2016 NHL Draft: Season-long spectator Mahura now getting his feet wet in playoffs, Memorial Cup

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Josh Mahura - Red Deer Rebels - 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup

Photo: Red Deer Rebels defenseman and 2016 prospect Josh Mahura played in just two regular season games in 2015-16 due to injury, but he competed in the WHL playoffs and is now competing at the 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup (courtesy of Rob Wallator/CHL Images )

Life was great for Red Deer Rebels defenseman Josh Mahura entering the 2015-16 season. He had just come off a 10-point rookie season where he earned steady ice time as a 16 year old and was given a ‘B’ ranking on NHL Central Scouting’s Futures List in the summer. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft Primer: Several re-entry candidates from CHL, NCAA ranks

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Dante Salituro - Ottawa 67's - 2016 NHL Draft Primer

Photo: Ottawa 67’s forward and 2016 prospect Dante Salituro was the leading scorer for the 67’s in 2015-16, posting 38 goals and 83 points in 65 OHL games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Each year, the NHL Draft provides a fast-track opportunity for over 200 players to be drafted and realize their childhood dreams. For others, the draft comes and goes and another year of uncertainty faces prospects who do not hear their names called. Read more»

2016 Memorial Cup: Rebels’ Helewka hopes to cap junior career with championship

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Adam Helewka - Red Deer Rebels

Photo: Red Deer Rebels forward and San Jose Sharks prospect Adam Helewka produced 42 goals and 74 points in 53 games split between the Rebels and the Spokane Chiefs in 2015-16 (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Whether ready for a league championship run or not, the MasterCard Memorial Cup host is expected to load up for an extended playoff push. And this year’s Red Deer Rebels were no exception. Read more»

2016 Memorial Cup Preview: Star-studded group of prospects go head-to-head in Red Deer

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Mitchell Marner - London Knights; Francis Perron - Rouyn-Noranda Huskies; Nolan Patrick - Brandon Wheat Kings; Adam Helewka - Red Deer Rebels - 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup

Photo: The 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup will feature a number of top NHL prospects, including Mitch Marner of the London Knights, Francis Perron on the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, Nolan Patrick of the Brandon Wheat Kings, and Adam Helewka of the Red Deer Rebels (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images, Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images, and Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The stars will be out at the 98th Memorial Cup, and it is expected that the ratings will reflect that. Between the four teams participating, there will be 26 NHL-drafted prospects present in Red Deer for the year-end tournament of champions. Read more»

2016 IIHF World Championship: The next generation of Canadian defensemen

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Cody Ceci - Team Canada - 2016 IIHF World Championship

Photo: Ottawa Senators defenseman Cody Ceci is tied for fourth in scoring by a defenseman at the 2016 IIHF World Championship, posting one goal and four assists in six games for the unbeaten Canadian squad (courtesy of Pavel Bednyakov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

 

The next generation of Canadian defensemen.

That’s what they’re saying about the crop of defenders that have come out of the 2012 NHL Draft, and six of those are currently playing for Team Canada at the IIHF World Championship in Russia. Read more»

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