2016 NHL Draft: NTDP’s Matthews tops the ISS Hockey December rankings

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Auston Matthews - U.S. NTDP U-18

Photo: U.S. NTDP forward and 2016 prospect Auston Matthews was a two-time gold medalist with Team USA in the 2013-14 season, playing for both the U17 and U18 national teams (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

 

The 2016 NHL Draft is still more than a year-and-a-half away, but that doesn’t mean that players eligible for that draft aren’t being observed by scouts. ISS Hockey is one of those scouting groups taking the measure of late ’97 and ’98-born players eligible for that draft, with that organization releasing their December ranking of the top 10 prospects for the 2016 draft. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: McDavid, Eichel and Hanifin retain hold on top 3 in ISS Hockey’s December rankings

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Jack Eichel - Boston University

Photo: Boston University center and 2015 NHL Draft prospect Jack Eichel remains the second-ranked prospect for next June’s draft, behind the Erie Otters’ Connor McDavid (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

 

Despite missing the past three weeks with a hand injury, Erie Otters center Connor McDavid remains the top prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft in the December rankings released by ISS Hockey. Read more»

Lengthy stint at Kings’ camp boosts Lintuniemi’s game

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Alex Lintuniemi - Ottawa 67's

Photo: Ottawa 67′s defenseman and Los Angeles Kings prospect Alex Lintuniemi captained the Jokerit U20 squad before moving to North America to play for the 67′s (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

A stint at the Los Angeles Kings training camp has Helsinki-born defenseman Alex Lintuniemi California dreaming — and the Ottawa 67′s have benefited from his enhanced focus and dedication to the game. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Pakarinen marker helps Oilers to a win

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Iiro Pakarinen - Edmonton Oilers

Photo: Edmonton Oilers rookie forward Iiro Pakarinen (L) celebrates his team’s win over the Buffalo Sabres, a game in which Pakarinen scored his first NHL goal (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

In just his second NHL game, Edmonton Oilers forward Iiro Pakarinen netted his first NHL goal in the Oilers’ come-from-behind, 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: Otters’ McDavid remains the top prospect in ISS Hockey rankings

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Connor McDavid - Erie Otters

Photo: Erie Otters forward and 2015 prospect Connor McDavid has played as advertised so far in the 2014-15 season, generating offense at a rate of three points per game (courtesy of Aaron Bel/OHL Images)

 

The competition to become the top selection at the 2015 NHL Draft is almost assuredly a two-horse race between Erie Otters forward Connor McDavid and Boston University forward Jack Eichel. But one of those thoroughbreds already appears to be separating from his main challenger at this early stage of the 2014-15 season. Read more»

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