Prospect Impressions: Eichel, Gostisbehere contend for Calder, Marner magic, Leipsic’s first NHL goal

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Brendan Leipsic - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Toronto Maple Leafs forward Brendan Leipsic celebrates his first NHL goal in a game against the Vancouver Canucks this past weekend (courtesy of Rich Lam/Getty Images)

The Calder Trophy race is in full swing, and it appeared to be a three horse race heading into the rest of the regular season, but Shayne Gostisbehere is making a case to join Jack Eichel and others featured in this week’s Prospect Impressions. Also included is Brendan Leipsic’s first NHL goal, Joe Blandisi’s betweeen-the-legs effort, and more from Mitch Marner and a look at Jeff Lerg’s fine year in the ECHL. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Lundqvist, Berra, others sparkle in this Goalie Edition

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Jake Allen - St. Louis Blues

Photo: St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen has posted a 1.95 goals-against average and .930 save percentage through 15 games in the 2015-16 season (courtesy of Tim Spyers/Icon Sportswire)

In this special edition of Prospect Impressions, goaltenders from the NHL, AHL, and junior hockey take over to make a week’s worth of highlight-reel saves. King Henrik stood tall on home ice in New York before making news off it, and fellow NHL netminders Reto Berra and Jake Allen kept pace right behind him. Plenty more saves, a fight between players who are now teammates, and a light-hearted, behind-the-scenes look at life as a goaltender are all included. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Ruck’s save that has the NCAA talking, plus goals from Kapanen, Nylander, McDavid

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Kasperi Kapanen - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Kasperi Kapanen (L) five points in seven AHL playoff games for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins back in April, then was traded by the parent Pittsburgh Penguins to Toronto in the offseason (courtesy of Tony Ding/Icon Sportswire)

Kasperi Kapanen and Alexander Nylander are up to their old tricks this week, making appearances in this week’s Prospect Impressions. Joining them are a trio of plays from the NHL, including Connor McDavid yet again. Goaltenders get in on the action too, including one “glove save” with a blocker that has the college hockey world talking. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Win: Condon outduels O’Connor in Canadiens’ win

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Mike Condon - Montreal Canadiens

Photo: Montreal Canadiens rookie goaltender Mike Condon guards the net during the Canadiens win over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night, a win that was the first of Condon’s NHL career (courtesy of Jason Kopinski/Icon Sportswire)

Two rookie goaltenders with NCAA pedigrees squared off in the first NHL start for each, but only one could come away a winner. The victorious goaltender, Mike Condon of the Montreal Canadiens, outdueled Ottawa Senators rookie Matt O’Connor to give the undefeated Canadiens a 3-1 win. Condon stopped 20 of 21 shots to secure his first NHL win. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Long, strange trip to NHL pays off as Hodgman scores in first NHL game

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Justin Hodgman - Arizona Coyotes

Photo: Arizona Coyotes rookie forward Justin Hodgman displays the puck he fired into the net for his first NHL goal in the Coyotes win over the Florida Panthers (courtesy of Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)

Arizona Coyotes forward Justin Hodgman has spent the past several years competing in seemingly every hockey league and hockey-playing country trying to achieve his goal of competing in the top hockey league, the NHL. The 26-year-old finally got that chance on Saturday night, and he didn’t waste it as he netted his first NHL goal in the Coyotes’ 2-1 overtime win over the Florida Panthers. Read more»

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