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(Podcast) 2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Firebirds’ Bitten providing some consistent scoring in second season

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(Podcast) 2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Firebirds’ Bitten providing some consistent scoring in second season

Photo: Flint Firebirds forward and 2016 prospect Will Bitten leads the Firebirds in scoring this season with 21 goals and 48 points in 46 games (courtesy of Frank Light Photography)

When Will Bitten was drafted into the OHL, seventh overall by the Plymouth Whalers at the 2014 OHL Priority Selection, research suggests he was 5’9” and 145 pounds. In major junior hockey, where the rigors of 70-game regular season schedules are well-documented, Bitten indeed had his work cut out to emerge among bigger and more physical players. Read more »

(Podcast) 2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Focused Fitzpatrick stands tall in Sherbrooke net

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(Podcast) 2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Focused Fitzpatrick stands tall in Sherbrooke net

Photo: Sherbrooke Phoenix goaltender and 2016 prospect Evan Fitzpatrick is tied for sixth in save percentage in the QMJHL with a .901 percentage and has faced the most shots of any QMJHL goaltender (courtesy of Kevin Light Photography)

Of the four goaltenders that took part in the 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Vancouver this week, Evan Fitzpatrick of the Sherbrooke Phoenix sported the largest frame at 6’3” and 222 pounds. Given the penchant in recent years for NHL teams to employ bigger and bigger goalies, it would appear that in many cases, size does matter. Read more »

(Podcast) 2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Wheat Kings’ Clague having solid campaign after incomplete rookie season

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(Podcast) 2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Wheat Kings’ Clague having solid campaign after incomplete rookie season

Photo: Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman and 2016 prospect Kale Clague was a part of Canada’s gold medal squad at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament (courtesy of Kevin Light Photography)

When the Brandon Wheat Kings made Kale Clague the sixth pick overall at the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, he became yet another highly-touted defenseman among an already deep stable of defenders compiled by Kelly McCrimmon in Brandon. Read more »

2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: QMJHL duo dominates in 3-2 Team Orr victory

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2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: QMJHL duo dominates in 3-2 Team Orr victory

Photo: Team Orr forward Pierre-Luc Dubois deposits the game-winning goal into the net behind Team Cherry goaltender Zach Sawchenko in Team Orr’s 3-2 win at the 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Kevin Light Photography)

Once the pomp and circumstance came to an end at the Pacific Coliseum, with Bobby Orr and Don Cherry feigning disdain for each other prior to puck drop, a group of 40 prospects from across the CHL were finally allowed to cut loose and play hockey at the 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Read more »

(Podcast) Dan Marr, NHL scouts able to access Major Junior and Junior A showcases just days apart

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(Podcast) Dan Marr, NHL scouts able to access Major Junior and Junior A showcases just days apart

Photo: Director of NHL Central Scouting Dan Marr has had a busy couple of weeks with the release of the CSS Midterm Rankings for the 2016 NHL Draft, as well as the CJHL Prospects Game and CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

When Dan Marr was absent from the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game meet and greets on Tuesday evening in Vancouver, it was certainly for good reason. The amicable Director of NHL Central Scouting was busying himself a few miles away in Surrey at the annual CJHL Prospects Game. Read more »

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