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

By David Hahn

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.

With a Canadian dad who played in the OHL, and an uncle who played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Great Britian’s own Scott Conway has blazed an unusual path to Penn State. A dual-citizen, Conway moved to the United States at 13 years old and worked his way towards becoming a USHL champion, and a reliable freshman for the Nittany Lions. Conway sits fifth on the team in scoring with eight goals and 14 assists in 28 games. This weekend, Conway scored two goals as Penn State beat No. 15 Minnesota 4-3 in OT.

The Niagara IceDogs have been one of the OHL’s trendiest teams thanks to a focus on puck possession. On their blueline, defenseman Vince Dunn has been a major contributor as the playoffs now look clearly in sight. Dunn’s 13 goals and 29 assists have him fifth in scoring for Niagara and ninth in scoring by all OHL defensemen. After participating in the 2015 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, Dunn has put together a nice run of play, including two goals in consecutive games this weekend. Dunn is eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft and was ranked 53rd among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting in their midterm rankings.

An important role player for the Belleville Bulls, David Tomasek is closing in on career high totals with a few weeks of action remaining. The Praha, Czech Republic native is in his second season in the OHL, providing the Bulls with responsible two-way play. Tomasek’s 10th goal of the season was a fantastic one, and he is now just one point behind his career high of 27.

Most of the media focus for the Erie Otters has been on Connor McDavid, but one of his newest teammates has added an injection of physical play and goal scoring. Former Sudbury Wolves captain Nick Baptiste, a third round selection of the Buffalo Sabres in 2013, was traded to the Otters in November. Since then, Baptiste has tallied 17 goals, 18 assists, and has been a +2 in 30 games for an Otters team hoping for a long playoff run. His work with the man advantage has been essential, as evidenced by this goal in an 8-2 drubbing over Peterborough.

Another Buffalo Sabres prospect preparing to make the jump to professional hockey is Swedish goaltender Linus Ullmark. After winning the Honken Trophy as the SHL Goaltender of the Year in 2014, Ullmark returned to MODO for his second full season in the SHL. He currently sports a 3.14 goals-against average with a .905 save percentage. Ullmark was the first star in a 4-1 win over Leksands, displaying his athleticism and level of competitiveness with this spectacular save. Ullmark was a sixth round pick of the Sabres in 2012 and is expected to transition to Rochester next year.

More Prospect Impressions coming your way next Monday!

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