Prospect Impressions: A pair of goalies set records, Johnson’s big night, and other highlights

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Connor McDavid - Erie Otters

Photo: Erie Otter forward and 2015 prospect Connor McDavid recently topped the 100-point mark in the 2014-15 season, doing so in just 38 games (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

This past week has been full of creative and jaw-dropping NHL prospect highlights. One QMJHL goaltender sets an unusual new standard in goal scoring, while another has yet to lose since making his NHL debut. A hometown hero breaks hearts by scoring with the “Forsberg move” in a clutch situation, and the future first overall pick displays why he deserves that accolade yet again. Two European forwards showcase their elite skill, and a former prospect scored one of the best goals that didn’t make the scoresheet in this week’s Prospect Impressions. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: Generals’ Vande Sompel gearing up for extended playoff run

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Mitchell Vande Sompel - Oshawa Generals

Photo: Oshawa Generals defenseman and 2015 prospect Mitchell Vande Sompel is currently fifth in scoring among OHL defensemen with 55 points in 51 games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

Mitchell Vande Sompel grew up in London, ON. He was a London Knights’ fan growing up and drew inspiration from some of its biggest stars. And, as a member of the powerhouse Oshawa Generals, the defenseman is looking to join some of the Knights’ famous alumni in the NHL. Read more»

Paterson emerges as top NHL-drafted goaltender in OHL in 2014-15

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Jake Paterson - Kitchener Rangers

Photo: Kitchener Rangers goaltender and Detroit Red Wings prospect Jake Paterson has the Rangers in a playoff position after being dealt to the club at the OHL trade deadline by the Saginaw Spirit (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

 

It’s not a deep pool, but when it comes to NHL-drafted goaltenders in the OHL, quantity takes a back seat to quality.

The OHL is graced by two elite netminders atop the rankings, another one knocking on that lofty door, one middling prospect, and a potentially quality prospect who, unfortunately, has to take an incomplete grade due to an injury. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: IceDogs’ Dunn working to become a more complete defenseman

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Vince Dunn - NIagara IceDogs

Photo: Niagara IceDogs defenseman and 2015 prospect Vince Dunn is currently ranked ninth in scoring among OHL defensemen with 42 points in 58 games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

The idea that Niagara IceDogs defenseman Vince Dunn can’t play defense? That’s just plain offensive, says the Linsday, ON-born rearguard. Read more»

Greyhounds’ Nurse the class of this season’s NHL-drafted OHL defensemen

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Darnell Nurse - Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

Photo: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds defenseman and Edmonton Oilers prospect Darnell Nurse won gold with Team Canada at the 2015 World Junior Championship, and he is poised to make a run at the OHL championship with the Greyhounds (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images

 

The OHL has long been known for providing elite offensive forward talent to the NHL. Defensemen facing that type of player on a regular basis should result in a comparable coterie of elite defensive prospects whose talents have been honed by facing such formidable opposition. Read more»

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