Mersch making most of rookie season, aiding Monarchs’ run through AHL playoffs

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Michael Mersch - Manchester Monarchs

Photo: Manchester Monarchs forward and Los Angeles Kings prospect Michael Mersch is currently third overall in AHL playoff scoring with 11 goals and 18 points in 13 games for the Calder Cup Finals-bound Monarchs (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

The Manchester Monarchs completed the four-game sweep of the Hartford Wolf Pack to advance to their first-ever Calder Cup Finals appearance. Several Los Angeles Kings prospects are getting experience as well as exposure, but none more than rookie forward Michael Mersch, a former University of Wisconsin standout who has burst onto the scene down the stretch and in the postseason for the Kings’ AHL affiliate. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: The 16-20 group in the countdown of the top 20 NHL prospect highlights of 2014-15

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Radel Fazleev - Calgary Hitmen

Photo: Calgary Hitmen forward and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Radel Fazleev posted 18 goals and 51 points along with a +23 rating in 71 WHL games in 2014-15 (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

For the past few months, Prospect Impressions has taken a look at the top plays of the week, with numerous players contributing to the series. Now that most teams have completed their seasons, over the next four weeks I’ll count down the top 20 plays of the year from NHL prospects. From big hits to timely saves and the best goals, Prospect Impressions will come to a conclusion with a fine list of tremendous talent. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Trio of forwards win championships, “Big Rig” goes down, Hartford’s surprising assist leader

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Hunter Smith - Oshawa Generals

Photo: Oshawa Generals forward and Calgary Flames prospect Hunter Smith turned in his best offensive season of his OHL career, posting 23 goals and 49 points in 57 games in 2014-15 (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

The month of May is reserved for hockey championships, and this week’s Prospect Impressions takes a look at a trio of players who helped seal their team’s success. The NAHL, OHL, and USHL all concluded play, with a nice mix of top prospects and role players being the catalyst for those championships. In the AHL, one player potentially ready to make the jump to the NHL has been an unexpected beacon of hope for Hartford. Finally, what happens when nearly 500 pounds of mass collide in a hockey game? Prospects from the Los Angeles Kings and Calgary Flames answer that question for you in a collision that has to be seen to be believed. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Panarin, Eichel shine at IIHF Worlds, more highlights from the OHL, AHL

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Artemi Panarin - Team Russia - 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship

Photo: Former SKA St. Petersburg forward and Chicago Blackhawks prospect Artemi Panarin signed his first NHL contract fresh off winning the 2015 Gagarin Cup, the KHL’s championship trophy (courtesy of Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

Artemi Panarin, the newest Chicago Blackhawk appears ready for the NHL, but before he gets there, an appearance at the 2015 IIHF World Championship is on tap. Likewise, top prospect Jack Eichel is playing in the tournament, and performing well at that. The human highlight reel strikes again for the Erie Otters, as Connor McDavid creates another present for the hockey world. The Washington Capitals are headed to Game Seven soon, but they wouldn’t have made it there if not for McDavid’s former teammate in Erie, Andre Burakovsky. The Los Angeles Kings may not have made the playoffs this year, but their AHL team is in the midst of a nice run towards the Calder Cup thanks in part to two of the Kings’ prospects. Read more»

AHL Eastern Conference Notebook, April, 2015

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Michael Mersch - Manchester Monarchs

Photo: Manchester Monarchs forward and Los Angeles Kings prospect Michael Mersch is tied for third in scoring in the AHL’s Calder Cup Playoffs with five goals and three assists in six games (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

The American Hockey League’s 2014-15 regular season has ended and the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs are in mid-swing. This month’s AHL notebook will preview the Eastern Conference’s final four teams in the postseason as well as highlight some of the league’s award winners in the East. Read more»

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