Prospect Faceoff: 2015 draft prospects square off in WHL and QMJHL action, and other prospect matchups

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Mathew Barzal - Seattle Thunderbirds; Paul Bittner - Portland Winterhawks - Prospect Faceoff for 3/5/15

Photo: 2015 NHL Draft prospects Mathew Barzal of the Seattle Thunderbirds and Paul Bittner of the Portland Winterhawks renew their rivalry this weekend in WHL action (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

In this week’s Prospect Faceoff, two sets of draft-eligible players go to head-to-head in critical games for their respective teams. In the OHL, two of the most improved players will see game action against each other. In addition, polar opposite defensemen lead their teams in a pair of NCAA games this weekend. Finally, two prospects with future college commitments including one player traded during Monday’s NHL trade deadline. Read more»

NCAA Prospects Notebook, February, 2015: Conference, Beanpot titles decided as regular season winds down

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Kevin Roy - Northeastern University - Beanpot Tournament

Photo: Northeastern University forward and Anaheim Ducks prospect Kevin Roy has produced 123 points (55G, 68A) in 99 games so far in his NCAA career (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

The final full month of the 2014-15 NCAA regular season saw some fantastic team finishes and stellar performances from a number of NHL prospects. Hockey’s Future takes a look back at some of the most memorable ones. Unless otherwise noted, all stats are current as of Mar. 4th. Read more»

HF Prospect of the Month, February, 2015: Bjorkstrand piling up the points for the Winterhawks

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Oliver Bjorkstrand - Denmark - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Portland Winterhawks forward and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Oliver Bjorkstrand scored four goals in five games for Denmark’s surprising squad at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

With playoffs underway in the KHL and the second season soon to start in all major North American leagues, February is the start of hockey’s stretch drive. And while new candidates for the month’s top NHL prospect emerged, the continued consistency from top stars is what stood out most in the month of February. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: A pair of goalies set records, Johnson’s big night, and other highlights

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Connor McDavid - Erie Otters

Photo: Erie Otter forward and 2015 prospect Connor McDavid recently topped the 100-point mark in the 2014-15 season, doing so in just 38 games (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

This past week has been full of creative and jaw-dropping NHL prospect highlights. One QMJHL goaltender sets an unusual new standard in goal scoring, while another has yet to lose since making his NHL debut. A hometown hero breaks hearts by scoring with the “Forsberg move” in a clutch situation, and the future first overall pick displays why he deserves that accolade yet again. Two European forwards showcase their elite skill, and a former prospect scored one of the best goals that didn’t make the scoresheet in this week’s Prospect Impressions. Read more»

Gillies leads small but impressive group of NHL-drafted goaltenders from the NCAA

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Jon Gillies - Providence College

Photo: Providence College has maintained a presence in the top 15 of the NCAA Hockey rankings, with goaltender and Calgary Flames prospect Jon Gillies playing a big part in the team’s success in 2014-15 (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

Fifteen NHL-drafted goaltenders are playing in the NCAA this season. Hockey’s Future takes a closer at the top five, all of whom are among the nominees for this year’s Mike Richter Award that was recently announced. This ranking is based on season performance, overall developmental progress and NHL potential. Unless otherwise noted, all stats are current as of Feb. 28th. Read more»

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