Prospect Impressions: Pair of AHL forwards debut, strange shootout save, more prospect highlights

by David Hahn

Patrik Bartosak - Manchester Monarchs

Photo: Manchester Monarchs goaltender and Los Angeles Kings prospect Patrik Bartosak is a nephew of former NHL forward Radek Bonk (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

In this week’s Prospect Impressions, take a look as two players score their first professional goals in spectacular fashion. Meanwhile, two young AHL goaltenders produce “Save of the Year” candidates, and one of them wasn’t even paying attention during the play. Finally, all three CHL leagues are in the playoffs and highlight-reel goals abound from some of the top prospects from around the globe. Read more»

NCAA Prospects Notebook, March, 2015: Hobey Baker nominees, postseason hardware recipients, and pro signings

by DJ Powers

Mike Reilly - University of Minnesota

Photo: University of Minnesota defenseman and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Mike Reilly was among the top 10 finalists for the 2015 Hobey Baker Award (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

The final 2014-15 edition of the NCAA prospects notebook takes a look back at some excellent collegiate hockey prospect performances and other noteworthy items. Unless otherwise indicated, all stats are current as of April 1st. Read more»

NHL Prospect Signings: Islanders sign NCAA prospect, free agent from QMJHL

by Ken McKenna

Stephon Williams - Minnesota State University - 2015 WCHA Final Five - Championship

Photo: Former Minnesota State University goaltender and New York Islanders prospect Stephon Williams (#35) played a major part in the Mavericks’ ranking as the #1 seed for the NCAA Tournament (courtesy of Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

The New York Islanders have built up a solid group of prospects in recent years, with the payoff being just their third playoff appearance in the past 10 seasons. They continued adding to their prospect depth at the pro level with the signing of two prospects, one a draftee and the other a free agent. Read more»

Beyond Tomorrow: Stampede’s Bellows taking his own route to pro career

by David Hahn

Kieffer Bellows - Sioux Falls Stampede

Photo: Sioux Falls Stampede forward and 2016 prospect Kieffer Bellows is tied for fourth in goals in the USHL with 30 so far this season (courtesy of mJoy Photography)

While his surname might evoke memories of North Stars and vintage jerseys, Kieffer Bellows is more than just the son of Brian, a veteran of nearly 1,200 NHL games. Carving a name for himself with the USHL’s Sioux Falls Stampede, the younger Bellows has already impressed as one of the league’s leading goal scorers. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Pivotal CHL playoff showdowns, SHL champs look to move on, and more prospect matchups

by David Hahn

Graham Knott - Niagara IceDogs; Travis Konecny - Ottawa 67's - Prospect Faceoff, Playoff Edition - 040215

Photo: Niagara IceDogs forward Graham Knott (L) and Ottawa 67’s forward Travis Konecny (R) faceoff in a crucial Game Five encounter this weekend in the 2015 OHL Playoffs (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

In this week’s playoff edition of Prospect Faceoff, all three CHL leagues have series that are facing pivotal fifth games. Meanwhile, with the NCAA on hiatus, there’s a strong NAHL matchup featuring two college recruits worth keeping an eye on. Also, the SHL’s juggernaut squad in Skelleftea may have an opportunity this weekend to advance to the finals with one more win, but a top prospect for a rival will have something to say about that. Read more»

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