Prospect Faceoff: Timashov takes on Bouchard, Leafs prospects clash on Thanksgiving, more from the NCAA, USHL, and WHL

by David Hahn
Jake Bean - Calgary Hitmen; Sam Steel - Regina Pats - Prospect Faceoff for 11/25/15

Photo: Calgary Hitmen defenseman Jake Bean and Regina Pats forward Sam Steel go head-to-head in a Thanksgiving Weekend encounter of top 2016 NHL Draft prospects (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images and Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

In this week’s Prospect Faceoff, the reigning Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week will try and slow down one of the QMJHL’s most proficient scorers. Two Toronto Maple Leafs prospects will go head-to-head in a Thanksgiving Day matinee, while two ‘A’ rated 2016 NHL Draft-eligible skaters clash in the WHL. In the USHL, a pair of Clark Cup champions go one-on-one, while two of the NCAA’s finest freshmen collide. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: No change at top of ISS draft rankings for November

by ISS
Matthew Tkachuk - London Knights

Photo: London Knights forward and 2016 prospect Matthew Tkachuk has made an easy transition to the OHL as he is currently ranked third in scoring for 2015-16 (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

No news is good news for the players sitting atop ISS Hockey’s November ranking of the top 30 prospects available for the 2016 NHL Draft. There is no change among the top 5 players from last month’s ranking, with Auston Matthews standing steady as the top prospect. Read more»

2015-16 DEL Preview, Pt. 2: Mannheim seeks repeat with deep lineup

by Chapin Landvogt
David Wolf - Hamburg Freezers - DEL

Photo: After competing in the Calgary Flames organization in the 2014-15 season, Hamburg Freezers forward David Wolf has returned to Germany to play for the Freezers for the 2015-16 campaign (courtesy of Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)

After taking a look at the lower-ranked teams competing in Germany’s top hockey league, the DEL (Deutsche Eishockey Liga), Hockey’s Future now previews the top eight clubs in that league for the 2015-16 season. Read more»

2015-16 DEL Preview, Pt. 1: Straubing could be team to watch among lower rung clubs

by Chapin Landvogt
Tim Bender - EHC Muenchen - DEL

Photo: Schwenninger Wild Wings defenseman Tim Bender competed for EHC Munich in the 2014-15 season, and spent part of the 2013-14 season with the OHL’s London Knights (courtesy of Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

The German DEL (Deutsche Eishockey Liga) has settled in as a league that can feature some fine hockey that is very much equivalent to the level of play in the AHL, just a good bit older when it comes to the average age of the various line-ups and thus more mature in the style of play. Paying very well overall, the league is a business and is there to sell tickets and produce champions. Read more»

New German U20 coach Kuenast looking to bring country back to top division

by Chapin Landvogt
Christian Kuenast - Team Germany

Photo: Germany’s new U20 head coach, Christian Kuenast, played goal for seven teams over 12 seasons in the DEL, Germany’s top hockey league (courtesy of Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

In a rash of changes, Germany has named new coaches to its men’s, U20, and U18 national teams. A year full of relegations and moderate play internationally has led to a number of changes in the German Ice Hockey Federation, and new wind is hoped to get the program back on track. Read more»

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