Prospect Faceoff: Young SHL talents collide, 2016 draft-eligibles go head-to-head in the OHL, more from junior and college hockey

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Philippe Myers - Rouyn-Noranda Huskies; Kevin Klima - Moncton Wildcats - Prospect Faceoff for 12/3/15

Photo: Rouyn-Noranda Huskies defenseman and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Philippe Myers and Moncton Wildcats forward Kevin Klima go head-to-head in a top QMJHL meeting of NHL prospects for the coming weekend (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

 

 

Two prospects taken in the middle rounds of the 2013 NHL Draft have a lot on the line when they matchup against each other this weekend in the SHL. Likewise, two 2016 draft-eligibles go one-on-one in the OHL, while one WHL defenseman tries to acclimate to a new environment after a recent trade. The QMJHL offers an interesting matchup when a pair of twins with NHL bloodlines takes on a giant defenseman. Finally, two steady freshmen forwards have been role players for their respective teams and are hoping to earn additional icetime in this week’s Prospect Faceoff. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: Matthews maintains hold on top spot, but change elsewhere in ISS December rankings

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Michael McLeod - Mississauga Steelheads

Photo: Mississauga Steelheads center and 2016 prospect Michael McLeod is currently ranked 18th in scoring in the OHL with 32 points in 28 games (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

 

Following a couple of months of relative calm in ISS Hockey‘s ranking of the top 30 prospects for the 2016 NHL Draft, the December list features a fair amount of change throughout the rankings. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Young NHL forwards impress, Dupuy goes coast-to-coast, Labate loses fight but scores afterwards

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Nikolaj Ehlers - Winnipeg Jets

Photo: Winnipeg Jets rookie forward Nikolaj Ehlers is currently 10th among NHL rookie scorers with five goals and 11 points in 25 games in 2015-16 (courtesy of Tim Spyers/Icon Sportswire)

 

 

There are a number of NHL teams relying upon young talent gracing their lineups to contribute on a nightly basis. International stars Aleksander Barkov, Nikolaj Ehlers, and Rickard Rakell are all performing under pressure, and hometown hero Frankie Vatrano is off to a nice start in Boston. Also in this week’s Prospect Impressions, an unexpected goal from a Rochester Americans forward, a Utica Comet has a memorable night full of firsts, and a Quinnipiac Bobcats goaltender keeps the team undefeated in regulation. Read more»

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

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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»

Prospect Impressions: Soustal pulls out the “Michigan move”, Draisaitl stays hot, North Dakota’s teamwork

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Leon Draisaitl and Taylor Hall - Edmonton Oilers

Photo: Edmonton Oilers forwards Leon Draisaitl (L) and Taylor Hall (R) have been working well together since Draisaitl was called up from the Bakersfield Condors in late October (courtesy of Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

 

 

Every year it seems like one or two players in the hockey world pull off a lacrosse-style goal that catches the attention of national media. Tomas Soustal joined the club this weekend, drawing the attention of hockey fans worldwide. Also in this week’s edition of Prospect Impressions, Leon Draisaitl and Teemu Pulkkinen score, plus more from junior hockey and one college play that has coaches taking notes. Read more»

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