Beyond Tomorrow: Thomson adjusting to higher level of play in WHL

by Brian Fogarty
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Jordan Thomson - Kamloops Blazers

Photo: Kamloops Blazers defenseman Jordan Thomson is currently considered to be one of the top defenders available for the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Jordan Thomson ranks among the top defensemen of the 2014 NHL Draft class. ISS lists Thomson 11th overall, and fourth among the defenseman available for the draft. So far in his rookie WHL season, Thomson has a goal and five assists in 23 games.

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Illo still adjusting to NCAA game

by Justin Felisko
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Radoslav Illo - Slovakia

Photo: Bemidji State winger and Anaheim Ducks prospect Radoslav Illo, shown here playing for Slovakia, has so far experienced a lengthy adjustment period to the NCAA's brand of hockey (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

When the Anaheim Ducks drafted Radoslav Illo in the fifth round (136th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft, the organization thought it would be getting a potential pure goal scorer.

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McKee leaves tough guy persona on the ice

by Tom Schreier
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Mike McKee - Lincoln Stars

Photo: Lincoln Stars defenseman and Detroit Red Wings prospect Mike McKee plays a hard-nosed brand of hockey, and is considered to be the toughest player in the USHL (courtesy of Kim Fogle)

Mike McKee is the USHL’s gentle giant.

On the ice he is an animal; he finishes his checks, clears players away from the net and gets into fights.

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Benning, Quenneville take AJHL experience to USHL

by Tom Schreier
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Matt Benning - Dubuque Fighting Saints

Photo: Boston Bruins prospect Matt Benning plied his trade in the AJHL last season and has now moved over to the USHL (courtesy of Dubuque Fighting Saints)

Matt Benning and Peter Quenneville have three things in common:
They are both from Alberta.
They both played in the AJHL for two years.
And they are teammates on the Dubuque Fighting Saints.

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