Prospect Impressions: Pair of AHL forwards debut, strange shootout save, more prospect highlights

by David Hahn

Patrik Bartosak - Manchester Monarchs

Photo: Manchester Monarchs goaltender and Los Angeles Kings prospect Patrik Bartosak is a nephew of former NHL forward Radek Bonk (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

In this week’s Prospect Impressions, take a look as two players score their first professional goals in spectacular fashion. Meanwhile, two young AHL goaltenders produce “Save of the Year” candidates, and one of them wasn’t even paying attention during the play. Finally, all three CHL leagues are in the playoffs and highlight-reel goals abound from some of the top prospects from around the globe. Read more»

NHL Prospect Signings: Islanders sign NCAA prospect, free agent from QMJHL

by Ken McKenna

Stephon Williams - Minnesota State University - 2015 WCHA Final Five - Championship

Photo: Former Minnesota State University goaltender and New York Islanders prospect Stephon Williams (#35) played a major part in the Mavericks’ ranking as the #1 seed for the NCAA Tournament (courtesy of Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

The New York Islanders have built up a solid group of prospects in recent years, with the payoff being just their third playoff appearance in the past 10 seasons. They continued adding to their prospect depth at the pro level with the signing of two prospects, one a draftee and the other a free agent. Read more»

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

by Ken McKenna

Zach Trotman - Boston 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

by David Hahn

Graham Knott - Niagara IceDogs; Travis Konecny - Ottawa 67's - Prospect Faceoff, Playoff Edition - 040215

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»

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

by Chris Roberts

Matt Murray - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins - Hockey's Future NHL Prospect of the Month, March, 2015

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»

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