2015-16 Big Ten Preview: Michigan, Minnesota could be cream of weaker crop

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Zach Werenski - University of Michigan

Photo: University of Michigan defenseman and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Zach Werenski is looking to build off of a fine freshman season with the Wolverines in 2014-15 (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

For the 2015-16 NCAA Hockey season, the Big Ten Conference features 40 NHL prospects, with each member school having at least two prospects on their rosters. The University of Michigan and the University of Minnesota lead all conference teams with 12 prospects apiece. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: McDavid heats up, three overtime game-winners, more highlights

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Joel Eriksson Ek - Farjestad Karlstad - Champions Hockey League

Photo: Farjestad BK forward and Minnesota Wild prospect Joel Eriksson Ek (#20) should be a prominent player for Sweden at the 2016 World Junior Championship (courtesy HC Dynamo Pardubice/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

Connor McDavid came through for the Edmonton Oilers this weekend, and is centering one of the most interesting forward combinations so far this year. The Erie Otters miss him, but still boast a perfect record thanks to some tremendous passing. Lawson Crouse and Conor McGlynn helped Kingston to a pair of overtime victories, and Joel Eriksson Ek did the same for Farjestad BK. This and more in this week’s edition of Prospect Impressions. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Pair of newly-minted captains clash, plus draft-eligibles in the NAHL, Senators’ prospects in the SHL

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Jaedon Descheneau - Kootenay Ice; Ivan Provorov - Brandon Wheat Kings - Prospect Faceoff - 10/9/15

Photo: Kootenay Ice forward and St. Louis Blues prospect Jaedon Descheneau (L), and Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Ivan Provorov are one of the marquee, head-to-head NHL prospect encounters this weekend (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images and Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Leadership is often one of the first things teams discuss when evaluating prospects, and for Dylan Strome of the Erie Otters and Timo Meier of the Halifax Mooseheads, both players will adorn new letters this year. In the WHL, a surprising early cut from training camp faces off against a diminutive forward, and two draft-eligible players from the NAHL, as well as two Ottawa Senators prospects lead their teams into weekend action. Read more»

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»

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