2014 Top Prospects Game Podcast: Jake Virtanen, Calgary Hitmen

by Glen Erickson
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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

by Glen Erickson
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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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HF Prospect of the Month for December, 2013

by Ian Altenbaugh
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Anthony Mantha - Detroit Red Wings

Photo: QMJHL forward Anthony Mantha took his game to the international stage in December, where he managed 10 points in four preliminary round games at the 2014 World Junior Championships. Mantha was selected 20th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

Forward Anthony Mantha (DET) is the Hockey's Future Prospect of the Month for December. An offensively prolific player since the start of the 2013-14 season, Mantha took his game to another level in December, with 14 points in five QMJHL games and 10 points through the preliminary round of the 2014 World Junior Championship.

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