Video: 2012 NHL Combine – Zach Stepan, Shattuck St. Mary’s

by Ken McKenna

Photo: 2012 NHL Draft prospect Zach Stepan, cousin of the the New York Rangers Derek Stepan, will attempt to carve out his own path to the NHL (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)


Being a draft prospect with some NHL bloodlines is certainly not a losing proposition, but it can sometimes be a burden that buries the prospect under the weight of inevitable comparisons.

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Several St. Louis Blues CHL prospects enjoyed long 2012 post-season

by Brad Gardner

Photo: Goaltender Jordan Binnington had a rough post-season posting an 0-2 record and a 5.00 goals against average. (CHL Images)


Plenty of St. Louis prospects made noise during their team's respective postseason runs with several bringing home league championships. Two prospects were integral to Saint John's run toward their second consecutive QMJHL Championship while a third Quebec League prospect came out on top at the Memorial Cup. The Blues were also represented on the Swedish Elite League champion Brynas team. Several other prospects ranked among their league's top scorers during the playoffs despite falling short of the championship.

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Minor league success in Toronto suggests promising future for Maple Leafs

by John-Eric Iannicello

Photo: Greg McKegg (92) was the lone prospect to represent the Leafs at the 2012 Memorial Cup. (Terry Wilson/CHL Images)


It's been a long time since a team in Toronto has played meaningful hockey in the Spring months. The Toronto Marlies have changed those fortunes this season with a strong year that has translated into a lengthy post-season run that has seen the club play in the Calder Cup finals. Led by a handful of solid prospects, the Toronto Maple Leafs hope the recent post-season run by the Marlies will translate into more NHL ready players as soon as next season.

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Brian Christie the top pick at the 2012 USHL Draft

by League Press Release

The Chicago Steel made forward Brian Christie the first overall pick in the 2011 USHL Entry Draft.

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"It is definitely an honor for sure," said Christie after receiving the news of his top selection.  "It feels great but I know there is a lot more work to do."

The 19-year-old from West Chester, Pennsylvania was a point-per-game player this season as he collected 57 points (20g, 37a) in 57 regular season games for the Topeka RoadRunners of the North American Hockey League (NAHL).  Six of his goals were game-winners as he helped Topeka earn the regular season championship by posting a league-best record of 43-12-3 (89 points).  Christie tied for the NAHL lead with a plus-38 rating.  He also put up 11 points (4g, 7a) in 13 playoff games before Topeka was eliminated from the postseason.

"We are excited to have Brian as the number one pick," said Scott McConnell, Chicago Steel Head Coach/GM.  "Brian brings us experience having success this past season in a good league.  He is battle tested and has received excellent coaching from the Topeka staff."
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