2016 NHL Draft: Trio at top of draft rankings remains unchanged for ISS, CSS

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Patrik Laine - Team Finland - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Tappara forward and 2016 prospect Patrik Laine has had a memorable 2015-16 season, winning gold at the 2016 World Junior Championship, then winning Finland’s Liiga championship last month, and he is now competing for Finland at the 2016 IIHF World Championship (courtesy of HEIKKI SAUKKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)

The scouting arm of the NHL, NHL Central Scouting (CSS), released their final rankings for the 2016 NHL Draft in April. ISS Hockey (ISS), on the other hand, is still releasing their monthly rankings, with their final ranking yet to come in early June. Read more»

Colts’ Blackwood the best of slim OHL group of NHL goaltending properties in 2015-16

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Mackenzie Blackwood - Barrie Colts

Photo: Barrie Colts goaltender and New Jersey Devils prospect Mackenzie Blackwood ranked sixth in the OHL in goals-against average and tied for first in save percentage in 2015-16 (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The NHL-drafted goaltending ranks are fairly slim in the Ontario Hockey League, but what it lacks in quantity it makes up for in quality – at least with the top three netminders. While there is some talent at the lower end, the goaltending prospects are certainly more promising at the top of the list. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: Otters’ DeBrincat proving success from last season not a fluke

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Alex DeBrincat - Erie Otters

Photo: Erie Otters forward and 2016 prospect Alex DeBrincat was second in scoring for the Otters in the 2016 OHL playoffs, scoring eight goals and 19 points in 13 games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Back-to-back 100-point seasons, two lengthy playoff runs in the ever-tough OHL, and an OHL Rookie of the Year award under his belt – but the one thing that Erie Otters’ forward Alex DeBrincat doesn’t have is prototypical size. Read more»

Colts’ Andersson the best of the NHL-drafted defenders in the OHL in 2015-16

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Rasmus Andersson - Barrie Colts

Photo: Barrie Colts defenseman and Calgary Flames prospect Rasmus Andersson had a productive 2016 playoff, posting two goals and 15 points in 15 games for the Colts (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

While the elite quality of OHL defensemen from the 2015-16 season may not resemble the ranks of the past – or even what we are likely to see next season – there is a solid roster of depth defensemen that can bring some quality and value to NHL ranks. Read more»

Greyhounds’ Senyshyn seizing opportunity rather than shrinking from it

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Zach Senyshyn - Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

Photo: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds forward and Boston Bruins prospect Zach Senyshyn was productive in the Greyhounds’ 2016 playoff run, scoring two goals and nine points in 12 postseason contests (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Zach Senyshyn heard the boos. He heard the talk about how the Boston Bruins reached for him with the 15th overall pick in last year’s NHL Draft. But he doesn’t care what those people think – he knows exactly who he has to impress. Read more»

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