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2015-16 Calder Poll: Red Wings’ Larkin leads the way in November

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2015-16 Calder Poll: Red Wings’ Larkin leads the way in November

Photo: Detroit Red Wings rookie forward Dylan Larkin has made a smooth transition so far from NCAA hockey last season to the NHL in 2015-16 (courtesy of Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire)

A clavicle injury to Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, the first player taken in the 2015 NHL Draft, has sidelined the 18-year-old until mid-January at the earliest. With McDavid — the leader in the initial Hockey’s Future Calder Trophy staff poll last month — out of action, the Detroit Red WingsDylan Larkin and Chicago BlackhawksArtemi Panarin are out in front of the field after putting up big numbers in November. Read more »

New York Rangers prospects deep in goal, weak on the blueline

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New York Rangers prospects deep in goal, weak on the blueline

Photo: Magnus Hellberg is part of a deep stable of New York Rangers goaltenders developing below the NHL level. (Courtesy of Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire)

The New York Rangers have had a regular, steady graduation of excellent prospects to the NHL over the last five to seven years, which has accounted in part for the competitiveness of the team. When combined with free-agent pickups who are in or just past their prime, the prospects have helped make the team a Stanley Cup contender for the last several years. The goal of every organization is to win a Cup, and every player on the team has a window of opportunity to do so. Certainly, star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is within his window, and the Rangers have surrounded him with the players to win either this season or in the next two or three. Read more »

Detroit Red Wings junior prospects a variety pack of possibilities

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Detroit Red Wings junior prospects a variety pack of possibilities

Photo: Detroit Red Wings prospect Dominic Turgeon has taken on a more offensive role with the Portland Winterhawks in his fourth season with the WHL squad (courtesy of Marissa Baeckaer/Getty Images)

The Detroit Red Wings have seen an influx of young talent over the last several years, with the biggest changes coming at the AHL level. Several of their top prospects have graduated to Grand Rapids, having various impacts from low-level grinder all the way to top-line players. Still, even with all of the recent graduates, there are a handful of junior level prospects that could be making noise in the Detroit organization a few years down the road.

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Talented few Florida Panthers prospects at the junior level

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Talented few Florida Panthers prospects at the junior level

Photo: Juho Lammikko is wearing a Kingston Frontenacs jersey again this season, and has 23 points (8 goals, 15 assists) in 26 games to show for it. (Courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Despite the pro team’s relative youth, the Florida Panthers don’t own the rights of many CHL or junior prospects. Rather, a lot of the team’s prospects are playing NCAA or pro, leaving just eight of the team’s prospects playing junior hockey this season. Read more »

Knights’ Marner looking forward to testing his ability on the world stage

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Knights’ Marner looking forward to testing his ability on the world stage

Photo: Canadians hope to see London Knights forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Mitch Marner celebrating a number of goals for Team Canada in late December and early January when the 2016 World Junior Championship is taking place (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

OHL scoring dynamo, highly regarded Toronto Maple Leafs prospect – London Knights’ Mitch Marner can claim a lot of titles , and the most recent is Hockey News Cover Boy. Read more »

NCAA Prospects Notebook, November, 2015: White, Schmaltz among impressive NHL draftees heading into midseason

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NCAA Prospects Notebook, November, 2015: White, Schmaltz among impressive NHL draftees heading into midseason

Photo: Boston College freshman forward and Ottawa Senators prospect Colin White has had a good bit to celebrate so far in the 2015-16 season as he is the leading frosh scorer with 23 points in 15 games (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

The first two college hockey holiday tournaments and a number of stellar prospect performances highlighted the month of November. Hockey’s Future takes a look back at some of the most memorable moments in NCAA hockey from the prior month. Unless otherwise indicated, all stats are current as of Dec. 1st. Read more »

HF NHL Prospect of the Month, November, 2015: Rantanen doesn’t let move to AHL deter him

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HF NHL Prospect of the Month, November, 2015: Rantanen doesn’t let move to AHL deter him

Photo: San Antonio Rampage forward and Colorado Avalanche prospect Mikko Rantanen (#96) turned in a strong month of November after being sent down to San Antonio by the Avalanche (courtesy of Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

Mikko Rantanen turned 19 on Oct. 29th. Instead of spending his birthday in the NHL, however, he was gearing up for a California road trip in the AHL. The first round pick began the 2015-16 season with the Colorado Avalanche but, after going pointless through six games, was sent down to the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL. Read more »

Washington Capitals prospects in junior overdue for a restock

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Washington Capitals prospects in junior overdue for a restock

Photo: Previously an alternate, Colby Williams is serving as captain of the Regina Pats during his overage major junior season. (Courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

The Washington Capitals have a talented lineup at the NHL level, with their sights set on a Stanley Cup run. To supplement that lineup, the Capitals have signed several AHL veterans who are in their late 20’s and early 30’s—both to have experienced players on hand should the need arise, and to allow affiliate Hershey to compete for a Calder Cup. Read more »

Prospect Faceoff: Young SHL talents collide, 2016 draft-eligibles go head-to-head in the OHL, more from junior and college hockey

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Prospect Faceoff: Young SHL talents collide, 2016 draft-eligibles go head-to-head in the OHL, more from junior and college hockey

Photo: Rouyn-Noranda Huskies defenseman and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Philippe Myers and Moncton Wildcats forward Kevin Klima go head-to-head in a top QMJHL meeting of NHL prospects for the coming weekend (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Two prospects taken in the middle rounds of the 2013 NHL Draft have a lot on the line when they matchup against each other this weekend in the SHL. Likewise, two 2016 draft-eligibles go one-on-one in the OHL, while one WHL defenseman tries to acclimate to a new environment after a recent trade. The QMJHL offers an interesting matchup when a pair of twins with NHL bloodlines takes on a giant defenseman. Finally, two steady freshmen forwards have been role players for their respective teams and are hoping to earn additional icetime in this week’s Prospect Faceoff. Read more »

Dallas Stars junior prospects present more depth options than skill solutions

by Mike Farkas
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Dallas Stars junior prospects present more depth options than skill solutions

Photo: Dallas Stars prospect Brett Pollock has taken his leadership role seriously in his fourth season of WHL hockey, helping the Edmonton Oil Kings cling to a playoff position in the first part of the 2015-16 season (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

With so many of the Dallas Stars prospects graduating to the professional game in the last couple of seasons, the junior ranks are as thin as any around. To make matters worse, this group exhibits very little upside as it appears filled with potential bottom-pair, physical defensemen.

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