2016 NHL Draft: BU’s McAvoy heads NCAA group that could be well represented in first round

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Charlie McAvoy - Boston University

Photo: Boston University defenseman and 2016 prospect Charlie McAvoy has won gold (U18) and bronze (U20) medals in the past year competing for Team USA in international play (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

2016 is shaping up to be a very good draft class for the NCAA. Among the current crop of draft-eligibles are three potential first round picks. Hockey Future takes a closer look at five of the NCAA’s top draft-eligible players (all freshmen), composed of three forwards and two defensemen representing three of the six NCAA conferences. Read more»

(Podcast) 2016 NHL Draft: High-profile events prominent in first two seasons for Kelowna Rockets’ Dube

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Dillon Dube - Kelowna Rockets

Photo: Kelowna Rockets forward and 2016 prospect Dillon Dube is second in scoring for the WHL-leading Rockets with 21 goals and 51 points in 48 games (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

One shouldn’t be at all surprised if Dillon Dube of the Kelowna Rockets might occasionally feel like he has been a little spoiled since his arrival in the WHL. After all, a trip to the Memorial Cup as a 16-year-old rookie is a heckuva way to kick off a career in major junior hockey. Read more»

2015-16 Calder Poll: Same trio tops the January NHL rookie rankings

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Dylan Larkin - Team Atlantic - 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game

Photo: Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin has been a top NHL rookie from the start of the 2015-16 season, which earned him a place in the 2016 NHL All-Star Game that took place at the end of January (courtesy of Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Detroit Red WingsDylan Larkin and Artemi Panarin of the Chicago Blackhawks continue to be the leading candidates for this year’s Calder Trophy according to the January staff poll at Hockey’s Future. But the offensive exploits of Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere — as well as the play of rookie goalies Connor Hellebuyck and John Gibson — has made things interesting as the season progresses. Read more»

Taste of NHL action has Utica Comets’ Shinkaruk eager for second helping

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Hunter Shinkaruk - North Division - 2016 AHL All-Star Classic

Photo: Utica Comets forward and Vancouver Canucks prospect Hunter Shinkaruk competed for the North Division squad at the 2016 AHL All-Star Classic in Syracuse, NY (courtesy of Scott Thomas Photography/AHL)

Entering his second pro season with the Vancouver Canucks‘ AHL affiliate, the Utica Comets, forward Hunter Shinkaruk already had 97 pro games under his belt, including 23 Calder Cup Playoff games as a member of the Western Conference champions in his AHL rookie campaign in 2014-15. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: Move to London has been a smooth transition for Knights’ Juolevi

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Olli Juolevi - London Knights

Photo: London Knights defenseman and 2016 prospect Olli Juolevi tied with Team USA’s Zach Werenski for the scoring lead among defensemen that competed at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

It is home to the reigning IIHF World Junior Championship gold medalists, and three natives find themselves amongst ISS Hockey’s Top 10 prospects for the upcoming NHL Draft. And for London Knights’ defenseman Olli Juolevi, the reason is because his country, Finland, has put a focus on winning – and it is paying off. Read more»

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