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Off The Radar: Trio of international skaters, Kootenay standout, and oft-injured goaltender push for NHL attention

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Off The Radar: Trio of international skaters, Kootenay standout, and oft-injured goaltender push for NHL attention

Photo: Boston University junior forward/defenseman Ahti Oksanen was ranked 66th among European skaters for the 2012 NHL Draft, but was never drafted (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

Front offices in the National Hockey League withhold many secrets, none that garner more speculation than why respective member clubs pass on draft-eligible players. Whether it’s concerns over size, injuries, production, or their interest level in playing in the league, there’s always an opportunity for a player to overcome those shortcomings in order to earn a chance the second time around. Read more »

‏Anaheim Ducks’ top draft picks highlight 2014-15 prospect awards

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‏Anaheim Ducks’ top draft picks highlight 2014-15 prospect awards

Photo: Anaheim Ducks 2014 seventh-round pick Ondřej Kaše used his top-shelf speed to help his squad get promoted to the Czech Extraliga for the 2015-16 season (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

The Anaheim Ducks have managed to compile some pretty strong draft picks in recent years. Much to their enjoyment, many of them are panning out in a very good way. Dominant seasons were logged this year by many of the Ducks former first-round selections and several are getting close to the pro level. Take a look at who won what in this year’s Ducks prospect awards.

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Domi, McCarron tops among NHL-drafted wingers in the OHL

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Domi, McCarron tops among NHL-drafted wingers in the OHL

Photo: London Knights forward and Arizona Coyotes prospect Max Domi has likely ended his OHL career having scored 126 goals and 205 assists for 331 points in 244 games (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

As the top-producing source of NHL players, it’s no surprise that the OHL’s vein of talent is a rich and abundant one. And with a wealth of drafted wingers still plying their trade in the junior league, it’s not surprising to find some quality nuggets — even in the honorable mentions. Read more »

Youth development has the New York Islanders back in the playoff picture

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Youth development has the New York Islanders back in the playoff picture

Photo: Michael Dal Colle led the Oshawa Generals with 42 goals and 93 points in 56 games this season (Courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

The New York Islanders returned to the playoffs this season in large part due to the development of their young players. Recent prospects Ryan Strome, Anders Lee, Calvin de Haan, and Brock Nelson amongst others have all played a big role for the Islanders on their Stanley Cup quest. Reinforcements look to be coming in the near future. Griffin Reinhart is the Islanders’ Top Defensive Prospect for a 3rd consecutive year and Michael Dal Colle is the Prospect of the Year. Read more »

New York Rangers prospects lacking depth due to graduation, trades

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New York Rangers prospects lacking depth due to graduation, trades

Photo: Brandon Halverson had his best season yet with the Soo Greyhounds, posting a .913 save percentage through his league-leading 40 wins. (Courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The New York Rangers prospect pool took some big hits throughout the course of the season, with J.T. Miller, Kevin Hayes, and Jesper Fast all graduating to the NHL. In addition, prized prospect Anthony Duclair was dealt to the Arizona Coyotes in the Keith Yandle trade. Read more »

Prospect Faceoff: McDavid vs. Nurse, more intriguing prospect matchups

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Prospect Faceoff: McDavid vs. Nurse, more intriguing prospect matchups

Photo: Likely future NHL teammates Connor McDavid (L) and Darnell Nurse (R) are going head-to-head for the right to move on to the 2015 OHL Championship series (courtesy of Aaron Bel/OHL Images and Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

In the final Prospect Faceoff for the 2014-15 season, we feature a matchup too good to be true, as Connor McDavid looks to close out the OHL Western Conference Final against Darnell Nurse and the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Meanwhile, the semi-finals continue in the WHL as top prospects collide. In the AHL, two forwards clash in a make-or-break Game Five. Read more »

San Jose Sharks prospects could help the franchise get back to winning ways

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San Jose Sharks prospects could help the franchise get back to winning ways

Photo: San Jose second-round pick Noah Rod had nearly as many points in the playoffs as he did all season for his club, suggesting he may enjoy a breakout campaign in 2015-16 (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

As the 2014-15 hockey season comes to a close, the San Jose Sharks are heading into uncharted waters. Their ten year consecutive playoff streak came to an end this season on the heels of what can best be described as a hopeful youth movement. With few monumental changes to the guard, the Sharks’ focus shifts heavily towards change from within. The Sharks have always had an ability to churn out prospects to fill organizational needs, and with an emerging crop of talented and underrated prospects on the horizon, they look poised to quickly get back to the high seas of success.

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Prospect Impressions: Aho wins Liiga for Karpat, U18 highlights, more from the CHL

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Prospect Impressions: Aho wins Liiga for Karpat, U18 highlights, more from the CHL

Photo: Rimouski Oceanic forward and 2015-eligible Anthony DeLuca has scored nine goals and 14 points in 12 playoff games that is poised to move on to the QMJHL championship series (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

In this week’s Prospect Impressions, a Finnish forward scores a dream goal to win the Liiga championship for his team. In the QMJHL, a pair of forwards score overtime winners of their own in clutch situations. The U18 World Championship has wrapped up, but two draft-eligible forwards had big performances in the final opportunity to raise their draft stock. The OHL playoffs are in the semi-finals, and one lesser-known Buffalo Sabres prospect is in the mood to win. Meanwhile, a former OHL forward has transitioned into the AHL successfully, paired up with a fellow forward who faced similar questions about his game. Read more »

Role expanded for Hagg as season progressed with Lehigh Valley

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Role expanded for Hagg as season progressed with Lehigh Valley

Photo: Lehigh Valley Phantoms defenseman and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Robert Hagg (L) posted two assists in seven games for Sweden at the 2015 U20 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Corey Silvia/Icon Sportswire)

With his first regular season of AHL hockey now completed, Robert Hagg will have 79 AHL games under his belt (including 10 games from 2013-14). While he’s showed flashes of brilliant play in the offensive zone, Hagg seemed to spend the second half of the season really focusing on expanding his identity to a two-way defender who can shut down opposing team’s scorers as well. Read more »

Barbashev, Gauthier are tops among QMJHL centers

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Barbashev, Gauthier are tops among QMJHL centers

Photo: Moncton Wildcats forward and St. Louis Blues prospect Ivan Barbashev, shown here playing for Russia at the 2015 WJC, has produced 24 points in 15 games for the Wildcats in the 2015 QMJHL playoffs (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

The QMJHL might house the lowest amount of future NHL players among the three Canadian junior leagues, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t an abundance of quality prospects – particularly in the middle of the ice. A total of nine NHL-drafted centers played in the ‘Q’ this season, while recent signing Danick Martel rounds out a formidable Top 10. Read more »

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