Prospect Impressions: Wallmark, Nastasiuk, Ehlers put talent on display | Highlights of the week

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Zach Nastasiuk - Owen Sound Attack

Photo: Owen Sound Attack forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Zach Nastasiuk has already reached the 50-point mark in the 2014-15 season after a previous OHL career-high of 5q points in 2013-14 (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Lucas Wallmark and Nikolaj Ehlers recently put their talent on display at the 2015 World Junior Championship, while forward Zach Nastasiuk is having his best season offensively in the OHL to this point of the 2014-15 season. All three players are featured in this week’s Prospect Impressions feature that gathers up some recent, noteworthy NHL prospect highlights. Read more»

Move to contender has Otters’ Baptiste raising his expectations

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Nicholas Baptiste - Erie Otters

Photo: Erie Otters forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Nick Baptiste was one of the final cuts from Team Canada’s roster for the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

It may just be over 685 kilometers from Sudbury to Erie as the crow flies, but for Nick Baptiste, the difference between playing for the cellar-dwelling Wolves to riding shotgun for Connor McDavid and the Otters might be enough to give someone vertigo. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: McDavid looks to bring golden formula to Otters’ postseason

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Connor McDavid - Erie Otters

Photo: Erie Otters forward and 2015 prospect Connor McDavid is currently 11th in scoring in the OHL, picking up 56 points in 21 games (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

He’s answered all the questions that have come his way this season. His continued excellence has cemented his position atop the draft boards for the upcoming NHL Draft. His play at the 2015 World Junior Championship, where he served as assistant captain, tied for the tournament lead in scoring, and was named to the tournament All-Star team en route to leading Canada to a gold medal, solidified his reputation on the international stage. And he did the latter after missing the better part of the season with a broken hand — an injury he was only cleared of just days before the start of the WJC. Read more»

2015 WJC Review: Team Canada built to win gold, does exactly that

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Team Canada - Gold Medal Winners - 2015 World Junior Hockey Championship

Photo: Team Canada poses for the traditional team photo following their gold medal win at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

This year’s edition of Team Canada competing at the 2015 World Junior Championship was built to dominate. And that is exactly how this collection of top juniors went about writing their script over the course of the 11-day tournament played in both Toronto and Montreal. Read more»

HF Prospect of the Month, December, 2014: Lightning’s Vasilevskiy impresses in first NHL action

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Andrei Vasilevskiy - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy is in his first pro season in North America after being chosen 19th overall by the Lightning at the 2012 NHL Draft (courtesy of Derik Hamilton/Icon Sportswire)

With the NHL’s top prospects missing league time for the 2015 World Junior Championship, December is often a tough month to compare and contrast performances; with several high-profile picks not playing junior, lesser known prospects are able to shine. Christian Dvorak (ARZ) had 26 points in 10 games in the month of December, an OHL best, while undrafted WHL player Trevor Cox recorded 28 points in the month. Read more»

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