Sprong’s return to Pittsburgh brings his rookie season full circle

by Tony Androckitis
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Daniel Sprong - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Pittsburgh Penguins rookie forward Daniel Sprong competed at three different levels of the game in 2015-16, spending time in the QMJHL, AHL, and NHL (courtesy of Justin Berl/Icon Sportswire)

It was quite a memorable first season of professional hockey for Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Daniel Sprong.

After starting the season in the NHL with Pittsburgh, being re-assigned back to Charlottetown in the QMJHL and then returning to the pro ranks in the AHL for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ postseason run, Sprong is hoping he has learned enough about going through adversity and taking things in stride to make a run at the NHL next fall. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft Primer: Several re-entry candidates from CHL, NCAA ranks

by David Hahn
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Dante Salituro - Ottawa 67's - 2016 NHL Draft Primer

Photo: Ottawa 67’s forward and 2016 prospect Dante Salituro was the leading scorer for the 67’s in 2015-16, posting 38 goals and 83 points in 65 OHL games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Each year, the NHL Draft provides a fast-track opportunity for over 200 players to be drafted and realize their childhood dreams. For others, the draft comes and goes and another year of uncertainty faces prospects who do not hear their names called. Read more»

2016 Memorial Cup Preview: Star-studded group of prospects go head-to-head in Red Deer

by Chris Roberts
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Mitchell Marner - London Knights; Francis Perron - Rouyn-Noranda Huskies; Nolan Patrick - Brandon Wheat Kings; Adam Helewka - Red Deer Rebels - 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup

Photo: The 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup will feature a number of top NHL prospects, including Mitch Marner of the London Knights, Francis Perron on the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, Nolan Patrick of the Brandon Wheat Kings, and Adam Helewka of the Red Deer Rebels (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images, Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images, and Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The stars will be out at the 98th Memorial Cup, and it is expected that the ratings will reflect that. Between the four teams participating, there will be 26 NHL-drafted prospects present in Red Deer for the year-end tournament of champions. Read more»

2016 IIHF World Championship: The next generation of Canadian defensemen

by Derek O'Brien
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Cody Ceci - Team Canada - 2016 IIHF World Championship

Photo: Ottawa Senators defenseman Cody Ceci is tied for fourth in scoring by a defenseman at the 2016 IIHF World Championship, posting one goal and four assists in six games for the unbeaten Canadian squad (courtesy of Pavel Bednyakov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

 

The next generation of Canadian defensemen.

That’s what they’re saying about the crop of defenders that have come out of the 2012 NHL Draft, and six of those are currently playing for Team Canada at the IIHF World Championship in Russia. Read more»

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»

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