2015 NHL Draft: Otters’ McDavid remains the top prospect in ISS Hockey rankings

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Connor McDavid - Erie Otters

Photo: Erie Otters forward and 2015 prospect Connor McDavid has played as advertised so far in the 2014-15 season, generating offense at a rate of three points per game (courtesy of Aaron Bel/OHL Images)

The competition to become the top selection at the 2015 NHL Draft is almost assuredly a two-horse race between Erie Otters forward Connor McDavid and Boston University forward Jack Eichel. But one of those thoroughbreds already appears to be separating from his main challenger at this early stage of the 2014-15 season. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Ekblad provides margin of victory for Panthers

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Aaron Ekblad - Florida Panthers

Photo: Florida Panthers rookie defenseman Aaron Ekblad has posted one goal and two assists in nine games to start the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)

Nine games into his NHL career, Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad has netted his first NHL goal, and it was an important one, to boot, as the goal stood as the game-winner in the Panthers’ 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. Read more»

Beyond Tomorrow: Sting’s Chychrun joins a growing list of exceptional players from Florida

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Jakob Chychrun - Sarnia Sting

Photo: Sarnia Sting defenseman and 2016 prospect Jakob Chychrun was the first selection overall at the 2014 OHL Priority Selection (courtesy of CHL Images)

Florida may be better known for its sandy beaches, palm trees and resort-like towns, but it is slowly gaining recognition as a hotbed for hockey in the Deep South. To date, it has been the birthplace of four NHL players, with many rising young stars calling the Sunshine State home. Read more»

Phantoms’ rookie Laughton off to strong start in 2014-15

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Scott Laughton - Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Photo: Lehigh Valley Phantoms forward and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Scott Laughton is second in scoring among AHL rookies early in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Tony Androckitis/HF)

In the first few weeks of the 2014-15 AHL season, Philadelphia Flyers’ top prospect and 2012 first round pick Scott Laughton has perhaps given glimpses of what is to come as he begins his pro career with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Stars’ Oleksiak lights the lamp in loss to Blues

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Jamie Oleksiak - Dallas Stars

Photo: Dallas Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak unloads the shot that would become his first career NHL goal in Tuesday’s loss to the St. Louis Blues (courtesy of Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)

It took him five games in the 2014-15 season and 28 NHL games overall, but Dallas Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak finally netted his first NHL goal. The goal opened the scoring in a game that would end in a 4-3 overtime loss for the Stars at the hands of the St. Louis Blues. Read more»

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