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

by Ken McKenna
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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»

Prospect Faceoff: USA WJC teammates clash, NCHC showdown, more from the AHL, QMJHL, and WHL

by David Hahn
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Drake Caggiula - University of North Dakota; Hunter Fejes - Colorado College - Prospect Faceoff for 1/21/16

Photo: University of North Dakota forward Drake Caggiula and Colorado College forward Hunter Fejes go head-to-head this weekend in a clash of NCHC schools (courtesy of Maddie Meyer/Getty Images and Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

What happens when a high-end goal scorer matches up against one of the brightest young goaltenders in junior hockey? We’ll find out this weekend when Alex Nedeljkovic visits former international teammate Alex DeBrincat and the Erie Otters. Also in this week’s Prospect Faceoff, two seniors lead their college teams in scoring, while key matchups take place in the AHL, QMJHL, and WHL. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: Knights’ Tkachuk has had little problem adjusting to OHL grind

by Jason Menard
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Matthew Tkachuk - London Knights

Photo: London Knights forward and 2016 prospect Matthew Tkachuk has been chosen to captain Team Orr at the 2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game next week in Vancouver, BC (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Matthew Tkachuk hopes to follow his famous father’s footsteps to the NHL one day soon. And his early march through the Ontario Hockey League in his inaugural season in the league has been – to say the very least – sure-footed. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: Brotherly advice helping Storm’s Smith stay focused

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Givani Smith - Guelph Storm

Photo: Guelph Storm forward and 2016 prospect Givani Smith was originally drafted by the Barrie Colts but was acquired by the Storm in a trade in January of 2015 (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Givani Smith received the best gift of all from his older brother Gemel Smith over the Christmas holidays – the gift of confidence and perspective. And the younger Smith is hoping to put that renewed attitude to good use for the rest of the year. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Premier NCAA matchup in Boston, WJC participants ramp up in CHL action

by David Hahn
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William Nylander - Mississauga Steelheads; Olli Juolevi - London Knights - Prospect Faceoff for 1/14/16

Photo: 2016 NHL Draft prospect Alexander Nylander of the Mississauga Steelheads and Olli Juolevi of the London Knights go head-to-head in an OHL match this weekend after both turning in impressive performances at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images and Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Prospect Faceoff returns in 2016 with a huge home-and-home series in Boston, as two of NCAA hockey’s best programs play a pair of games this weekend. With the World Junior Championship now complete, a number of high-end players return to their regular lineups and are ready for a big second half. Among them, two high-end 2016 draft-eligible skaters go head-to-head, a blue-chip Philadelphia Flyers prospect returns to the WHL, and one of Switzerland’s finest has a new home in the QMJHL. Plenty more this week as Prospect Faceoff ramps up again! Read more»

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