2014 Top Prospects Game Podcast: Mason McDonald, Charlottetown Islanders

by Glen Erickson
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Mason McDonald - Charlottetown Islanders

Photo: Charlottetown Islanders goaltender and 2014 prospect Mason McDonald was recently dealt by the Acadie-Bathurst Titan to the Islanders in exchange for draft picks (courtesy of CHL Images)

In an era where it would seem that NHL teams seem to yearn for big, tall goaltenders, it would appear that Mason McDonald might be just the physical package scouting staffs will be looking for.

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Calgary Saddledome readies for 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

by Glen Erickson
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Aaron Ekblad - Barrie Colts

Photo: Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad is the top-rated defenseman taking part in the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, although Central Scouting’s highest ranked North American forward, Sam Bennett, will miss the game due to injury (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

With 40 of the top junior players from the Canadian Hockey League arriving in this bustling National Hockey League city in wintery western Canada, there is a very solid chance this annual all-star game of sorts will capture plenty of attention from Calgary and area sports fans when Team Cherry faces off against Team Orr in the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on Wednesday night.

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Imports top QMJHL 2014 draft prospects at season’s midpoint

by Kevin Forbes
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Daniel Audette - Sherbrooke Phoenix

Photo: Sherbrooke Phoenix forward and 2014 draft prospect Daniel Audette is the son of former NHL forward Donald Audette, and a top prospect for this year’s draft out of the QMJHL (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

The QMJHL was the toast of the hockey world at the 2013 NHL Draft. Not only had the league just taken home their third consecutive Memorial Cup win, this time courtesy of the Halifax Mooseheads, but two of that team's top players went first and third in the NHL Draft. Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin were joined by four other QMJHL players hearing their name called in the first round, and a total of 31 QMJHL players were chosen in last year's draft.

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HF Prospect of the Month for December, 2013

by Ian Altenbaugh
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Anthony Mantha - Detroit Red Wings

Photo: QMJHL forward Anthony Mantha took his game to the international stage in December, where he managed 10 points in four preliminary round games at the 2014 World Junior Championships. Mantha was selected 20th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

Forward Anthony Mantha (DET) is the Hockey's Future Prospect of the Month for December. An offensively prolific player since the start of the 2013-14 season, Mantha took his game to another level in December, with 14 points in five QMJHL games and 10 points through the preliminary round of the 2014 World Junior Championship.

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2014 WJC Video: Zach Fucale, Canada

by Chapin Landvogt
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Zach Fucale - Team Canada

Photo: Team Canada goaltender Zach Fucale gets caught in a sandwich between an unidentified Canada player and Russian forward Vyacheslav Osnovin during the bronze medal game at the 2014 WJC (courtesy of LUDVIG THUNMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

After Canada's loss to the Czech Republic in the preliminary round of the 2014 World Junior Championship, head coach Brent Sutter elected to start U20 WJC first-timer Zach Fucale in place of Jake Paterson. The move seemed to make a difference for the Canadians as they won out in the preliminary round to take the top seeding in Group A.

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