Prospect Impressions: Nylander, Soshnikov first NHL goals, McDavid tops Eichel, Kamloops goes old school

by David Hahn
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Nikita Soshnikov - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Toronto Maple Leafs rookie forward Nikita Soshnikov had produced 28 points in 50 AHL games for the Toronto Marlies before his current call-up to the NHL (courtesy of Nick Turchiaro/Icon Sportswire)

Prospect Impressions is on fire this week, with a pair of first NHL goals from the Toronto Maple Leafs and the first battle in the McDavid vs. Eichel throwdown. College hockey’s undisputed top line produced two highlight-worthy goals this week, and we have plenty more coverage of all three CHL leagues. Read more»

HF NHL Prospect of the Month, February, 2016: Hawryluk powers surging Wheat Kings in WHL

by Chris Roberts
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Jayce Hawryluk - Florida Panthers

Photo: Brandon Wheat Kings forward and Florida Panthers prospect Jayce Hawryluk got a taste of NHL action in the 2015 preseason, but he is turning in a strong 2015-16 campaign for the Wheat Kings in the WHL (courtesy of Ronald C. Modra/NHL/Getty Images)

The Brandon Wheat Kings were expected to be a powerhouse in the WHL this season. The team arguably has no weaknesses, boasting a bevy of NHL-drafted prospects as well as several others who will soon be selected by NHL clubs (Nolan Patrick, Kale Clague, Stelio Mattheos). Read more»

Panthers, Pirates preaching consistency with rookie defender Matheson

by Tony Androckitis
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Michael Matheson - Portland Pirates

Photo: Portland Pirates defenseman and Florida Panthers prospect Michael Matheson has posted five goals and 14 points in 43 games for the Pirates in 2015-16 (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

After defenseman Michael Matheson’s collegiate tenure at Boston College ended and he turned pro, it was only a matter of time before the Florida Panthers’ first round pick from the 2012 NHL Draft would get his first taste of the NHL. Read more»

Providence Bruins firing on all cylinders heading down the stretch

by Tony Androckitis
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Seth Griffith - Providence Bruins

Photo: Providence Bruins forward and Boston Bruins prospect Seth Griffith leads the AHL Bruins in scoring, and is second overall in scoring in the AHL (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

As the calendar hit 2016, the Providence Bruins found themselves one spot from the bottom of the Atlantic Division with a 12-15-5-1 record. After an incredible run to start the New Year saw them go 16 games without a regulation loss (12-0-3-1), the AHL Bruins are now firmly in the playoff race in fourth place with 24 games left on their schedule . Read more»

Ritchie brothers looking to bring their brand of power to the NHL

by Sean Shapiro
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Brett Ritchie - Texas Stars

Photo: Texas Stars forward and Dallas Stars prospect Brett Ritchie appeared in 31 NHL games in the 2014-15 season but is still waiting for his call-up in the 2015-16 campaign (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Two of the best power forwards in the AHL’s Pacific Division are constantly communicating.

Sometimes it is via text, other times it is a quick call. When they don’t directly communicate, one is often watching the other’s game online or checking the box score on the AHL website. Read more»

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