2016 NHL Draft: Development a family affair for Mississauga Steelheads’ Nylander

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Alexander Nylander - Mississauga Steelheads

Photo: Mississauga Steelheads forward and 2016 prospect Alexander Nylander starred for Sweden at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, where he led the team in scoring with nine points in seven games (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

For the Mississauga Steelheads’ Alexander Nylander, his draft-eligible year is truly a family affair. And the experience handed down by his father and brother has proven to be rewarding. Read more»

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»

Prospect Impressions: “Lil Burns” wins over fans, LaBerge shines at CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

by David Hahn
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Josh Ho-Sang - Niagara IceDogs

Photo: Niagara IceDogs forward and New York Islanders prospect Josh Ho-Sang is among the Top 20 scorers in the OHL with 15 goals and 58 points in 45 games (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

The NHL All-Star weekend is always a fun event and this year, a number of the league’s brightest personalities entertained the fans in Music City. It may have been hard to top his red carpet outfit, but Brent Burns‘ son stole the show this weekend. In addition, the CHL/NHL Top Prospect Game took place and Victoriaville Tigres forward Pascal Laberge took center stage, possibly improving his draft stock in the process. Also, a pair of goaltenders show off their quickness, an enigmatic forward strikes again, plus goals by the Wolverines captain and one of the NLA’s top scorers. Read more»

2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: A look back at the TPG’s top performers

by Glen Erickson
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Pascal Labege - Team Orr - 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: Team Orr forward Pascal Laberge celebrates one of the two goals that he scored in Team Orr’s 3-2 win over Team Cherry at the 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Kevin Light Photography)

Below is a look at a few of the players who made a significant impact at the 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Thursday in Vancouver, B.C.. In that game, Team Orr defeated Team Cherry by a 3-2 count. Read more»

(Podcast) 2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Firebirds’ Bitten providing some consistent scoring in second season

by Glen Erickson
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Will Bitten - Flint Firebirds - 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: Flint Firebirds forward and 2016 prospect Will Bitten leads the Firebirds in scoring this season with 21 goals and 48 points in 46 games (courtesy of Frank Light Photography)

When Will Bitten was drafted into the OHL, seventh overall by the Plymouth Whalers at the 2014 OHL Priority Selection, research suggests he was 5’9” and 145 pounds. In major junior hockey, where the rigors of 70-game regular season schedules are well-documented, Bitten indeed had his work cut out to emerge among bigger and more physical players. Read more»

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