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Draft-eligible players win big at CHL Awards

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- Several 2016 NHL Draft prospects took home hardware at the Canadian Hockey League Awards on Saturday in Red Deer, AB.

Pierre-Luc Dubois, Alexander Nylander, Samuel Girard, and Carter Hart were all recipients of awards at the annual affair.

Dubois, who is NHL Central Scouting's top-ranked North American skater, was named the BRP Top Prospect. The Cape Breton forward rattled off 42 goals and 99 points in 2015-16 and was a plus-40 in the regular season. London's Mattew Tkachuk and Calgary's Jake Bean were finalists for the award.

Nylander was tabbed as the CCM Rookie of the Year after setting a new Mississauga Steelheads rookie scoring record. He led the team with 28 goals and 75 points in the regular season and chipped in with 12 points in six postseason skates. Nylander is NHL Central Scouting's third-ranked North American skater heading into the 2016 NHL Draft.

Girard, a Shawinigan Cataractes defenceman, took home the Janes Sportsman of the Year Award. He posted 10 goals and 74 points during the 2015-16 campaign and led all QMJHL blueliners in scoring while only accumulating 10 PIM this past season. The Roberval, QC product is the 38th-ranked North American skater by NHL Central Scouting.

Everett's Hart was named the Vaughn Goaltender of the Year after posting a 35-23-1-3 record with six shutouts in 63 appearances. Among WHL goaltenders, he finished second with a 2.14 GAA, sixth with a .918 save percentage, and led the league with 35 wins. Hart is ranked second among North American netminders by NHL Central Scouting.

The 2016 NHL Draft takes place June 24-25 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY. The Calgary Flames currently hold 10 draft picks, including the sixth overall selection.

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