NHL Prospect Signings: Islanders sign NCAA prospect, free agent from QMJHL

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Stephon Williams - Minnesota State University - 2015 WCHA Final Five - Championship

Photo: Former Minnesota State University goaltender and New York Islanders prospect Stephon Williams (#35) played a major part in the Mavericks’ ranking as the #1 seed for the NCAA Tournament (courtesy of Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

The New York Islanders have built up a solid group of prospects in recent years, with the payoff being just their third playoff appearance in the past 10 seasons. They continued adding to their prospect depth at the pro level with the signing of two prospects, one a draftee and the other a free agent. Read more»

Beyond Tomorrow: Stampede’s Bellows taking his own route to pro career

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Kieffer Bellows - Sioux Falls Stampede

Photo: Sioux Falls Stampede forward and 2016 prospect Kieffer Bellows is tied for fourth in goals in the USHL with 30 so far this season (courtesy of mJoy Photography)

While his surname might evoke memories of North Stars and vintage jerseys, Kieffer Bellows is more than just the son of Brian, a veteran of nearly 1,200 NHL games. Carving a name for himself with the USHL’s Sioux Falls Stampede, the younger Bellows has already impressed as one of the league’s leading goal scorers. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Pivotal CHL playoff showdowns, SHL champs look to move on, and more prospect matchups

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Graham Knott - Niagara IceDogs; Travis Konecny - Ottawa 67's - Prospect Faceoff, Playoff Edition - 040215

Photo: Niagara IceDogs forward Graham Knott (L) and Ottawa 67’s forward Travis Konecny (R) faceoff in a crucial Game Five encounter this weekend in the 2015 OHL Playoffs (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

In this week’s playoff edition of Prospect Faceoff, all three CHL leagues have series that are facing pivotal fifth games. Meanwhile, with the NCAA on hiatus, there’s a strong NAHL matchup featuring two college recruits worth keeping an eye on. Also, the SHL’s juggernaut squad in Skelleftea may have an opportunity this weekend to advance to the finals with one more win, but a top prospect for a rival will have something to say about that. Read more»

NHL Prospect Signings: Minnesota Wild busiest Central Division club

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Zach Palmquist - Minnesota State University-Mankato

Photo: Former Minnesota State University-Mankato defenseman and Minnesota Wild prospect Zach Palmquist completed a four-year NCAA career in which he did not miss a single game (courtesy of Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire)

The pace of NHL prospect signings has picked up considerably over the past week, with the Western Conference clubs being the busier group during that stretch. Read more»

HF Prospect of the Month, March, 2015: Murray gets stronger as season progresses

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Matt Murray - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins - Hockey's Future NHL Prospect of the Month, March, 2015

Photo: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins goaltender and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Matt Murray has both the best goals-against average and save percentage in the AHL in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)

March signaled the end of the regular season in the three major Canadian junior hockey leagues, and, unsurprisingly, the top performers were familiar names who have been recognized by Hockey’s Future over the course of the season. Outside of the CHL, there were notable individual performances at the collegiate level, with just four teams remaining, fighting for the chance to be crowned the nation’s best. Read more»

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