2016 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Hoff a scoring star in offensive Lincoln lineup

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Ludvig Hoff - Team West - 2016 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: Lincoln Stars forward and 2016 prospect Ludvig Hoff has competed for the Lincoln Stars the past three seasons, but has also represented Norway internationally including the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of the USHL)

The Lincoln Stars were a team divided on and off the ice last season, and their record indicated that.

The Stars finished in last place in the USHL’s Western Conference with an 18-37-1-4 record in the 2014-15 season. A year later, the Stars have addressed their issues, unified and turned their play around. At the USHL’s halfway break, the Stars sat atop the Western Conference with a 19-14-1-0 mark. Read more»

2016 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Early December win keys surge for Knierim and his Dubuque teammates

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William Knierim - Team East - 2016 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: Dubuque Fighting Saints forward and 2016 prospect William Knierim has produced 15 points along with 85 penalty minutes in 26 games in 2015-16 (courtesy of the USHL)

A lot changed for the USHL’s Dubuque Fighting Saints on Dec. 4th.

The Saints were playing the Omaha Lancers on the road on that date. The Saints were on a three-game losing streak, and coach Jason Lammers decided to alter his lineup. He put Nathan Sucese, Shane Kavanagh and Willie Knierim together on a line, and not just that line, but all the lines began clicking. That line scored two goals and combined for 14 shots on net in a 3-2 win against the Lancers. Read more»

2016 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Colton’s 5-point night keys Team East win

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Michael O'Leary and Ross Colton - Team East - 2016 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: Team East forward Michael O’Leary beats Team West goaltender Peyton Jones for the first goal of the game at the 2016 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, a game won by Team East by a 6-2 score (courtesy of the USHL)

Ross Colton wasn’t an unknown among NHL teams before Tuesday, but he certainly motivated scouts to add more notes to his folder after scoring a hat trick and tallying five points in the 2016 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Read more»

NCAA Prospects Notebook, December, 2015: NCAA season heads into second half after tournament, WJC action

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Zach Werenski - Team USA - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: University of Michigan defenseman and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Zach Werenski captained Team USA to a bronze medal at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, where he also earned the Top Defenseman honor for that tournament (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images

The month of December featured many excellent performances, fantastic finishes and a few surprises in NCAA hockey. Hockey’s Future looks back at some of the more notable items involving NHL prospects making news around college hockey in the final month of 2015. Unless otherwise noted, all statistics are current as of Jan. 10th, 2015. Read more»

HF NHL Prospect of the Month, December, 2015: WJC snub leads to strong month for Michigan’s Connor

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Kyle Connor - University of Michigan

Photo: University of Michigan forward and Winnipeg Jets prospect Kyle Connor earned MVP honors at the Great Lakes Invitational over the holiday break (courtesy of Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

Typically, the Hockey’s Future Prospect of the Month is selected based on play from the first to the last day of a particular month. The World Junior Championship, however, being the foremost showcase for hockey’s top prospects, allows for some leniency in those dates. And while some of the most impressive individual performances at the 2016 tournament were from undrafted players (who are ineligible for the HF honor), there was plenty of standout performances from previously drafted players. Of course, exclusion from national teams also sparked some tremendous play from top-level prospects. Read more»

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