2015 NHL Draft: Otters’ McDavid remains the top prospect in ISS Hockey rankings

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Photo: Erie Otters forward and 2015 prospect Connor McDavid has played as advertised so far in the 2014-15 season, generating offense at a rate of three points per game (courtesy of Aaron Bel/OHL Images)

 

The competition to become the top selection at the 2015 NHL Draft is almost assuredly a two-horse race between Erie Otters forward Connor McDavid and Boston University forward Jack Eichel. But one of those thoroughbreds already appears to be separating from his main challenger at this early stage of the 2014-15 season. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Duclair scores tying goal in Rangers’ comeback win

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Photo: New York Rangers rookie forward Anthony Duclair celebrates his first NHL goal in his team’s comeback win over the Minnesota Wild (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

During the 2014 NHL preseason, New York Rangers forward prospect Anthony Duclair made a strong case for a roster position after he generated five points in five preseason games. And, after checking off that accomplishment, Duclair is now making a case for staying beyond the nine-game tryout period after posting five points in seven games, including his first NHL goal in a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Wild on Monday night. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Capitals’ O’Brien nets first in loss to Canucks

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Photo: Washington Capitals rookie forward Liam O’Brien captained the QMJHL’s Rouyn-Noranda Huskies during the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

 

It’s been a weekend for unheralded players netting their first NHL goals. On Saturday, it was the Arizona CoyotesJustin Hodgman, and on Sunday night it was Washington Capitals‘ free agent signee Liam O’Brien who lit an NHL lamp for the first time in a 4-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Drouin picks up goal, assist in Lightning win

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Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning rookie forward Jonathan Drouin and defenseman Eric Brewer celebrate Drouin’s first NHL goal in the second period of the Lightning’s 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets (courtesy of Terrence Lee/Icon Sportswire)

 

It was just a matter of when, not if, but Tampa Bay Lightning rookie forward Jonathan Drouin notched his first NHL goal in his third NHL game, a 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: No surprises at the top of the ISS Hockey October rankings

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Photo: Erie Otters center Connor McDavid, the top prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft according to ISS Hockey, is wearing the captain’s “C” for the 2014-15 OHL season (courtesy Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

 

The race to claim the mantle of first overall selection for the 2015 NHL Draft has officially begun in earnest with the start of the 2014-15 season. The main combatants for that honor, Erie Otters center Connor McDavid and Boston University forward Jack Eichel, have both seen game action within the past week and will be closely scrutinized by NHL scouts from now through April or May. Read more»

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