Toronto Maple Leafs prospects heavily stocked with blooming CHL talent

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Photo: Travis Dermott grew up in Newmarket, Ontario, just a 44-minute drive from his future home in Toronto. (Courtesy of Terry Wilson / OHL Images)

Photo: Travis Dermott grew up in Newmarket, Ontario, just a 44-minute drive from his future home in Toronto. (Courtesy of Terry Wilson / OHL Images)

When former London Knights assistant coach and general manager Mark Hunter was brought into the Toronto Maple Leafs organization, it was assumed the team would put an emphasis on drafting players out of junior hockey, primarily the CHL. So it was no surprise, then, when the Leafs went to the CHL for six of their nine selections in the 2015 NHL Draft. Read more»

Pacific Coliseum readies for 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

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Team Orr Players - 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: Team Orr players look on as the 40 CHL prospects assembled in Vancouver, BC in preparation for the 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on Thursday night (courtesy of Kevin Light Photography)

With 40 of the top junior players from the Canadian Hockey League venturing to Canada’s West Coast paradise, also known as Vancouver, for the 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, there is a hope that this annual All-Star game of sorts will capture plenty of attention from hockey fans in British Columbia’s lower mainland. Read more»

Winnipeg Jets prospects rising to the challenge as rookies

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Nicolas Petan - Winnipeg Jets

Photo: 2013 second-round pick Nic Petan remains a top prospect for the Winnipeg Jets – the ugly results of his baptism by fire in the NHL earlier this season notwithstanding – and he now sits third on the Manitoba Moose in scoring (courtesy of Terrence Lee/Icon Sportswire)

The Winnipeg Jets roster is one of the youngest in the NHL this season, and have had six prospects make their NHL debuts already in 2015-16. Few teams are able to rely on the strength of their young guns to the extent of the Jets, with a couple of them earning full-time NHL gigs.

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(Podcast) 2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Well traveled DeBrincat brings scoring touch to Vancouver

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Alex DeBrincat - Erie Otters

Photo: Erie Otters forward and 2016 prospect Alex DeBrincat is currently ranked sixth in scoring in the OHL with 35 goals and 62 points in 38 games in the 2015-16 campaign (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Alex DeBrincat of the Erie Otters is the smallest player in Vancouver this week at the 2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Although the native of Farmington Hills, Michigan checks in at 5’7” and 163 pounds, his performance in the OHL this season has been big time so far. Read more»

Pittsburgh Penguins prospect depth tested early and often through first half of season

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Photo: After failing to breach the 10-game milestone for consecutive seasons, Brian Dumoulin is with Pittsburgh to stay. (Courtesy of Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: After failing to breach the 10-game milestone for consecutive seasons, Brian Dumoulin is with Pittsburgh to stay. (Courtesy of Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire)

The Pittsburgh Penguins may not be going through the injury problems they have endured in previous seasons, but they have nonetheless had to test their depth fairly often. The early retirement of Pascal Dupuis and injuries to veterans such as Nick Bonino and Marc-Andre Fleury opened spots on the roster and provided an opportunity for multiple rookies to make their NHL debuts. Read more»

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