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Prospect Impressions: Top 20 highlights begin featuring Konecny, Marner, and more

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Prospect Impressions: Top 20 highlights begin featuring Konecny, Marner, and more

Photo: London Knights forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Mitch Marner is currently the leading scorer at the 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup Tournament, posting 13 points in just three games (courtesy of Rob Wallator/CHL Images)

Throughout this season, Prospect Impressions has been the home to a number of fantastic plays made by some of the brightest young hockey stars in the world. With last week’s special goaltending issue, we saw some of the best saves of the year. Now, it’s the skaters turn to strut their stuff.

In this first edition of a four-part series, we count down the Top 20 highlights of the season. Who do you think will end up number one? Read more »

2011 NHL Draft: Winnipeg Jets started tradition of strong drafting

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2011 NHL Draft: Winnipeg Jets started tradition of strong drafting

Photo: Winnipeg Jets forward Adam Lowry struggled in his sophomore campaign but has already provided the Jets with great value from a third-round pick (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

The 2011 NHL Draft was the unveiling of the Winnipeg Jets 2.0. After yet another of many subpar seasons in Atlanta, the Jets were awarded with the 7th overall pick.

The Thrashers did trade away their second round pick as well as Ivan Vishnevskiy to the Chicago Blackhawks for Andrew Ladd. The Blackhawks used the pick to select Adam Clendening.

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2011 NHL Draft: New Jersey Devils added cornerstone defenseman and fringe players

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2011 NHL Draft: New Jersey Devils added cornerstone defenseman and fringe players

Photo: After five years as a pro, Adam Larsson has become a cornerstone piece of the New Jersey Devils franchise. (courtesy Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

Following a lackluster 2010-11 season that saw the New Jersey Devils miss the postseason, good luck befell the organization as they won the lottery for the upcoming 2011 NHL Draft. Despite having only a 3.6 per cent chance of winning, the Devils moved up four positions in the first round, from eighth to fourth.

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2016 Memorial Cup: Opponents only hope may be to contain, not stop, London Knights’ trio

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2016 Memorial Cup: Opponents only hope may be to contain, not stop, London Knights’ trio

Photo: London Knights forwards Christian Dvorak (#10) and Mitch Marner (#93) along with linemate Matthew Tkachuk continued their offensive tear in the opening game of the 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup tournament (courtesy of Rob Wallator/CHL Images)

There is no line in the CHL that has been more dangerous than the London Knights’ troublesome trio of Mitch Marner (TOR), Christian Dvorak (ARI) and Matthew Tkachuk (2016).

That isn’t an opinion, it is fact. And they have the numbers to back it up: the linemates combined for 129 points in just 18 OHL playoff games, and each player topped 100 points in the regular season. Read more »

AHL Eastern Conference Notebook, May, 2016: Bears winning conference final that on paper favors Marlies

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AHL Eastern Conference Notebook, May, 2016: Bears winning conference final that on paper favors Marlies

Photo: Toronto Marlies defenseman and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Connor Carrick is the leading scorer in the 2016 AHL playoffs so far with 15 points in 12 games (courtesy of Graig Abel/Getty Images)

The 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs are in the Conference Finals stage, and in the East, it is Atlantic Division champion Hershey against North Division champion Toronto in a best-of-seven series that will see the winner play for the Calder Cup championship against the winner of Lake Erie and Ontario. Read more »

2011 NHL Draft: Buffalo Sabres have most insignificant draft in over a decade

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2011 NHL Draft: Buffalo Sabres have most insignificant draft in over a decade

Photo: Buffalo Sabres prospect Daniel Catenacci had his first stint in the NHL this season, playing 11 games. He had 24 points in 50 games with Rochester of the AHL. (courtesy Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Looking back at the 2010-11 season for the Buffalo Sabres, it almost seems like an entire era ago. The team not only made the playoffs, but they finished second in the then-Northeast Division with 96 points, sporting a 43-29-10 record.

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Edmonton Oilers prospect awards show team improving its depth options

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Edmonton Oilers prospect awards show team improving its depth options

Photo: Edmonton Oilers prospect Anton Slepyshev was a surprising inclusion on the NHL squad for 11 games last season, but his upside remains an intriguing asset (courtesy of Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)

Year after year for the past decade, the Edmonton Oilers have added top talents via the draft. Rather than building an enviable prospect pool, the team has only succeeded in constructing unbalanced rosters that finish near the bottom of the league standings. Still, the 2015 Draft gifted the Oilers one of the world’s best players, and several other young men who have learned the NHL game the hard way are coming into the primes of their careers. Will the supporting cast be enough to change the script in 2016-17? Only time will tell, but the Hockey’s Future prospect awards for 2015-16 serve to highlight some of the more encouraging signs from a mostly disappointing campaign.

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2016 IIHF World Championship: USA’s Murphy adds to international hockey portfolio

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2016 IIHF World Championship: USA’s Murphy adds to international hockey portfolio

Photo: Arizona Coyotes defenseman Connor Murphy (C) had a leadership role for Team USA at the 2016 IIHF World Championship, wearing the ‘A’ for his country while picking up five points in 10 games (courtesy of Xavier Laine/Getty Images)

Connor Murphy has a wealth of experience representing Team USA internationally. He has just finished his third IIHF World Championship, losing 7–2 to host Russia in the bronze medal game. While the team was obviously overmatched against the star-studded host team, there was still disappointment. Read more »

2016 NHL Draft: Season-long spectator Mahura now getting his feet wet in playoffs, Memorial Cup

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2016 NHL Draft: Season-long spectator Mahura now getting his feet wet in playoffs, Memorial Cup

Photo: Red Deer Rebels defenseman and 2016 prospect Josh Mahura played in just two regular season games in 2015-16 due to injury, but he competed in the WHL playoffs and is now competing at the 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup (courtesy of Rob Wallator/CHL Images )

Life was great for Red Deer Rebels defenseman Josh Mahura entering the 2015-16 season. He had just come off a 10-point rookie season where he earned steady ice time as a 16 year old and was given a ‘B’ ranking on NHL Central Scouting’s Futures List in the summer. Read more »

2011 NHL Draft: Despite lack of star power, Los Angeles Kings made a few picks matter

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2011 NHL Draft: Despite lack of star power, Los Angeles Kings made a few picks matter

Photo: Andy Andreoff of the Los Angeles Kings fits the team mold of big, strong, smart players who relish a physical style (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon Sportswire)

2010 started a new trend in drafting for the Los Angeles Kings. Instead of dealing with a heavy amount of picks and prospects, like the 10 selections they had in the 2009 and 2007 NHL Drafts, and the nine they had in 2008, the Kings started drafting fewer prospects. By virtue of success, and win-now trades, the Kings started depleting their cupboard and drafting opportunities in order to be a competitive team at the NHL level. Read more »

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