2016 U18 World Championship Preview: Canada looks to improve on bronze showing in 2015

by Glen Erickson
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Jakob Chychrun - Sarnia Sting

Photo: Sarnia Sting defenseman and 2016 prospect Jakob Chychrun had a productive 2015-16 season, posting 11 goals and 49 points in 62 games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

While disappointment at the club level is a reality for many of those named to Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team pre-competition camp in Winnipeg, the opportunity to wear a Team Canada jersey at the 2016 IIHF U18 Championship should soothe some of the ache. Read more»

HF NHL Prospect of the Month, March, 2016: Meier, Huskies roll into second round of QMJHL playoffs

by Chris Roberts
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Timo Meier - HF NHL Prospect of the Month, March, 2016

Photo: Rouyn-Noranda Huskies forward and San Jose Sharks prospect Timo Meier, shown here competing for his home country of Switzerland, has helped take the Huskies to another level since he was acquired from Halifax in January of 2016 (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

Heading into the CHL playoffs, the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies locked down the number one seed in the BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings, ahead of OHL powerhouses the Erie Otters and London Knights. The Huskies finished the regular season leading the QMJHL with a record of 52-9-3-2; they were a consistently strong team all season long, but bolstered their potent lineup with a few transactions prior to the league’s trade deadline. Read more»

(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

by David Hahn
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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»

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