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Beyond Tomorrow: Jones undecided on destination for 2015-16 season

by David Hahn
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Beyond Tomorrow: Jones undecided on destination for 2015-16 season

Photo: U.S. NTDP forward and 2016 prospect Max Jones was the leading goal scorer at the 2014 World U17 Hockey Challenge with seven, while his 11 points in the tournament were second to teammate Clayton Keller (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

For Rochester, MI native Max Jones, family connections have helped carve a path in hockey. Make no mistake, the talented power forward is making a name for himself despite intrigue about where he will play in his draft-eligible season. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Meier climbs higher but top of the order remains largely unchanged in February ISS rankings

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2015 NHL Draft: Meier climbs higher but top of the order remains largely unchanged in February ISS rankings

Photo: Halifax Mooseheads forward Timo Meier (L) and Ottawa 67’s forward Travis Konecny (R) starred for Team Orr at the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

While there is still postseason play and the U18 World Championship yet to come, the pecking order at the top of the ISS Hockey rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft is becoming more well defined just past the halfway mark of the season. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Tri-City’s Wilkie a Cornhusker with his eyes set on North Dakota

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2015 NHL Draft: Tri-City’s Wilkie a Cornhusker with his eyes set on North Dakota

Photo: Tri-City Storm forward and 2015 prospect Chris Wilkie is currently tied for third in goals-scoring in the USHL with 22 goals (courtesy of Tri-City Storm)

When asked why he got into hockey, Chris Wilkie smiles and offers a short laugh. “Well, my dad actually played in the National Hockey League, so that’s obviously where I started playing hockey,” he says, referring to his father, David Wilkie, who played for the Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers in parts of six NHL seasons. “My mom was from Omaha, so that’s where we would be in the summers, and then we just ended up moving back to Omaha, and we’ve been there for most of my life.” Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Chicago native Marsh contributing to rejuvenated Sea Dogs

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2015 NHL Draft: Chicago native Marsh contributing to rejuvenated Sea Dogs

Photo: Saint John Sea Dogs forward and 2015 prospect Adam Marsh is currently third in scoring for the Sea Dogs and eighth among QMJHL rookies with 38 points in 48 games (courtesy of Dave Connell)

Employing a combination of speed and a lightning-quick release, Adam Marsh has been an impressive free agent find for the QMJHL’s Saint John Sea Dogs. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Rantanen the class of Finland’s 2015 crop at midseason

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2015 NHL Draft: Rantanen the class of Finland’s 2015 crop at midseason

Photo: TPS Turku forward and 2015 prospect Mikko Rantanen was the top scorer for Finland at the 2015 World Junior Championship with four goals in five games (courtesy of Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

The trend of top junior talent heading to Canada has continued to skim some of the top talent from the junior level in Finland. In recent years that exodus has also seen players heading to the USHL. But with many of the top pro players heading to other leagues, some of the nation’s top draft-eligible prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft are gaining experience playing against men in the country’s top pro league, Liiga. Read more »

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