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(Video) First NHL Goal: Trotman nets winner in important victory for Bruins

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(Video) First NHL Goal: Trotman nets winner in important victory for Bruins

Photo: Boston Bruins defenseman Zach Trotman celebrates after scoring his first NHL goal, the game winner in the Bruins’ 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings (courtesy of Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

With the Boston Bruins in the heat of a tight race for a wild card playoff berth, rookie defenseman Zach Trotman could not have picked a better time to score his first NHL goal. Trotman’s marker ended up being the game-winner for the Bruins in their 3-2 win over the division rival Detroit Red Wings. Read more »

Prospect Faceoff: Pivotal CHL playoff showdowns, SHL champs look to move on, and more prospect matchups

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Prospect Faceoff: Pivotal CHL playoff showdowns, SHL champs look to move on, and more prospect matchups

Photo: Niagara IceDogs forward Graham Knott (L) and Ottawa 67’s forward Travis Konecny (R) faceoff in a crucial Game Five encounter this weekend in the 2015 OHL Playoffs (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

In this week’s playoff edition of Prospect Faceoff, all three CHL leagues have series that are facing pivotal fifth games. Meanwhile, with the NCAA on hiatus, there’s a strong NAHL matchup featuring two college recruits worth keeping an eye on. Also, the SHL’s juggernaut squad in Skelleftea may have an opportunity this weekend to advance to the finals with one more win, but a top prospect for a rival will have something to say about that. Read more »

NHL Prospect Signings: Minnesota Wild busiest Central Division club

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NHL Prospect Signings: Minnesota Wild busiest Central Division club

Photo: Former Minnesota State University-Mankato defenseman and Minnesota Wild prospect Zach Palmquist completed a four-year NCAA career in which he did not miss a single game (courtesy of Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire)

The pace of NHL prospect signings has picked up considerably over the past week, with the Western Conference clubs being the busier group during that stretch. Read more »

HF Prospect of the Month, March, 2015: Murray gets stronger as season progresses

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HF Prospect of the Month, March, 2015: Murray gets stronger as season progresses

Photo: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins goaltender and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Matt Murray has both the best goals-against average and save percentage in the AHL in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)

March signaled the end of the regular season in the three major Canadian junior hockey leagues, and, unsurprisingly, the top performers were familiar names who have been recognized by Hockey’s Future over the course of the season. Outside of the CHL, there were notable individual performances at the collegiate level, with just four teams remaining, fighting for the chance to be crowned the nation’s best. Read more »

On the Rush, March 2015

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On the Rush, March 2015

Photo: Andrew Hammond has taken the NHL by storm, going 15-1-1 in his first 17 starts. (Courtesy of Steven Kingsman/Icon Sportswire)

Welcome to the March 2015 edition of On the Rush, a monthly column featuring prospects at various levels of competition who are either exceeding expectations, or falling a little behind. Read more »

AHL Western Conference Notebook, March, 2015

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AHL Western Conference Notebook, March, 2015

Photo: San Antonio Rampage forward and Florida Panthers prospect Connor Brickley has been a productive AHL rookie after struggling with injuries during his NCAA career at the University of Vermont (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

The Utica Comets and San Antonio Rampage have left their respective AHL divisional opponents behind heading into April, but the Midwest Division is still up for grabs as well as the remaining playoff spots from fourth to eighth place in the Western Conference. Read more »

Paterson enjoying move to Kitchener as junior career winds down

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Paterson enjoying move to Kitchener as junior career winds down

Photo: Kitchener Rangers goaltender and Detroit Red Wings prospect Jake Paterson has played in 192 regular season games in his OHL career, posting a 3.29 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage over five seasons (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Down three games in the opening round of the OHL playoffs, the Kitchener Rangers need a steadying influence. And, thanks to a deadline deal for one of the league’s top netminders, the club is hoping that Jake Paterson can rekindle some of that old magic. Read more »

Ottawa Senators continue history of developing stars in Sweden

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Ottawa Senators continue history of developing stars in Sweden

Photo: Marcus Hogberg’s Linkoping HC is battling high-scoring Skelleftea AIK in the SHL semifinal. (Courtesy of Sparta Prague/Champions Hockey League)

The Ottawa Senators became a competitive hockey team in the late nineties thanks in part to a handful of Swedish forwards that included Daniel Alfredsson, Magnus Arvedson, and Andreas Dackell. Now, the Senators have another trio of players developing in Sweden—and all three of them are exceeding expectations this year. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: McDavid, Eichel locked into top slots, Strome just behind in ISS Hockey’s April rankings

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2015 NHL Draft: McDavid, Eichel locked into top slots, Strome just behind in ISS Hockey’s April rankings

Photo: Erie Otters forwards Connor McDavid (R) and Dylan Strome (L) are ranked #1 and #3 respectively in the ISS Hockey April rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Aaron Bel/OHL Images and Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

There are no surprises at the very top of ISS Hockey’s April rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft, but there was some movement outside the top two positions. Read more »

Prospect Impressions: CHL contingent shines, Finnish goalie scores, individual efforts from top prospects

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Prospect Impressions: CHL contingent shines, Finnish goalie scores, individual efforts from top prospects

Photo: 2015 OHL Cup hero Matt Strome is expected to be a high selection at the 2015 OHL Priority Selection that takes place on April 11th (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

All three CHL leagues kicked off first round playoff action, and three teams in particular received contributions from top prospects. Also, an obscure goaltending prospect is a social media sensation thanks to a rare feat. This week’s Prospect Impressions is loaded with talent, take a look at the best prospect plays-of-the-week. Read more »

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