New York Islanders boast small, high-end group of juniors

by Christian Litscher
Photo: Mathew Barzal will graduate to the Canadian U20 team this winter after competing in the U18 World Junior Championships for the last two tournaments. (Courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Photo: Mathew Barzal will graduate to the Canadian U20 team this winter after competing in the U18 World Junior Championships for the last two tournaments. (Courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The New York Islanders have a small, but supremely talented group of junior prospects. They have looked to the CHL early in the NHL draft, as four of the six juniors have been first round picks; two in 2014 in Michael Dal Colle and Josh Ho-Sang, and two in 2015 with Mathew Barzal and Anthony Beauvillier. Read more»

The Vancouver Canucks are benefiting from CHL prospects

by Curtis Coulter
Carl Neill - Vancouver Canucks

Photo: Vancouver Canucks prospect and Sherbrooke Phoenix captain Carl Neill fits the profile of the steady stay-at-home defender but his offensive ability should not be underestimated (courtesy of Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images)

The Vancouver Canucks have done a fine job of re-stocking their prospect pool over the last few seasons and the good scouting and smart drafting has finally begun to bear fruit. Former CHL stars Bo Horvat, Jake Virtanen and Jared McCann are all now full time NHL players. The wisdom of having Virtanen and McCann in the NHL this season could be debated but they should play important roles for the Canucks for many years to come. Here is a look at the Canucks prospects currently playing in the junior ranks of North America. 

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Nashville Predators junior prospects continue the talent influx

by Tony Piscotta
Anthony Richard - Nashville Predators

Photo: Nashville Predators prospect Anthony Richard had 91 points in his draft season and now forms part of a formidable offensive attack for the Val d’Or Foreurs (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

The bulk of the Nashville Predators prospect pool is now skating at the pro level — either with the Predators, the AHL affiliate Milwaukee Admirals, or in Europe. The club has seven players currently skating at the junior level — including Gatineau Olympiques teammates Yakov Trenin and defenseman Alexandre Carrier.
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Americans’ Bailey a step closer to playing for hometown team

by Tony Androckitis
Justin Bailey - Rochester Americans

Photo: Rochester Americans forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Justin Bailey is in his first season in the AHL after wrapping up his OHL career in 2014-15 (courtesy of Micheline Veluvolu/Rochester Americans)

The Buffalo Sabres have their centers for the future in Jack Eichel, Ryan O’Reilly and Sam Reinhart, but the organization is hoping to develop talent on the wings to support that trio. One of those wingers looking to complement the likes of an Eichel or a Reinhart is right wing Justin Bailey – one of three second round picks for the Sabres at the 2013 NHL Draft. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Timashov takes on Bouchard, Leafs prospects clash on Thanksgiving, more from the NCAA, USHL, and WHL

by David Hahn
Jake Bean - Calgary Hitmen; Sam Steel - Regina Pats - Prospect Faceoff for 11/25/15

Photo: Calgary Hitmen defenseman Jake Bean and Regina Pats forward Sam Steel go head-to-head in a Thanksgiving Weekend encounter of top 2016 NHL Draft prospects (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images and Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

In this week’s Prospect Faceoff, the reigning Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week will try and slow down one of the QMJHL’s most proficient scorers. Two Toronto Maple Leafs prospects will go head-to-head in a Thanksgiving Day matinee, while two ‘A’ rated 2016 NHL Draft-eligible skaters clash in the WHL. In the USHL, a pair of Clark Cup champions go one-on-one, while two of the NCAA’s finest freshmen collide. Read more»

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