Hockey’s Future 2016 NHL Prospect of the Year: Connor’s strong NCAA season a springboard to NHL career

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Kyle Connor - University of Michigan

Photo: University of Michigan forward and Winnipeg Jets prospect Kyle Connor was a runner-up for the 2016 Hobey Baker Award after a strong freshman campaign with the Wolverines (courtesy of Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

A few different considerations go into deciding the Hockey’s Future NHL Prospect of the Year – performance, expectation, and of course showing up on the monthly list throughout the season. There were standout players at every level of hockey this season, but nobody fit the criteria more than University of Michigan’s Kyle Connor (WPG). Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: Trio at top of draft rankings remains unchanged for ISS, CSS

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Patrik Laine - Team Finland - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Tappara forward and 2016 prospect Patrik Laine has had a memorable 2015-16 season, winning gold at the 2016 World Junior Championship, then winning Finland’s Liiga championship last month, and he is now competing for Finland at the 2016 IIHF World Championship (courtesy of HEIKKI SAUKKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)

The scouting arm of the NHL, NHL Central Scouting (CSS), released their final rankings for the 2016 NHL Draft in April. ISS Hockey (ISS), on the other hand, is still releasing their monthly rankings, with their final ranking yet to come in early June. Read more»

Hunt, Helewka the top NHL properties at wing competing in the WHL in 2015-16

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Dryden Hunt - Moose Jaw Warriors

Photo: Moose Jaw Warriors forward and Florida Panthers prospect Dryden Hunt has completed his WHL career having posted 249 points in 269 regular season games (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Many of the WHL’s top players achieve success due in part to their versatility, as most forwards will take a shift from time to time at the center position. But for this article, we are ranking wingers in the Western Hockey League, based on those that have been drafted and/or signed by National Hockey League teams. Read more»

On the Rush, April, 2016: Gostisbehere, Timashov amongst those leading the rush

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Shayne Gostisbehere - Philadelphia Flyers

Photo: Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere had a strong NHL rookie campaign, scoring 17 goals and 46 points in 64 games in 2015-16 (courtesy of Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire)

It seems like just yesterday that we were talking about October/November, and the first On the Rush of the 2015-16 campaign was being put together. Alas, here we are in April with many teams and players done for the season. It has been another phenomenal year across the hockey world, and every year we are left with no shortage of players who surpass expectations and those that fall short. Read more»

(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Jost making his presence felt for Canada

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Tyson Jost - Team Canada - 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship

Photo: Team Canada forward and 2016 prospect Tyson Jost competed for the Penticton Vees of the BCHL in 2015-16, scoring 42 goals and 104 points in 48 games for that club (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

After watching Finland forward Eeli Tolvanen (Sioux City – USHL) notch a hat trick in the first quarterfinal game of the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship played at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, Team Canada forward Tyson Jost (Penticton – BCHL) decided to get in on the action with a hat trick of his own in a 9-1 win over Switzerland. Read more»

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