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2014 Top Prospects Game Podcast: Mason McDonald, Charlottetown Islanders

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Mason McDonald - Charlottetown Islanders

Photo: Charlottetown Islanders goaltender and 2014 prospect Mason McDonald was recently dealt by the Acadie-Bathurst Titan to the Islanders in exchange for draft picks (courtesy of CHL Images)

In an era where it would seem that NHL teams seem to yearn for big, tall goaltenders, it would appear that Mason McDonald might be just the physical package scouting staffs will be looking for.

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ISS Draft Rankings: Ekblad takes over ISS top spot while Bennett tops CSS rankings

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Sam Bennett - Kingston Frontenacs

Photo: Kingston Frontenacs forward and 2014 prospect Sam Bennett is ranked third overall by ISS and first in North America by CSS, but he’ll miss out on competing with the other top prospects at the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game due to injury (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

For the NHL Draft prospect junkie, January is a particularly interesting month given the information available and events that take place. On the event side, the World Junior Championship wraps up in early January, while the BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game normally takes place at mid-month (and in fact is taking place tomorrow night).

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2014 Top Prospects Game Podcast: Jake Virtanen, Calgary Hitmen

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Jake Virtanen - Calgary Hitmen

Photo: Calgary Hitmen forward and 2014 prospect Jake Virtanen has produced at a nearly point-per-game pace during the 2013 -14 season (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

When he was selected first overall by the Calgary Hitmen at the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft, there was little doubt that Jake Virtanen was a player who would arrive in the WHL with a prototypical “full tool kit”.

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2014 Top Prospects Game Podcast: Haydn Fleury, Red Deer Rebels

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Haydn Fleury - Red Deer Rebels

Photo: Red Deer Rebels defenseman and 2014 prospect Haydn Fleury is ranked sixth among North American skaters in Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

If there is one player among the 40 in Calgary this week for the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game who can relate to the wintery first day of festivities here, it’s probably Haydn Fleury of the Red Deer Rebels. Fleury, who will celebrate his 18th birthday in July, is a prairie boy from Carlyle, Saskatchewan.

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Calgary Saddledome readies for 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

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Aaron Ekblad - Barrie Colts

Photo: Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad is the top-rated defenseman taking part in the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, although Central Scouting’s highest ranked North American forward, Sam Bennett, will miss the game due to injury (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

With 40 of the top junior players from the Canadian Hockey League arriving in this bustling National Hockey League city in wintery western Canada, there is a very solid chance this annual all-star game of sorts will capture plenty of attention from Calgary and area sports fans when Team Cherry faces off against Team Orr in the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on Wednesday night.

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