2016 NHL Draft: Season-long spectator Mahura now getting his feet wet in playoffs, Memorial Cup

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Josh Mahura - Red Deer Rebels - 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup

Photo: Red Deer Rebels defenseman and 2016 prospect Josh Mahura played in just two regular season games in 2015-16 due to injury, but he competed in the WHL playoffs and is now competing at the 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup (courtesy of Rob Wallator/CHL Images )

Life was great for Red Deer Rebels defenseman Josh Mahura entering the 2015-16 season. He had just come off a 10-point rookie season where he earned steady ice time as a 16 year old and was given a ‘B’ ranking on NHL Central Scouting’s Futures List in the summer. Read more»

2011 NHL Draft: Despite lack of star power, Los Angeles Kings made a few picks matter

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Andy Andreoff - Los Angeles Kings

Photo: Andy Andreoff of the Los Angeles Kings fits the team mold of big, strong, smart players who relish a physical style (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon Sportswire)

2010 started a new trend in drafting for the Los Angeles Kings. Instead of dealing with a heavy amount of picks and prospects, like the 10 selections they had in the 2009 and 2007 NHL Drafts, and the nine they had in 2008, the Kings started drafting fewer prospects. By virtue of success, and win-now trades, the Kings started depleting their cupboard and drafting opportunities in order to be a competitive team at the NHL level. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft Primer: Several re-entry candidates from CHL, NCAA ranks

by David Hahn
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Dante Salituro - Ottawa 67's - 2016 NHL Draft Primer

Photo: Ottawa 67’s forward and 2016 prospect Dante Salituro was the leading scorer for the 67’s in 2015-16, posting 38 goals and 83 points in 65 OHL games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Each year, the NHL Draft provides a fast-track opportunity for over 200 players to be drafted and realize their childhood dreams. For others, the draft comes and goes and another year of uncertainty faces prospects who do not hear their names called. Read more»

AHL Western Conference Notebook, May, 2016: Reign, Monsters battle for Western supremacy

by Sean Shapiro
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Zach Werenski - Lake Erie Monsters

Photo: Lake Erie Monsters defenseman and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Zach Werenski has been impressive in AHL action since turning pro at the end of the 2015-16 NCAA season (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Lake Erie Monsters coach Jared Bednar understands the challenge in front of his team as it prepares for the Calder Cup Western Conference Finals against the Ontario Reign.

The Reign are the defending champions, having won the title last season as the Manchester Monarchs, and return 15 players with championship rings. In addition, Ontario is big, physical and plays “Los Angeles Kings-style hockey” that wins in the playoffs. Read more»

Career seasons for the majority of Boston Bruins’ NCAA and European prospects

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Peter Cehlarik - Lulea

Photo: Boston Bruins prospect Peter Cehlarik had a career high 20 points in 46 games for Lulea of the SHL this past season. The third round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft also had five points in 11 playoff games. (courtesy Lulea Hockey/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

It has been a year of rising stock among the Boston Bruins’ NCAA prospects.

Of the 11 Bruins prospects spread throughout college hockey, many have enjoyed career seasons. Nine of those players helped their respective teams to NCAA tournament appearances.

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