Photo: Oshawa Generals forward and Montreal Canadiens prospect Mike McCarron (L) goes head-to-head against Kingston Frontenacs forward and Calgary Flames prospect Sam Bennett (R) in a marquee NHL prospect matchup this weekend (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
Jam packed with intriguing NHL prospect matchups, this week’s Prospect Faceoff is one you don’t want to miss.
In the OHL, Oshawa and Kingston meet for the eighth time this season, where one of the league’s premier power forwards meets a top draft pick returning from injury. Also, read on as top teams in the QMJHL and WHL battle for playoff positioning with a handful of games left. In the SHL, the playoffs are already underway and two promising young players need to step it up to help their teams advance. Finally, the NCHC wraps up their playoff tournament this weekend, a tournament that features a rematch from last year’s championship game. Read more»
Photo: Kitchener Rangers goaltender and Detroit Red Wings prospect Jake Paterson has the Rangers in a playoff position after being dealt to the club at the OHL trade deadline by the Saginaw Spirit (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
It’s not a deep pool, but when it comes to NHL-drafted goaltenders in the OHL, quantity takes a back seat to quality.
The OHL is graced by two elite netminders atop the rankings, another one knocking on that lofty door, one middling prospect, and a potentially quality prospect who, unfortunately, has to take an incomplete grade due to an injury. Read more»
Photo: Haydn Fleury has 17 points in 47 games this season. (Courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
The Carolina Hurricanes prospects list might look thin, but given the young talent already in the NHL it is easy to understand why. Five players drafted by the team since 2010 are already full-time Hurricanes or on the cusp of making the leap. That includes ahead-of the-curve Victor Rask, who climbs a few spots into the top three but will also soon graduate as a prospect. Read more»
Photo: Two Vancouver Canucks prospects – Jordan Subban of the Belleville Bulls and Cole Cassels of the Oshawa Generals – will go head-to-head this weekend in OHL action (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
Two childhood friends continue their friendly rivalry on the big stage, and in the WHL an accomplished defenseman goes one-on-one against one of the league’s best rookies. In the OHL, it’s a meeting of two Vancouver Canucks prospects, while former Russian teammates collide in an important QMJHL matchup. Finally, two prospects at opposite ends of the same draft see each other again in the SHL. Read more»
Photo: Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Michal Jordan has played in 23 NHL games in his career, 18 of them coming in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Steven Kingsman/Icon Sportswire)
No, not that ‘MJ’ from the Tar Heel State, but Carolina Hurricanes rookie defenseman Michal Jordan from the Czech Republic netted his first NHL goal in 6-3 win over the Ottawa Senators. Jordan also added an assist in the game and earned the Third Star award for his efforts. Read more»