Darnell Nurse leads off the Edmonton Oilers Top 20

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Photo: Edmonton draft pick Kyle Platzer has more goals this season than the last two combined. (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images

Photo: Edmonton draft pick Kyle Platzer has more goals this season than in the last two combined. (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images

 

In this edition of the Edmonton Oilers Top 20, both Martin Marincin and Oscar Klefbom have graduated from the rankings, both surpassing the NHL game maximum to still be considered a prospect by Hockey’s Future’s standards. Darnell Nurse continues to hold down top spot as he dominates his junior competition with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL, and 2014 third-overall draft selection Leon Draisaitl follows closely behind him.

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Several Columbus Blue Jackets prospects get a taste of the big time

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Several Columbus Blue Jackets prospects get a taste of the big time

Photo: Kerby Rychel has successfully adjusted to the professional game, with 33 points in 51 games thus far. (Courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire)

 

Injuries forced the Blue Jackets to dig into their prospect pool this season. That allowed highly-touted first rounders Alexander Wennberg, Marko Dano and Kerby Rychel to get their first taste of NHL action. Columbus also had a few pleasant surprises; Anton Forsberg came into his own between the pipes, and Austin Madaisky has had a breakout season on the blue line for the Falcons. Read more»

McDonald, Fucale the upper tier among NHL-drafted QMJHL goaltenders

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Zach Fucale - Team Canada - IIHF 2015 World Junior Tournament

Photo: Quebec Remparts goaltender and Montreal Canadiens prospect Zach Fucale was the starter in 5 of 7 games for the gold medal-winning Team Canada squad at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

 

There are just six NHL-drafted goaltenders playing in the QMJHL this season, a relatively low number for the league once known for producing some of the top goaltenders in the NHL. At most, there is three netminders with some combination of pedigree and talent, while the others are unlikely to advance far in pro hockey. Read more»

New York Islanders sport a glut of prospects in goal

by Christian Litscher
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Photo: Eamon McAdam has shown a drastic improvement in his second season with the Nittany Lions (Courtesy of Justin Berl/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: Eamon McAdam has shown a drastic improvement in his second season with the Nittany Lions (Courtesy of Justin Berl/Icon Sportswire)

 

New York Islanders GM Garth Snow continued his tendency to take NCAA-bound players with mid to late-round picks at the 2014 draft, selecting a pair of overagers in Devon Toews and Kyle Schempp. The Islanders have had success drafting NCAA players, with recent picks Kyle Okposo, Brock Nelson, and Anders Lee all becoming impact players for the Islanders. Although the Islanders tend to favour North American players, they selected a pair of European netminders in Linus Soderstrom and Ilya Sorokin. They represent the future in goal for the Islanders, along with collegiate netminders Eamon McAdam and Stephon Williams. Read more»

The Top 5 NHL players 25 or under wearing #27

by Ken McKenna
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Nick Bjugstad - Florida Panthers

Photo: Florida Panthers forward has produced 79 points (40G, 39A) in 153 games so far in his NHL career (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

 

The number 27 in hockey has had a few notable names associated with it over the years. Former NHL greats Frank Mahovlich, Darryl Sittler and, more recently, Scott Niedermayer all wore that number through their storied careers, with all three finding their way to the Hockey Hall of Fame once their playing days were over. Read more»

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