2015 NHL Draft: Boston native Askew takes road through QMJHL in hopes it leads to NHL

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Cam Askew - Moncton Wildcats

Photo: Moncton Wildcats forward and 2015 prospect Cam Askew has improved his point totals from 14 in 64 games last season, to 38 in 56 games so far in 2014-15 (courtesy of Dave Connell)

The NHL Draft is a big night for the league and a monumental occasion for up-and-coming prospects. One weekend can validate a decade-plus of hard work and dedication – and not being picked by an organization can be devastating. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Former teammates, future teammates, and best friends go head-to-head plus more

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Jordan Subban - Belleville Bulls; Cole Cassels - Oshawa Generals

Photo: Two Vancouver Canucks prospects – Jordan Subban of the Belleville Bulls and Cole Cassels of the Oshawa Generals – will go head-to-head this weekend in OHL action (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Two childhood friends continue their friendly rivalry on the big stage, and in the WHL an accomplished defenseman goes one-on-one against one of the league’s best rookies. In the OHL, it’s a meeting of two Vancouver Canucks prospects, while former Russian teammates collide in an important QMJHL matchup. Finally, two prospects at opposite ends of the same draft see each other again in the SHL. Read more»

Generals’ McCarron living up to first round status in second OHL season

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Michael McCarron - Oshawa Generals

Photo: Oshawa Generals forward and Montreal Canadiens prospect Michael McCarron has nearly doubled his 2013-14 point total while having played 20 less games to this point of the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

The new 2014-15 OHL campaign brought about a dramatic change in Montreal Canadiens’ prospect Michael McCarron’s game. The start of 2015 brought a new opportunity to play a key role in the Oshawa Generals’ Memorial Cup aspirations, and he’s hoping to lead the way by taking a year’s worth of lessons and applying them to this season’s success. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: Sadek the best among solid Minnesota high school crop

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Jack Sadek - Lakeville North High School

Photo: Lakeville North High School defenseman and 2015 prospect Jack Sadek has scored five goals and added 20 assists in 25 games in 2014-15 (courtesy of Jim Lindquist)

The state of Minnesota has long been fertile ground when it comes to the development of NHL prospects. And, while the players competing at the NCAA level receive most of the attention from fans and scouts alike, the talent produced at the high school level in that state is second to none in the United States. Read more»

Wildcats’ Garland focused on team success over personal accolades

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Conor Garland - Moncton Wildcats

Photo: Moncton Wildcats forward Conor Garland this season has already doubled his point total from 2013-14 with 10 games remaining in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Dave Connell)

If it wasn’t quite evident last season, then it’s easy to see this year: Conor Garland is the most skilled player in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

The Moncton Wildcats winger recorded 54 points in 51 games last season in what was his first year of NHL Draft eligibility. Despite that level of production on a relatively mediocre Wildcats team compared to years past, Garland went undrafted. Offensive totals are not the be-all, end-all when it comes to drafting a player – the last QMJHL player to be selected in the 2014 NHL Draft was Julien Nantel (COL), who had just 34 points in 68 games. Read more»

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