Heat’s Gillies learning the pro game in the AHL after NCAA championship finale

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Jon Gillies - Stockton Heat

Photo: Stockton Heat goaltender and Calgary Flames prospect Jon Gillies has appeared in seven games for the Heat so far in 2015-16, posting a 2.31 goals-against average and .920 save percentage (courtesy of Asvitt Photography)

Jon Gillies doesn’t look or act like a rookie for the Stockton Heat.

The 21-year-old goaltender is calm and poised while defending the net for the Calgary FlamesAHL affiliate, and he doesn’t get rattled by the big moments. He is also a leader in the locker room for a team that is playing its first season in Northern California. Read more»

HF NHL Prospect of the Month, October, 2015: Yan tops group that includes a second Lightning prospect

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Dennis Yan - Tampa Bay Lightning - HF's NHL Prospect of the Month, October, 2015

Photo: Shawinigan Cataractes forward and Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Dennis Yan is currently 10th in scoring in the QMJHL with 17 goals and 31 points in 17 games (courtesy of Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

No player at any level this season has had better puck luck than Dennis Yan of the Shawinigan Cataractes. The 2015 third round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning scored on 41.2 percent of his shots in the month of October, totalling 14 goals (on 34 shots) and 10 assists in 11 games. He also had four game-winning goals. Yan’s performance was enough to earn him the Hockey’s Future NHL Prospect of the Month designation for October of 2015. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Eichel’s beauty, Ritchie stays hot in San Diego, Chabot goes coast-to-coast

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Sam Bennett - Calgary Flames

Photo: After a slow start to his 2015-16 season, Calgary Flames rookie forward Sam Bennett has picked up the pace, posting three goals and nine points in 14 games this season (courtesy of Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)

Jack Eichel and Sam Bennett score do-it-all goals for their respective teams, and Thomas Chabot didn’t see much of a need to pass the puck, either.  Likewise, Nick Ritchie is on fire in the AHL with eight goals in his first nine games, though his game-winner this week was a little awkward. Finally, an unlikely league with a phenomenal talent is featured in this week’s Prospect Impressions. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Opilka, Bracco on fire in Kitchener, NHL rookies get initiated, more from the AHL and Sweden

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Jeremy Bracco - Kitchener Rangers

Photo: Kitchener Rangers forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Jeremy Bracco elected to end his NCAA career after five games to join the Rangers this past week (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

The Kitchener Rangers are off to a hot start thanks to a pair of former U.S. recruits. In the AHL, a pretty shootout move is only trumped by a goaltender who makes three saves in three seconds. In Sweden, a 15 year old prospect is raising some eyebrows with awe-inspiring moves of his own. Finally, the NHL is in full swing and Jack Eichel scored again, a pair of rookies have the ice to themselves, and Captain Clutch rocks out in Chicago. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Ruck’s save that has the NCAA talking, plus goals from Kapanen, Nylander, McDavid

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Kasperi Kapanen - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Kasperi Kapanen (L) five points in seven AHL playoff games for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins back in April, then was traded by the parent Pittsburgh Penguins to Toronto in the offseason (courtesy of Tony Ding/Icon Sportswire)

Kasperi Kapanen and Alexander Nylander are up to their old tricks this week, making appearances in this week’s Prospect Impressions. Joining them are a trio of plays from the NHL, including Connor McDavid yet again. Goaltenders get in on the action too, including one “glove save” with a blocker that has the college hockey world talking. Read more»

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