2015 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Six lesser known players to watch

by Ken McKenna
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Ivan Provorov - Team Orr - 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman Ivan Provorov has been a top offensive performer in his first WHL season for a Wheat Kings squad that should have a deep run in the WHL playoffs (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

As in any all-star affair, the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game features two teams of very talented players, albeit none of them old enough to order an alcoholic beverage at the local pub.

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2015 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Notable quotes on Connor McDavid

by Ken McKenna
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Connor McDavid and Dylan Strome - Erie Otters - 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: Erie Otter forwards Connor McDavid (L) and Dylan Strome (R) will be on opposite sides at the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top prospects Game, with McDavid suiting up for Team Orr and Strome playing for Team Cherry (courtesy of CHL Images)

The 2015 NHL Draft is still a few months away, but that event is very much the focus of the players and scouts that have descended upon St. Catharines, ON for the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. And the player that will receive the lion’s share of the attention at this event is Erie Otters forward Connor McDavid, the player expected to have his name called first when Draft Day finally arrives. Read more»

Red Deer’s Nogier not a rebel when it comes to his schooling

by Glen Erickson
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Nelson Nogier - Saskatoon Blades

Photo: Red Deer Rebels defenseman and Winnipeg Jets prospect Nelson Nogier, shown here skating for the Saskatoon Blades, has produced four points in 12 games since being dealt to the Rebels from the Blades last month (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

When a young prospect finds out the he’s caught the eye of a National Hockey League team, there is always excitement and satisfaction. Indeed, the road to earning a job in professional hockey can certainly be an all-consuming proposition these days, something that seems to require one’s undivided attention. Read more»

HF Podcast: Unheralded Medicine Hat Tigers squad looks to knock off top dogs

by Glen Erickson
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Marek Langhamer - Medicine Hat Tigers

Photo: Medicine Hat Tigers goaltender and Arizona Coyotes prospect Marek Langhamer is ranked fifth among WHL goaltenders with a 2.58 goals-against average and .911 save percentage in 32 games (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The Kelowna Rockets and Brandon Wheat Kings are the top teams in their respective conferences in the WHL, but another team is nipping at their heels for the overall points lead. That team is the Medicine Hat Tigers, who currently sit six points behind the second overall Wheat Kings. The Tigers don’t sport a lineup with as much star power as either Kelowna or Brandon, instead relying on an overall team effort mixed with good goaltending. Read more»

HF Podcast: Brandon Wheat Kings set to challenge for WHL crown

by Glen Erickson
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Ivan Provorov - Brandon Wheat Kings

Photo: Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman and 2015 prospect Ivan Provorov is one of a talented group of defenders that has the Wheat Kings among the top teams in the WHL (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The Brandon Wheat Kings already were a strong club in the WHL prior to that league’s 2015 trade deadline, but they look like a contender for a WHL championship now that the deadline has passed. The Wheat Kings site just three points behind the WHL-leading Kelowna Rockets while trying to stay ahead of a determined Medicine Hat Tigers squad. Read more»

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