2016 NHL Draft: Otters’ DeBrincat proving success from last season not a fluke

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Alex DeBrincat - Erie Otters

Photo: Erie Otters forward and 2016 prospect Alex DeBrincat was second in scoring for the Otters in the 2016 OHL playoffs, scoring eight goals and 19 points in 13 games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Back-to-back 100-point seasons, two lengthy playoff runs in the ever-tough OHL, and an OHL Rookie of the Year award under his belt – but the one thing that Erie Otters’ forward Alex DeBrincat doesn’t have is prototypical size. Read more»

Colts’ Andersson the best of the NHL-drafted defenders in the OHL in 2015-16

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Rasmus Andersson - Barrie Colts

Photo: Barrie Colts defenseman and Calgary Flames prospect Rasmus Andersson had a productive 2016 playoff, posting two goals and 15 points in 15 games for the Colts (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

While the elite quality of OHL defensemen from the 2015-16 season may not resemble the ranks of the past – or even what we are likely to see next season – there is a solid roster of depth defensemen that can bring some quality and value to NHL ranks. Read more»

Chicago Blackhawks find quantity, quality in NCAA and European prospects

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Gustav Forsling - Chicago Blackhawks

Photo: Chicago prospect Gustav Forsling hit 100 shots on goal in 48 SHL games this season despite playing second-pairing minutes for Linköping (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

To say the Chicago Blackhawks have a fondness for developing players in Europe and at the collegiate level is an understatement. 23 prospects laced up either overseas or in college for the 2015-16 season, and a handful had standout seasons for their respective teams. This route of developing talent has become a recent trend in Chicago, with Jonathan Toews, Niklas Hjalmarsson, and Teuvo Teravainen being just a few success stories for the Blackhawks. Read more»

Florida Panthers prospects help club to first playoff berth in four years

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Photo: Rocco Grimaldi scored 5 points through 20 games with the Florida Panthers this season. (Courtesy of Tim Larson/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: Rocco Grimaldi scored five points through 20 games with the Florida Panthers this season. (Courtesy of Tim Larson/Icon Sportswire)

The Florida Panthers made it into the NHL playoffs for the first time in four seasons and it’s thanks to a growing young cast of budding NHLers. General Manager Dale Tallon has built a strong core, while still allowing for the team’s prospects to develop at their own pace. Read more»

Greyhounds’ Senyshyn seizing opportunity rather than shrinking from it

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Zach Senyshyn - Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

Photo: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds forward and Boston Bruins prospect Zach Senyshyn was productive in the Greyhounds’ 2016 playoff run, scoring two goals and nine points in 12 postseason contests (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Zach Senyshyn heard the boos. He heard the talk about how the Boston Bruins reached for him with the 15th overall pick in last year’s NHL Draft. But he doesn’t care what those people think – he knows exactly who he has to impress. Read more»

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