Prospect Faceoff: Premier NCAA matchup in Boston, WJC participants ramp up in CHL action

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William Nylander - Mississauga Steelheads; Olli Juolevi - London Knights - Prospect Faceoff for 1/14/16

Photo: 2016 NHL Draft prospect Alexander Nylander of the Mississauga Steelheads and Olli Juolevi of the London Knights go head-to-head in an OHL match this weekend after both turning in impressive performances at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images and Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Prospect Faceoff returns in 2016 with a huge home-and-home series in Boston, as two of NCAA hockey’s best programs play a pair of games this weekend. With the World Junior Championship now complete, a number of high-end players return to their regular lineups and are ready for a big second half. Among them, two high-end 2016 draft-eligible skaters go head-to-head, a blue-chip Philadelphia Flyers prospect returns to the WHL, and one of Switzerland’s finest has a new home in the QMJHL. Plenty more this week as Prospect Faceoff ramps up again! Read more»

2016 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Added bulk has boosted offensive game of Lumberjacks’ Pitlick

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Rem Pitlick - Team East - 2016 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: Muskegon Lumberjacks forward and 2016 prospect Rem Pitlick, currently tied for the USHL scoring lead, was acquired by the Lumberjacks from the Waterloo Black Hawks in an offseason deal (courtesy of Brandon Anderson/USHL)

Rem Pitlick knew he had put on weight before he stepped on the scale during the preseason for the USHL’s Muskegon Lumberjacks.

Pitlick just wasn’t sure how much. He had weighed 169 pounds at the end of the 2014-15 season. His focus in the offseason was adding muscle to his 5-foot-7 frame, but he never bothered to weigh himself. Read more»

2016 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Musketeers’ Keane honing game in USHL before move to North Dakota

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Jackson Keane - Team West - 2016 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: Sioux City Musketeers forward and 2016 prospect Jackson Keane is not a stranger to prospect showcases as he has participated in both the CJHL Prospects Game and this year’s USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Brandon Anderson/USHL)

Jackson Keane has put his dual citizenship in Canada and the United States to use as a hockey player.

Keane utilized his Canadian citizenship by playing at home in Winnipeg for much of his teen years. He especially shined at the 2015 CJHL Prospects Game last year and earned MVP honors as a member of Team West. Read more»

2016 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Hoff a scoring star in offensive Lincoln lineup

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Ludvig Hoff - Team West - 2016 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: Lincoln Stars forward and 2016 prospect Ludvig Hoff has competed for the Lincoln Stars the past three seasons, but has also represented Norway internationally including the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of the USHL)

The Lincoln Stars were a team divided on and off the ice last season, and their record indicated that.

The Stars finished in last place in the USHL’s Western Conference with an 18-37-1-4 record in the 2014-15 season. A year later, the Stars have addressed their issues, unified and turned their play around. At the USHL’s halfway break, the Stars sat atop the Western Conference with a 19-14-1-0 mark. Read more»

2016 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Early December win keys surge for Knierim and his Dubuque teammates

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William Knierim - Team East - 2016 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: Dubuque Fighting Saints forward and 2016 prospect William Knierim has produced 15 points along with 85 penalty minutes in 26 games in 2015-16 (courtesy of the USHL)

A lot changed for the USHL’s Dubuque Fighting Saints on Dec. 4th.

The Saints were playing the Omaha Lancers on the road on that date. The Saints were on a three-game losing streak, and coach Jason Lammers decided to alter his lineup. He put Nathan Sucese, Shane Kavanagh and Willie Knierim together on a line, and not just that line, but all the lines began clicking. That line scored two goals and combined for 14 shots on net in a 3-2 win against the Lancers. Read more»

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