Prospect Faceoff: Former teammates, future teammates, and best friends go head-to-head plus more

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Jordan Subban - Belleville Bulls; Cole Cassels - Oshawa Generals

Photo: Two Vancouver Canucks prospects – Jordan Subban of the Belleville Bulls and Cole Cassels of the Oshawa Generals – will go head-to-head this weekend in OHL action (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

Two childhood friends continue their friendly rivalry on the big stage, and in the WHL an accomplished defenseman goes one-on-one against one of the league’s best rookies. In the OHL, it’s a meeting of two Vancouver Canucks prospects, while former Russian teammates collide in an important QMJHL matchup. Finally, two prospects at opposite ends of the same draft see each other again in the SHL. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Conway’s goal from Happy Valley, trio of OHL plays, more from around the globe

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Vince Dunn  - Niagara IceDogs

Photo: Niagara IceDogs defenseman and 2015 prospect Vince Dunn was ranked 53rd in NHL Central Scouting’s midterm rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images )

 

One collegiate freshman from Great Britain scores a beauty in Happy Valley, while a former SHL Goalie of the Year makes a spectacular save. Three OHL players with different NHL circumstances score this weekend in this week’s Prospect Impressions. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Hurricanes’ Jordan notches two points in win

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Michal Jordan - Carolina Hurricanes

Photo: Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Michal Jordan has played in 23 NHL games in his career, 18 of them coming in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Steven Kingsman/Icon Sportswire)

 

No, not that ‘MJ’ from the Tar Heel State, but Carolina Hurricanes rookie defenseman Michal Jordan from the Czech Republic netted his first NHL goal in 6-3 win over the Ottawa Senators. Jordan also added an assist in the game and earned the Third Star award for his efforts. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: Godla on the rise as group of Czech, Slovak and German prospects gain some ground

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Denis Godla - Team Slovakia - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: SHK 37 Piestany goaltender and 2015 prospect Denis Godla was named the top goaltender of the 2015 U20 World Junior Championship after leading Slovakia to a bronze medal (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

 

It’s been a bit of a slow winter on the central European prospect front, and in general, there has been some concern over the past 5+ years in the overall lack of development of players coming from the Czech Republic and, in particular, Slovakia and Germany. All three countries have seen a rapid decline in the production of high-end talents, with many of their stronger players already choosing to head primarily to North America or Sweden by the time they are 16 years old. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: Meier climbs higher but top of the order remains largely unchanged in February ISS rankings

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Timo Meier, Travis Konecny - Team Orr - 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: Halifax Mooseheads forward Timo Meier (L) and Ottawa 67’s forward Travis Konecny (R) starred for Team Orr at the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

 

While there is still postseason play and the U18 World Championship yet to come, the pecking order at the top of the ISS Hockey rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft is becoming more well defined just past the halfway mark of the season. Read more»

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