2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: A look back at the TPG’s top performers

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Pascal Labege - Team Orr - 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: Team Orr forward Pascal Laberge celebrates one of the two goals that he scored in Team Orr’s 3-2 win over Team Cherry at the 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Kevin Light Photography)

Below is a look at a few of the players who made a significant impact at the 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Thursday in Vancouver, B.C.. In that game, Team Orr defeated Team Cherry by a 3-2 count. Read more»

(Podcast) 2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Firebirds’ Bitten providing some consistent scoring in second season

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Will Bitten - Flint Firebirds - 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: Flint Firebirds forward and 2016 prospect Will Bitten leads the Firebirds in scoring this season with 21 goals and 48 points in 46 games (courtesy of Frank Light Photography)

When Will Bitten was drafted into the OHL, seventh overall by the Plymouth Whalers at the 2014 OHL Priority Selection, research suggests he was 5’9” and 145 pounds. In major junior hockey, where the rigors of 70-game regular season schedules are well-documented, Bitten indeed had his work cut out to emerge among bigger and more physical players. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Garland running away with QMJHL scoring title, trio of Winnipeg Jets prospects compete

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Eric Brassard - Halifax Mooseheads; Conor Garland - Moncton Wildcats - NHL Prospect Faceoff for 1/29/16

Photo: Halifax Mooseheads goaltender Eric Brassard (L) and Moncton Wildcats forward Conor Garland (R) go head-to-head in a top QMJHL matchup this weekend (courtesy of Mathieu Belanger/Getty Images and Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Can anyone stop Conor Garland from scoring? The diminutive forward is already 30-points clear of second place in scoring, and a veteran goaltender will be tasked with attempting to keep him off the scoresheet in weekend action. Also in this NHL Prospect Faceoff, Brendan Lemieux, Jack Roslovic, and Jansen Harkins from the Winnipeg Jets organization are all in action this weekend. Finally, two Swedish defensemen with vastly different skill sets are chronicled in SHL action. Read more»

2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: QMJHL duo dominates in 3-2 Team Orr victory

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Pierre-Luc Dubois - Team Orr - 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: Team Orr forward Pierre-Luc Dubois deposits the game-winning goal into the net behind Team Cherry goaltender Zach Sawchenko in Team Orr’s 3-2 win at the 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Kevin Light Photography)

Once the pomp and circumstance came to an end at the Pacific Coliseum, with Bobby Orr and Don Cherry feigning disdain for each other prior to puck drop, a group of 40 prospects from across the CHL were finally allowed to cut loose and play hockey at the 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Read more»

(Podcast) Dan Marr, NHL scouts able to access Major Junior and Junior A showcases just days apart

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Dan Marr - Director of NHL Central Scouting

Photo: Director of NHL Central Scouting Dan Marr has had a busy couple of weeks with the release of the CSS Midterm Rankings for the 2016 NHL Draft, as well as the CJHL Prospects Game and CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

When Dan Marr was absent from the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game meet and greets on Tuesday evening in Vancouver, it was certainly for good reason. The amicable Director of NHL Central Scouting was busying himself a few miles away in Surrey at the annual CJHL Prospects Game. Read more»

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