2016 NHL Draft: Otters’ Taylor Raddysh sports more balanced offensive game in second season

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Darren Raddysh and Taylor Raddysh - Erie Otters

Photo: Erie Otters forward and 2016 prospect Taylor Raddysh (#17) had had the opportunity to play with brother Darren Raddysh (#24) the past two seasons in Erie (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

The Erie Otters’ Taylor Raddysh has firmly ensconced himself on the draft boards with his size, grit, and goal-scoring. And this year, he is helping himself out by racking up the helpers – though that is a skill he said he has always had, despite not being able to show it last year as an OHL rookie. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: Trio at top of draft rankings remains unchanged for ISS, CSS

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Patrik Laine - Team Finland - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Tappara forward and 2016 prospect Patrik Laine has had a memorable 2015-16 season, winning gold at the 2016 World Junior Championship, then winning Finland’s Liiga championship last month, and he is now competing for Finland at the 2016 IIHF World Championship (courtesy of HEIKKI SAUKKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)

The scouting arm of the NHL, NHL Central Scouting (CSS), released their final rankings for the 2016 NHL Draft in April. ISS Hockey (ISS), on the other hand, is still releasing their monthly rankings, with their final ranking yet to come in early June. Read more»

Colts’ Blackwood the best of slim OHL group of NHL goaltending properties in 2015-16

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Mackenzie Blackwood - Barrie Colts

Photo: Barrie Colts goaltender and New Jersey Devils prospect Mackenzie Blackwood ranked sixth in the OHL in goals-against average and tied for first in save percentage in 2015-16 (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The NHL-drafted goaltending ranks are fairly slim in the Ontario Hockey League, but what it lacks in quantity it makes up for in quality – at least with the top three netminders. While there is some talent at the lower end, the goaltending prospects are certainly more promising at the top of the list. Read more»

Heinen gets brief taste of pro game in Providence after successful NCAA campaign

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Danton Heinen - University of Denver - 2016 NCAA Division I Men's Hockey Championships

Photo: Providence Bruins forward and Boston Bruins prospect Danton Heinen competed at the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four with the University of Denver, with the Pioneers dropping their semi-final game to eventual champion North Dakota (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

While it was only a short stay in the AHL for Boston Bruins forward prospect Danton Heinen, the first taste of pro hockey for the University of Denver standout could prove invaluable in his continued development. Read more»

Mikko Rantanen did not disappoint as the Colorado Avalanche’s top prospect this season

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Julien Nantel - Colorado Avalanche

Photo: 2014 7th-rounder Julien Nantel is part of a trio of Colorado Avalanche prospects seeking a QMJHL title with Rouyn-Noranda, starting tonight (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

The Colorado Avalanche missed the playoffs for the second season in a row in Patrick Roy’s third season behind the bench. Just like last year, it was their slow start that hurt them down the stretch as they missed the final wild card spot by a mere few points. There are obvious weaknesses in their NHL lineup but they have several prospects who could play integral roles in the 2016-17 season.

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