Prospect Impressions: Alex Nylander shines, Milano brings Cleveland a championship, Top 5 plays of the year

by David Hahn
Connor McDavid - Edmonton Oilers

Photo: Edmonton Oilers rookie forward is one of three finalists for the 2015-16 Calder Trophy, which is presented to the NHL’s top rookie (courtesy of Chris LaFrance/Icon Sportswire)



The final Prospect Impressions of the year is finally here, and the top five plays of the 2015-16 season have arrived.

The Nylander name is a strong one, with a storied past that includes an NHL veteran, an NHL rookie, and a player sure to hear his name called early in the 2016 NHL Draft. But a most familiar name has provided the top individual effort in the now completed 2015-16 campaign. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft Primer: Notable names to watch later on the draft’s second day

by David Hahn
Ty Ronning - Vancouver Giants

Photo: Vancouver Giants forward and 2016 prospect Ty Ronning produced 31 goals and 59 points in 67 games in 2015-16 after producing two points in 24 games in 2014-15 (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)



The second day of the 2016 NHL Draft will afford teams an opportunity to select character players who will certainly still impact their prospect pool in a positive fashion. In the latest edition of NHL Draft Primer, we highlight a few notable names that have family ties, one or two elements of their games that make them unique, and a couple players who have been overlooked for one reason or another. Read more»

Marner, Labanc tops among NHL properties on the wing in OHL

by Jason Menard
Mitch Marner - London Knights - 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup

Photo: London Knights forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Mitch Marner (L) produced 16 goals and 44 points in 18 postseason games in the Knights’ run to a Memorial Cup championship (courtesy of Rob Wallator/CHL Images)



The Ontario Hockey League was stocked with talent up front this season and it culminated in a season for the ages for one London Knight. But while Toronto Maple Leafs’ prospect Mitchell Marner may have been the top winger this year, he was not the only show in the league.

The OHL was blessed with a depth of elite-quality, NHL-drafted talent on its wings this season, with the best of that group being ranked below. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Save of the Year, plus top plays from Caggiula, Strome

by David Hahn
Ryan Ruck - Northeastern University - 2016 Beanpot Tournament

Photo: Northeastern University freshman goaltender Ryan Ruck helped lead the Huskies to their first Hockey East championship since 1988 (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)



With just two Prospect Impressions left this year, we enter into the top 10 plays of the year.

Drake Caggiula recently signed with the Edmonton Oilers, but he left a lasting impression on North Dakota with a ridiculous shorthanded effort. Dylan Strome one-ups Caggiula by scoring a goal through an entire team, and others vie for a spot in the top 10 by making incredible plays! Read more»

Simple game worked well for Knights’ defender Martenet

by Chris Roberts
Chris Martenet - London Knights - 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup

Photo: London Knights defenseman and Dallas Stars prospect Chris Martenet improved his plus/minus from a +4 in 2015-16 to a +44 this season (courtesy of Rob Wallator/CHL Images)



The London Knights dangerous top line – Mitch Marner (TOR), Christian Dvorak (ARI), and Matthew Tkachuk (2016) – was the story of the Canadian Hockey League this season. The trio was troublesome for opposition defenders en route to a Memorial Cup win, but they alone weren’t responsible for a national championship. Read more»

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