2016 NHL Draft: Matthews begins season as top prospect in ISS Hockey rankings

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Jakob Chychrun - Sarnia Sting

Photo: Sarnia Sting defenseman and 2016 prospect Jakob Chychrun is considered to be the top defensive prospect available for the 2016 NHL Draft (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

He missed being eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft by two days, but that may have been to Auston Matthews benefit as he enters the 2015-16 season as the top-ranked prospect for the 2016 NHL Draft according to ISS Hockey. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: Matthews having no trouble fitting in with ZSC Lions

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Auston Matthews - ZSC Lions Zurich  - Champions Hockey League

Photo: ZSC Lions forward and 2016 prospect Auston Matthews elected to move to Switzerland to further his career rather than go the NCAA or WHL route (courtesy of Sparta Prague/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

Back in early August at USA Hockey’s National Junior Evaluation Camp, Team USA forward Auston Matthews was asked about whether a decision had been made regarding the team he would compete for in the 2015-16 season. Matthews elected not to let the cat out of the bag, instead simply stating that a decision would be made after the completion of the NJEC. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: P.K. Subban as Don Cherry, and Gettinger, Lammikko and others shine early

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Connor Hellebuyck - Team USA - IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship

Photo: Winnipeg Jets goaltending prospect Connor Hellebuyck starred for Team USA at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, helping his country earn a bronze medal at that tournament (courtesy of Robert Hradil/EQ Images/Icon Sportswire)

The 2015-16 season is in full swing in the junior ranks, and there are a number of prospects already off to great starts. In Sault Ste. Marie, Tim Gettinger graduated from fourth-line duty and showed why he is worthy of the additional responsibility. Across the other end of Ontario, the Kingston Frontenacs received a boost when Juho Lammikko returned to the lineup and immediately made an impression of his own. Read more»

2015 All-American Prospects Game: Two late goals lead Team Plante over Team Roenick

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Luke McInnis - Team Plante - CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game

Photo: Youngstown Phantoms defenseman and 2016 prospect Luke McInnis posted a goal and an assist in the third period of the 2015 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, helping him earn Player of the Game honors (courtesy of Jen Fuller/Getty Images)

In what was an entertaining 2015 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, Team Plante scored two late goals to secure a 6-4 victory over Team Roenick in a seesaw affair. Read more»

2015 All-American Prospects Game Preview: Team Plante, Team Roenick set to display skills to fans, scouts

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Matthew Tkachuk - Team USA

Photo: Forward Matthew Tkachuk of USA Hockey’s NTDP squad will be one of the 42 players competing at the 2015 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game in Buffalo, NY (courtesy of John Crouch/Icon Sportswire)

The faces have changed, but the venue remains the same for the 2015 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game as many of the top American-born prospects for the 2016 NHL Draft will go head-to-head at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York this evening. Read more»

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