2016 NHL Draft: Top skaters remain unchanged but a new pair of goaltenders emerge in ISS February rankings

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Evan Fitzpatrick - Sherbrooke Phoenix

Photo: Sherbrooke Phoenix goaltender and 2016 prospect Evan Fitzpatrick has appeared in 40 games for the QMJHL club in 2015-16, where he has posted a 3.25 goals=against average and .899 save percentage (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

Change has come to ISS Hockey’s February rankings for the 2016 NHL Draft, but not within the Top 10 or much of the Top 30, for that matter. Instead, the significant change has taken place in the goaltender rankings, where the top two goalies from the January rankings have been displaced by a new duo. Read more»

Move to Hartford working well so far for Wolf Pack’s Jensen

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Niklas Jensen - Hartford Wolf Pack

Photo: Hartford Wolf Pack forward and New York Rangers prospect Nicklas Jensen was chosen in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft but has appeared in just 24 NHL games to date (courtesy of Chris Rutsch/Hartford Wolf Pack)

The New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks swapped young forward prospects on January 8th, as the Rangers sent Emerson Etem to the Canucks in exchange for Nicklas Jensen and a sixth round draft pick in 2017 in what is a change of scenery for both players involved – hoping a new opportunity with a new organization will provide a change of fate. Read more»

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

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Auston Matthews - Team USA - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

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»

Rungsted’s Rondbjerg looking forward to competing for Denmark at 2017 WJC

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Jonas Rondbjerg - Team Denmark - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Rungsted IK forward Jonas Rondbjerg competed for Team Denmark at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, where he posted one assist in five games (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

As one of, if not the youngest player at this year’s WJC, Danish forward Jonas Rondbjerg has stood out for more than just his age as he served in a second-line left wing capacity for his nation. Back home in Denmark, he’s currently in the middle of his second season of professional play, where he has accumulated eight goals and 12 points along with a +7 in 25 games. He had four points in 30 games for the same team as a 15-year-old. Read more»

2016 WJC Review: Denmark lives to battle in 2017 after close playoff loss

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Thomas Lillie - Team Denmark

Photo: Team Denmark goaltender Thomas Lillie turned in a good showing at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, helping to keep the Danes in games against some of the bigger hockey powers (courtesy of MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/Getty Images)

For an upstart Team Denmark squad lacking heavily in star power, the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship proved to be a rockingly terrific experience that the small hockey nation will surely be able to build upon. Coach Olaf Eller and his staff were able to bring an unknown quantity together to not only beat Switzerland in their opener, thus setting the stage for their second straight quarterfinal participation, but also push eventual silver medalist Russia to the brink of disaster, seeing a late 3-2 lead turn into a 4-3 overtime Russian victory. Read more»

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