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Prospect Impressions: Must-see OT winner by Colin Smith, Hutton’s behind-the-back save, other goals of the week

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Prospect Impressions: Must-see OT winner by Colin Smith, Hutton’s behind-the-back save, other goals of the week

Photo: Lake Erie Monsters forward and Colorado Avalanche prospect Colin Smith nets an overtime goal against the Toronto Marlies’ Antoine Bibeau to give the Monsters a 4-3 win on Friday night (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Highlights from the NHL right on down through the AHL, college hockey and junior hockey are all part of this week’s Prospect Impressions article featuring notable plays made by NHL prospects in the prior week. Read more »

NCAA Prospects Notebook, January, 2015: Hyman, Bruins prospects standout in first month of new year

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NCAA Prospects Notebook, January, 2015: Hyman, Bruins prospects standout in first month of new year

Photo: University of Michigan forward and Florida Panthers prospect Zach Hyman has been a top offensive performer for the Wolverines in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Patrick Green/Icon Sportswire)

The second half of the 2014-15 NCAA Hockey season was in full swing in January. It was a month that featured some excellent performances and fantastic finishes. Hockey’s Future looks back at some of the more memorable moments created by NHL prospects competing in D1 hockey. Unless otherwise noted, all stats are current as of Jan. 31. Read more »

Oceanic’s Morin tops thin group of drafted QMJHL defensemen

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Oceanic’s Morin tops thin group of drafted QMJHL defensemen

Photo: Rimouski Oceanic defenseman and Philadelphia Flyers prospect, Samuel Morin won a gold medal as a member of the Canadian squad competing at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

There are no more than 10 defensemen playing in the QMJHL whose rights are owned by NHL teams; over the past two seasons, just seven were drafted, while a few others signed NHL contracts as free agents. Read more »

Detroit Red Wings continue to develop players patiently

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Detroit Red Wings continue to develop players patiently

Photo: Detroit Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek filled in well with Jimmy Howard injured. (courtesy of Juan Salas/Icon Sportswire)

Though the 2014-15 Detroit Red Wings roster is the youngest on average in some time, it is a team that has received little contribution from first-year players. Instead, increased roles have been given to players like Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar and Riley Sheahan. Relative health has also limited the amount of games available for young prospects in Grand Rapids, but a few have made notable contributions.

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(Video) First NHL Goal: Tierney deflects shot past Canucks’ Miller

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(Video) First NHL Goal: Tierney deflects shot past Canucks’ Miller

Photo: San Jose Sharks rookie forward Chris Tierney celebrates his first NHL goal in his team’s 5-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon Sportswire)

It took a couple of call-ups and 16 NHL games for him to accomplish the feat, but San Jose Sharks rookie forward Chris Tierney notched his first NHL goal in a 5-1 Sharks win over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Screaming Eagles’ Leveille making sure late ’96 status doesn’t hurt his draft stock

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2015 NHL Draft: Screaming Eagles’ Leveille making sure late ’96 status doesn’t hurt his draft stock

Photo: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles defenseman and 2015 prospect Loik Leveille is currently third in scoring among QMJHL defensemen (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

Ask Cape Breton Screaming Eagles defenseman Loïk Léveillé about his name and he’ll tell you it’s not the first time someone has done so.

A Google search of “Loïk” brings up more surnames than given names. Far from a popular name, Léveillé says his mother had a friend who helped inspire the name before he was born.
“Yeah, it’s just an uncommon French name,” the 18-year-old quipped, with a grin. Read more »

Prospect Faceoff: Canadian WJC teammates go head-to-head, two top QMJHL goalies in the same game, and more prospect matchups

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Prospect Faceoff: Canadian WJC teammates go head-to-head, two top QMJHL goalies in the same game, and more prospect matchups

Photo: Erie Otters forward and 2015 prospect Connor McDavid goes head-to-head this weekend against World Junior teammate Darnell Nurse of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in a marquee OHL matchup (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images (L) and Terry Wilson/OHL Images (R))

This week’s Prospect Faceoff feature includes one of the best matchups in the OHL this season, a look at top goalies facing off against each other in the QMJHL, and two more matchups featuring key prospects for their respective organizations. We also look back at how a game turned out for a pair of talented imports in Oliver Bjorkstrand and Nikita Scherbak. Read more »

Nashville Predators enjoying rookie successes

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Nashville Predators enjoying rookie successes

Photo: Nashville Predators forward Calle Jarnkrok has played a depth role in his first full season (courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire)

The Nashville Predators continue to be one of the top turnaround stories in the 2014-15 season — leading the Central Division with a record of 33-12-6 under first-year coach Peter Laviolette. For the most part Nashville has relied on a corps of veteran forwards having bounce back seasons. With one notable exception – 20-year-old rookie left wing Filip Forsberg. Read more »

Beyond Tomorrow: Jones undecided on destination for 2015-16 season

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Beyond Tomorrow: Jones undecided on destination for 2015-16 season

Photo: U.S. NTDP forward and 2016 prospect Max Jones was the leading goal scorer at the 2014 World U17 Hockey Challenge with seven, while his 11 points in the tournament were second to teammate Clayton Keller (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

For Rochester, MI native Max Jones, family connections have helped carve a path in hockey. Make no mistake, the talented power forward is making a name for himself despite intrigue about where he will play in his draft-eligible season. Read more »

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