(Podcast) Cougars’ Olson showing signs of being more than the average 7th round pick

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Tate Olson - Prince George Cougars

Photo: Prince George Cougars defenseman and Vancouver Canucks prospect Tate Olson has nearly doubled his offensive production from the 2014-15 season, having posted nine goals and 47 points in 64 games in the 2015-16 season (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Chances are pretty good that NHL teams will tell us that every draft selection they make is well thought out. The player they choose is the player they had hoped to secure. And after all, it would be unfair to the athlete to suggest a late round pick was simply a formality. Read more»

(Podcast) Diminutive Morrison playing big role in Prince George

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Brad Morrison - Prince George Cougars

Photo: Prince George Cougars forward and New York Rangers prospect Brad Morrison currently ranks third in scoring on the Cougars roster with 60 points in 68 games (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

It has been a couple of years since a new ownership group took over operation of the Prince George Cougars, an organization that had struggled on the ice and at the box office for a good portion of the last decade. Read more»

Tigers’ Schneider leads short list of WHL goaltenders with NHL ties

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Nick Schneider - Medicine Hat Tigers

Photo: Medicine Hat Tigers goaltender and Calgary Flames prospect Nick Schneider earned an NHL contract with a strong performance at the Flames’ training camp last fall (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

In past years, the ranking of the WHL goaltenders used a criteria whereby the goaltenders listed would all be drafted and or signed by NHL teams. Based on these parameters this season, the list is short, with only three netminders making the grade. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Familiar Hockey East foes meet, 2016 hopefuls Laberge and Dineen in CHL action, Drouin returns to Syracuse

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C.J. Smith - UMass Lowell; Danny O'Regan - Boston University - Prospect Faceoff for 3/10/16

Photo: UMass Lowell forward C.J. Smith, and Boston University forward and San Jose Sharks prospect Danny O’Regan renew the rivalry between their two schools this weekend in the Hockey East Tournament (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

The Hockey East quarterfinals are underway this weekend, and two familiar faces re-ignite a rivalry as Boston University and UMass Lowell meet in the Hockey East playoffs again just one year removed from meeting in the finals. The CHL’s regular season is winding down, and all three leagues are in action again as two top 2016 draft-eligibles get another last chance to impress before the draft. Finally, Jonathan Drouin’s infamous story will have a new chapter written in Syracuse as the Tampa Bay Lightning prospect is back in the AHL after an attempted trade request, finishing off a stacked edition of Prospect Faceoff. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Nylander, Soshnikov first NHL goals, McDavid tops Eichel, Kamloops goes old school

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Nikita Soshnikov - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Toronto Maple Leafs rookie forward Nikita Soshnikov had produced 28 points in 50 AHL games for the Toronto Marlies before his current call-up to the NHL (courtesy of Nick Turchiaro/Icon Sportswire)

Prospect Impressions is on fire this week, with a pair of first NHL goals from the Toronto Maple Leafs and the first battle in the McDavid vs. Eichel throwdown. College hockey’s undisputed top line produced two highlight-worthy goals this week, and we have plenty more coverage of all three CHL leagues. Read more»

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