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2015 NHL Draft Results – Round 1

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(Podcast) 2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Skilled Steel has Pats in the hunt for playoff return

by Glen Erickson
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(Podcast) 2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Skilled Steel has Pats in the hunt for playoff return

Photo: Regina Pats forward and 2016 prospect Sam Steel is second in scoring on the Pats’ roster with 17 goals and 45 points in 48 games in the 2015-16 season (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

It has been some time since the Regina Pats have experienced post-season success, and players of Sam Steel’s dynamic skill inject instant optimism. Creative and crafty with the puck, the diminutive forward from the Edmonton area possesses the kind of talent that can bring fans out of their seats. When at his best, Steel is certainly capable of moving the needle in a city that is craving a return to its WHL glory days. Read more »

(Podcast) 2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Steelheads’ Day using TPG appearance as benchmark

by Glen Erickson
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(Podcast) 2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Steelheads’ Day using TPG appearance as benchmark

Photo: Mississauga Steelheads defenseman and 2016 prospect Sean Day has scored three goals and 14 points in 37 games in the 2015-16 campaign (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

When a player arrives in the Ontario Hockey League as a 15-year-old, courtesy of its “exceptional status” label, the pressure is naturally both immediate and intense. The label is there for the duration, heady stuff for any young teenager looking to make his mark in major junior hockey. Read more »

(Podcast) 2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Silvertips’ Hart carries strong second half of 2014-15 season into draft year

by Glen Erickson
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(Podcast) 2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Silvertips’ Hart carries strong second half of 2014-15 season into draft year

Photo: Everett Silvertips goaltender and 2016 prospect Carter Hart’s 27 wins is the most for any WHL goaltender so far in the 2015-16 campaign (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

When Carter Hart basically took over as the number one goaltender with the Everett Silvertips midway through last season, the unflappable keeper was only 16 years old. While he led the Silvertips into the post-season, where Everett fell to the Portland Winterhawks in the second round. Read more »

2016 NHL Draft: CSS, ISS take similar view of top prospects with Matthews at #1

by Ken McKenna
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2016 NHL Draft: CSS, ISS take similar view of top prospects with Matthews at #1

Photo: ZSC Lions forward and 2016 prospect Auston Matthews is ranked third in points per game (1.22) in the NLA, where he has scored 20 goals and 33 points in 27 games this season (courtesy of MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/Getty Images)

At roughly the halfway point of the 2015-16 hockey season, the picture for the upper portion of the 2016 NHL Draft is becoming a bit clearer, in part due to the recently completed World Junior Championship that took place in Helsinki, Finland. Read more »

2016 NHL Draft: Knights’ Tkachuk has had little problem adjusting to OHL grind

by Jason Menard
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2016 NHL Draft: Knights’ Tkachuk has had little problem adjusting to OHL grind

Photo: London Knights forward and 2016 prospect Matthew Tkachuk has been chosen to captain Team Orr at the 2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game next week in Vancouver, BC (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Matthew Tkachuk hopes to follow his famous father’s footsteps to the NHL one day soon. And his early march through the Ontario Hockey League in his inaugural season in the league has been – to say the very least – sure-footed. Read more »

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