Off the Radar: Gardiner, Baillie continue working towards NHL dream

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Tyson Baillie - Kelowna Rockets

Photo: Kelowna Rockets forward Tyson Baillie had his best WHL season to date in 2014-15, scoring 37 goals and adding 39 assists for 76 points in 68 games (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The road to the NHL isn’t always a straight one, often times winding down paths that have been less traveled. Two WHL veterans have taken different routes towards redemption after not hearing their name called at the NHL Draft. Read more»

Bjorkstrand, Virtanen the top NHL-drafted wingers in the WHL

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Oliver Bjorkstrand - Portland Winterhawks

Photo: Portland Winterhawks forward and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Oliver Bjorkstrand had a late-season, 5-game scoring streak totaling 15 points that helped to the 2014-15 WHL scoring crown (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Many of the WHL’s top players achieve success due in part to their versatility, as most forwards will take a spin from time to time at the center position.

The following ranking includes wingers that are currently property of a National Hockey League team. A total of eight are signed NHL entry-level contracts. Our ranking consists of five Canadians, one American and four imports with six currently toiling in the WHL’s Western Conference. Additionally, our ranking contains a couple pairs of potential NHL teammates. Read more»

NHL Prospect Signings: Bailey, Morrison off the market after signing NHL deals

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Kenney Morrison - Western Michigan University

Photo: Former Western Michigan defenseman and Calgary Flames prospect Kenney Morrison finished his NCAA career with 16 goals and 38 assists for 54 points in 115 games (courtesy of Justin Berl/Icon Sportswire)

The pace of NHL prospect signings has picked up over the past few days. Included among those newly-minted pros are two high-profile NCAA free agents, a Russian free agent, and a handful of previously drafted players. Read more»

Buchnevich, Slepyshev top NHL-drafted wingers competing in the KHL

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Pavel Buchnevich - Team Russia - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Severstal Cherepovets forward and New York Rangers prospect Pavel Buchnevich represented Russia at the 2015 World Junior Championship, scoring one goal and five assists in seven games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/CHL Images)

Forward is traditionally the position that is most productive for Russia, as evidenced by the success rate of Russian-born NHL forwards and the recent good performances at the World Junior Championship. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: 2015 draft prospects square off in WHL and QMJHL action, and other prospect matchups

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Mathew Barzal - Seattle Thunderbirds; Paul Bittner - Portland Winterhawks - Prospect Faceoff for 3/5/15

Photo: 2015 NHL Draft prospects Mathew Barzal of the Seattle Thunderbirds and Paul Bittner of the Portland Winterhawks renew their rivalry this weekend in WHL action (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

In this week’s Prospect Faceoff, two sets of draft-eligible players go to head-to-head in critical games for their respective teams. In the OHL, two of the most improved players will see game action against each other. In addition, polar opposite defensemen lead their teams in a pair of NCAA games this weekend. Finally, two prospects with future college commitments including one player traded during Monday’s NHL trade deadline. Read more»

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