Prospect Impressions: Soustal pulls out the “Michigan move”, Draisaitl stays hot, North Dakota’s teamwork

by David Hahn
Leon Draisaitl and Taylor Hall - Edmonton Oilers

Photo: Edmonton Oilers forwards Leon Draisaitl (L) and Taylor Hall (R) have been working well together since Draisaitl was called up from the Bakersfield Condors in late October (courtesy of Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Every year it seems like one or two players in the hockey world pull off a lacrosse-style goal that catches the attention of national media. Tomas Soustal joined the club this weekend, drawing the attention of hockey fans worldwide. Also in this week’s edition of Prospect Impressions, Leon Draisaitl and Teemu Pulkkinen score, plus more from junior hockey and one college play that has coaches taking notes. Read more»

Kapanen easing into new organization after move to Toronto

by Ken McKenna
Kasperi Kapanen - Toronto Marlies

Photo: Toronto Marlies forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Kasperi Kapanen has produced seven points in 11 games for the Marlies in 2015-16 (courtesy of Graig Abel/Getty Images)

For a hockey fan, the arrival of July 1st means the unofficial start to the coming hockey season. The event sparking this fan interest is the start of the NHL’s annual free agency period, where player movement, or more specifically, rumors of player movement tend to dominate the hockey headlines and the news-hungry Twitterverse. Read more»

AHL Western Conference Notebook, November, 2015: Strength of Pacific Division highlights early season

by Sean Shapiro
Andrew Agozzino - San Antonio Rampage

Photo: San Antonio Rampage forward and Colorado Avalanche prospect Andrew Agozzino (#28) is off to a good start offensively in 2015-16 with 16 points in nine AHL games (courtesy of Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

The Pacific Division was always going to be the American Hockey League’s most polarizing division.

With five teams playing 68 games and the other two playing 76, points percentage was handmade for this grouping. And with the California teams avoiding all of the dreaded three-in-threes? The Pacific Division is ripe with storylines created by the AHL’s western migration. Read more»

AHL Eastern Conference Notebook, November, 2015: Marlies, Penguins off to strong starts

by Tony Androckitis
William Nylander - Toronto Marlies

Photo: Toronto Marlies forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect William Nylander is tied for the scoring lead in the AHL with 20 points in 15 games (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Through the first six weeks of the 2015-16 American Hockey League (AHL) season, four teams in the Eastern Conference have separated themselves from the rest of the group. The top two teams in the East – the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Toronto Marlies – have done so with extraordinary play in opposite regards, with one team (Toronto) lighting the lamp at an alarming rate and the other (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton) playing stalwart defense. Read more»

Kristo’s offensive touch helping to propel Chicago Wolves

by Sean Shapiro
Danny Kristo - Chicago Wolves

Photo: Chicago Wolves forward and St. Louis Blues prospect Danny Kristo starred at the University of North Dakota for four seasons, producing 161 points in 157 NCAA contests (courtesy of Ross Dettman/Chicago Wolves)

Danny Kristo has always had a nose for the net.

At the University of North Dakota, he was good for a goal every other game, while netting 47 goals in 137 combined games over the last two seasons with the Hartford WolfPack. Read more»

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