2016 NHL Draft: Matthews begins season as top prospect in ISS Hockey rankings

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Jakob Chychrun - Sarnia Sting

Photo: Sarnia Sting defenseman and 2016 prospect Jakob Chychrun is considered to be the top defensive prospect available for the 2016 NHL Draft (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

He missed being eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft by two days, but that may have been to Auston Matthews benefit as he enters the 2015-16 season as the top-ranked prospect for the 2016 NHL Draft according to ISS Hockey. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: A Nylander scores a dazzler, the Hanson Brothers motivate, and more NHL prospect highlights

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Kevin Labanc - Barrie Colts

Photo: Barrie Colts forward and San Jose Sharks prospect Kevin Labanc will try to improve on his breakout 2014-15 OHL season where he posted 31 goals and 107 points in 68 games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The Nylander family is in the news lately, and the youngest family member, Alex, just scored one of the prettiest goals of the year. Another family, the Strome’s, are making waves themselves, but again it’s youngest brother Matt that started the year off hot. There’s more, too, as top prospects in Tampa Bay and Winnipeg push for playing time just like the world-famous Hanson Brothers did. Read more»

2017 NHL Draft: Bulldogs’ Strome takes next step in quest to join brothers as NHL draftees

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Matthew Strome - Hamilton Bulldogs

Photo: Hamilton Bulldogs forward and 2017 prospect Matthew Strome was the hero for the Toronto Marlboros at the 2015 OHL Cup, scoring the overtime winner that handed the Marlboros their second straight OHL Cup (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

You could forgive the new Hamilton Bulldogs’ OHL franchise for hoping – at least when it comes to drafting Stromes – that the third time truly is the charm. After all, considering the success older brothers Ryan and Dylan have had in the OHL, there is plenty of anticipation and expectation for 16-year-old Matthew. Read more»

2015-16 OHL Preview: Otters will face challenge in attempt to repeat as Midwest Division champs

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Matthew Tkachuk - London Knights

Photo: The London Knights will lose at least one significant player from their 2014-15 roster, but will have a strong reinforcement in the form of forward and 2016 prospect, Matthew Tkachuk (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

The 2015-16 season preview for the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) wraps up with the Midwest Division in the league’s Western Conference.

The defending division champs, the Erie Otters, won the division going away in 2014-15, racking up 104 points which was 20 points more than the runner-up London Knights. Of course, that team featured at attack that included Connor McDavid and Dylan Strome, the first and third picks in the 2015 NHL Draft. At least one of those two will not be back in the fold in 2015-16, and a loss of both could make a second straight division title a difficult proposition. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Notable Arizona Coyotes prospects compete this weekend, clash of styles in Quebec

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Nicolas Roy - Chicoutimi Sagueneens; Nicholas Aube-Kubel - Val d'Or Foreurs - Prospect Faceoff 9/30

Photo: Chicoutimi Sagueneens forward and Carolina Hurricanes prospect Nicolas Roy will go head-to-head against Val d’Or Foreurs forward and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Nicholas Aube-Kubel this weekend in in QMJHL action (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

Four Arizona Coyotes prospects are in competition this weekend, starting with Ryan MacInnis and Kyle Capobianco, who lock horns in Northern Ontario. Dysin Mayo takes on a potential rival, and Jens Looke rounds out the Coyotes’ entrants in this week’s Prospect Faceoff. Read more»

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