Off The Radar: Jevpalovs finds a home, but quartet still trying to attract NHL attention

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Nikita Jevpalovs - Blainville-Boisbriand Armada

Photo: Blainville-Boisbriand Armada forward Nikita Jevpalovs had been passed over three times in the NHL Draft but was just signed to a contract by the San Jose Sharks (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

 

The NHL Draft often signals the beginning of a future professional career for many young hopefuls. For those not drafted, it can become a motivator to improve and put in the work necessary in order to be noticed. The Off the Radar article is a monthly feature that spotlights prospects that have been overlooked in previous drafts who could be worthy of another chance. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Nylander debuts for Marlies, former teammates collide, other key matchups ahead

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William Nylander - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Toronto Maple Leafs prospect William Nylander will make his official North American debut when he suits up for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies this weekend against former national team cohort Jacob de la Rose and the Hamilton Bulldogs (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)

 

The AHL’s Toronto Marlies will get a boost as William Nylander joins the squad for this weekend’s home-and-home against the Hamilton Bulldogs. Read more»

2015 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Big third period helps Team Orr coast to 6-0 victory

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Travis Konecny - Team Orr; Michael McNivin - Team Cherry - 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: Team Orr forward Travis Konecny fires one of his two third period goals past Team Cherry goaltender Michael McNivin in Team Orr’s 6-0 win at the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

 

The buildup for the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game centered around the likely top pick for the 2015 NHL Draft, Connor McDavid. To his credit, McDavid did flash the impressive skills that he has in his arsenal, but it was his linemates in this game that ended up stealing the spotlight from the Erie Otters’ star. Read more»

2015 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Six lesser known players to watch

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Ivan Provorov - Team Orr - 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman Ivan Provorov has been a top offensive performer in his first WHL season for a Wheat Kings squad that should have a deep run in the WHL playoffs (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

 

As in any all-star affair, the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game features two teams of very talented players, albeit none of them old enough to order an alcoholic beverage at the local pub.

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2015 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Notable quotes on Connor McDavid

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Connor McDavid and Dylan Strome - Erie Otters - 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: Erie Otter forwards Connor McDavid (L) and Dylan Strome (R) will be on opposite sides at the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top prospects Game, with McDavid suiting up for Team Orr and Strome playing for Team Cherry (courtesy of CHL Images)

 

The 2015 NHL Draft is still a few months away, but that event is very much the focus of the players and scouts that have descended upon St. Catharines, ON for the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. And the player that will receive the lion’s share of the attention at this event is Erie Otters forward Connor McDavid, the player expected to have his name called first when Draft Day finally arrives. Read more»

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