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Wildcats’ Garland focused on team success over personal accolades

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Wildcats’ Garland focused on team success over personal accolades

Photo: Moncton Wildcats forward Conor Garland this season has already doubled his point total from 2013-14 with 10 games remaining in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Dave Connell)

 

If it wasn’t quite evident last season, then it’s easy to see this year: Conor Garland is the most skilled player in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

The Moncton Wildcats winger recorded 54 points in 51 games last season in what was his first year of NHL Draft eligibility. Despite that level of production on a relatively mediocre Wildcats team compared to years past, Garland went undrafted. Offensive totals are not the be-all, end-all when it comes to drafting a player – the last QMJHL player to be selected in the 2014 NHL Draft was Julien Nantel (COL), who had just 34 points in 68 games. Read more »

Off The Radar: Gavrikov among trio of defenseman vying for NHL attention, while two consistent forwards look ahead

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Off The Radar: Gavrikov among trio of defenseman vying for NHL attention, while two consistent forwards look ahead

Photo: Blainville-Boisbriand Armada forward Danick Martel is currently ranked second in scoring in the QMJHL, behind the Moncton Wildcats’ Conor Garland (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

 

The NHL Draft often signals the beginning of a future professional career for many young hopefuls. For those not drafted, it can become a motivator to improve and put in the work necessary in order to be noticed. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Godla on the rise as group of Czech, Slovak and German prospects gain some ground

by Chapin Landvogt
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2015 NHL Draft: Godla on the rise as group of Czech, Slovak and German prospects gain some ground

Photo: SHK 37 Piestany goaltender and 2015 prospect Denis Godla was named the top goaltender of the 2015 U20 World Junior Championship after leading Slovakia to a bronze medal (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

 

It’s been a bit of a slow winter on the central European prospect front, and in general, there has been some concern over the past 5+ years in the overall lack of development of players coming from the Czech Republic and, in particular, Slovakia and Germany. All three countries have seen a rapid decline in the production of high-end talents, with many of their stronger players already choosing to head primarily to North America or Sweden by the time they are 16 years old. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Screaming Eagles’ Leveille making sure late ’96 status doesn’t hurt his draft stock

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2015 NHL Draft: Screaming Eagles’ Leveille making sure late ’96 status doesn’t hurt his draft stock

Photo: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles defenseman and 2015 prospect Loik Leveille is currently third in scoring among QMJHL defensemen (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

 

Ask Cape Breton Screaming Eagles defenseman Loïk Léveillé about his name and he’ll tell you it’s not the first time someone has done so.

A Google search of “Loïk” brings up more surnames than given names. Far from a popular name, Léveillé says his mother had a friend who helped inspire the name before he was born.
“Yeah, it’s just an uncommon French name,” the 18-year-old quipped, with a grin. Read more »

Beyond Tomorrow: Jones undecided on destination for 2015-16 season

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Beyond Tomorrow: Jones undecided on destination for 2015-16 season

Photo: U.S. NTDP forward and 2016 prospect Max Jones was the leading goal scorer at the 2014 World U17 Hockey Challenge with seven, while his 11 points in the tournament were second to teammate Clayton Keller (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

 

For Rochester, MI native Max Jones, family connections have helped carve a path in hockey. Make no mistake, the talented power forward is making a name for himself despite intrigue about where he will play in his draft-eligible season. Read more »

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