Zadorov tops a solid group of NHL-drafted OHL defensemen

by Jason Menard
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Nikita Zadorov - London Knights

Photo: London Knights defenseman and Buffalo Sabres prospect Nikita Zadorov didn’t look out of place during seven NHL games played in the early portion of the 2013-14 season, but returned to the Knights following the 2014 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

The OHL has long been known for its ability to pump out marquee offensive talent, but don’t sell the league short on the blueline. This year’s elite draft-eligible defensemen, like Aaron Ekblad and Roland McKeown, have a number of role models within the league whose path they can follow to the draft podium and beyond.

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2014 WJC Review: Canada misses out on bronze for second straight year

by Kevin Forbes
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Anthony Mantha - Team Canada

Photo: Val d’Or Foreurs forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha was the main offensive threat for Team Canada at the 2014 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

For the second year in a row, Team Canada took the somber and quiet flight home from the World Junior Championship without a medal to show for their efforts. Thankfully for the young men who made up the team, it was also a second straight year where other news in the hockey world quickly drew the attention of media and fans elsewhere. Meanwhile, Hockey Canada is left to once again regroup and diagnose what went wrong and how they can find a way back to their winning ways that were once commonplace and are now proving to be more and more elusive.

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Beyond Tomorrow: Greenway the latest Shattuck product with shot at the NHL

by Chau Vo
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Jordan Greenway - Team USA

Photo: U.S. NTDP forward and 2015 prospect Jordan Greenway played for Team USA at the 2014 World U17 Hockey Challenge, picking up five points in six games for the gold medal squad (courtesy of Tom Sorensen/USA Hockey)

In 1996, JP Parise, father of Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise, was approached to take over a fledgling hockey program for a small but well known boarding school in Faribault, Minnesota. Since then, the program has gone on to win multiple national championships at all levels of minor hockey while attracting the services of young talented stars like Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, and Nathan MacKinnon.

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Rangers’ Llewellyn credits brother with move to OHL

by Jason Menard
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Darby Llewellyn - Kitchener Rangers

Photo: Kitchener Rangers forward and 2014 prospect Darby Llewellyn came to the Rangers from the Detroit Honeybaked U16 program (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

If Kitchener Rangers fans want to thank anyone for the presence of 20-goal-man Darby Llewellyn on their favourite team’s roster, they can simply turn to Darby’s older brother, Tristin.

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USHL a stepping-stone to OHL for Rangers’ Magyar

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Nick Magyar - Kitchener Rangers

Photo: Kitchener Rangers forward and 2014 prospect Nick Magyar is the Rangers leading scorer so far in 2013-14 with 35 points in 47 games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Nick Magyar may be a rookie in the OHL, but to hear him talk about it, he took care of those rookie jitters last year with a one-year sojourn in the USHL.

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