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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

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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 »

Beyond Tomorrow: Fabbro weighing options in deciding to play NCAA or WHL hockey

by Chau Vo
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Beyond Tomorrow: Fabbro weighing options in deciding to play NCAA or WHL hockey

Photo: Penticton Vees defenseman and 2016 prospect Dante Fabbro was chosen eighth overall in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft by the Seattle Thunderbirds (courtesy of Cherie Morgan Photography)

One of the biggest draws of playing in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) is the ability to retain NCAA eligibility while still developing in one of the world’s top junior leagues. The 16-team league is based in Canada’s westernmost province with all of the teams relatively close to the US/Canada border, with the exception of Prince George. Read more »

The Top Five surprise prospects at the 2015 World Junior Championship

by Craig Fischer
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The Top Five surprise prospects at the 2015 World Junior Championship

Photo: Team Slovakia goaltender Denis Godla played a major role in helping his country win bronze at the 2015 World Junior Championship, and was named the tournament’s best goaltender for his efforts (courtesy of Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

You only had to look at the shaking young kids who stood at their blueline as they listened to their anthem being played to see that the World Junior Championship is one of, if not the biggest stages on earth for a young, developing hockey prospect. The whole hockey world was watching. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: McDavid, Strome highlight potentially strong group from OHL

by Jason Menard
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2015 NHL Draft: McDavid, Strome highlight potentially strong group from OHL

Photo: London Knights forward and 2015 prospect Mitchell Marner has been impressive offensively in the 2014-15 season as he is currently the leading scorer in the OHL (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

One of the keys to success at the NHL level is depth down the middle. For the upcoming NHL Draft, the OHL offers both quantity and quality — including a trio that could be considered elite in the years to come. Read more »

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