(Podcast) Ruopp leading developing Prince George squad

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Sam Ruopp - Prince George Cougars

Photo: Prince George Cougars defenseman and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Sam Ruopp has captained the Cougars for the past two seasons (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

At some point, every hockey team determines who will wear the “C”. Whether it is a coach’s decision or one made by the players, a team captain plays an important leadership role both on and off the ice. For Sam Ruopp, the honor and responsibility came at a rather young age during his WHL career. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Caggiula rocked, Quinnipiac advances with highlight-reel goals, CHL playoff snipes

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Jake DeBrusk - Red Deer Rebels

Photo: Red Deer Rebels forward and Boston Bruins prospect has been a point-per-game player following his trade to the Rebels, posting 12 goals and 39 points in 37 games (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The number of names that have taken Drake Caggiula off his feet this season is an awfully short one, and an unlikely source tagged him behind the net while North Dakota was in the midst of advancing to the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four. Quinnipiac also earned a berth with a pair of highlight-reel goals, and JT Compher’s no-look pass is a must-see. Also in this week’s Prospect Impressions, the CHL playoffs are underway, and a pair of veterans unleashed furious shots to put their teams ahead in the clutch. Read more»

(Podcast) 2016 NHL Draft: Pilon’s play pivotal during Blazers late-season surge

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Garrett Pilon - Kamloops Blazers

Photo: Kamloops Blazers forward and 2016 NHL Draft prospect Garrett Pilon tied for ninth in the WHL in rookie scoring with 47 points in 71 games (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

When the Kamloops Blazers landed forward Garrett Pilon in the seventh round at the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, it might have been easy for some to have little faith in the notion that the late-round selection could become a regular in the lineup, let alone an impact player. After all, Pilon suggests he checked in at about 5’2” during his bantam draft year. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Werenski shines, Mouillierat’s lacrosse goal, Amadio scores 50th shorthanded, WHL goalie scores, plus more

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Zach Werenski - University of Michigan

Photo: University of Michigan defenseman and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Zach Werenski and his Wolverines teammates will take on Notre Dame in the Midwest Regional of the 2016 NCAA Hockey Tournament (courtesy of Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

The Michigan Wolverines won the Big Ten championship this weekend, and Zach Werenski led the way with an unbelievable performance. Also in this weeks Prospect Impressions, an AHL veteran joins a small group of players to pull off a special goal. Thatcher Demko is in the news again thanks to his desperate save in a clutch situation, and Stuart Skinner is another goaltender in the news but for something you wouldn’t expect. Plenty more highlights are featured, including a 50-goal scorer and a great scrap from the OHL. Read more»

(Podcast) Reddekopp providing muscle, solid defensive play for Royals

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Chaz Reddekopp - Victoria Royals

Photo: Victoria Royals defenseman and Los Angeles Kings prospect Chaz Reddekopp boosted his totals from his 2014-15 campaign, posting 30 points in 70 games while garnering 102 penalty minutes and a +19 rating (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

As Chaz Reddekopp nears the 200-game plateau in the Western Hockey League, he is developing as a dominating stay-at-home defenseman. And as the 19-year-old continues to administer punishment on opponents in the defensive zone, his mobility and puck skills are also beginning to emerge. Read more»

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