2016 NHL Draft: Steelheads’ McLeod receiving encouragement from extended family

by Jason Menard
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Michael McLeod - Team Cherry - 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: Mississauga Steelheads forward and 2016 prospect Michael McLeod turned in a strong performance at the 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, earning Player of the Game honors for Team Cherry (courtesy of Kevin Light Photography/CHL Images)

For Michael McLeod, his draft-eligible season is being experienced with all the comforts of home – not only playing for his hometown Mississauga Steelheads, but also playing alongside his younger brother Ryan. Read more»

Well-developed New Jersey Devils prospects failing to make presence felt in NHL

by John Iadevaia
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Photo: Reid Boucher has been up and down between New Jersey and Albany for the third-straight year. He has 29 points in 32 games for the AHL Devils. (Courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: Reid Boucher has been up and down between New Jersey and Albany for the third-straight year. He has 29 points in 32 games for the AHL Devils. (Courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

The New Jersey Devils have cooled off from their surprising start to the season. For the most part, the veterans have been the ones getting it done in Newark, but there have been a handful of prospects that have received opportunities with the big club. For the most part, the rookies have not taken full advantage of the opportunity presented to them. In the best interest of the franchise, some prospects are on the slow path so they can take on bigger roles in the future. Read more»

IceCaps’ McCarron looking to regain early-season form

by Tony Androckitis
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Mike McCarron - Team North Division - 2016 AHL All-Star Classic

Photo: St. John’s IceCaps forward and Montreal Canadiens prospect Mike McCarron competed for the North Division squad at the 2016 AHL All-Star Classic, where he picked up a goal and an assist (courtesy of Scott Thomas Photography/AHL)

It is hard not to notice Mike McCarron when he is on the ice during a St. John’s IceCaps game. The 6-foot-6, 231-pound forward simply towers over much of his competition at the AHL level. It is not often to see a player with his size have the hands and abilities with the puck that he possesses, and it is that rare combination of size and skill that led the Montreal Canadiens to draft McCarron with their first round pick (25th overall) in 2013. Read more»

Strome using lessons learned at first NHL camp to guide his Erie teammates

by Jason Menard
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Dylan Strome - Erie Otters

Photo: Erie Otters forward and Arizona Coyotes prospect Dylan Strome leads the Otters in scoring and is currently fourth overall in the OHL scoring race with 73 points in 35 games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Last year, all eyes were on the Erie Otters as the combination of Dylan Strome and Connor McDavid were charging up the OHL standings and the NHL Draft boards. This year, with McDavid in Edmonton and Strome having been drafted by the Arizona Coyotes third overall, it’s a different dynamic – and instead of leading the charge up the draft boards, or leading the scoring race, Strome is putting the pressure on himself to be a leader on his team. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Dal Colle hosts old friends, Sprong and Rantanen compete, more from the NCAA, WHL

by David Hahn
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Jason Dickinson - Texas Stars; San Antonio Rampage - Mikko Rantanen - Prospect Faceoff for 2/5/16

Photo: Texas Stars forward and Dallas Stars prospect Jason Dickinson, and San Antonio Rampage forward and Colorado Avalanche prospect Mikko Rantanen meet this weekend in a top head-to-head AHL matchup of NHL prospects (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire and Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

In this week’s Prospect Faceoff, two OHL players who were traded for each other go one-on-one against their old teams for the first time . We’ll check in with Daniel Sprong and Mikko Rantanen, who both enjoyed valuable time in the NHL this year. The “Battle of Pennsylvania” gets a glimpse of the future when prospects of the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins go head-to-head, and two of the WHL’s finest defenders are heading in different directions.

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