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»

2016 NHL Draft: Top skaters remain unchanged but a new pair of goaltenders emerge in ISS February rankings

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Evan Fitzpatrick - Sherbrooke Phoenix

Photo: Sherbrooke Phoenix goaltender and 2016 prospect Evan Fitzpatrick has appeared in 40 games for the QMJHL club in 2015-16, where he has posted a 3.25 goals=against average and .899 save percentage (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

Change has come to ISS Hockey’s February rankings for the 2016 NHL Draft, but not within the Top 10 or much of the Top 30, for that matter. Instead, the significant change has taken place in the goaltender rankings, where the top two goalies from the January rankings have been displaced by a new duo. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Omark’s on fire, Leipsic gets creative in overtime, plus a must-see puppy goal

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Brendan Leipsic - Toronto Marlies

Photo: Toronto Marlies forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Brandan Leipsic is currently fourth in scoring for the Marlies with 13 goals and 31 points in 42 games this season (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Sticks are both figuratively and literally on fire in this week’s edition of Prospect Impressions. Andrew Mangiapane and Brendan Leipsic score impressive goals, joining a trio of players in Europe who provided creative entries of their own. Make sure to check in this week to see why Bobby Ryan’s snipe will forever be known as the “puppy goal!” Read more»

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