NHL Draft Primer: Second and third round options feature family pedigree, high CHL picks

by David Hahn
Nikita Korostelev - Sarnia Sting

Photo: Sarnia Sting forward and 2015 prospect Nikita Korostelev was chosen by Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg in the first round, ninth overall, of the 2014 KHL Draft (courtesy of CHL Images)

The NHL Draft Primer series continues with a look at players ranked between 74 and 50 for the 2015 NHL Draft.

Moving past the projections that place players in the middle rounds of the draft, we start to come upon players who might very well sneak into the first round of the draft. Most of these players have a certain pedigree, be it a family connection, coaching assistance, or draft position. Read more»

Beyond Tomorrow: Unlikely meeting guided Otters’ DeBrincat to OHL Rookie of the Year

by David Hahn
Alex DeBrincat - Erie Otters

Photo: Erie Otters forward and 2016 prospect Alex DeBrincat posted 104 points in 68 games in 2014-15, then followed that with 16 points in 20 games in the OHL playoffs (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

If Erie Otters forward Alex DeBrincat goes on to have a successful NHL career, his story should be turned into a book. While he could have written an alternate chapter through the USHL and ultimately the NCAA, a chance meeting that almost didn’t happen spurned a storybook OHL season. Read more»

NHL Draft Primer: Middle round options feature dynamic defensemen, impact forwards

by David Hahn
Tyler Soy - Victoria Royals

Photo: Victoria Royals forward and 2015 prospect Tyler Soy doubled his point total from the 2013-14 season, posting 63 points in 69 games in 2014-15 (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Among North American skaters rated in the middle rounds of the 2015 NHL Draft, there are a number of interesting defensemen available that have not yet garnered a consensus opinion over where they will be selected. The confusion is for good reason, as the mix features puck-movers, defensive defensemen, and steady, two-way players who control the game from the blueline. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Trio of forwards win championships, “Big Rig” goes down, Hartford’s surprising assist leader

by David Hahn
Hunter Smith - Oshawa Generals

Photo: Oshawa Generals forward and Calgary Flames prospect Hunter Smith turned in his best offensive season of his OHL career, posting 23 goals and 49 points in 57 games in 2014-15 (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

The month of May is reserved for hockey championships, and this week’s Prospect Impressions takes a look at a trio of players who helped seal their team’s success. The NAHL, OHL, and USHL all concluded play, with a nice mix of top prospects and role players being the catalyst for those championships. In the AHL, one player potentially ready to make the jump to the NHL has been an unexpected beacon of hope for Hartford. Finally, what happens when nearly 500 pounds of mass collide in a hockey game? Prospects from the Los Angeles Kings and Calgary Flames answer that question for you in a collision that has to be seen to be believed. Read more»

2015 World Championship: Interviews with Canada’s Matt Duchene, Sean Couturier, and Tyson Barrie

by Chapin Landvogt
Tyson Barrie - Team Canada - 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship

Photo: Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie has been effective for Team Canada in his first World Championship, notching a goal and four assists in nine games (courtesy of Martin Rose/Getty Images)

For Canada, the final weekend at the 2015 IIHF World Championship has finally come as the preliminary round and even the first playoff game were to a great degree a cake walk. Domination of this sort at this tournament hasn’t been seen in recent years. Read more»

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