Adjustment to AHL has been slow for Lake Erie’s Milano

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Sonny Milano - Lake Erie Monsters

Photo: Lake Erie Monsters forward and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Sonny Milano (#22) took a break from AHL action this season to compete for the bronze medalist USA squad at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Making the jump from junior to the American Hockey League is one of the most difficult transitions in hockey.

The game gets faster, physicality turns up a notch, and players are smarter. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: BU’s McAvoy heads NCAA group that could be well represented in first round

by DJ Powers
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Charlie McAvoy - Boston University

Photo: Boston University defenseman and 2016 prospect Charlie McAvoy has won gold (U18) and bronze (U20) medals in the past year competing for Team USA in international play (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

2016 is shaping up to be a very good draft class for the NCAA. Among the current crop of draft-eligibles are three potential first round picks. Hockey Future takes a closer look at five of the NCAA’s top draft-eligible players (all freshmen), composed of three forwards and two defensemen representing three of the six NCAA conferences. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: Top skaters remain unchanged but a new pair of goaltenders emerge in ISS February rankings

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Evan Fitzpatrick - Sherbrooke Phoenix

Photo: Sherbrooke Phoenix goaltender and 2016 prospect Evan Fitzpatrick has appeared in 40 games for the QMJHL club in 2015-16, where he has posted a 3.25 goals=against average and .899 save percentage (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

Change has come to ISS Hockey’s February rankings for the 2016 NHL Draft, but not within the Top 10 or much of the Top 30, for that matter. Instead, the significant change has taken place in the goaltender rankings, where the top two goalies from the January rankings have been displaced by a new duo. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: “Lil Burns” wins over fans, LaBerge shines at CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

by David Hahn
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Josh Ho-Sang - Niagara IceDogs

Photo: Niagara IceDogs forward and New York Islanders prospect Josh Ho-Sang is among the Top 20 scorers in the OHL with 15 goals and 58 points in 45 games (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

The NHL All-Star weekend is always a fun event and this year, a number of the league’s brightest personalities entertained the fans in Music City. It may have been hard to top his red carpet outfit, but Brent Burns‘ son stole the show this weekend. In addition, the CHL/NHL Top Prospect Game took place and Victoriaville Tigres forward Pascal Laberge took center stage, possibly improving his draft stock in the process. Also, a pair of goaltenders show off their quickness, an enigmatic forward strikes again, plus goals by the Wolverines captain and one of the NLA’s top scorers. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: CSS, ISS take similar view of top prospects with Matthews at #1

by Ken McKenna
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Auston Matthews - Team USA - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: ZSC Lions forward and 2016 prospect Auston Matthews is ranked third in points per game (1.22) in the NLA, where he has scored 20 goals and 33 points in 27 games this season (courtesy of MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/Getty Images)

At roughly the halfway point of the 2015-16 hockey season, the picture for the upper portion of the 2016 NHL Draft is becoming a bit clearer, in part due to the recently completed World Junior Championship that took place in Helsinki, Finland. Read more»

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