Rockets’ Morrissey tops ranking of medal-laden WHL defensemen

by Glen Erickson

Josh Morrissey - Team Canada - 2015 World Junior Championship

Photo: Kelowna Rockets defenseman and Winnipeg Jets prospect Josh Morrissey is one of six WHL defensemen that earned medals at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

This is the first in a series of articles that ranks by position NHL-drafted prospects from the WHL. This article looks at defensive prospects that are property of NHL clubs who are currently competing in the WHL. Read more»

Off The Radar: Jevpalovs finds a home, but quartet still trying to attract NHL attention

by David Hahn

Nikita Jevpalovs - Blainville-Boisbriand Armada

Photo: Blainville-Boisbriand Armada forward Nikita Jevpalovs had been passed over three times in the NHL Draft but was just signed to a contract by the San Jose Sharks (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

The NHL Draft often signals the beginning of a future professional career for many young hopefuls. For those not drafted, it can become a motivator to improve and put in the work necessary in order to be noticed. The Off the Radar article is a monthly feature that spotlights prospects that have been overlooked in previous drafts who could be worthy of another chance. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Nylander debuts for Marlies, former teammates collide, other key matchups ahead

by David Hahn

William Nylander - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Toronto Maple Leafs prospect William Nylander will make his official North American debut when he suits up for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies this weekend against former national team cohort Jacob de la Rose and the Hamilton Bulldogs (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)

The AHL’s Toronto Marlies will get a boost as William Nylander joins the squad for this weekend’s home-and-home against the Hamilton Bulldogs. Read more»

2015 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Big third period helps Team Orr coast to 6-0 victory

by Ken McKenna

Travis Konecny - Team Orr; Michael McNivin - Team Cherry - 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: Team Orr forward Travis Konecny fires one of his two third period goals past Team Cherry goaltender Michael McNivin in Team Orr’s 6-0 win at the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

The buildup for the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game centered around the likely top pick for the 2015 NHL Draft, Connor McDavid. To his credit, McDavid did flash the impressive skills that he has in his arsenal, but it was his linemates in this game that ended up stealing the spotlight from the Erie Otters’ star. Read more»

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

by Ken McKenna

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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