2015-16 Big Ten Preview: Michigan, Minnesota could be cream of weaker crop

by DJ Powers
Zach Werenski - University of Michigan

Photo: University of Michigan defenseman and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Zach Werenski is looking to build off of a fine freshman season with the Wolverines in 2014-15 (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

For the 2015-16 NCAA Hockey season, the Big Ten Conference features 40 NHL prospects, with each member school having at least two prospects on their rosters. The University of Michigan and the University of Minnesota lead all conference teams with 12 prospects apiece. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: McDavid heats up, three overtime game-winners, more highlights

by David Hahn
Joel Eriksson Ek - Farjestad Karlstad - Champions Hockey League

Photo: Farjestad BK forward and Minnesota Wild prospect Joel Eriksson Ek (#20) should be a prominent player for Sweden at the 2016 World Junior Championship (courtesy HC Dynamo Pardubice/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

Connor McDavid came through for the Edmonton Oilers this weekend, and is centering one of the most interesting forward combinations so far this year. The Erie Otters miss him, but still boast a perfect record thanks to some tremendous passing. Lawson Crouse and Conor McGlynn helped Kingston to a pair of overtime victories, and Joel Eriksson Ek did the same for Farjestad BK. This and more in this week’s edition of Prospect Impressions. Read more»

2015-16 NCAA Independent Preview: Arizona State begins move up to D1 hockey

by DJ Powers
Ryan Belonger - Arizona State University

Photo: Arizona State University forward Ryan Belonger will lead the offensive charge for the Sun Devils as they make the switch to NCAA D1 hockey (courtesy of Peter Vander Stoep/Sun Devil Athletics)

This season, Arizona State University becomes the 62nd member of NCAA Men’s D1 Hockey. It also marks the first time in 30 years that a school west of Colorado has played at this level.

The Sun Devils opened their inaugural NCAA D1 season on Oct. 9th versus host Alaska-Anchorage in the Kendall Hockey Classic. Read more»

2015-16 Atlantic Hockey Preview: RIT looks to repeat, take next step toward national title

by DJ Powers
Alexander Kuqali - Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) - 2015-16 Atlantic Hockey Preview

Photo: Rochester Institute of Technology defenseman Alexander Kuqali and his teammates will attempt a return trip to the NCAA Tournament after winning the 2015 Atlantic Hockey Tournament (courtesy of Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire)

Atlantic Hockey is the only NCAA conference this season that does not have any prospects. Nevertheless, there are many players, including some that have attended NHL prospect camps this summer, that are well worth watching. Read more»

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

by David Hahn
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»

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