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AHL Western Conference Notebook, April, 2016: Western, Midwest series include notable prospect performers

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AHL Western Conference Notebook, April, 2016: Western, Midwest series include notable prospect performers

Photo: Lake Erie Monsters goaltender and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Joonas Korpisalo was a top performer for the Monsters in their opening round sweep of the Rockford IceHogs in the 2016 AHL playoffs (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Four teams remain in the AHL Western Conference playoff race that kicks off Thursday in California and in Cleveland.

The two matchups feature teams that met several times in the 2015-16 season, so both series could potentially go the full seven games. Read more »

Nashville Predators prospects ready to build on success in 2015-16

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Nashville Predators prospects ready to build on success in 2015-16

Photo: Nashville Predators prospect Vladislav Kamenev quietly had a terrific rookie campaign as a teenager in the AHL, with 37 points in 57 games (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Following the Nashville Predators’ Game 7 win over the Anaheim Ducks in the opening round of the NHL playoffs, Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne talked about how the team won with a mix of experienced “old guys” and some exciting and talented younger players. The Predators have some fairly prominent prospects on the way as well. But it is looking more and more likely that their Prospect of the Year in 2015-16 may never wear a gold and navy uniform. Read more »

2016 NHL Draft: Otters’ DeBrincat proving success from last season not a fluke

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2016 NHL Draft: Otters’ DeBrincat proving success from last season not a fluke

Photo: Erie Otters forward and 2016 prospect Alex DeBrincat was second in scoring for the Otters in the 2016 OHL playoffs, scoring eight goals and 19 points in 13 games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Back-to-back 100-point seasons, two lengthy playoff runs in the ever-tough OHL, and an OHL Rookie of the Year award under his belt – but the one thing that Erie Otters’ forward Alex DeBrincat doesn’t have is prototypical size. Read more »

Colts’ Andersson the best of the NHL-drafted defenders in the OHL in 2015-16

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Colts’ Andersson the best of the NHL-drafted defenders in the OHL in 2015-16

Photo: Barrie Colts defenseman and Calgary Flames prospect Rasmus Andersson had a productive 2016 playoff, posting two goals and 15 points in 15 games for the Colts (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

While the elite quality of OHL defensemen from the 2015-16 season may not resemble the ranks of the past – or even what we are likely to see next season – there is a solid roster of depth defensemen that can bring some quality and value to NHL ranks. Read more »

Chicago Blackhawks find quantity, quality in NCAA and European prospects

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Chicago Blackhawks find quantity, quality in NCAA and European prospects

Photo: Chicago prospect Gustav Forsling hit 100 shots on goal in 48 SHL games this season despite playing second-pairing minutes for Linköping (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

To say the Chicago Blackhawks have a fondness for developing players in Europe and at the collegiate level is an understatement. 23 prospects laced up either overseas or in college for the 2015-16 season, and a handful had standout seasons for their respective teams. This route of developing talent has become a recent trend in Chicago, with Jonathan Toews, Niklas Hjalmarsson, and Teuvo Teravainen being just a few success stories for the Blackhawks. Read more »

Florida Panthers prospects help club to first playoff berth in four years

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Florida Panthers prospects help club to first playoff berth in four years

Photo: Rocco Grimaldi scored five points through 20 games with the Florida Panthers this season. (Courtesy of Tim Larson/Icon Sportswire)

The Florida Panthers made it into the NHL playoffs for the first time in four seasons and it’s thanks to a growing young cast of budding NHLers. General Manager Dale Tallon has built a strong core, while still allowing for the team’s prospects to develop at their own pace. Read more »

Greyhounds’ Senyshyn seizing opportunity rather than shrinking from it

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Greyhounds’ Senyshyn seizing opportunity rather than shrinking from it

Photo: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds forward and Boston Bruins prospect Zach Senyshyn was productive in the Greyhounds’ 2016 playoff run, scoring two goals and nine points in 12 postseason contests (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Zach Senyshyn heard the boos. He heard the talk about how the Boston Bruins reached for him with the 15th overall pick in last year’s NHL Draft. But he doesn’t care what those people think – he knows exactly who he has to impress. Read more »

Forsling, Hansson the top defensive NHL properties competing in Sweden in 2015-16

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Forsling, Hansson the top defensive NHL properties competing in Sweden in 2015-16

Photo: Linkoping defenseman and Chicago Blackhawks prospect Gustav Forsling has completed his second SHL season, picking up 24 points in 54 games in 2015-16 (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The SHL has in recent years churned out products for NHL bluelines, and the 2015-16 season has been no different. Once again a number of different young veterans and overagers have bloomed to the tune of NHL offers, with former Vancouver Canucks draft pick Henrik Tommernes likely leading the group. Read more »

2015-16 Calder Poll: Injury-shortened season still enough for McDavid to be NHL’s top rookie

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2015-16 Calder Poll: Injury-shortened season still enough for McDavid to be NHL’s top rookie

Photo: Edmonton Oilers rookie forward Connor McDavid will compete for Team Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Championship that begins next week in Moscow and St. Petersburg (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon Sportswire)

The race for the 2016 Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie was certainly interesting. But, if the staff at Hockey’s Future is right, the winner of this year’s award will be the person many expected to win it when the season started, that individual being the Edmonton OilersConnor McDavid. Read more »

Barracuda’s Carpenter impressing on and off the ice

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Barracuda’s Carpenter impressing on and off the ice

Photo: San Jose Barracuda forward and San Jose Sharks prospect Ryan Carpenter saw his first NHL action in the 2015-16 campaign, appearing in one game for the Sharks in December (courtesy of Don Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

Ryan Carpenter is used to putting others first, both off the ice and on it.

And the San Jose Barracuda forward and San Jose Sharks prospect has been honored for both contributions this season by the American Hockey League. Read more »

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