Prospect Faceoff: QMJHL’s leading scorer faces a test, other key head-to-head matchups for the weekend ahead

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Kyle Connor - Youngstown Phantoms; William Lagesson - Dubuque Fighting Saints

Photo: Youngstown Phantoms forward and 2015 prospect Kyle Connor goes head-to-head with Dubuque Fighting Saints defenseman and Edmonton Oilers prospect William Lagesson this weekend (courtesy of Youngstown Phantoms/Brandon Anderson/BA Photos)

Three CHL matchups, plus an NCAA head-to-head and a USHL weekend series featuring a top 2015 prospect highlight the prospect matchups in this week’s Prospect Faceoff feature. Read more»

(Video) Penguins’ prospect Murray last week’s AHL Player of the Week

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Matt Murray - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins goaltender and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Matt Murray currently sports the best goals-against average in the AHL at 1.86 (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)

Marc-Andre Fleury is holding down the fort for now for the Pittsburgh Penguins, but a future starter could be developing for that club with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the NHL club’s AHL farm team. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Must-see OT winner by Colin Smith, Hutton’s behind-the-back save, other goals of the week

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Colin Smith - Lake Erie Monsters; Antoine Bibeau - Toronto Marlies

Photo: Lake Erie Monsters forward and Colorado Avalanche prospect Colin Smith nets an overtime goal against the Toronto Marlies’ Antoine Bibeau to give the Monsters a 4-3 win on Friday night (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Highlights from the NHL right on down through the AHL, college hockey and junior hockey are all part of this week’s Prospect Impressions article featuring notable plays made by NHL prospects in the prior week. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Tierney deflects shot past Canucks’ Miller

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Chris Tierney - San Jose Sharks

Photo: San Jose Sharks rookie forward Chris Tierney celebrates his first NHL goal in his team’s 5-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon Sportswire)

It took a couple of call-ups and 16 NHL games for him to accomplish the feat, but San Jose Sharks rookie forward Chris Tierney notched his first NHL goal in a 5-1 Sharks win over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Canadian WJC teammates go head-to-head, two top QMJHL goalies in the same game, and more prospect matchups

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Connor McDavid - Erie Otters; Darnell Nurse - Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds: Prospect Faceoff 2/6/15

Photo: Erie Otters forward and 2015 prospect Connor McDavid goes head-to-head this weekend against World Junior teammate Darnell Nurse of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in a marquee OHL matchup (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images (L) and Terry Wilson/OHL Images (R))

This week’s Prospect Faceoff feature includes one of the best matchups in the OHL this season, a look at top goalies facing off against each other in the QMJHL, and two more matchups featuring key prospects for their respective organizations. We also look back at how a game turned out for a pair of talented imports in Oliver Bjorkstrand and Nikita Scherbak. Read more»

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