2016 NHL Draft: NTDP’s Matthews tops the ISS Hockey December rankings

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Auston Matthews - U.S. NTDP U-18

Photo: U.S. NTDP forward and 2016 prospect Auston Matthews was a two-time gold medalist with Team USA in the 2013-14 season, playing for both the U17 and U18 national teams (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

The 2016 NHL Draft is still more than a year-and-a-half away, but that doesn’t mean that players eligible for that draft aren’t being observed by scouts. ISS Hockey is one of those scouting groups taking the measure of late ’97 and ’98-born players eligible for that draft, with that organization releasing their December ranking of the top 10 prospects for the 2016 draft. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: McDavid, Eichel and Hanifin retain hold on top 3 in ISS Hockey’s December rankings

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Jack Eichel - Boston University

Photo: Boston University center and 2015 NHL Draft prospect Jack Eichel remains the second-ranked prospect for next June’s draft, behind the Erie Otters’ Connor McDavid (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

Despite missing the past three weeks with a hand injury, Erie Otters center Connor McDavid remains the top prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft in the December rankings released by ISS Hockey. Read more»

Canada-born Turgeon honing his craft in the States

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Dominic Turgeon - Portland Winterhawks

Photo: Portland Winterhawks forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Dominic Turgeon is wearing the “A” as an alternate captain for the Winterhawks this season (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

The Western Hockey League has made great strides over the past decade in recruiting and developing American-born players. If one scans the current WHL rosters, most teams are dressing a couple of players with ties to the United States. The Portland Winterhawks can boast about a dozen players with minor hockey developmental roots in the USA. Read more»

Comets’ Shinkaruk hopes for NHL reunion soon with friend Horvat

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Hunter Shinkaruk - Utica Comets

Photo: Utica Comets forward and Vancouver Canucks prospect Hunter Shinkaruk (#9) played in just 18 WHL games in the 2013-14 season for the Medicine Hat Tigers (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

 

Little did the Vancouver Canucks know when they drafted forwards Bo Horvat (ninth overall) and Hunter Shinkaruk (24th overall) in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft, that the two would become great friends and, for a brief time, teammates while Horvat was on an AHL conditioning stint with the Utica Comets.

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Rockets’ Bowey goes from student to teacher

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Madison Bowey - Kelowna Rockets

Photo: Kelowna Rockets defenseman and Washington Capitals prospect Madison Bowey is currently second in scoring among WHL defenders for the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

Much has been made over the past decade about the long line of National Hockey League defensemen with developmental roots that can be traced back to their junior days with the Kelowna Rockets. Call it a “factory” of sorts, one that appears to have another rearguard trending in the same direction as his predecessors. Read more»

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