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2016 NHL Draft Primer: Several re-entry candidates from CHL, NCAA ranks

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2016 NHL Draft Primer: Several re-entry candidates from CHL, NCAA ranks

Photo: Ottawa 67’s forward and 2016 prospect Dante Salituro was the leading scorer for the 67’s in 2015-16, posting 38 goals and 83 points in 65 OHL games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Each year, the NHL Draft provides a fast-track opportunity for over 200 players to be drafted and realize their childhood dreams. For others, the draft comes and goes and another year of uncertainty faces prospects who do not hear their names called. Read more »

AHL Western Conference Notebook, May, 2016: Reign, Monsters battle for Western supremacy

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AHL Western Conference Notebook, May, 2016: Reign, Monsters battle for Western supremacy

Photo: Lake Erie Monsters defenseman and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Zach Werenski has been impressive in AHL action since turning pro at the end of the 2015-16 NCAA season (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Lake Erie Monsters coach Jared Bednar understands the challenge in front of his team as it prepares for the Calder Cup Western Conference Finals against the Ontario Reign.

The Reign are the defending champions, having won the title last season as the Manchester Monarchs, and return 15 players with championship rings. In addition, Ontario is big, physical and plays “Los Angeles Kings-style hockey” that wins in the playoffs. Read more »

Career seasons for the majority of Boston Bruins’ NCAA and European prospects

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Career seasons for the majority of Boston Bruins’ NCAA and European prospects

Photo: Boston Bruins prospect Peter Cehlarik had a career high 20 points in 46 games for Lulea of the SHL this past season. The third round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft also had five points in 11 playoff games. (courtesy Lulea Hockey/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

It has been a year of rising stock among the Boston Bruins’ NCAA prospects.

Of the 11 Bruins prospects spread throughout college hockey, many have enjoyed career seasons. Nine of those players helped their respective teams to NCAA tournament appearances.

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2011 NHL Draft: The Colorado Avalanche took a franchise cornerstone

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2011 NHL Draft: The Colorado Avalanche took a franchise cornerstone

Photo: Second overall pick Gabriel Landeskog won the Calder Trophy in 2012, an Olympic silver medal, and a World Championship gold medal, but awaits the support for NHL playoff success (courtesy of Dustin Bradford/Icon Sportswire)

Obviously, the 2010-11 NHL season was from the Colorado Avalanche perspective a forgettable one. The team finished a mere six points ahead of the cellar-dwelling Edmonton Oilers. Matt Duchene was the team’s leading scorer in just his second season in the league, but the goaltending trio of Craig Anderson, Peter Budaj and Brian Elliott all posted save percentages under .900. Legendary Avs Peter Forsberg and Adam Foote each played their last games in the NHL that season as well, signalling the closing of an era of dominance. Read more »

2016 Memorial Cup: Rebels’ Helewka hopes to cap junior career with championship

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2016 Memorial Cup: Rebels’ Helewka hopes to cap junior career with championship

Photo: Red Deer Rebels forward and San Jose Sharks prospect Adam Helewka produced 42 goals and 74 points in 53 games split between the Rebels and the Spokane Chiefs in 2015-16 (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Whether ready for a league championship run or not, the MasterCard Memorial Cup host is expected to load up for an extended playoff push. And this year’s Red Deer Rebels were no exception. Read more »

Europeans headline Washington Capitals Top 20 prospects

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Europeans headline Washington Capitals Top 20 prospects

Photo: Boston College Eagle and Washington Capitals prospect Zach Sanford had a breakout season in 2015-16 with 39 points in 41 games. (courtesy of John Crouch/Icon Sportswire)

It’s the most important position on the ice and the Washington Capitals have invested heavily in goalies amongst their Top 20 prospects. Washington has a trio of goalies in the Top 20 including two in the top 10, while you can’t forget the franchise goalie Braden Holtby is only 26.

Washington also has a good collection of puck-moving defenseman, while there are a couple intriguing prospects and projects at other positions.

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Dallas Stars prospect awards reveal system strength and weakness

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Dallas Stars prospect awards reveal system strength and weakness

Photo: Dallas Stars prospect Radek Faksa, the 13th pick of the 2012 Draft, was brought along slowly but emerged during the playoffs (courtesy of Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire)

Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill believes that it’s best to have prospects “over ripen” and over develop in the AHL. Although Dallas fell short in this season’s Stanley Cup playoffs, the patience paid off as AHL players made instant impacts for the NHL club.

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2016 Memorial Cup Preview: Star-studded group of prospects go head-to-head in Red Deer

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2016 Memorial Cup Preview: Star-studded group of prospects go head-to-head in Red Deer

Photo: The 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup will feature a number of top NHL prospects, including Mitch Marner of the London Knights, Francis Perron on the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, Nolan Patrick of the Brandon Wheat Kings, and Adam Helewka of the Red Deer Rebels (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images, Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images, and Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The stars will be out at the 98th Memorial Cup, and it is expected that the ratings will reflect that. Between the four teams participating, there will be 26 NHL-drafted prospects present in Red Deer for the year-end tournament of champions. Read more »

2011 NHL Draft: Arizona Coyotes sought strength in Saskatchewan

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2011 NHL Draft: Arizona Coyotes sought strength in Saskatchewan

Photo: Arizona’s 2011 first-round pick Connor Murphy has developed into an NHL defender, as well as a consistent blueliner for Team USA (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

The 2010-11 season produced a playoff berth for the Phoenix Coyotes, but one that ended poorly, in a sweep at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings. With that bitter defeat in mind, and having conceded 18 goals in those four games, toughness seemed to be the foremost goal at the draft table. The offensive flair the Coyotes have added in recent years is missing, but some of these players have indeed gone on to help the franchise’s cause.

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Goaltenders highlight Philadelphia Flyers NCAA and European prospects

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Goaltenders highlight Philadelphia Flyers NCAA and European prospects

Photo: Harvard goaltender and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Merrick Madsen emerged as a starter in his sophomore season and finished eighth in the nation with a .931 save percentage.(courtesy John Crouch/Icon Sportswire).

The Flyers have a crop of prospects playing in both the NCAA and European levels, including almost all their goaltending prospects. A couple of netminders showed improvement this year, while some played few games and others – namely Matej Tomek – didn’t play at all.

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