Top 50 NHL Prospects: Reinhart, Vasilevskiy lead Top 10 section of Spring ranking

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Sam Reinhart - Team Canada

Photo: Kootenay Ice forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Sam Reinhart tied for the scoring lead at the 2015 U20 World Junior Championship, posting 11 points in seven games for Team Canada (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

The Spring edition of the Hockey’s Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects concludes with the top 10 prospects.

The top 10 consists of six forwards, two defensemen, and two goaltenders. Five of the players in this top 10 were selected in the 2014 NHL Draft while nine are former first round picks. Read more»

Skjei and Buchnevich among New York Rangers prospects deserving of praise

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Photo: Brady Skjei scored his first professional playoff goal for Hartford in the first period of a triple-overtime game against Providence. (Courtesy of Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

Photo: Upon completion of his junior year with the University of Minnesota, Brady Skjei joined the AHL’s Hartford  Wolf Pack, where he is competing in the Calder Cup Playoffs. (Courtesy of Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

The New York Rangers system took a hit due to graduations and trades, but a select few prospects stood out in respective categories. Some players surprised, like Adam Tambellini and Mackenzie Skapski, while others like Dylan McIlrath and Cristoval Nieves disappointed. Read more»

Off the Radar: Family atmosphere in Erie propels Otters’ Betz towards redemption at the NHL Draft

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Nick Betz - Erie Otters

Photo: Erie Otters forward and 2015 prospect Nick Betz tripled his output from the 2013-14 season, posting 54 points in 60 games in 2014-15 (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

For the average, North American sports fan, the first Saturday in May is typically reserved for the Kentucky Derby. But this year in Erie, Pennsylvania, 6,500 citizens witnessed Erie Otters forward Nick Betz score just three minutes into Game Six of the OHL Western Conference Finals. Read more»

NHL Draft Primer: Samsonov tops among European goalies, fan favorites not far behind

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Denis Godla - Team Slovakia

Photo: HK Orange 20 goaltender and 2015 prospect Denis Godla led his country to a bronze medal at the 2015 U20 World Junior Championship, where he was named that tournament’s Best Goaltender (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

As the focus shifts to European goaltending, there are a bevy of top talents available, but a few lingering fan favorites may have an opportunity to hear their name called at the 2015 NHL Draft. Among them, Ilya Samsonov leads the pack, with a pair of talented Czechs not far behind him. Those who attended or watched the 2015 World Junior Championship should recognize fan favorites George Sorensen and Denis Godla, two of a strong list of European options in net in this week’s NHL Draft Primer. Read more»

Carolina Hurricanes prospects show promise despite frustrating season

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Carolina Hurricanes prospects show promise despite frustrating season

Photo: Trevor Carrick had a productive rookie season with the Charlotte Checkers, scoring 28 points (seven goals, 21 assists) in 75 games. (Courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

For several Carolina Hurricanes prospects, the 2014-15 season was rife with losing records, injuries, and disappointment. But despite the many setbacks, there was still excitement to be had—and hope for the future. Read more»

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