Prospect Faceoff: World Under-17 comes to a conclusion, European talents go head-to-head in the OHL, more from junior, NCAA hockey

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Joel Teasdale - Blainville-Boisbriand Armada; David Levin - Sudbury Wolves - Prospect Faceoff for 11/5/15

Photo: Blainville-Boisbriand Armada forward Joel Teasdale and Sudbury Wolves forward David Levin go head-to-head in a semi-final match tonight at the 2015 World U17 Hockey Challenge (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images and Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The World Under-17 Hockey Challenge pits two countrymen against each other as the tournament comes to a conclusion this week. There is also a pair of international talents going one-on-one for the first time in their careers in the OHL, while another strong European is leading the way for his squad against one of the most feared forwards in the QMJHL. In the WHL, two of the league’s top defenseman are a big part of their respective team’s success, while a pair of college forwards who once scored in bunches try to re-ignite their games in this week’s Prospect Faceoff. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: No change at top of ISS draft rankings for November

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Matthew Tkachuk - London Knights

Photo: London Knights forward and 2016 prospect Matthew Tkachuk has made an easy transition to the OHL as he is currently ranked third in scoring for 2015-16 (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

No news is good news for the players sitting atop ISS Hockey’s November ranking of the top 30 prospects available for the 2016 NHL Draft. There is no change among the top 5 players from last month’s ranking, with Auston Matthews standing steady as the top prospect. Read more»

Top 50 NHL Prospects: Trio of Czechs among the 31-40 group in Fall rankings

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David Pastrnak - Boston Bruins

Photo: Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak has produced 12 goals and 31 points in 54 NHL games to date after being chosen 25th overall in 2014 NHL Draft by the Bruins (courtesy of John Crouch/Icon Sportswire)

The Czech Republic is well represented in the 31-40 section of the Hockey’s Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects for the Fall of 2015. Three Czechs are included among the 10 prospects in this group, with six of the 10 hailing from Europe. Read more»

2015 ending on a higher note for Stars’ Faksa

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Radek Faksa - Dallas Stars

Photo: Dallas Stars rookie forward Radek Faksa saw his first regular season NHL action on Saturday vs. the Florida Panthers (courtesy of Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)

Someday, when Radek Faksa looks back at his career, 2015 is going to be well ingrained in his memory.

It started with a left shoulder injury suffered Jan. 4th against the Charlotte Checkers, which required surgery on Jan. 9th, his 21st birthday, and cost him the rest of the 2014-15 AHL season with the Texas Stars. Read more»

2015 Ivan Hlinka Preview: Canada looks to continue domination of season’s first draft prospect showcase

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Tyler Benson - Team Canada

Photo: Team Canada forward Tyler Benson will have the role of an alternate captain at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, as he did for the Canada Black squad at the 2014 World U-17 Hockey Challenge (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

By June of 2016, a large number of the young men who will be participating in this week’s Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in Breclav, Czech Republic and Bratislava, Slovakia will be the focus next year’s NHL Draft. The historical tournament will feature what are nominally considered the world’s eight best ice hockey nations divided into the following two groups: Read more»

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