2016 NHL Draft: Change at top of March ISS rankings as Nylander arrives among the top prospects

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Alexander Nylander - Mississauga Steelheads - ISS Rankings, March, 2016

Photo: Mississauga Steelheads forward and 2016 prospect Alexander Nylander has a good chance of joining brother William as a top 10 pick in the NHL Draft (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

While the two players ranked at the top of ISS Hockey’s March rankings for the 2016 NHL Draft remain unchanged from last month’s list, there has been somewhat noteworthy movement elsewhere in the top 10 . Read more»

(Podcast) Rockets’ Kirkland working hard to earn entry-level deal

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Justin Kirkland - Kelowna Rockets

Photo: Kelowna Rockets forward and Nashville Predators prospect Justin Kirkland has produced 66 goals and 96 assists in 190 regular season games, and another 16 points in 29 playoff games (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Is the glass half full or half empty?

Justin Kirkland is one of a relatively small number of junior hockey players to be selected in the 2014 NHL Draft. For certain, this is reason to be optimistic. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Ottawa prospects clash, Smirnov reaches USHL mark, Labanc, Brooks reach 100 points

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Denis Smirnov - Fargo Force; Tanner Laczynski - Lincoln Stars - Prospect Faceoff for 2/26/16

Photo: Two of the USHL’s top scorers, Fargo Force forward Denis Smirnov and Lincoln Stars forward Tanner Laczynski, will go head-to-head this weekend in a top USHL prospect showdown (courtesy of Mitch Highman/MJoy Photography and Brandon Anderson/BA Photos)

This week’s Prospect Faceoff is loaded with powerhouse matchups from around North America. The Ottawa Senators will be interested in the result from a game in Shawinigan this weekend, and scouts from the NHL will be on hand in Fargo as the Lincoln Stars pay them the Fargo Force visit. We’ll check-in with the most recent members of the 100-point club from the OHL and WHL, and an often discussed Calgary Flames prospect is in action as his NCAA career winds down. Read more»

Move from Winnipeg to Seattle has been a good one for Thunderbirds’ Kolesar

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Keegan Kolesar - Seattle Thunderbirds

Photo: Seattle Thunderbirds forward and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Keegan Kolesar is the leading goal-scorer for the Thunderbirds with 30 goals, including nine on the power play (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

When HF met with Keegan Kolesar in Kelowna, we were greeted with a smile and a friendly handshake. Thankfully for an aging scribe, it was much more pleasant than the manner in which the rambunctious Seattle Thunderbirds forward introduces himself to WHL opponents. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Leafs’ Bracco, Dzierkals, Joshua in action, Gardiner approaches milestone, Stadium Series continues

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Matt Dumba - Minnesota Wild; Artemi Panarin - Chicago Blackhawks - Prospect Faceoff for 2/19/16

Photo: Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba and Chicago Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin go head-to-head this weekend in a Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN (courtesy of David Berding/Icon Sportswire and Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire)

This week in Prospect Faceoff, three Toronto Maple Leafs prospects are in action, with each facing stiff competition. Two of the WHL’s most consistent and well-liked players go head-to-head with the division crown still hanging in the balance, and the NHL’s Stadium Series writes a new chapter with two of the NHL’s brightest young stars facing off. Read more»

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