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»

With Spengler Cup win under his belt, Checkers’ Carrick prepares for AHL All-Star Game

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Trevor Carrick - Charlotte Checkers

Photo: Charlotte Checkers defenseman and Carolina Hurricanes prospect Trevor Carrick is currently eighth in scoring among AHL defensemen with 23 points in 35 games (courtesy of Kevin Sousa/Icon Sportswire)

Hectic, overwhelming, exciting, honored.

Those were the words Trevor Carrick used a handful of times when he was trying to explain what life has been like for the Carolina Hurricanes‘ defensive prospect over the past month. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Bennett, Fabbri making mark in NHL, a trio of goals from the NCAA ranks, and more prospect highlights

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Jimmy Vesey - Harvard University

Photo: Harvard University forward and Nashville Predators prospect Jimmy Vesey was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award in 2015, and is likely to be in the mix when the 2016 nominees are announced (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

In this week’s Prospect Impressions, a trio of NCAA hockey’s brightest young stars create highlight-reel goals. Robby Fabbri and Sam Bennett prove the OHL is in their past, and plenty more highlights await. Read more»

Blues’ deep goaltending pool has Copley a part of Chicago Wolves goaltending rotation

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Pheonix Copley - Chicago Wolves

Photo: Chicago Wolves goaltender and St. Louis Blues prospect Pheonix Copley played NCAA hockey before turning pro, guarding the net for Michigan Tech University for two seasons before turning pro in 2013-14 (courtesy of Ross Dettman/Chicago Wolves)

Pheonix Copley was a key piece in one 2015’s biggest trades, and he wasn’t even aware it happened.

When the St. Louis Blues shipped T.J. Oshie to the Washington Capitals in exchange for Copley, Troy Brouwer, and a third-round pick, the goalie was embarking on a four-day fishing trip with his family in Alaska. Read more»

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