Prospect Faceoff: Nylander debuts for Marlies, former teammates collide, other key matchups ahead

by David Hahn

William Nylander - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Toronto Maple Leafs prospect William Nylander will make his official North American debut when he suits up for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies this weekend against former national team cohort Jacob de la Rose and the Hamilton Bulldogs (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)

The AHL’s Toronto Marlies will get a boost as William Nylander joins the squad for this weekend’s home-and-home against the Hamilton Bulldogs. Read more»

2015 CJHL Prospects Game: Last-minute tally gives West a 3-2 win over the East

by Ken McKenna
Jarod Hilderman and Justin Kapelmaster - CJHL Prospects Game 2015

Photo: Team West defenseman Jarod Hilderman scores the game-winning goal on Team East goaltender Justin Kapelmaster with 7.3 seconds remaining in the third period in the West’s 3-2 win over the East at the 2015 CJHL Prospects Game (courtesy of Kevin Sousa/OJHL Images)

In what was an entertaining and hard-fought game, Team West received some late-game heroics to defeat Team East 3-2 in the 2015 CJHL Prospects Game played at the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex in Oakville, ON. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: Boeser weighs college options with input from potential future linemates

by Tom Schreier

Brock Boeser - Waterloo Black Hawks

Photo: Waterloo Black Hawks forward and 2015 prospect Brock Boeser is the leading scorer for the Black Hawks with 35 points in 28 games (courtesy of Brandon Anderson/BA Photos)

In a Pioneer Press article titled “Burnsville Brock Boeser can’t wait to be a Badger,” Boeser told Press staff writer Garrison Shepard that the University of Wisconsin was his “dream school.” His cousin, Dan, who was an assistant coach at Burnsville while Brock was there, played at Wisconsin from 2000-2004. His mother’s family was from Madison. Heck, his name, Brock, is derived from the Gaelic word “broc”, which means badger. Read more»

2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Team East rides big first period to 7-4 win

by Tom Schreier

Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson - Team West; Kevin Conley - Team East - 2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: The two team MVPs of the 2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson (L) of Team West and Kevin Conley (R) of Team East, display their awards following Team East’s 7-4 win in Dubuque, IA (courtesy of the USHL)

There was a packed house at the Mystique Community Ice Center, home of the Dubuque Fighting Saints, for the 2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. As each person attending the game entered the arena, they passed two massive posters of Zemgus Girgensons and Johnny Gaudreau. Both are playing in the NHL — Girgensons for the Buffalo Sabres, Gaudreau for the Calgary Flames — after a previous stop with the Fighting Saints. Read more»

2015 WJC Review: Penalties doom Team USA yet again

by DJ Powers

Sonny Milano - Team USA

Photo: Plymouth Whalers forward and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Sonny Milano was one of the more effective forwards offensively for Team USA at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

For Team USA, it was almost like 2014 all over again.

After a strong start to the 2015 World Junior Championship, the United States saw their medal hopes dashed with another disappointing fifth place finish. As in last year’s tournament, penalties proved costly to the Americans, and once again it came at the hands of Russia in the quarterfinals. Read more»

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