Hard work, opportunity leads to NHL contract for Medicine Hat’s Schneider

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Nick Schneider - Medicine Hat Tigers

Photo: Medicine Hat Tigers goaltender and Calgary Flames prospect Nick Schneider was passed over at the 2015 NHL Draft, but parlayed a good showing at the Flames camp into an entry-level deal (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Imagine what it would be like being a teenager with some hockey aspirations sitting in an NHL dressing room beside a player earning about $5 million a season. For many juniors across Canada, this is perhaps a rite of passage, the culmination of long hours of work, of diligence, of persistence. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Young SHL talents collide, 2016 draft-eligibles go head-to-head in the OHL, more from junior and college hockey

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Philippe Myers - Rouyn-Noranda Huskies; Kevin Klima - Moncton Wildcats - Prospect Faceoff for 12/3/15

Photo: Rouyn-Noranda Huskies defenseman and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Philippe Myers and Moncton Wildcats forward Kevin Klima go head-to-head in a top QMJHL meeting of NHL prospects for the coming weekend (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Two prospects taken in the middle rounds of the 2013 NHL Draft have a lot on the line when they matchup against each other this weekend in the SHL. Likewise, two 2016 draft-eligibles go one-on-one in the OHL, while one WHL defenseman tries to acclimate to a new environment after a recent trade. The QMJHL offers an interesting matchup when a pair of twins with NHL bloodlines takes on a giant defenseman. Finally, two steady freshmen forwards have been role players for their respective teams and are hoping to earn additional icetime in this week’s Prospect Faceoff. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: Matthews maintains hold on top spot, but change elsewhere in ISS December rankings

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Michael McLeod - Mississauga Steelheads

Photo: Mississauga Steelheads center and 2016 prospect Michael McLeod is currently ranked 18th in scoring in the OHL with 32 points in 28 games (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Following a couple of months of relative calm in ISS Hockey‘s ranking of the top 30 prospects for the 2016 NHL Draft, the December list features a fair amount of change throughout the rankings. Read more»

Silvertips’ Juulsen jockeys for role at World Junior Championship

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Noah Juulsen - Everett Silvertips

Photo: Everett Silvertips defenseman and Montreal Canadiens prospect Noah Juulsen has posted three goals and 10 points in 20 games so far in the 2015-16 season (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

When teams face the Everett Silvertips these days, they can expect at least 20 minutes or so of real hard hockey.

All coaches and players will tell us it is all about playing hard for the entire 60 minutes, but when the Silvertips take the ice, the opposition now knows it will have to contend with the skills and ferocity of defenseman Noah Juulsen (MTL) for at least a third of the tilt. While the veteran rearguard patrols the blueline, he logs plenty of ice time while eyeing a job in professional hockey. One could say he is leaving his mark on WHL opponents. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Timashov takes on Bouchard, Leafs prospects clash on Thanksgiving, more from the NCAA, USHL, and WHL

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Jake Bean - Calgary Hitmen; Sam Steel - Regina Pats - Prospect Faceoff for 11/25/15

Photo: Calgary Hitmen defenseman Jake Bean and Regina Pats forward Sam Steel go head-to-head in a Thanksgiving Weekend encounter of top 2016 NHL Draft prospects (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images and Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

In this week’s Prospect Faceoff, the reigning Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week will try and slow down one of the QMJHL’s most proficient scorers. Two Toronto Maple Leafs prospects will go head-to-head in a Thanksgiving Day matinee, while two ‘A’ rated 2016 NHL Draft-eligible skaters clash in the WHL. In the USHL, a pair of Clark Cup champions go one-on-one, while two of the NCAA’s finest freshmen collide. Read more»

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