2014-15 WHL Preview: Wheat Kings look to dethrone Oil Kings in the East

by Ian Esplen
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Greg Chase - Calgary Hitmen

Photo: Calgary Hitmen forward and Edmonton Oilers prospect Greg Chase registered 85 points in 2013-14, and is expected to be among the WHL scoring leaders in 2014-15 (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

 

Last season was a special year for the teams that call the WHL‘s Eastern Conference home.

 

First, Eastern Conference fans in Prince Albert, SK and Red Deer, AB got to see their teams square off in a thrilling, winner take all match to determine who would play the Edmonton Oil Kings in the first round of the playoffs. Read more»

2014-15 WHL Preview: Winterhawks a less imposing favorite in Western Conference

by Glen Erickson
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Mathew Barzal - Seattle Thunderbirds

Photo: Seattle Thunderbirds forward and 2015 prospect Mathew Barzal is the early favorite to be the first player chosen from the WHL at the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

As much as the players are the show in junior hockey, the big stories across the WHL’s Western Conference heading into the 2014-15 season have occurred behind the bench. Half of the teams in the West, five of ten, will have a new bench boss at the helm when the regular season begins on September 19. Read more»

Pats’ Klimchuk hoping for NHL shot, but WJC berth could be his consolation prize

by Ken McKenna
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Morgan Klimchuk - Team WHL

Photo: Regina Pats forward and Calgary Flames prospect Morgan Klimchuk posted 30 goals and 44 assists in 57 games for the Pats in the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

 

With appearances in both of Team WHL‘s matches versus Russia in the 2013 Subway Super Series, Regina Pats forward Morgan Klimchuk was provided with a great opportunity to showcase his skills for Team Canada’s World Junior coaching staff. Read more»

Beyond Tomorrow: The Class of 2016

by Chau Vo
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Auston Matthews - U.S. NTDP

Photo: Team USA forward Auston Matthews is considered to be a top prospect for the 2016 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

With the 2016 NHL Draft just a little under two years away, there is still a lot to be learned about these late-1997 and 1998-born players. There is no overwhelming consensus as to who will be picked first overall like there is for the 2015 draft, but Dmitry Sokolov is one of a few favorites as well as Sean Day, the fourth player to be granted “exceptional player status” by the Ontario Hockey Federation. Read more»

2014 NHL Draft: WHL draft review

by Glen Erickson
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2014 NHL Draft - Sam Reinhart - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Kootenay Ice forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Sam Reinhart was the Sabres highest selection since Pierre Turgeon was chosen first overall by the club back in 1987 (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

 

Heading into the 2014 NHL Draft, both the Western Hockey League (WHL) and Ontario Hockey League (OHL) knew their top eligible prospects would be jockeying for the coveted first pick overall. When the Florida Panthers did not receive a satisfactory offer after openly shopping the number one pick, they chose to select defenseman Aaron Ekblad of the Barrie Colts. Read more»