Prospect Faceoff: McDavid vs. Nurse, more intriguing prospect matchups

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Connor McDavid - Erie Otters; Darnell Nurse - Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds - Prospect Faceoff 4/29/15

Photo: Likely future NHL teammates Connor McDavid (L) and Darnell Nurse (R) are going head-to-head for the right to move on to the 2015 OHL Championship series (courtesy of Aaron Bel/OHL Images and Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

In the final Prospect Faceoff for the 2014-15 season, we feature a matchup too good to be true, as Connor McDavid looks to close out the OHL Western Conference Final against Darnell Nurse and the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Meanwhile, the semi-finals continue in the WHL as top prospects collide. In the AHL, two forwards clash in a make-or-break Game Five. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Aho wins Liiga for Karpat, U18 highlights, more from the CHL

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Anthony DeLuca - Rimouski Oceanic

Photo: Rimouski Oceanic forward and 2015-eligible Anthony DeLuca has scored nine goals and 14 points in 12 playoff games that is poised to move on to the QMJHL championship series (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

In this week’s Prospect Impressions, a Finnish forward scores a dream goal to win the Liiga championship for his team. In the QMJHL, a pair of forwards score overtime winners of their own in clutch situations. The U18 World Championship has wrapped up, but two draft-eligible forwards had big performances in the final opportunity to raise their draft stock. The OHL playoffs are in the semi-finals, and one lesser-known Buffalo Sabres prospect is in the mood to win. Meanwhile, a former OHL forward has transitioned into the AHL successfully, paired up with a fellow forward who faced similar questions about his game. Read more»

Role expanded for Hagg as season progressed with Lehigh Valley

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Robert Hagg - Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Photo: Lehigh Valley Phantoms defenseman and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Robert Hagg (L) posted two assists in seven games for Sweden at the 2015 U20 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Corey Silvia/Icon Sportswire)

With his first regular season of AHL hockey now completed, Robert Hagg will have 79 AHL games under his belt (including 10 games from 2013-14). While he’s showed flashes of brilliant play in the offensive zone, Hagg seemed to spend the second half of the season really focusing on expanding his identity to a two-way defender who can shut down opposing team’s scorers as well. Read more»

Samuelsson helps push Portland into the AHL postseason

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Henrik Samuelsson - Arizona Coyotes

Photo: Portland Pirates forward and Arizona Coyotes prospect Henrik Samuelsson saw the first NHL action of his career, appearing in three games for the Coyotes in 2014-15 (courtesy of David Hahn/Icon Sportswire)

After finishing dead last in the American Hockey League last season, the Portland Pirates squeaked into the eighth and final playoff position in the AHL’s Eastern Conference this season. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Three 2015 top 10 NHL Draft prospects produce highlights, more from domestic and international competition

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Pavel Zacha - Sarnia Sting

Photo: Sarnia Sting forward and 2015 prospect Pavel Zacha appeared in 37 games for the Sting in 2014-15, scoring 16 goals and 34 points on the season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The Detroit Red Wings have another seventh round pick setting records in the SHL while producing in critical situations. The OHL playoffs continue as the Oshawa Generals turn to their 6’6″ power forward to help eliminate a rival team, while another OHL veteran heads off to the AHL and immediately makes an impact. Staying with the OHL, the Erie Otters top tandem strikes again, eliminating the London Knights in fine fashion. Also in this week’s Prospect Impressions, highlight-reel goals from the USHL and U18 World Championship are worth a watch, as is a fantastic save from the QMJHL. Read more»

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