QMJHL’s top 10 NHL properties at defense all selected at the 2015 NHL Draft

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Thomas Chabot - Saint John Sea Dogs

Photo: Saint John Sea Dogs defenseman and Ottawa Senators prospect Thomas Chabot’s points per game average is fifth among defensemen in the QMJHL in 2015-16 (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

The QMJHL is not exactly known for strong defense, but the league’s defensive corps were heavily repped at the 2015 NHL Draft. All 10 of the defenders chosen at that draft comprise this season’s top-10 QMJHL defenseman—although not in the same order that they were selected last June. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Ottawa prospects clash, Smirnov reaches USHL mark, Labanc, Brooks reach 100 points

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Denis Smirnov - Fargo Force; Tanner Laczynski - Lincoln Stars - Prospect Faceoff for 2/26/16

Photo: Two of the USHL’s top scorers, Fargo Force forward Denis Smirnov and Lincoln Stars forward Tanner Laczynski, will go head-to-head this weekend in a top USHL prospect showdown (courtesy of Mitch Highman/MJoy Photography and Brandon Anderson/BA Photos)

This week’s Prospect Faceoff is loaded with powerhouse matchups from around North America. The Ottawa Senators will be interested in the result from a game in Shawinigan this weekend, and scouts from the NHL will be on hand in Fargo as the Lincoln Stars pay them the Fargo Force visit. We’ll check-in with the most recent members of the 100-point club from the OHL and WHL, and an often discussed Calgary Flames prospect is in action as his NCAA career winds down. Read more»

Latvian Dzierkals looks forward to competing for country in potential future NHL home

by Chapin Landvogt
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Martins Dzierkals - Rouyn-Noranda Huskies

Photo: Rouyn-Noranda Huskies forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Martins Dzierkals is currently fourth in scoring for the Huskies with 21 goals and 54 points in 48 games for the QMJHL’s top club (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

With a number of draft picks taken in prime drafting positions in recent years, the Toronto Maple Leafs have been stockpiling their system with loads of skill and speed, regularly showing readiness to take a shot at picking up smaller players with big offensive upside. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: Gauthier, Dubois top midseason look at QMJHL prospects

by Chris Roberts
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Julien Gauthier - Val-d'Or Foreurs

Photo: Val d’Or Foreurs forward and 2016 prospect Julien Gauthier has had a good amount of international experience in 2015-16, winning gold with Team Canada at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and also competing for Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

The QMJHL produces NHL Draft talent in cycles. The 2014 NHL Draft saw just five players from the league get selected in the first two rounds, while last year’s draft saw five taken in the first round alone and 12 taken in the first two rounds. The 2016 NHL Draft might be another down year for the QMJHL in terms of quantity, but the quality is undeniable. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Leafs’ Bracco, Dzierkals, Joshua in action, Gardiner approaches milestone, Stadium Series continues

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Matt Dumba - Minnesota Wild; Artemi Panarin - Chicago Blackhawks - Prospect Faceoff for 2/19/16

Photo: Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba and Chicago Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin go head-to-head this weekend in a Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN (courtesy of David Berding/Icon Sportswire and Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire)

This week in Prospect Faceoff, three Toronto Maple Leafs prospects are in action, with each facing stiff competition. Two of the WHL’s most consistent and well-liked players go head-to-head with the division crown still hanging in the balance, and the NHL’s Stadium Series writes a new chapter with two of the NHL’s brightest young stars facing off. Read more»

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