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

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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»

AHL Western Conference Notebook, March, 2015

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Connor Brickley - San Antonio Rampage

Photo: San Antonio Rampage forward and Florida Panthers prospect Connor Brickley has been a productive AHL rookie after struggling with injuries during his NCAA career at the University of Vermont (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

The Utica Comets and San Antonio Rampage have left their respective AHL divisional opponents behind heading into April, but the Midwest Division is still up for grabs as well as the remaining playoff spots from fourth to eighth place in the Western Conference. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Davidson makes it a “hat trick” of firsts for the Oilers

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Brandon Davidson - Edmonton Oilers

Photo: Edmonton Oilers rookie defenseman Brandon Davidson (L) is congratulated by Oilers forward Andrew Miller after Davidson netted his first NHL goal in a win over the Colorado Avalanche (courtesy of Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)

It’s a veritable gusher of first NHL goals from the Edmonton Oilers of late, with rookie defenseman Brandon Davidson being the third Oiler to achieve that feat in the past week. Davidson’s goal was the first of the game in a 4-1 Oilers’ win over the Colorado Avalanche. Read more»

AHL Eastern Conference Notebook, March, 2015

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Conor Allen - Hartford Wolf Pack

Photo: Hartford Wolf Pack defenseman and New York Rangers prospect Conor Allen is the top offensive defender for the Wolf Pack, posting 33 points in 63 games (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

The Manchester Monarchs and Hershey Bears have already clinched berths in the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs and the Northeast Division-leading Syracuse Crunch is closing in on clinching a spot as well. But the fourth through eighth place teams in the AHL‘s Eastern Conference are separated by three points, with the Springfield Falcons four points out of the playoffs heading into the final three weeks of the season. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Ferland pots eventual game winner in Flames victory

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Michael Ferland - Calgary Flames

Photo: Calgary Flames rookie forward Michael Ferland (R) celebrates his first NHL goal in just his second NHL game, a goal that helped the Flames earn a 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators (courtesy of John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Calgary Flames couldn’t let their rivals to the north hog all the first NHL goal accolades this week. The Edmonton Oilers had a couple of their youngsters net first goals within a couple days of one another, so the Flames’ Michael Ferland got into the act, as well, as he posted his first – the eventual game-winner – in his team’s 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators. Read more»

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