Prospect Impressions: CHL contingent shines, Finnish goalie scores, individual efforts from top prospects

by David Hahn

Matt Strome - Toronto Marlboros

Photo: 2015 OHL Cup hero Matt Strome is expected to be a high selection at the 2015 OHL Priority Selection that takes place on April 11th (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

All three CHL leagues kicked off first round playoff action, and three teams in particular received contributions from top prospects. Also, an obscure goaltending prospect is a social media sensation thanks to a rare feat. This week’s Prospect Impressions is loaded with talent, take a look at the best prospect plays-of-the-week. Read more»

NHL Prospect Signings: Hurricanes sign two goaltenders, defenseman in busy week

by Ken McKenna

Rasmus Tirronen - Merrimack College

Photo: Merrimack College goaltender Rasmus Tirronen signed an entry-level contract with the Carolina Hurricanes after completing his NCAA career (courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon Sportswire)

With the NCAA hockey season winding down and the CHL playoffs now underway, the NHL prospect and free agent signing season is now in full swing. Several players have come to terms over the past week, with those signings being covered in a pair of articles split between the NHL’s Eastern and Western Conference clubs. Read more»

2017 NHL Draft: ISS Hockey’s early look at five top prospects

by ISS

Nolan Patrick - Brandon Wheat Kings

Photo: Brandon Wheat Kings forward and 2017 prospect Nolan Patrick has been a productive contributor on one of the WHL’s top teams in 2014-15 (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

It is still two years and three months away, but the prospects eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft nevertheless are receiving some attention from scouts, albeit not as much scrutiny as those in the Classes of 2015 and 2016. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: CHL playoff implications on the line, other playoff games in Europe and in NCAA hockey

by David Hahn

Michael McCarron - Oshawa Generals; Sam Bennett - Kingston Frontenacs - Prospect Faceoff, 3/18

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»

Saros, Husso the top NHL-drafted goaltenders competing in Finland

by Tony Piscotta

Juuse Saros - Team Finland

Photo: HPK Hameenlinna goaltender and Nashville Predators prospect Juuse Saros has appeared in 39 international contests for Finland over the past five seasons (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Finland has consistently produced NHL-caliber goalies in recent years. While some were never drafted and signed after establishing themselves in the domestic Liiiga — such as Chicago’s Antti Raanta or Antti Niemi of San Jose — there have also been some high profile draft picks like Tuukka Rask and Pekka Rinne who are enjoying great NHL careers. Read more»

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