Royals’ Joe Hicketts the top NHL property among WHL defensemen

by Glen Erickson
Joe Hicketts - Victoria Royals

Photo: Victoria Royals defenseman and Detroit Red Wings prospect Joe Hicketts served as an alternate captain for Team Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)



The smallest defender lands the top ranking in this Hockey’s Future ranking of the top WHL defenders that are currently the property of NHL teams. Joe Hicketts of the Victoria Royals and a prospect of the Detroit Red Wings gets the nod as the defensive NHL property out of the WHL. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: Hitmen defender Bean leads WHL crop weighted towards forwards

by Glen Erickson
Jake Bean - Calgary Hitmen

Photo: Calgary Hitmen defenseman Jake Bean is currently ranked fourth in scoring among WHL defensemen with 50 points in 54 games (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)



Back in June, the Western Hockey League saw 35 of its players selected at the 2015 NHL Draft in Sunrise, Florida. With the 2016 edition set for Buffalo, New York, scouting personnel are busy perusing the current WHL talent pool. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Booth faces down Audette in QMJHL action, more from the CHL, NCAA, and AHL

by David Hahn
Dante Salituro - Ottawa 67's; Mikhail Sergachev - Windsor Spitfires - Prospect Faceoff for 2/11/16

Photo: 2016 prospects Dante Salituro of the Ottawa 67’s and Mikhail Sergachev of the Windsor Spitfires go head-to-head in OHL action this weekend with one month left in the 2015-16 season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)



In this week’s Prospect Faceoff, we take a look at Quebec Remparts goaltender Callum Booth, who has been the team’s saving grace during a rough stretch. He will be opposed by a former first overall pick, Daniel Audette, who has a chip on his shoulder and something to prove. Also in this week’s edition, one underrated forward on North Dakota is garnering attention, as are a pair of draft-eligible skaters who are in weekend competition. Read more»

(Podcast) 2016 NHL Draft: High-profile events prominent in first two seasons for Kelowna Rockets’ Dube

by Glen Erickson
Dillon Dube - Kelowna Rockets

Photo: Kelowna Rockets forward and 2016 prospect Dillon Dube is second in scoring for the WHL-leading Rockets with 21 goals and 51 points in 48 games (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)



One shouldn’t be at all surprised if Dillon Dube of the Kelowna Rockets might occasionally feel like he has been a little spoiled since his arrival in the WHL. After all, a trip to the Memorial Cup as a 16-year-old rookie is a heckuva way to kick off a career in major junior hockey. Read more»

(Podcast) Resurgent Hurricanes riding the offensive ability of Estephan, other forwards

by Glen Erickson
Giorgio Estephan - Lethbridge Hurricanes

Photo: Lethbridge Hurricanes forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Giorgio Estephan (#9) is currently among the WHL scoring leaders but will miss time due to an injury (courtesy of Ben Nelms/Getty Images)



The resurgent Lethbridge Hurricanes have been both the feel-good and surprise story in the Western Hockey League this season. All of this comes after a five-year run of futility without playoff hockey that could aptly be termed a horror story. Read more»

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