2016 NHL Draft: No change at top of ISS draft rankings for November

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Matthew Tkachuk - London Knights

Photo: London Knights forward and 2016 prospect Matthew Tkachuk has made an easy transition to the OHL as he is currently ranked third in scoring for 2015-16 (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

No news is good news for the players sitting atop ISS Hockey’s November ranking of the top 30 prospects available for the 2016 NHL Draft. There is no change among the top 5 players from last month’s ranking, with Auston Matthews standing steady as the top prospect. Read more»

Well traveled Gabrielle finding success early with Prince George

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Jesse Gabrielle - Prince George Cougars

Photo: Prince George Cougars forward and Boston Bruins prospect Jesse Gabrielle (L) currently leads the WHL in shorthanded goals with four in 14 games (courtesy of Ben Nelms/Getty Images)

The Prince George Cougars are one full season into their “New Ice Age”, the marketing slogan the organization created when the current ownership group took the reigns before the 2014-15 WHL season. Read more»

Oil Kings’ Baddock hoping heavy minutes in overage season will lead to NHL contract

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Brandon Baddock - Edmonton Oil Kings

Photo: Edmonton Oil Kings forward and New Jersey Devils prospect Brandon Baddock has produced 369 penalty minutes in 203 WHL games (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Brandon Baddock could be playing for the AHL’s Albany Devils this season. His career season with the Edmonton Oil Kings in 2014-15 certainly would have warranted a contract from the New Jersey Devils, the team that selected him in the sixth round of the 2014 NHL Draft. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Zacha vs. Senyshyn, other 2015 picks compete, plus high profile AHL matchup

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Alexandre Carrier - Gatineau Olympiques; Samuel Montembeault - Blainville-Boisbriand Armada

Photo: Gatineau Olympiques forward and Nashville Predators prospect Alexandre Carrier, and Blainville-Boisbriand Armada goaltender and Florida Panthers prospect Samuel Montembeault go head-to-head this weekend in a QMJHL matchup of NHL prospects (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images and Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

It doesn’t get much better in the NHL prospect world when two draft selections taken just nine picks apart other go one-on-one. That is exactly the situation in Sault Ste. Marie this weekend, where Pavel Zacha and the Sarnia Sting travel to Sault Ste. Marie to take on Zach Senyshyn and the Greyhounds. Read more»

Merkley committed to energize Kelowna Rockets

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Nick Merkley - Kelowna Rockets

Photo: Kelowna Rockets forward and Arizona Coyotes prospect Nick Merkley will try to improve on the 20-goal, 90-point season that he produced in 2014-15 (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

When one watches from a distance, it’s apparent there is plenty of energy bundled up in the package that sports #10 in a Kelowna Rockets’ jersey.

I just love the game,” Nick Merkley said, when queried by Hockey’s Future about his intensity. “I think that’s the biggest thing. I’m really a competitive guy.” Read more»

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