Zhukenov adjusting well to new surroundings with playoff-bound Sagueneens squad

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Dmitry Zhukenov - Chicoutimi Sagueneens

Photo: Chicoutimi Sagueneens forward and Vancouver Canucks prospect Dmitry Zhukenov was a productive player for Russia at the 2015 U18 World Championship, posting three goals and six points in five games (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

There will always be a debate about the best development track for European – and especially Russian – hockey players: is it better to develop at home or in North America? While it is not possible to get a one-size-fits-all reply, there are some stories of success and failure in both cases. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: Change at top of March ISS rankings as Nylander arrives among the top prospects

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Alexander Nylander - Mississauga Steelheads - ISS Rankings, March, 2016

Photo: Mississauga Steelheads forward and 2016 prospect Alexander Nylander has a good chance of joining brother William as a top 10 pick in the NHL Draft (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

While the two players ranked at the top of ISS Hockey’s March rankings for the 2016 NHL Draft remain unchanged from last month’s list, there has been somewhat noteworthy movement elsewhere in the top 10 . Read more»

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

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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»

Prospect Impressions: Panarin strikes again, Kuhnhackl’s first NHL goal, more from AHL, KHL, NCAA

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Tom Kuhnhackl - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Pittsburgh Penguins forward Tom Kuhnhackl celebrates his first NHL goal in a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning this past weekend (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

The Calder Trophy is still up for grabs, and Artemi Panarin won’t let it get out of his grasp thanks to a little help from the NHL’s leading scorer. He had to wait 18 games to do it, but Tom Kuhnhackl made his first NHL goal look easy. In the AHL, Troy Grosenick added another entry into the Save of the Year category, only to be outdone by one of the AHL’s leading scorers. Plenty more action is available in this week’s Prospect Impressions! Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: Rubtsov leads interesting group of forwards competing in Russia

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Artur Kayumov - Team Russia - 2015 World Junior A Challenge

Photo: Team Russia U18 forward Artur Kayumov led the Russian squad in scoring at the 2015 World Junior A Challenge with a goal and six assists in four games (courtesy of Amy Deroche/OJHL Images)

At the 2015 NHL Draft, Russia had one of its better recent showings with 18 Russians being drafted by NHL clubs. This made for a good jump forward when compared to 2014 with 13 players chosen, and especially 2013 where only eight Russians were selected. Read more»

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