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»

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

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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»

2016 NHL Draft: Knights’ Tkachuk has had little problem adjusting to OHL grind

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Matthew Tkachuk - London Knights

Photo: London Knights forward and 2016 prospect Matthew Tkachuk has been chosen to captain Team Orr at the 2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game next week in Vancouver, BC (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Matthew Tkachuk hopes to follow his famous father’s footsteps to the NHL one day soon. And his early march through the Ontario Hockey League in his inaugural season in the league has been – to say the very least – sure-footed. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Premier NCAA matchup in Boston, WJC participants ramp up in CHL action

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William Nylander - Mississauga Steelheads; Olli Juolevi - London Knights - Prospect Faceoff for 1/14/16

Photo: 2016 NHL Draft prospect Alexander Nylander of the Mississauga Steelheads and Olli Juolevi of the London Knights go head-to-head in an OHL match this weekend after both turning in impressive performances at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images and Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Prospect Faceoff returns in 2016 with a huge home-and-home series in Boston, as two of NCAA hockey’s best programs play a pair of games this weekend. With the World Junior Championship now complete, a number of high-end players return to their regular lineups and are ready for a big second half. Among them, two high-end 2016 draft-eligible skaters go head-to-head, a blue-chip Philadelphia Flyers prospect returns to the WHL, and one of Switzerland’s finest has a new home in the QMJHL. Plenty more this week as Prospect Faceoff ramps up again! Read more»

2016 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Added bulk has boosted offensive game of Lumberjacks’ Pitlick

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Rem Pitlick - Team East - 2016 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: Muskegon Lumberjacks forward and 2016 prospect Rem Pitlick, currently tied for the USHL scoring lead, was acquired by the Lumberjacks from the Waterloo Black Hawks in an offseason deal (courtesy of Brandon Anderson/USHL)

Rem Pitlick knew he had put on weight before he stepped on the scale during the preseason for the USHL’s Muskegon Lumberjacks.

Pitlick just wasn’t sure how much. He had weighed 169 pounds at the end of the 2014-15 season. His focus in the offseason was adding muscle to his 5-foot-7 frame, but he never bothered to weigh himself. Read more»

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