(Podcast) 2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Well traveled DeBrincat brings scoring touch to Vancouver

by Glen Erickson
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Alex DeBrincat - Erie Otters

Photo: Erie Otters forward and 2016 prospect Alex DeBrincat is currently ranked sixth in scoring in the OHL with 35 goals and 62 points in 38 games in the 2015-16 campaign (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Alex DeBrincat of the Erie Otters is the smallest player in Vancouver this week at the 2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Although the native of Farmington Hills, Michigan checks in at 5’7” and 163 pounds, his performance in the OHL this season has been big time so far. Read more»

(Podcast) 2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Steelheads’ Day using TPG appearance as benchmark

by Glen Erickson
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Sean Day - Mississauga Steelheads

Photo: Mississauga Steelheads defenseman and 2016 prospect Sean Day has scored three goals and 14 points in 37 games in the 2015-16 campaign (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

When a player arrives in the Ontario Hockey League as a 15-year-old, courtesy of its “exceptional status” label, the pressure is naturally both immediate and intense. The label is there for the duration, heady stuff for any young teenager looking to make his mark in major junior hockey. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Omark’s on fire, Leipsic gets creative in overtime, plus a must-see puppy goal

by David Hahn
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Brendan Leipsic - Toronto Marlies

Photo: Toronto Marlies forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Brandan Leipsic is currently fourth in scoring for the Marlies with 13 goals and 31 points in 42 games this season (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Sticks are both figuratively and literally on fire in this week’s edition of Prospect Impressions. Andrew Mangiapane and Brendan Leipsic score impressive goals, joining a trio of players in Europe who provided creative entries of their own. Make sure to check in this week to see why Bobby Ryan’s snipe will forever be known as the “puppy goal!” Read more»

Belarus teammates Falkovsky, Buinitsky, and Goncharov use World Junior experience as guidepost

by Chapin Landvogt
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Stepan Falkovsky - Team Belarus - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Team Belarus defenseman and 2016 prospect Stepan Falkovsky is in his first season of OHL hockey as a member of the Ottawa 67’s (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Coming into the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, Stepan Falkovsky was about the only Belarusian player known to the international ice hockey community as he currently suits up for the Ottawa 67’s of the OHL. There, the 19 year old sports seven goals, 22 points, and a +11 rating in 37 games in his first season of North American play. Despite a 6’7” and 225-pound frame that he doesn’t shy away from using, Falkovsky plays a rangy game and seems very adept at making solid first passes or firing the puck from the point Read more»

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»

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