Defensive depth evident in Colorado Avalanche Fall Top 20

by Chau Vo
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Mikko Rantanen - Colorado Avalanche

Photo: Top Colorado Avalanche prospect Mikko Rantanen has over 100 professional games on his resume already (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Defense wins championships and that is what Patrick Roy returned to Denver to accomplish. Despite his team taking a step back in his sophomore season behind an NHL bench, Roy is confident the lessons learned will only help the team going forward. In addition to his role as head coach, Roy holds a second title as Vice President of Hockey Operations, giving him a voice in all player personnel decisions. The new philosophy as to how the team will be constructed both now and in the future is trending towards an emphasis on size, character, and skills. Roy has also shown he is open to drafting and signing free agents from Europe’s top leagues, something that occurred less frequently in the years prior to his return.

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2015-16 Liiga Preview, Pt. 1: Karpat shooting for threepeat as Finland’s top club

by Tony Piscotta
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Sebastian Aho - Team Finland

Photo: Karpat Oulu forward and Carolina Hurricanes prospect Sebastian Aho and his Karpat teammates will be going for their third consecutive Kanada Cup championship (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

With the addition of former Mestis club KooKoo, Finland’s Liiga in 2015-16 will feature 15 teams for the first time in league history. But, while the Kouvola-based squad should enjoy an intense rivalry with neighboring SaiPa Lappeenranta in southeastern Finland, things aren’t likely to change at the top of the league standings. Read more»

2015 draftees set to supplant NHL-ready Boston Bruins prospects

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Photo: Malcolm Subban had another good year in Providence in 2014-15, finishing with a .921 save percentage and 2.44 goals-against average. (Courtesy of Corey Silvia/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: Malcolm Subban had another good year in Providence in 2014-15, finishing with a .921 save percentage and 2.44 goals-against average. (Courtesy of Corey Silvia/Icon Sportswire)

The Boston Bruins will have no shortage of talented young prospects this fall. The team had three consecutive first-round picks in the 2015 Entry Draft, including Jakub Zboril, Jake DeBrusk and Zachary Senyshyn—all of whom rank among the top 20 prospects. Read more»

Dallas Stars Top 20 prospects provide NHL options

by Mike Farkas
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Julius Honka - Dallas Stars

Photo: Dallas Stars top prospect Julius Honka had the rare experience of playing in the AHL as a teenager (courtesy of Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire)

Movement abounds in the newest Dallas Stars Top 20 list. The acquisitions of Mattias Backman, Mattias Janmark and, most recently, Stephen Johns all make their respective impacts while two 2015 draft picks make the list as well. Meanwhile, three defensemen graduate the prospects list for regular NHL duty: John Klingberg, Jamie Oleksiak and Jyrki Jokipakka. The Stars also bid adieu to Ludwig Karlsson and 2009 top ten pick Scott Glennie, neither of whom received a qualifying offer.

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Ottawa Senators prospects list flush with surprising additions and improvement

by Kristopher Bras
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Photo: The latest speedster defenceman in Ottawa’s system, Thomas Chabot scored 41 points in 66 games with the Saint John Sea Dogs in 2014-15. (Courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Photo: The latest speedster defenceman in Ottawa’s system, Thomas Chabot scored 41 points in 66 games with the Saint John Sea Dogs in 2014-15. (Courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Thanks to multiple graduations, rich development and a bountiful turn at the draft table, the Ottawa Senators top 20 list features a number of fresh faces. And the organization’s future is suddenly ripe with potential, despite seeming hopeless and bleak just six months ago. Read more»

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