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2016 NHL Draft: Hitmen defender Bean leads WHL crop weighted towards forwards

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2016 NHL Draft: Hitmen defender Bean leads WHL crop weighted towards forwards

Photo: Calgary Hitmen defenseman Jake Bean is currently ranked fourth in scoring among WHL defensemen with 50 points in 54 games (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Back in June, the Western Hockey League saw 35 of its players selected at the 2015 NHL Draft in Sunrise, Florida. With the 2016 edition set for Buffalo, New York, scouting personnel are busy perusing the current WHL talent pool. Read more »

2016 NHL Draft: BU’s McAvoy heads NCAA group that could be well represented in first round

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2016 NHL Draft: BU’s McAvoy heads NCAA group that could be well represented in first round

Photo: Boston University defenseman and 2016 prospect Charlie McAvoy has won gold (U18) and bronze (U20) medals in the past year competing for Team USA in international play (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

2016 is shaping up to be a very good draft class for the NCAA. Among the current crop of draft-eligibles are three potential first round picks. Hockey Future takes a closer look at five of the NCAA’s top draft-eligible players (all freshmen), composed of three forwards and two defensemen representing three of the six NCAA conferences. Read more »

(Podcast) 2016 NHL Draft: High-profile events prominent in first two seasons for Kelowna Rockets’ Dube

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(Podcast) 2016 NHL Draft: High-profile events prominent in first two seasons for Kelowna Rockets’ Dube

Photo: Kelowna Rockets forward and 2016 prospect Dillon Dube is second in scoring for the WHL-leading Rockets with 21 goals and 51 points in 48 games (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

One shouldn’t be at all surprised if Dillon Dube of the Kelowna Rockets might occasionally feel like he has been a little spoiled since his arrival in the WHL. After all, a trip to the Memorial Cup as a 16-year-old rookie is a heckuva way to kick off a career in major junior hockey. Read more »

2016 NHL Draft: Move to London has been a smooth transition for Knights’ Juolevi

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2016 NHL Draft: Move to London has been a smooth transition for Knights’ Juolevi

Photo: London Knights defenseman and 2016 prospect Olli Juolevi tied with Team USA’s Zach Werenski for the scoring lead among defensemen that competed at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

It is home to the reigning IIHF World Junior Championship gold medalists, and three natives find themselves amongst ISS Hockey’s Top 10 prospects for the upcoming NHL Draft. And for London Knights’ defenseman Olli Juolevi, the reason is because his country, Finland, has put a focus on winning – and it is paying off. Read more »

2016 NHL Draft: Finland’s Laine, Puljujarvi looking like Top 3 material at midseason

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2016 NHL Draft: Finland’s Laine, Puljujarvi looking like Top 3 material at midseason

Photo: Tappara Tampere forward and 2016 prospect Patrik Laine was one of the main cogs for Team Finland in their gold medal win at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of RONI REKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)

Finland was the center of the junior hockey world when it hosted the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, with the gold medal the home team won in Helsinki not soon to be forgotten.

For 2016 NHL Draft potential first round picks Jesse Puljujarvi and Patrik Laine the games were a coming out party as the two were part of the team’s dominant “Kid Line” — teaming with Puljujarvi’s Karpat teammate Sebastian Aho (CAR) to lead the tournament in scoring. Read more »

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