St. Louis prospect Husso the best of Finland’s NHL prospects in goal

by Tony Piscotta
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Ville Husso - IFK Helsinki - Champions Hockey League

Photo: IFK Helsinki goaltender and St. Louis Blues prospect Ville Husso posted 25 wins for Liiga’s top team in the 2015-16 campaign (courtesy of HC Davos/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

Finland has garnered a well-deserved reputation for developing goaltenders in recent years. The top five goalies currently playing in Finland are not likely to match the career achievements of players like Pekka Rinne or Tuukka Rask but instead are long-range projects capable of one day being competent NHL starters or backups. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Sundqvist’s first, plus goals scored between-the-legs and tic-tac-toe style, McCauley’s dramatic goal call

by David Hahn
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Oskar Sundqvist - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Pittsburgh Penguins rookie forward Oskar Sundqvist celebrates his first NHL goal in a win over the New York Islanders at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, NY (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

He is certainly not complaining, but Oskar Sundqvist scored the first goal of his NHL career and an unlikely source assisted on it. Also featured are two goals scored tie-tac-toe style, and a pair of between-the-legs efforts that are just too good to be true. Plenty more assists, goals, and Wes McCauley’s dramatic goal decision encapsulate a fantastic edition of Prospect Impressions. Read more»

Mazanec-Saros tandem has Admirals looking strong in goal for AHL playoffs

by Sean Shapiro
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Marek Mazanec - Milwaukee Admirals

Photo: Milwaukee Admirals goaltender and Nashville Predators prospect Marek Mazanec currently sports a 2.34 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage along with an 18-14-5 record in 2015-16 (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Sometime soon, Milwaukee Admirals head coach Dean Evason is going to have to make a difficult decision.

You have two talented young goalies, both playing at an extremely high level. So whom do you start when the AHL playoffs kick off next month? Read more»

2016 World Cup of Hockey: Stars’ Lindell looking to improve upon short NHL stint

by Sean Shapiro
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Esa Lindell - Texas Stars

Photo: Texas Stars defenseman and Dallas Stars prospect Esa Lindell is a veteran of international play, and will represent Finland at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Esa Lindell will represent Finland at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey in Toronto.

The Dallas Stars prospect and 21-year-old defenseman was confident his play at the 2015 IIHF World Championship combined with his first season with the American Hockey League’s Texas Stars was enough to impress the Finnish brass. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Familiar Hockey East foes meet, 2016 hopefuls Laberge and Dineen in CHL action, Drouin returns to Syracuse

by David Hahn
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C.J. Smith - UMass Lowell; Danny O'Regan - Boston University - Prospect Faceoff for 3/10/16

Photo: UMass Lowell forward C.J. Smith, and Boston University forward and San Jose Sharks prospect Danny O’Regan renew the rivalry between their two schools this weekend in the Hockey East Tournament (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

The Hockey East quarterfinals are underway this weekend, and two familiar faces re-ignite a rivalry as Boston University and UMass Lowell meet in the Hockey East playoffs again just one year removed from meeting in the finals. The CHL’s regular season is winding down, and all three leagues are in action again as two top 2016 draft-eligibles get another last chance to impress before the draft. Finally, Jonathan Drouin’s infamous story will have a new chapter written in Syracuse as the Tampa Bay Lightning prospect is back in the AHL after an attempted trade request, finishing off a stacked edition of Prospect Faceoff. Read more»

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