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2015 NHL Draft: Sadek the best among solid Minnesota high school crop

by Tom Schreier
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2015 NHL Draft: Sadek the best among solid Minnesota high school crop

Photo: Lakeville North High School defenseman and 2015 prospect Jack Sadek has scored five goals and added 20 assists in 25 games in 2014-15 (courtesy of Jim Lindquist)

 

The state of Minnesota has long been fertile ground when it comes to the development of NHL prospects. And, while the players competing at the NCAA level receive most of the attention from fans and scouts alike, the talent produced at the high school level in that state is second to none in the United States. Read more »

Wildcats’ Garland focused on team success over personal accolades

by Chris Roberts
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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

by David Hahn
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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

by Chris Roberts
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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 »

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