Beyond Tomorrow: Bittner’s decision to play in the WHL paying off

by Chau Vo
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Paul Bittner - Portland Winterhawks

Photo: Portland Winterhawks forward and 2015 prospect Paul Bittner ranks seventh in scoring for the Winterhawks while sporting a +24 rating (courtesy of Bryan Heim/Portland Winterhawks)

Hockey in Minnesota can be traced back to 1883 when Frank Barron introduced the game of ice polo to the town of St. Paul. 15 years later, the first hockey game in Minnesota would be played under the lights of Athletic Park in Minneapolis. The entire state quickly fell in love with the game and to help aid its growing popularity, communities all over the Gopher State began putting up their own ice rinks.

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HF Prospect of the Month for February, 2014

by Ian Altenbaugh
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Philippe Desrosiers - Dallas Stars

Goaltender Philippe Desrosiers is the Hockey’s Future Prospect of the Month for February after posting a 9-0 record and 0.94 goals against average with Rimouski Oceanic. (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

Rimouski Océanic goaltender and Dallas Stars prospect Philippe Desrosiers is the Hockey's Future February Prospect of the Month. A second round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, Desrosiers went 9-0, allowed only eight goals, and established a new QMJHL record with three consecutive shutouts.

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Off the Radar: Ice’s Valiev making most of second NHL Draft chance

by Chris Roberts
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Rinat Valiev - Russia - 2013 Subway Super Series

Photo: Kootenay Ice defenseman and 2014 prospect Rinat Valiev competed for Russia in the 2013 Subway Super Series, posting no points and an even plus/minus rating in his two games vs. the WHL squad (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

As well as acting as the hub for the Kootenay Ice, Cranbrook, BC is widely regarded for its rich railway history which dates back to the turn of the twentieth century. So it’s almost poetic that Rinat Valiev landed there in an effort to get a potential NHL career back on track.

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Jarry, Comrie lead solid group of drafted WHL goaltenders

by Glen Erickson
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Tristan Jarry - Edmonton Oil Kings

Photo: Edmonton Oil Kings goaltender and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Tristan Jarry is leading WHL goaltenders in both goals-against average and minutes played in the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Our list of drafted goaltenders playing in the Western Hockey League includes prototypical workhorses, netminders who in most cases are tending the pipes over 80 percent of the time that their teams take the ice.

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ISS Draft Rankings: Ekblad, Reinhart still 1-2 in the 2014 draft rankings

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Aaron Ekblad - Barrie Colts

Photo: Barrie Colts defenseman and 2014 prospect Aaron Ekblad is scoring at a point-per-game pace so far in the 2013-14 season, posting 19 goals and 24 assists in 43 games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

ISS Hockey has released their February rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft, with the upper portion of those rankings looking very familiar.

The top six prospects from last month's rankings are the same six players holding down those slots in this month's list. And in fact, the players are ranked exactly as they were in January, so the ISS view of the draft's top prospects seems to be more settled as the 2013-14 regular season heads towards its conclusion.

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