2015 NHL Draft: Unselfish play boosts Marner’s stats, but Knights’ star still working on balancing his game

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Mitchell Marner - London Knights

Photo: London Knights forward and 2015 prospect Mitch Marner produced 44 goals and 126 points along with a +36 rating in 63 games this season (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

When you talk with Thornhill, ON native Mitchell Marner, he uses the word ‘special’ frequently. And while he uses it as a form of appreciation for the opportunities and experiences he has, it can also be applied to the 5’10” winger’s game. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Three 2015 top 10 NHL Draft prospects produce highlights, more from domestic and international competition

by David Hahn
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Pavel Zacha - Sarnia Sting

Photo: Sarnia Sting forward and 2015 prospect Pavel Zacha appeared in 37 games for the Sting in 2014-15, scoring 16 goals and 34 points on the season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The Detroit Red Wings have another seventh round pick setting records in the SHL while producing in critical situations. The OHL playoffs continue as the Oshawa Generals turn to their 6’6″ power forward to help eliminate a rival team, while another OHL veteran heads off to the AHL and immediately makes an impact. Staying with the OHL, the Erie Otters top tandem strikes again, eliminating the London Knights in fine fashion. Also in this week’s Prospect Impressions, highlight-reel goals from the USHL and U18 World Championship are worth a watch, as is a fantastic save from the QMJHL. Read more»

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Petrus Palmu, Finland

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Petrus Palmu - Owen Sound Attack

Photo: Owen Sound Attack forward and 2015 prospect Petrus Palmu competed in the Jokerit organization before moving over to the OHL to play for the Attack in 2014-15 (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Finland has made an impressive run so far through the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship, winning their first three games while outscoring their opponents, 12 goals to 3. The Finns must now defeat Canada for Group B supremacy in their final game before the U18 playoff round. Read more»

Oilers leap Sabres, Coyotes to land first overall selection in NHL Draft Lottery

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Dylan Strome, Connor McDavid, Noah Hanifin - 2015 NHL Draft Lottery

Photo: Top 2015 NHL Draft prospects Dylan Strome (L), Connor McDavid (C), and Noah Hanifin (R) meet with the media following the selection of the Edmonton Oilers as the winners of the 2015 NHL Draft Lottery (courtesy of David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

The hype that has been building up surrounding the identity of Connor McDavid‘s next hockey home reached it’s zenith on Saturday night with the holding of the 2015 NHL Draft Lottery in Toronto, ON. Fourteen NHL clubs, all of whom missed the playoffs this season, had a shot at landing McDavid, but only one team would head home a happy group. Read more»

2015 U18 World Championship Preview: Canada hopes to peak at right time in quest for gold

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Mitchell Stephens - Saginaw Spirit

Photo: Saginaw Spirit forward and 2015 prospect Mitchell Stephens will be an important offensive player for Team Canada at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

In many ways, it’s the tournament that Canada forgets — and, as evidenced by its early returns, it appears that Team Canada may have passed over the beginning of the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship in Zug and Lucerne, Switzerland. Read more»

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