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Prospect Faceoff: 2015 draft prospects square off in WHL and QMJHL action, and other prospect matchups

by David Hahn
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Prospect Faceoff: 2015 draft prospects square off in WHL and QMJHL action, and other prospect matchups

Photo: 2015 NHL Draft prospects Mathew Barzal of the Seattle Thunderbirds and Paul Bittner of the Portland Winterhawks renew their rivalry this weekend in WHL action (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

In this week’s Prospect Faceoff, two sets of draft-eligible players go to head-to-head in critical games for their respective teams. In the OHL, two of the most improved players will see game action against each other. In addition, polar opposite defensemen lead their teams in a pair of NCAA games this weekend. Finally, two prospects with future college commitments including one player traded during Monday’s NHL trade deadline. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Marner breaks into a top 5 that otherwise remains unchanged in the March ISS Hockey rankings

by Ken McKenna
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2015 NHL Draft: Marner breaks into a top 5 that otherwise remains unchanged in the March ISS Hockey rankings

Photo: Boston University forward and 2015 prospect Jack Eichel hoists The Beanpot trophy after the Terriers won the 2015 Beanpot by defeating Northeastern University 4-3 in the championship game (courtesy of Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

While the top four players in the ISS Hockey March rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft remain unchanged, one player managed to move up a few slots to land among the top five prospects. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Generals’ Vande Sompel gearing up for extended playoff run

by Jason Menard
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2015 NHL Draft: Generals’ Vande Sompel gearing up for extended playoff run

Photo: Oshawa Generals defenseman and 2015 prospect Mitchell Vande Sompel is currently fifth in scoring among OHL defensemen with 55 points in 51 games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Mitchell Vande Sompel grew up in London, ON. He was a London Knights’ fan growing up and drew inspiration from some of its biggest stars. And, as a member of the powerhouse Oshawa Generals, the defenseman is looking to join some of the Knights’ famous alumni in the NHL. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: IceDogs’ Dunn working to become a more complete defenseman

by Jason Menard
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2015 NHL Draft: IceDogs’ Dunn working to become a more complete defenseman

Photo: Niagara IceDogs defenseman and 2015 prospect Vince Dunn is currently ranked ninth in scoring among OHL defensemen with 42 points in 58 games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The idea that Niagara IceDogs defenseman Vince Dunn can’t play defense? That’s just plain offensive, says the Linsday, ON-born rearguard. Read more »

Beyond Tomorrow: Giants’ Benson seeks to excel at the WHL level

by David Hahn
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Beyond Tomorrow: Giants’ Benson seeks to excel at the WHL level

Photo: Vancouver Giants forward and 2016 prospect Tyler Benson is currently tied for sixth in rookie scoring in the WHL with 39 points in 50 games (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Tyler Benson’s name has become synonymous with success in the scouting world. One in-person viewing confirms that he passes the eye test, as the athletic and supremely talented forward has excelled at every level. Then, another look at the numbers paints a portrait of a player who has the world on his shoulders. Read more »

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