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»

2015-16 DEL Preview, Pt. 2: Mannheim seeks repeat with deep lineup

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David Wolf - Hamburg Freezers - DEL

Photo: After competing in the Calgary Flames organization in the 2014-15 season, Hamburg Freezers forward David Wolf has returned to Germany to play for the Freezers for the 2015-16 campaign (courtesy of Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)

After taking a look at the lower-ranked teams competing in Germany’s top hockey league, the DEL (Deutsche Eishockey Liga), Hockey’s Future now previews the top eight clubs in that league for the 2015-16 season. Read more»

2015-16 DEL Preview, Pt. 1: Straubing could be team to watch among lower rung clubs

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Tim Bender - EHC Muenchen - DEL

Photo: Schwenninger Wild Wings defenseman Tim Bender competed for EHC Munich in the 2014-15 season, and spent part of the 2013-14 season with the OHL’s London Knights (courtesy of Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

The German DEL (Deutsche Eishockey Liga) has settled in as a league that can feature some fine hockey that is very much equivalent to the level of play in the AHL, just a good bit older when it comes to the average age of the various line-ups and thus more mature in the style of play. Paying very well overall, the league is a business and is there to sell tickets and produce champions. Read more»

New German U20 coach Kuenast looking to bring country back to top division

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Christian Kuenast - Team Germany

Photo: Germany’s new U20 head coach, Christian Kuenast, played goal for seven teams over 12 seasons in the DEL, Germany’s top hockey league (courtesy of Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

In a rash of changes, Germany has named new coaches to its men’s, U20, and U18 national teams. A year full of relegations and moderate play internationally has led to a number of changes in the German Ice Hockey Federation, and new wind is hoped to get the program back on track. Read more»

Success with Western Michigan, becoming NHL-ready the main goals for Tiffels

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Frederik Tiffels - Team Germany

Photo: Western Michigan University forward and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Frederik Tiffels has been a fixture on Germany’s national team for the past five seasons (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

A recent staple in international play for Germany, Frederik Tiffels has been playing in North America for several years now, having played three seasons of USHL hockey before beginning his NCAA career. This is a route rarely taken by German hockey players. Read more»

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