Lindbohm didn’t just net his first NHL goal in the Blues’ win over the Boston Bruins, as he also had a bout with the Bruins’ Jordan Caron (courtesy of Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire)

After a sluggish first period for he and his St. Louis Blues teammates, Blues defenseman Petteri Lindbohm scored the goal – his first NHL goal – that got the Blues rolling to an eventual 5-1 win over the Boston Bruins. Read more »

Kevin Fiala takes over the top spot in the Nashville Predators Top 20

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Kevin Fiala takes over the top spot in the Nashville Predators Top 20

Photo: Nashville’s top prospect Kevin Fiala is scoring nearly a point-per-game in the AHL since arriving in Milwaukee. (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

Filip Forsberg’s Calder Trophy-caliber campaign has pushed Nashville to the top of the NHL standings, making his the most notable graduation of the season. Add to that the trade that sent Brendan Leipsic to the Leafs, Patrick Cehlin’s return to Sweden, and solid pro seasons for Calle Jarnkrok and Taylor Beck, and the result is a shake-up in Nashville’s Top 20.

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(Video) First NHL Goal: Kozun nets lone goal in Toronto loss

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(Video) First NHL Goal: Kozun nets lone goal in Toronto loss

Photo: Toronto Maple Leafs rookie forward Brandon Kozun nets his first NHL goal in the first period of 2-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes (courtesy of Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire)

He made a name for himself during the 2014 NHL preseason, but Toronto Maple Leafs‘ rookie Brandon Kozun had to wait a little while longer to net his first NHL goal, the only Leafs goal in a 2-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. Read more »

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