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NHL Draft Primer: Stephens, Jones among mid-to-late round North American options

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NHL Draft Primer: Stephens, Jones among mid-to-late round North American options

Photo: Langley Rivermen forward and 2015 prospect Marcus Vela competed for Team West at the 2015 CJHL Prospects Game (courtesy of Jay Johnston/OJHL Images)

The NHL Draft Primer series continues with a look at North American skaters ranked between 101 and 149 for the 2015 NHL Draft, as listed by NHL Central Scouting. Often times, there are players who are trending in one direction or the other, and sometimes, players with family ties or other interesting connections can be worth a look. These players are all likely to be drafted, but as we’ve seen in previous years, there are always surprises lurking for players ranked around this part of the draft. Read more »

Beyond Tomorrow: Family ties guide Wheat Kings’ Patrick towards 2017 NHL Draft

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Beyond Tomorrow: Family ties guide Wheat Kings’ Patrick towards 2017 NHL Draft

Photo: Brandon Wheat Kings forward and 2017 prospect Nolan Patrick has been named the WHL Rookie of the Year for the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

While a lot can happen between now and the summer of 2017, Nolan Patrick is an early favorite to have his name called in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft. At just 16 years old, Patrick has already introduced himself to the Brandon Wheat Kings faithful in fine fashion, and has been a major part of a team looking to add to their trophy case. Read more »

NHL Draft Primer: Wildcats’ Askew among late-round North American options

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NHL Draft Primer: Wildcats’ Askew among late-round North American options

Photo: Owen Sound Attack defenseman and 2015 prospect Jarrett Meyer stands 6’8″ and weighs 249 pounds, likely making him the largest prospect available for the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Welcome to an all new series at Hockey’s Future, where over the course of the next six weeks, we’ll take a look at a wide range of prospects hoping to hear their name called in late June at the 2015 NHL Draft. Thanks to NHL Central Scouting, NHL Draft Primer will review select prospects from North America and Europe in this twice-weekly series. Read more »

Off The Radar: Trio of international skaters, Kootenay standout, and oft-injured goaltender push for NHL attention

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Off The Radar: Trio of international skaters, Kootenay standout, and oft-injured goaltender push for NHL attention

Photo: Boston University junior forward/defenseman Ahti Oksanen was ranked 66th among European skaters for the 2012 NHL Draft, but was never drafted (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

Front offices in the National Hockey League withhold many secrets, none that garner more speculation than why respective member clubs pass on draft-eligible players. Whether it’s concerns over size, injuries, production, or their interest level in playing in the league, there’s always an opportunity for a player to overcome those shortcomings in order to earn a chance the second time around. Read more »

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Auston Matthews, Forward, and Evan Sarthou, Goaltender, USA

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(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Auston Matthews, Forward, and Evan Sarthou, Goaltender, USA

Photo: Team USA forward and 2016 prospect Auston Matthews totaled 18 points in 12 games while competing for the U.S. teams at the U20 and U18 tournaments this season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

Team USA received contributions from all over the lineup in their march to a second consecutive gold medal at the IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship. But one U.S. player stood out a little more than the others, a player whose name will soon be bandied about in much the same way that the names McDavid and Eichel have been discussed over the past few months. Read more »

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