Prospect Faceoff: Prospect Faceoff: Matthews stays hot in Zurich, Svechnikov-Garland duel, plus two Top 20 teams clash in college hockey

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Dominik Mason - Peterborough Petes; Juho Lammikko - Kingston Frontenacs - Prospect Faceoff for 10/16/15

Photo: Peterborough Petes defenseman and Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Dominik Masin, and Kingston Frontenacs forward and Florida Panthers prospect Juho Lammikko may one day be NHL divisional rivals, but they will go head-to-head in an interesting OHL clash this weekend (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images and Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Auston Matthews is taking an unconventional path to the NHL, and has earned a few accolades already while playing in Switzerland. Two electric playmakers go head-to-head in a battle of assist machines in the QMJHL, and a pair of potential Canadian teammates will likely see a lot of each other in a weekend contest. The Tampa Bay Lightning’s newest signee lines up against a powerhouse forward in what could be a preview of what to expect in the future from both Floridian franchises. NCAA hockey is back, and two Top-20 teams are set to clash in a non-conference game to close out this week’s edition of Prospect Faceoff. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Parayko nets two goals, including the game-winner, in Blues win

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Colton Parayko - St. Louis Blues

Photo: St. Louis Blues rookie defenseman Colton Parayko eludes Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau in a game in which Parayko scored his first two NHL goals (courtesy of Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)

St. Louis Blues rookie defenseman Colton Parayko put two shots on net in his team’s 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames, and both connected for goals including Parayko’s first NHL goal. Parayko’s second was also the game-winning goal, making it a night to remember for the Alberta native. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Windsor’s McCool plays on-ice soccer with DiGiacinto, Lundqvist is still the King, more highlights from around the globe

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Hayden McCool - Windsor Spitfires

Photo: Windsor Spitfires forward and 2016 prospect Hayden McCool was eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft but was passed over by the 30 NHL clubs (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Ever wonder what would happen if soccer and hockey had a mash-up? Well, Windsor Spitfires forwards Hayden McCool and Cristiano DiGiacinto came up with an interesting rendition. In a bit of backwards poetry in motion, Tyler Parsons, a goaltender, scores a goal and Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner moonlights as a goaltender. That plus plenty of individual goal-scoring highlights in this week’s Prospect Impressions! Read more»

(Video) First NHL Win: Condon outduels O’Connor in Canadiens’ win

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Mike Condon - Montreal Canadiens

Photo: Montreal Canadiens rookie goaltender Mike Condon guards the net during the Canadiens win over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night, a win that was the first of Condon’s NHL career (courtesy of Jason Kopinski/Icon Sportswire)

Two rookie goaltenders with NCAA pedigrees squared off in the first NHL start for each, but only one could come away a winner. The victorious goaltender, Mike Condon of the Montreal Canadiens, outdueled Ottawa Senators rookie Matt O’Connor to give the undefeated Canadiens a 3-1 win. Condon stopped 20 of 21 shots to secure his first NHL win. Read more»

2015 All-American Prospects Game: Two late goals lead Team Plante over Team Roenick

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Luke McInnis - Team Plante - CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game

Photo: Youngstown Phantoms defenseman and 2016 prospect Luke McInnis posted a goal and an assist in the third period of the 2015 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, helping him earn Player of the Game honors (courtesy of Jen Fuller/Getty Images)

In what was an entertaining 2015 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, Team Plante scored two late goals to secure a 6-4 victory over Team Roenick in a seesaw affair. Read more»

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