Prospect Faceoff: Garland running away with QMJHL scoring title, trio of Winnipeg Jets prospects compete

by David Hahn
Eric Brassard - Halifax Mooseheads; Conor Garland - Moncton Wildcats - NHL Prospect Faceoff for 1/29/16

Photo: Halifax Mooseheads goaltender Eric Brassard (L) and Moncton Wildcats forward Conor Garland (R) go head-to-head in a top QMJHL matchup this weekend (courtesy of Mathieu Belanger/Getty Images and Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)



Can anyone stop Conor Garland from scoring? The diminutive forward is already 30-points clear of second place in scoring, and a veteran goaltender will be tasked with attempting to keep him off the scoresheet in weekend action. Also in this NHL Prospect Faceoff, Brendan Lemieux, Jack Roslovic, and Jansen Harkins from the Winnipeg Jets organization are all in action this weekend. Finally, two Swedish defensemen with vastly different skill sets are chronicled in SHL action. Read more»

(Podcast) Dan Marr, NHL scouts able to access Major Junior and Junior A showcases just days apart

by Glen Erickson
Dan Marr - Director of NHL Central Scouting

Photo: Director of NHL Central Scouting Dan Marr has had a busy couple of weeks with the release of the CSS Midterm Rankings for the 2016 NHL Draft, as well as the CJHL Prospects Game and CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)



When Dan Marr was absent from the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game meet and greets on Tuesday evening in Vancouver, it was certainly for good reason. The amicable Director of NHL Central Scouting was busying himself a few miles away in Surrey at the annual CJHL Prospects Game. Read more»

Portland Pirates’ Rau looking to continue consistency from his college days

by Tony Androckitis
Kyle Rau - Portland Pirates

Photo: Portland Pirates forward and Florida Panthers prospect Kyle Rau is ranked 18th all-time in scoring for his alma mater, the University of Minnesota (courtesy of Joel Page/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)



Kyle Rau was a dynamic player at the University of Minnesota, where he was a point-per-game performer in each of his four seasons, tallying 164 points (67 goals, 97 assists) in 160 games. The Florida Panthers’ third round pick in the 2011 NHL Draft saw some AHL time at the tail end of the 2014-15 season that is paying dividends in his first full year of pro hockey in 2015-16. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: CSS, ISS take similar view of top prospects with Matthews at #1

by Ken McKenna
Auston Matthews - Team USA - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: ZSC Lions forward and 2016 prospect Auston Matthews is ranked third in points per game (1.22) in the NLA, where he has scored 20 goals and 33 points in 27 games this season (courtesy of MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/Getty Images)



At roughly the halfway point of the 2015-16 hockey season, the picture for the upper portion of the 2016 NHL Draft is becoming a bit clearer, in part due to the recently completed World Junior Championship that took place in Helsinki, Finland. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: USA WJC teammates clash, NCHC showdown, more from the AHL, QMJHL, and WHL

by David Hahn
Drake Caggiula - University of North Dakota; Hunter Fejes - Colorado College - Prospect Faceoff for 1/21/16

Photo: University of North Dakota forward Drake Caggiula and Colorado College forward Hunter Fejes go head-to-head this weekend in a clash of NCHC schools (courtesy of Maddie Meyer/Getty Images and Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)



What happens when a high-end goal scorer matches up against one of the brightest young goaltenders in junior hockey? We’ll find out this weekend when Alex Nedeljkovic visits former international teammate Alex DeBrincat and the Erie Otters. Also in this week’s Prospect Faceoff, two seniors lead their college teams in scoring, while key matchups take place in the AHL, QMJHL, and WHL. Read more»

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