2015 NHL Draft: Meier climbs higher but top of the order remains largely unchanged in February ISS rankings

by ISS

Timo Meier, Travis Konecny - Team Orr - 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: Halifax Mooseheads forward Timo Meier (L) and Ottawa 67’s forward Travis Konecny (R) starred for Team Orr at the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

While there is still postseason play and the U18 World Championship yet to come, the pecking order at the top of the ISS Hockey rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft is becoming more well defined just past the halfway mark of the season. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: Tri-City’s Wilkie a Cornhusker with his eyes set on North Dakota

by Tom Schreier

Chris Wilkie - Tri-City Stom

Photo: Tri-City Storm forward and 2015 prospect Chris Wilkie is currently tied for third in goals-scoring in the USHL with 22 goals (courtesy of Tri-City Storm)

When asked why he got into hockey, Chris Wilkie smiles and offers a short laugh. “Well, my dad actually played in the National Hockey League, so that’s obviously where I started playing hockey,” he says, referring to his father, David Wilkie, who played for the Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers in parts of six NHL seasons. “My mom was from Omaha, so that’s where we would be in the summers, and then we just ended up moving back to Omaha, and we’ve been there for most of my life.” Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Domingue gets first NHL win, Gersich nets a hat trick, and more

by David Hahn

Shane Gersich - Omaha Lancers

Photo: Omaha Lancers forward and Washington Capitals prospect Shane Gersich is tied for third in goals in the USHL with 22 so far this season (courtesy of the Omaha Lancers)

Louis Domingue, the unlikely hero in Montreal in front of friends and family. One current USHL star showing why he is regarded for his goal scoring, while another former star improving in the NCAA. One night, two individual skills competition victories, and an AHL record for a Manchester Monarchs defenseman along with an impressive, one-handed effort from the KHL in this weeks Prospect Impressions feature. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Domi does it again, other NHL prospects show their skill

by David Hahn

Jake Virtanen - Team Canada - 2015 World Junior Championship

Photo: Calgary Hitmen forward and Vancouver Canucks prospect Jake Virtanen was one of a pair of Team Canada players to score highlight reel goals this past weekend (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

Team Canada teammates Max Domi and Jake Virtanen returned to their junior teams and produce highlight reel goals this week, while a current Michigan Wolverine and another future talent display their unique offensive ability in this week’s Prospect Impressions feature. Read more»

Carpenter, Wolanin two progeny of NHL players developing in the USHL

by Tom Schreier

Robert Carpenter - Sioux City Musketeers

Photo: Sioux City Musketeers forward and 2015 prospect Robert Carpenter is currently 11th overall in USHL scoring with 35 points (16G, 19A) in 36 games (courtesy of the USHL)

The Can’t-Miss Kid. That’s what they called Bobby Carpenter when he was a 17-year-old at St. John’s Prep in Danvers, MA in 1981. “Today, 17-year-old Bobby Carpenter of Peabody, Mass., a city of 48,000 some 15 miles north of Boston, is the best high school hockey player in America,” wrote the legendary E.M. Swift in a 1981 Sports Illustrated cover story. “More than that, he’s one of the top amateur prospects in the world. In the NHL Draft in June, Carpenter’s expected to be one of the first six players selected. Read more»

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