NHL Draft Primer: Middle round options feature dynamic defensemen, impact forwards

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Tyler Soy - Victoria Royals

Photo: Victoria Royals forward and 2015 prospect Tyler Soy doubled his point total from the 2013-14 season, posting 63 points in 69 games in 2014-15 (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Among North American skaters rated in the middle rounds of the 2015 NHL Draft, there are a number of interesting defensemen available that have not yet garnered a consensus opinion over where they will be selected. The confusion is for good reason, as the mix features puck-movers, defensive defensemen, and steady, two-way players who control the game from the blueline. Read more»

2010 NHL Draft: Arizona Coyotes patient with 2010 draft class

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Brandon Gormley - Arizona Coyotes

Photo: Arizona Coyotes defenseman Brandon Gormley has played in 32 NHL games to date, picking up two goals and four points in those games (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

They had not yet formulated as the Arizona Coyotes in 2010, and their scouting staff was geared more towards drafting for immediate need, rather than best player available. Often a time of renewal and hope, the 2010 NHL Entry Draft originally presented the Coyotes with only four picks, and adding prospects to a depleted prospect pool became their focus.

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Loaded Monarchs squad dominates LA Kings Prospect Awards

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Jordan Weal - Los Angeles Kings

Photo: LA Kings prospect Jordan Weal leads the Manchester Monarchs in playoff scoring (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

The Los Angeles Kings have an older group of prospects, most of whom have progressed into the AHL. For that reason, the Monarchs have been a force this season. The squad clinched the Atlantic division and the top seed in the Eastern Conference. They now move into the Eastern Conference Finals of the Calder Cup playoffs in an effort to erase last year’s disappointing first round bow-out.

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2015 World Championship: Interviews with Latvia’s Rodrigo Abols and Oleg Yevenko of Belarus

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Rodrigo Abols - Latvia - 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship

Photo: Team Latvia forward and 2015 prospect Rodrigo Abols (#18) didn’t register any points at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, but he did play a part in helping his country avoid relegation to a lower level (courtesy of Martin Rose/Getty Images)

At 19, Latvian forward Rodrigo Abols was one of the youngest players participating at the 2015 IIHF World Championship the past three weeks in the Czech Republic. Although he didn’t get on the scoreboard, he did dress for all seven games and gained valuable playing experience. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Trio of forwards win championships, “Big Rig” goes down, Hartford’s surprising assist leader

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Hunter Smith - Oshawa Generals

Photo: Oshawa Generals forward and Calgary Flames prospect Hunter Smith turned in his best offensive season of his OHL career, posting 23 goals and 49 points in 57 games in 2014-15 (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

The month of May is reserved for hockey championships, and this week’s Prospect Impressions takes a look at a trio of players who helped seal their team’s success. The NAHL, OHL, and USHL all concluded play, with a nice mix of top prospects and role players being the catalyst for those championships. In the AHL, one player potentially ready to make the jump to the NHL has been an unexpected beacon of hope for Hartford. Finally, what happens when nearly 500 pounds of mass collide in a hockey game? Prospects from the Los Angeles Kings and Calgary Flames answer that question for you in a collision that has to be seen to be believed. Read more»

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