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2015 NHL Draft: McDavid, Eichel and Hanifin retain hold on top 3 in ISS Hockey’s December rankings

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Jack Eichel - Boston University

Photo: Boston University center and 2015 NHL Draft prospect Jack Eichel remains the second-ranked prospect for next June’s draft, behind the Erie Otters’ Connor McDavid (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

 

Despite missing the past three weeks with a hand injury, Erie Otters center Connor McDavid remains the top prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft in the December rankings released by ISS Hockey. Read more »

Boston Bruins slowly shifting away from drafting Canadian junior league prospects

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Ryan Donato - Boston Bruins

Photo: Ryan Donato is one of a pair of prospects representing the Boston Bruins at the junior level. Donato was picked in the second round of the 2014 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

 

The Boston Bruins have moved away from drafting CHL players over the past few seasons. Currently, Mitchell Dempsey and Ryan Donato, committed to Harvard University, are the only two prospects in the system playing at the junior level.

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Toronto Maple Leafs have small but promising group of prospects at junior level

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Cody Donaghey - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Defenseman Cody Donaghey is one of five prospects representing the Toronto Maple Leafs in the CHL and USHL. Donaghey was signed as a free agent in September. (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

 

The Toronto Maple Leafs have four prospects playing in Canadian junior hockey during the 2014-15 season and one in the USHL. All of the prospects playing at the CHL level are signed to NHL entry-level contracts with the Leafs, and will play in their minor pro system in 2015-16.    

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Canada-born Turgeon honing his craft in the States

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Dominic Turgeon - Portland Winterhawks

Photo: Portland Winterhawks forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Dominic Turgeon is wearing the “A” as an alternate captain for the Winterhawks this season (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

The Western Hockey League has made great strides over the past decade in recruiting and developing American-born players. If one scans the current WHL rosters, most teams are dressing a couple of players with ties to the United States. The Portland Winterhawks can boast about a dozen players with minor hockey developmental roots in the USA. Read more »

Lengthy stint at Kings’ camp boosts Lintuniemi’s game

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Alex Lintuniemi - Ottawa 67's

Photo: Ottawa 67′s defenseman and Los Angeles Kings prospect Alex Lintuniemi captained the Jokerit U20 squad before moving to North America to play for the 67′s (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

A stint at the Los Angeles Kings training camp has Helsinki-born defenseman Alex Lintuniemi California dreaming — and the Ottawa 67′s have benefited from his enhanced focus and dedication to the game. Read more »

Several St. Louis Blues prospects enjoying strong start in Junior ranks

by Suraj Sukumar
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Photo: C.J. Yakimowicz (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Photo: C.J. Yakimowicz has used his skating ability to help increase his offensive output in his second season with the London Knights (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

After so many players were lost to graduation, the St. Louis Blues’ prospect pool looked, for the most part, drained. With a very strong draft last year, the St. Louis Blues have put together a very promising group of prospects at the junior level. Leading the charge is the doubled-headed dragon of Ivan Barbashev and Robby Fabbri, who have helped replenish the center depth in the Blues’ system. Read more »

Calgary Flames recent draft picks excelling in Junior hockey

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Photo: Keegan Kanzig (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Photo: Keegan Kanzig has turned heads with his tenacious play and propensity to fight (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

 

When an organization undergoes a rebuilding process, it is essential to have in place a system of prospects that can provide quality support at each level. With the recent rash of injuries, the Calgary Flames find themselves in a fortunate position to have a system of prospects that can be relied upon when required.

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Several rookie forwards enjoying early season success with Penguins’ AHL affiliate

by Tony Androckitis
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Bryan Rust - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Wilkes-Barre/Scanton Penguins forward and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Bryan Rust is among the rookie goal-scoring leaders in the AHL so far in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)

 

While the defensemen in the Pittsburgh Penguins organization have brought most of the talk as far as highly-touted prospects are concerned, several rookie forwards with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins – particularly those transitioning from college – are enjoying success at the pro-level through the first quarter of the 2014-15 season. Read more »

Dynamic group of forwards represent Buffalo Sabres at CHL level

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Vaclav Karabacek - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Vaclav Karabacek is one of seven prospects representing the Buffalo Sabres in the Canadian major junior hockey ranks. Karabacek was picked in the second round of the 2014 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

 

Many of the Buffalo Sabres‘ top prospects are already earning their stripes in the pros, but the organization’s war chest of young players runs deep, with several other key prospects currently playing in the CHL and USHL.

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New York Rangers have good mix of size and skill at junior level

by Leslie Treff
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Daniel Walcott - New York Rangers

Photo: Defenseman Daniel Walcott is having a strong second season in the QMJHL, with 12 points through 16 games. The Rangers picked Walcott in the fifth round of the 2014 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

 

The New York Rangers have nine junior prospects in their system in 2014-15. For the past few years, the Rangers traded many of their picks, and in the process depleted their junior prospect pool. But with the selection of seven prospects in 2014 NHL Draft, New York has restocked the system.

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