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2015 NHL Draft: McDavid looks to bring golden formula to Otters’ postseason

by Jason Menard
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2015 NHL Draft: McDavid looks to bring golden formula to Otters’ postseason

Photo: Erie Otters forward and 2015 prospect Connor McDavid is currently 11th in scoring in the OHL, picking up 56 points in 21 games (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

He’s answered all the questions that have come his way this season. His continued excellence has cemented his position atop the draft boards for the upcoming NHL Draft. His play at the 2015 World Junior Championship, where he served as assistant captain, tied for the tournament lead in scoring, and was named to the tournament All-Star team en route to leading Canada to a gold medal, solidified his reputation on the international stage. And he did the latter after missing the better part of the season with a broken hand — an injury he was only cleared of just days before the start of the WJC. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Boeser weighs college options with input from potential future linemates

by Tom Schreier
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2015 NHL Draft: Boeser weighs college options with input from potential future linemates

Photo: Waterloo Black Hawks forward and 2015 prospect Brock Boeser is the leading scorer for the Black Hawks with 35 points in 28 games (courtesy of Brandon Anderson/BA Photos)

In a Pioneer Press article titled “Burnsville Brock Boeser can’t wait to be a Badger,” Boeser told Press staff writer Garrison Shepard that the University of Wisconsin was his “dream school.” His cousin, Dan, who was an assistant coach at Burnsville while Brock was there, played at Wisconsin from 2000-2004. His mother’s family was from Madison. Heck, his name, Brock, is derived from the Gaelic word “broc”, which means badger. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Kylington leads next exciting group of Swedish prospects

by Chapin Landvogt
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2015 NHL Draft: Kylington leads next exciting group of Swedish prospects

Photo: Farjestad defenseman and 2015 prospect Oliver Kylington (#97) missed out on representing Sweden at the 2015 World Junior Championship due to an injury (courtesy of Faerjestad Karlstad/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

It has become a yearly tradition to take a mid-season look at the prospect pool for the NHL Draft and realize that Sweden will likely be contributing another 20+ draftees at this event. This winter is no exception and, as is the case with the 2015 draft class on the whole, this group is looking strong enough to contribute as many as 10 picks to the first two rounds. Read more »

2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Team East rides big first period to 7-4 win

by Tom Schreier
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2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Team East rides big first period to 7-4 win

Photo: The two team MVPs of the 2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson (L) of Team West and Kevin Conley (R) of Team East, display their awards following Team East’s 7-4 win in Dubuque, IA (courtesy of the USHL)

There was a packed house at the Mystique Community Ice Center, home of the Dubuque Fighting Saints, for the 2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. As each person attending the game entered the arena, they passed two massive posters of Zemgus Girgensons and Johnny Gaudreau. Both are playing in the NHL — Girgensons for the Buffalo Sabres, Gaudreau for the Calgary Flames — after a previous stop with the Fighting Saints. Read more »

2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Preview: Three highly rated NHL Draft prospects competing in Dubuque

by Tom Schreier
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2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Preview: Three highly rated NHL Draft prospects competing in Dubuque

Photo: Youngstown Phantoms forward and 2015 prospect Kyle Connor is one of the top prospect for this year’s NHL Draft taking part in the 2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

There’s a large sign at the entrance of the Holiday Inn in Dubuque, host city of the 2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, that lists the number of NHL Draft picks that have come out of the United States Hockey League (USHL) in recent years. In 2010, 22 players were selected. Last year it was 35, plus 16 alums that were drafted out of NCAA hockey. This year, 54 USHL players, plus six alums, are listed on NHL Central Scouting’s “Watch List” and have the potential to be selected this year. Read more »

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