Winnipeg Jets prospect awards recognize growth in the system

by Devin Slawson
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Brendan Lemieux - Winnipeg Jets

Photo: Winnipeg Jets prospect Brendan Lemieux has the skill and build to adjust quickly to pro hockey, having posted three points in five AHL games to close out this season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The Winnipeg Jets had many of their prospects in the AHL with the Manitoba Moose during the 2015-16 season. As a result, that team struggled, but several players made great strides toward a potential promotion to the NHL. The team also had several players – but especially the electrifying Nikolaj Ehlers – get quality minutes in the NHL. Though growing pains are part of the Jets’ approach to team-building right now, the prospect pool is also full of top performers in their own age groups.

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2016 NHL Draft: Slow start in OHL hasn’t slowed down Knights’ Jones

by Jason Menard
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Max Jones - London Knights

Photo: London Knights forward and 2016 prospect Max Jones spent the 2014-15 season with the U.S. National Team Development Program before moving to the OHL for the 2015-16 campaign (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

There are those who say that the fastest way to the NHL is through the OHL. For American players, there is often competing forces pulling them to different areas – from the U.S. development program, to the college route, or making the jump across the border. For Max Jones, the time to make the jump to the OHL was now, and it has paid off so far. Read more»

NHL rookies dominate 2015-16 Pittsburgh Penguins prospect awards

by Ian Altenbaugh
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Photo: The Penguins surprised many when they named Daniel Sprong to their opening night roster in October. (Courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: The Penguins surprised many when they named Daniel Sprong to their opening night roster in October. (Courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

The Pittsburgh Penguins‘ 2015-16 NHL season may have been a lost cause if not for a bevy of talented, young prospects who helped alter the complexion of the team mid-way through the season. Read more»

Top names rule 2015-16 Detroit Red Wings prospect awards

by Ryan Womeldorf
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Tyler Bertuzzi - Detroit Red Wings

Photo: The Detroit Red Wings could have used some vintage Todd Bertuzzi in the playoffs this season but the hope is that his nephew, Tyler Bertuzzi, can bring some of that famous energy, skill and will to the team in the near future (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

The 2015-16 season marked the beginning of a time of transition for the Detroit Red Wings. It saw the graduation of a handful of key prospects, by far the most impactful being teenager Dylan Larkin. Larkin was outstanding as a rookie this season and will be a key building block for the Red Wings as they re-tool for the future.

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Hunt, Helewka the top NHL properties at wing competing in the WHL in 2015-16

by Glen Erickson
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Dryden Hunt - Moose Jaw Warriors

Photo: Moose Jaw Warriors forward and Florida Panthers prospect Dryden Hunt has completed his WHL career having posted 249 points in 269 regular season games (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Many of the WHL’s top players achieve success due in part to their versatility, as most forwards will take a shift from time to time at the center position. But for this article, we are ranking wingers in the Western Hockey League, based on those that have been drafted and/or signed by National Hockey League teams. Read more»

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