CHL Canada Russia Series: Strong team effort fuels second OHL win, gives CHL series win

by Ken McKenna
Mitch Marner amd Spencer Watson - Team OHL - CHL Canada Russia Series

Photo: Team OHL forwards Mitch Marner and Spencer Watson celebrate a goal scored by Watson that proved to be the game winner in the OHL’s 2-1 win over Russia at the 2015 CHL Canada Russia Series (courtesy of Terry Wilson/CHL Images)

While Team Russia put up a good fight in their bid to get themselves back into the 2015 CHL Canada Russia Series, Team OHL nevertheless dashed those hopes by defeating Russia, 2-1, to give the CHL clubs the needed points to crown themselves as series champions with the two QMJHL games yet to be played. Read more»

CHL Canada Russia Series: Blackwood, Watson lead OHL to 3-0 win over Russia

by Ken McKenna
Spencer Watson - Team OHL - Kingston Frontenacs

Photo: Team OHL forward Spencer Watson celebrates one of his two goals in the OHL’s 3-0 win over Russia in the third game of the 2015 Canada Russia Series (courtesy of Terry Wilson/CHL Images)

The CHL teams and Russia have reached the halfway point of the 2015 CHL Canada Russia Series, and it has been all CHL to date. Team OHL took the baton from the WHL and continued the major junior circuit’s mastery in this year’s series, taking a 3-0 win against a road-weary Russian squad. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Demko’s shutout streak in jeopardy, Canada-Russia series continues, premier matchups from the CHL, SHL

by David Hahn
Thatcher Demko - Boston College; Mackenzie MacEachern - Mighigan State University - Prospect Faceoff, 11/11/15

Photo: Boston College goaltender and Vancouver Canucks prospect Thatcher Demko, and Michigan State forward and St. Louis Blues prospect Mackenzie MacEachern go head-to-head in NCAA action this weekend (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images and Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

Can anyone beat Vancouver Canucks prospect Thatcher Demko? Mackenzie MacEachern and the Michigan State Spartans are going to try to break Demko’s second long shutout streak of the season. The CHL Canada Russia Series continues this week, as Ottawa 67’s captain Travis Konecny is hoping to stay hot. Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Cody Donaghey will try to slow down Conor Garland’s assault on the scoresheet, while Brendan Guhle will attempt to do the same against Jayce Hawryluk. In the SHL, two of the league’s youngest players go head-to-head in a matchup of a late-round pick versus a 2016 draft-eligible. Read more»

HF NHL Prospect of the Month, October, 2015: Yan tops group that includes a second Lightning prospect

by Chris Roberts
Dennis Yan - Tampa Bay Lightning - HF's NHL Prospect of the Month, October, 2015

Photo: Shawinigan Cataractes forward and Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Dennis Yan is currently 10th in scoring in the QMJHL with 17 goals and 31 points in 17 games (courtesy of Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

No player at any level this season has had better puck luck than Dennis Yan of the Shawinigan Cataractes. The 2015 third round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning scored on 41.2 percent of his shots in the month of October, totalling 14 goals (on 34 shots) and 10 assists in 11 games. He also had four game-winning goals. Yan’s performance was enough to earn him the Hockey’s Future NHL Prospect of the Month designation for October of 2015. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Eichel’s beauty, Ritchie stays hot in San Diego, Chabot goes coast-to-coast

by David Hahn
Sam Bennett - Calgary Flames

Photo: After a slow start to his 2015-16 season, Calgary Flames rookie forward Sam Bennett has picked up the pace, posting three goals and nine points in 14 games this season (courtesy of Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)

Jack Eichel and Sam Bennett score do-it-all goals for their respective teams, and Thomas Chabot didn’t see much of a need to pass the puck, either.  Likewise, Nick Ritchie is on fire in the AHL with eight goals in his first nine games, though his game-winner this week was a little awkward. Finally, an unlikely league with a phenomenal talent is featured in this week’s Prospect Impressions. Read more»

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