2016 NHL Draft: Move to London has been a smooth transition for Knights’ Juolevi

by Jason Menard
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Olli Juolevi - London Knights

Photo: London Knights defenseman and 2016 prospect Olli Juolevi tied with Team USA’s Zach Werenski for the scoring lead among defensemen that competed at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

It is home to the reigning IIHF World Junior Championship gold medalists, and three natives find themselves amongst ISS Hockey’s Top 10 prospects for the upcoming NHL Draft. And for London Knights’ defenseman Olli Juolevi, the reason is because his country, Finland, has put a focus on winning – and it is paying off. Read more»

HF NHL Prospect of the Month, January, 2016: Andersson consistently offensive for Barrie Colts

by Chris Roberts
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Rasmus Andersson - Barrie Colts

Photo: Barrie Colts defenseman and Calgary Flames prospect Rasmus Andersson leads OHL defensemen in scoring in 2015-16, posting seven goals and 47 points in 47 games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The Barrie Colts are one of the top teams in the OHL’s Eastern Conference. They boast an impressive offense with Kevin Labanc (SJS) leading the league in scoring, and Julius Nattinen (ANA) and Andrew Mangiapane (CGY) providing secondary scoring. They also have impressive backstop MacKenzie Blackwood (NJD) holding the fort between the pipes. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: Steelheads’ McLeod receiving encouragement from extended family

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Michael McLeod - Team Cherry - 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: Mississauga Steelheads forward and 2016 prospect Michael McLeod turned in a strong performance at the 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, earning Player of the Game honors for Team Cherry (courtesy of Kevin Light Photography/CHL Images)

For Michael McLeod, his draft-eligible season is being experienced with all the comforts of home – not only playing for his hometown Mississauga Steelheads, but also playing alongside his younger brother Ryan. Read more»

IceCaps’ McCarron looking to regain early-season form

by Tony Androckitis
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Mike McCarron - Team North Division - 2016 AHL All-Star Classic

Photo: St. John’s IceCaps forward and Montreal Canadiens prospect Mike McCarron competed for the North Division squad at the 2016 AHL All-Star Classic, where he picked up a goal and an assist (courtesy of Scott Thomas Photography/AHL)

It is hard not to notice Mike McCarron when he is on the ice during a St. John’s IceCaps game. The 6-foot-6, 231-pound forward simply towers over much of his competition at the AHL level. It is not often to see a player with his size have the hands and abilities with the puck that he possesses, and it is that rare combination of size and skill that led the Montreal Canadiens to draft McCarron with their first round pick (25th overall) in 2013. Read more»

Strome using lessons learned at first NHL camp to guide his Erie teammates

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Dylan Strome - Erie Otters

Photo: Erie Otters forward and Arizona Coyotes prospect Dylan Strome leads the Otters in scoring and is currently fourth overall in the OHL scoring race with 73 points in 35 games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Last year, all eyes were on the Erie Otters as the combination of Dylan Strome and Connor McDavid were charging up the OHL standings and the NHL Draft boards. This year, with McDavid in Edmonton and Strome having been drafted by the Arizona Coyotes third overall, it’s a different dynamic – and instead of leading the charge up the draft boards, or leading the scoring race, Strome is putting the pressure on himself to be a leader on his team. Read more»

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