2014 Top Prospects Game Podcast: Chase De Leo, Portland Winterhawks

by Glen Erickson
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Chase De Leo - Portland Winterhawks

Photo: Portland Winterhawks forward and 2014 prospect Chase De Leo will be taking part in his second top prospects game this season when he takes the ice for Team Cherry at the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

For a player whose first experiences with hockey included a pair of roller blades, it probably doesn’t come as too much of a surprise that today Chase De Leo might very well be developing the best set of wheels the WHL has to offer.

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2014 Top Prospects Game Podcast: Jake Virtanen, Calgary Hitmen

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Jake Virtanen - Calgary Hitmen

Photo: Calgary Hitmen forward and 2014 prospect Jake Virtanen has produced at a nearly point-per-game pace during the 2013 -14 season (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

When he was selected first overall by the Calgary Hitmen at the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft, there was little doubt that Jake Virtanen was a player who would arrive in the WHL with a prototypical “full tool kit”.

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2014 Top Prospects Game Podcast: Haydn Fleury, Red Deer Rebels

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Haydn Fleury - Red Deer Rebels

Photo: Red Deer Rebels defenseman and 2014 prospect Haydn Fleury is ranked sixth among North American skaters in Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

If there is one player among the 40 in Calgary this week for the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game who can relate to the wintery first day of festivities here, it’s probably Haydn Fleury of the Red Deer Rebels. Fleury, who will celebrate his 18th birthday in July, is a prairie boy from Carlyle, Saskatchewan.

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Calgary Saddledome readies for 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

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Aaron Ekblad - Barrie Colts

Photo: Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad is the top-rated defenseman taking part in the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, although Central Scouting’s highest ranked North American forward, Sam Bennett, will miss the game due to injury (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

With 40 of the top junior players from the Canadian Hockey League arriving in this bustling National Hockey League city in wintery western Canada, there is a very solid chance this annual all-star game of sorts will capture plenty of attention from Calgary and area sports fans when Team Cherry faces off against Team Orr in the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on Wednesday night.

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Beyond Tomorrow: Jackson making a case for first round potential in 2015

by Chau Vo
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Robby Jackson - Chicago Steel

Photo: Chicago Steel forward and 2015 draft prospect Robby Jackson developed his game in the LA Selects and LA Junior Kings programs (courtesy of Serena Dalhamer)

In 1988, shockwaves were sent throughout Canada and California when Canadian icon and arguably the greatest hockey player to ever play the game, Wayne Gretzky, was traded from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings. But the after-effects of that trade created a hockey boom in the Golden State and its legacy is still felt more than 25 years later. 29 NHL players have called California home, and an even greater number fill out the ranks of the top North American junior leagues and NCAA collegiate teams.

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