Taste of NHL action has Utica Comets’ Shinkaruk eager for second helping

by Tony Androckitis
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Hunter Shinkaruk - North Division - 2016 AHL All-Star Classic

Photo: Utica Comets forward and Vancouver Canucks prospect Hunter Shinkaruk competed for the North Division squad at the 2016 AHL All-Star Classic in Syracuse, NY (courtesy of Scott Thomas Photography/AHL)

Entering his second pro season with the Vancouver Canucks‘ AHL affiliate, the Utica Comets, forward Hunter Shinkaruk already had 97 pro games under his belt, including 23 Calder Cup Playoff games as a member of the Western Conference champions in his AHL rookie campaign in 2014-15. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: McDavid returns, Gaunce ties AHL record, more highlights from around the globe

by David Hahn
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Connor McDavid - Edmonton Oilers

Photo: In his first four games after returning from an injury layoff, Edmonton Oilers rookie forward Connor McDavid collected two goal and four assists (courtesy of Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

The hockey world held its collective breath when Connor McDavid crashed into the end boards in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers three months ago. Since then, Dylan Larkin and Artemi Panarin took the lead in the race for the Calder Trophy, but Connor McDavid may still sneak back into the discussion if he keeps up his current scoring pace. Also in this weeks Prospect Impressions, two creative goals from the NCAA, Utica Comets forward Brendan Gaunce ties an AHL record, and plenty more highlights from around the globe including a heartwarming story out of Connecticut. Read more»

HF NHL Prospect of the Month, January, 2016: Andersson consistently offensive for Barrie Colts

by Chris Roberts
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Rasmus Andersson - Barrie Colts

Photo: Barrie Colts defenseman and Calgary Flames prospect Rasmus Andersson leads OHL defensemen in scoring in 2015-16, posting seven goals and 47 points in 47 games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The Barrie Colts are one of the top teams in the OHL’s Eastern Conference. They boast an impressive offense with Kevin Labanc (SJS) leading the league in scoring, and Julius Nattinen (ANA) and Andrew Mangiapane (CGY) providing secondary scoring. They also have impressive backstop MacKenzie Blackwood (NJD) holding the fort between the pipes. Read more»

IceCaps’ McCarron looking to regain early-season form

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Mike McCarron - Team North Division - 2016 AHL All-Star Classic

Photo: St. John’s IceCaps forward and Montreal Canadiens prospect Mike McCarron competed for the North Division squad at the 2016 AHL All-Star Classic, where he picked up a goal and an assist (courtesy of Scott Thomas Photography/AHL)

It is hard not to notice Mike McCarron when he is on the ice during a St. John’s IceCaps game. The 6-foot-6, 231-pound forward simply towers over much of his competition at the AHL level. It is not often to see a player with his size have the hands and abilities with the puck that he possesses, and it is that rare combination of size and skill that led the Montreal Canadiens to draft McCarron with their first round pick (25th overall) in 2013. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Dal Colle hosts old friends, Sprong and Rantanen compete, more from the NCAA, WHL

by David Hahn
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Jason Dickinson - Texas Stars; San Antonio Rampage - Mikko Rantanen - Prospect Faceoff for 2/5/16

Photo: Texas Stars forward and Dallas Stars prospect Jason Dickinson, and San Antonio Rampage forward and Colorado Avalanche prospect Mikko Rantanen meet this weekend in a top head-to-head AHL matchup of NHL prospects (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire and Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

In this week’s Prospect Faceoff, two OHL players who were traded for each other go one-on-one against their old teams for the first time . We’ll check in with Daniel Sprong and Mikko Rantanen, who both enjoyed valuable time in the NHL this year. The “Battle of Pennsylvania” gets a glimpse of the future when prospects of the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins go head-to-head, and two of the WHL’s finest defenders are heading in different directions.

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