Jeremy Bracco's Consistent Offense Shines For The OHL Kitchener Rangers

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The rebuilding Toronto Maple Leafs have another prospect making a name for himself. Right wing Jeremy Bracco, drafted 61st overall in 2015, has taken his game to the next level in his sophomore year with the OHL's Kitchener Rangers.

Bracco made headlines last October when he left Boston College just five games into his freshman year. The New York native scored three assists before choosing to leave the Eagles for the OHL.

"You look at their record, the players in the room and the coaching staff, there's the potential to win a championship and play for a Memorial Cup," Bracco told Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News.

Listed at 5-foot-9, Bracco has been criticized for his size, but he ultimately makes up for it with his tremendous skill and understanding of the game.

As a rookie, he showcased that skill with the Rangers by scoring 21 goals and 43 assists for 64 points in just 49 games.

There was some expectation--and hope from Bracco--that he would take the next step this season and move to the Maple Leafs' AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies. Instead, Toronto sent him back down to the OHL, where he has since dominated the league.

The 19-year-old Bracco built on a strong freshman season by registering at least one point in all 22 games he has played so far. That's good enough to place him third in league scoring behind Erie Otters linemates Taylor Raddysh and Alex DeBrincat, respectively.

Through those 22 games, Bracco has scored 16 goals and 29 assists for 45 points--on pace to shatter his numbers from last season. Should he continue at this pace, Bracco would finish the season with 49 goals, 89 assists and 138 points in 68 games.

Pace, however, is always a sticky topic, and consistency is one of the biggest words in professional sports. But right now, Bracco has been remarkably consistent, and while slumps and speed bumps are inevitable, he will only get better and smarter each game.

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Knights Have ‘Golden’ NHL Debut

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The past few months have been full of firsts for the Vegas Golden Knights, the NHL’s 31st franchise.

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10 NCAA Players To Watch In 2017-18


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The wait is almost over for hockey fans.

Social media is teeming with #IsItOctoberYet, NHL training camps have started, and teams are beginning to take shape. But mid-September doesn’t just mean a new professional season; the puck is set to drop October 1 for college hockey.

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Last week, the Nashville Predators announced they would be without rising defenseman Ryan Ellis until the turn of the calendar year. The 26-year-old Canadian is recovering from offseason knee surgery and has not begun skating yet.

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A New Test For Griffins’ Sadowy

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The last three years have been complicated for Dylan Sadowy.

He’s played in the OHL, AHL, and ECHL, been drafted into the NHL by one team, and traded to another -- although he’s yet to play a game in the world’s best league.

5 Best NHL Players On Each Side Of 30

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By Jacob Messing

Earlier this month, Sidney Crosby turned 30 years old, and even at that benchmark age the Pittsburgh Penguins captain still remains at the forefront of any argument about who is the best player in the world.

However, that’s not to say a new generation of budding stars won’t be entering the conversation soon.

The NHL is becoming increasingly younger, and 20-year-old phenom Connor McDavid highlights the future of the game. So, rather than compare them -- given that Crosby has 10 years on the Edmonton Oilers’ young captain -- we decided to break down the best players by age groups, those above 30 and those below.

AHL Sophomores To Watch In 2017-18

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Late summer is typically when hockey fans ask, “Is it October yet?”

While the start of the season is still a long way off, camps begin in a month -- a time for high-end prospects and AHL players to get good, long looks from their coaches as teams push for roster spots and players seek to fulfill their NHL dreams.

Why Danis Zaripov Won’t Find An NHL Home

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KHL star Danis Zaripov is reportedly eyeing to play his hockey stateside after a two-year ban from the International Ice Hockey Federation for a failed drug test. Both organizations follow the policies of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), resulting in Russian side AK Bars Kazan voiding Zaripov’s recently signed two-year deal.