2016 NHL Draft: Trio at top of draft rankings remains unchanged for ISS, CSS

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Patrik Laine - Team Finland - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Tappara forward and 2016 prospect Patrik Laine has had a memorable 2015-16 season, winning gold at the 2016 World Junior Championship, then winning Finland’s Liiga championship last month, and he is now competing for Finland at the 2016 IIHF World Championship (courtesy of HEIKKI SAUKKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)

The scouting arm of the NHL, NHL Central Scouting (CSS), released their final rankings for the 2016 NHL Draft in April. ISS Hockey (ISS), on the other hand, is still releasing their monthly rankings, with their final ranking yet to come in early June. Read more»

Heinen gets brief taste of pro game in Providence after successful NCAA campaign

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Danton Heinen - University of Denver - 2016 NCAA Division I Men's Hockey Championships

Photo: Providence Bruins forward and Boston Bruins prospect Danton Heinen competed at the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four with the University of Denver, with the Pioneers dropping their semi-final game to eventual champion North Dakota (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

While it was only a short stay in the AHL for Boston Bruins forward prospect Danton Heinen, the first taste of pro hockey for the University of Denver standout could prove invaluable in his continued development. Read more»

On the Rush, April, 2016: Gostisbehere, Timashov amongst those leading the rush

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Shayne Gostisbehere - Philadelphia Flyers

Photo: Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere had a strong NHL rookie campaign, scoring 17 goals and 46 points in 64 games in 2015-16 (courtesy of Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire)

It seems like just yesterday that we were talking about October/November, and the first On the Rush of the 2015-16 campaign was being put together. Alas, here we are in April with many teams and players done for the season. It has been another phenomenal year across the hockey world, and every year we are left with no shortage of players who surpass expectations and those that fall short. Read more»

Guentzel, Blueger providing ample reinforcement for depleted Wilkes-Barre/Scranton lineup

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Teddy Blueger - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

Photo: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Teddy Blueger (R) had his best NCAA season in his senior campaign, posting 11 goals and 35 points in 41 games in 2015-16 (courtesy of Nina Weiss/The Home News)

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have seen several prospects start the season on their roster, but a number of them have moved on to the NHL and are currently in the midst of a Stanley Cup Playoff run. Read more»

(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: USA to play for bronze after loss to Finland

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Joseph Woll - Team USA - 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship

Photo: Team USA goaltender and 2016 prospect Joseph Woll will be attending Boston College starting in the Fall of 2016 (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

Team USA breezed through the preliminary round of the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship with four wins, then won their quarterfinal match against the Czech Republic by an 8-0 count. The stage seemed to be set for the USA to once again play for U18 gold, this time in front of a home crowd in Grand Forks, ND. Read more»

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