Prospect Faceoff: Garland running away with QMJHL scoring title, trio of Winnipeg Jets prospects compete

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Eric Brassard - Halifax Mooseheads; Conor Garland - Moncton Wildcats - NHL Prospect Faceoff for 1/29/16

Photo: Halifax Mooseheads goaltender Eric Brassard (L) and Moncton Wildcats forward Conor Garland (R) go head-to-head in a top QMJHL matchup this weekend (courtesy of Mathieu Belanger/Getty Images and Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Can anyone stop Conor Garland from scoring? The diminutive forward is already 30-points clear of second place in scoring, and a veteran goaltender will be tasked with attempting to keep him off the scoresheet in weekend action. Also in this NHL Prospect Faceoff, Brendan Lemieux, Jack Roslovic, and Jansen Harkins from the Winnipeg Jets organization are all in action this weekend. Finally, two Swedish defensemen with vastly different skill sets are chronicled in SHL action. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Omark’s on fire, Leipsic gets creative in overtime, plus a must-see puppy goal

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Brendan Leipsic - Toronto Marlies

Photo: Toronto Marlies forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Brandan Leipsic is currently fourth in scoring for the Marlies with 13 goals and 31 points in 42 games this season (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Sticks are both figuratively and literally on fire in this week’s edition of Prospect Impressions. Andrew Mangiapane and Brendan Leipsic score impressive goals, joining a trio of players in Europe who provided creative entries of their own. Make sure to check in this week to see why Bobby Ryan’s snipe will forever be known as the “puppy goal!” Read more»

Portland Pirates’ Rau looking to continue consistency from his college days

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Kyle Rau - Portland Pirates

Photo: Portland Pirates forward and Florida Panthers prospect Kyle Rau is ranked 18th all-time in scoring for his alma mater, the University of Minnesota (courtesy of Joel Page/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

Kyle Rau was a dynamic player at the University of Minnesota, where he was a point-per-game performer in each of his four seasons, tallying 164 points (67 goals, 97 assists) in 160 games. The Florida Panthers’ third round pick in the 2011 NHL Draft saw some AHL time at the tail end of the 2014-15 season that is paying dividends in his first full year of pro hockey in 2015-16. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: USA WJC teammates clash, NCHC showdown, more from the AHL, QMJHL, and WHL

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Drake Caggiula - University of North Dakota; Hunter Fejes - Colorado College - Prospect Faceoff for 1/21/16

Photo: University of North Dakota forward Drake Caggiula and Colorado College forward Hunter Fejes go head-to-head this weekend in a clash of NCHC schools (courtesy of Maddie Meyer/Getty Images and Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

What happens when a high-end goal scorer matches up against one of the brightest young goaltenders in junior hockey? We’ll find out this weekend when Alex Nedeljkovic visits former international teammate Alex DeBrincat and the Erie Otters. Also in this week’s Prospect Faceoff, two seniors lead their college teams in scoring, while key matchups take place in the AHL, QMJHL, and WHL. Read more»

AHL Western Conference Notebook, January, 2016: Checkers chasing IceHogs, Rantanen brings gold to San Antonio

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Esa Lindell - Texas Stars

Photo: Texas Stars defenseman Esa Lindell received his first NHL call-up to the parent Dallas Stars and played in his first NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings (courtesy of John Rivera/Icon Sportswire)

Back in October, the Charlotte Checkers were homeless.

With renovations ongoing at Bojangles Coliseum, the Checkers didn’t play a home game until mid-November.

“I think we really bonded during that time,” Checkers defenseman Trevor Carrick said. “When you spend that much time playing away from home, it really builds a team.” Read more»

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