Prospect Faceoff: Demko’s shutout streak in jeopardy, Canada-Russia series continues, premier matchups from the CHL, SHL

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Thatcher Demko - Boston College; Mackenzie MacEachern - Mighigan State University - Prospect Faceoff, 11/11/15

Photo: Boston College goaltender and Vancouver Canucks prospect Thatcher Demko, and Michigan State forward and St. Louis Blues prospect Mackenzie MacEachern go head-to-head in NCAA action this weekend (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images and Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

Can anyone beat Vancouver Canucks prospect Thatcher Demko? Mackenzie MacEachern and the Michigan State Spartans are going to try to break Demko’s second long shutout streak of the season. The CHL Canada Russia Series continues this week, as Ottawa 67’s captain Travis Konecny is hoping to stay hot. Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Cody Donaghey will try to slow down Conor Garland’s assault on the scoresheet, while Brendan Guhle will attempt to do the same against Jayce Hawryluk. In the SHL, two of the league’s youngest players go head-to-head in a matchup of a late-round pick versus a 2016 draft-eligible. Read more»

Heat’s Gillies learning the pro game in the AHL after NCAA championship finale

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Jon Gillies - Stockton Heat

Photo: Stockton Heat goaltender and Calgary Flames prospect Jon Gillies has appeared in seven games for the Heat so far in 2015-16, posting a 2.31 goals-against average and .920 save percentage (courtesy of Asvitt Photography)

Jon Gillies doesn’t look or act like a rookie for the Stockton Heat.

The 21-year-old goaltender is calm and poised while defending the net for the Calgary FlamesAHL affiliate, and he doesn’t get rattled by the big moments. He is also a leader in the locker room for a team that is playing its first season in Northern California. Read more»

HF NHL Prospect of the Month, October, 2015: Yan tops group that includes a second Lightning prospect

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Dennis Yan - Tampa Bay Lightning - HF's NHL Prospect of the Month, October, 2015

Photo: Shawinigan Cataractes forward and Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Dennis Yan is currently 10th in scoring in the QMJHL with 17 goals and 31 points in 17 games (courtesy of Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

No player at any level this season has had better puck luck than Dennis Yan of the Shawinigan Cataractes. The 2015 third round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning scored on 41.2 percent of his shots in the month of October, totalling 14 goals (on 34 shots) and 10 assists in 11 games. He also had four game-winning goals. Yan’s performance was enough to earn him the Hockey’s Future NHL Prospect of the Month designation for October of 2015. Read more»

NCAA Prospects Notebook, October, 2015: Providence College picking up where they left off after National Championship

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Nick Ellis and Jake Walman - Providence College

Photo: Providence College goaltender Nick Ellis (L) and defenseman Jake Walman (R) are both off to strong starts in 2015-16 for the second-ranked and defending national champion Friars (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

The opening month of the 2015-16 NCAA Hockey season saw a number of terrific performances by NHL prospects. Below is a look back at some of those performances, as well as other noteworthy items. Unless otherwise indicated, all stats are current as of Nov. 1. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: World Under-17 comes to a conclusion, European talents go head-to-head in the OHL, more from junior, NCAA hockey

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Joel Teasdale - Blainville-Boisbriand Armada; David Levin - Sudbury Wolves - Prospect Faceoff for 11/5/15

Photo: Blainville-Boisbriand Armada forward Joel Teasdale and Sudbury Wolves forward David Levin go head-to-head in a semi-final match tonight at the 2015 World U17 Hockey Challenge (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images and Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The World Under-17 Hockey Challenge pits two countrymen against each other as the tournament comes to a conclusion this week. There is also a pair of international talents going one-on-one for the first time in their careers in the OHL, while another strong European is leading the way for his squad against one of the most feared forwards in the QMJHL. In the WHL, two of the league’s top defenseman are a big part of their respective team’s success, while a pair of college forwards who once scored in bunches try to re-ignite their games in this week’s Prospect Faceoff. Read more»

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