Americans’ Bailey a step closer to playing for hometown team

by Tony Androckitis
Justin Bailey - Rochester Americans

Photo: Rochester Americans forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Justin Bailey is in his first season in the AHL after wrapping up his OHL career in 2014-15 (courtesy of Micheline Veluvolu/Rochester Americans)

The Buffalo Sabres have their centers for the future in Jack Eichel, Ryan O’Reilly and Sam Reinhart, but the organization is hoping to develop talent on the wings to support that trio. One of those wingers looking to complement the likes of an Eichel or a Reinhart is right wing Justin Bailey – one of three second round picks for the Sabres at the 2013 NHL Draft. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Timashov takes on Bouchard, Leafs prospects clash on Thanksgiving, more from the NCAA, USHL, and WHL

by David Hahn
Jake Bean - Calgary Hitmen; Sam Steel - Regina Pats - Prospect Faceoff for 11/25/15

Photo: Calgary Hitmen defenseman Jake Bean and Regina Pats forward Sam Steel go head-to-head in a Thanksgiving Weekend encounter of top 2016 NHL Draft prospects (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images and Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

In this week’s Prospect Faceoff, the reigning Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week will try and slow down one of the QMJHL’s most proficient scorers. Two Toronto Maple Leafs prospects will go head-to-head in a Thanksgiving Day matinee, while two ‘A’ rated 2016 NHL Draft-eligible skaters clash in the WHL. In the USHL, a pair of Clark Cup champions go one-on-one, while two of the NCAA’s finest freshmen collide. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Soustal pulls out the “Michigan move”, Draisaitl stays hot, North Dakota’s teamwork

by David Hahn
Leon Draisaitl and Taylor Hall - Edmonton Oilers

Photo: Edmonton Oilers forwards Leon Draisaitl (L) and Taylor Hall (R) have been working well together since Draisaitl was called up from the Bakersfield Condors in late October (courtesy of Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Every year it seems like one or two players in the hockey world pull off a lacrosse-style goal that catches the attention of national media. Tomas Soustal joined the club this weekend, drawing the attention of hockey fans worldwide. Also in this week’s edition of Prospect Impressions, Leon Draisaitl and Teemu Pulkkinen score, plus more from junior hockey and one college play that has coaches taking notes. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Marner takes on “exceptional” Day, younger Jones making a name for himself, Canada/Russia Series concludes

by David Hahn
Mitchell Marner - London Knights; Sean Day - Mississauga Steelheads - Prospect Faceoff for 11/18/15

Photo: London Knights forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Mitch Marner (L) and Mississauga Steelheads defenseman and 2016 prospect Sean Day (R) go head-to-head this weekend in a marquee OHL matchup (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Two of the biggest names in the OHL collide this weekend, as Mitch Marner guides the London Knights into Mississauga, where he will go head-to-head against Sean Day. In the WHL, two top defensemen clash, while two high-end import selections face off in the QMJHL. The CHL Canada Russia Series comes to a conclusion, where one hulking forward hopes to help the CHL take a clean sweep, but a talented Russian playmaker is hoping to write a different story. Finally, two of college hockey’s finest teams go one-on-one as a first-round NHL talent will try to shut down one of the best freshmen in the NCAA. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Lundqvist, Berra, others sparkle in this Goalie Edition

by David Hahn
Jake Allen - St. Louis Blues

Photo: St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen has posted a 1.95 goals-against average and .930 save percentage through 15 games in the 2015-16 season (courtesy of Tim Spyers/Icon Sportswire)

In this special edition of Prospect Impressions, goaltenders from the NHL, AHL, and junior hockey take over to make a week’s worth of highlight-reel saves. King Henrik stood tall on home ice in New York before making news off it, and fellow NHL netminders Reto Berra and Jake Allen kept pace right behind him. Plenty more saves, a fight between players who are now teammates, and a light-hearted, behind-the-scenes look at life as a goaltender are all included. Read more»

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