2015 NHL Draft: Marner breaks into a top 5 that otherwise remains unchanged in the March ISS Hockey rankings

by Ken McKenna
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Jack Eichel - Boston University - 2015 Beanpot Tournament Championship

Photo: Boston University forward and 2015 prospect Jack Eichel hoists The Beanpot trophy after the Terriers won the 2015 Beanpot by defeating Northeastern University 4-3 in the championship game (courtesy of Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

While the top four players in the ISS Hockey March rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft remain unchanged, one player managed to move up a few slots to land among the top five prospects. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: A pair of goalies set records, Johnson’s big night, and other highlights

by David Hahn
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Connor McDavid - Erie Otters

Photo: Erie Otter forward and 2015 prospect Connor McDavid recently topped the 100-point mark in the 2014-15 season, doing so in just 38 games (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

This past week has been full of creative and jaw-dropping NHL prospect highlights. One QMJHL goaltender sets an unusual new standard in goal scoring, while another has yet to lose since making his NHL debut. A hometown hero breaks hearts by scoring with the “Forsberg move” in a clutch situation, and the future first overall pick displays why he deserves that accolade yet again. Two European forwards showcase their elite skill, and a former prospect scored one of the best goals that didn’t make the scoresheet in this week’s Prospect Impressions. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: Boston native Askew takes road through QMJHL in hopes it leads to NHL

by Chris Roberts
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Cam Askew - Moncton Wildcats

Photo: Moncton Wildcats forward and 2015 prospect Cam Askew has improved his point totals from 14 in 64 games last season, to 38 in 56 games so far in 2014-15 (courtesy of Dave Connell)

The NHL Draft is a big night for the league and a monumental occasion for up-and-coming prospects. One weekend can validate a decade-plus of hard work and dedication – and not being picked by an organization can be devastating. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Former teammates, future teammates, and best friends go head-to-head plus more

by David Hahn
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Jordan Subban - Belleville Bulls; Cole Cassels - Oshawa Generals

Photo: Two Vancouver Canucks prospects – Jordan Subban of the Belleville Bulls and Cole Cassels of the Oshawa Generals – will go head-to-head this weekend in OHL action (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Two childhood friends continue their friendly rivalry on the big stage, and in the WHL an accomplished defenseman goes one-on-one against one of the league’s best rookies. In the OHL, it’s a meeting of two Vancouver Canucks prospects, while former Russian teammates collide in an important QMJHL matchup. Finally, two prospects at opposite ends of the same draft see each other again in the SHL. Read more»

Wildcats’ Garland focused on team success over personal accolades

by Chris Roberts
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Conor Garland - Moncton Wildcats

Photo: Moncton Wildcats forward Conor Garland this season has already doubled his point total from 2013-14 with 10 games remaining in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Dave Connell)

If it wasn’t quite evident last season, then it’s easy to see this year: Conor Garland is the most skilled player in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

The Moncton Wildcats winger recorded 54 points in 51 games last season in what was his first year of NHL Draft eligibility. Despite that level of production on a relatively mediocre Wildcats team compared to years past, Garland went undrafted. Offensive totals are not the be-all, end-all when it comes to drafting a player – the last QMJHL player to be selected in the 2014 NHL Draft was Julien Nantel (COL), who had just 34 points in 68 games. Read more»

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