Prospect Impressions: Mistele, Marner beckon the bears, Sparks makes history, QMJHL goals from Fontaine, Garland, and Veleno

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Garret Sparks - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Toronto Maple Leafs rookie goaltender Garret Sparks has had an eventful year, spending time in the ECHL and AHL before getting his first NHL win and shutout in his first NHL start last week (courtesy of Peter Llewellyn/Icon Sportswire)

Prospect Impressions is packed full of highlight-reel plays this week. Matt Mistele and Mitch Marner sent teddy bears flying with their goals, while Garret Sparks made history in his first NHL start. Three goals from the QMJHL highlight a great weekend of play in La belle province, plus goals from unexpected sources in minor hockey and Europe, including one perpetrator caught in the act of embellishment. Read more»

Knights’ Marner looking forward to testing his ability on the world stage

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Mitchell Marner - London Knights

Photo: Canadians hope to see London Knights forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Mitch Marner celebrating a number of goals for Team Canada in late December and early January when the 2016 World Junior Championship is taking place (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

OHL scoring dynamo, highly regarded Toronto Maple Leafs prospect – London Knights’ Mitch Marner can claim a lot of titles , and the most recent is Hockey News Cover Boy. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Young SHL talents collide, 2016 draft-eligibles go head-to-head in the OHL, more from junior and college hockey

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Philippe Myers - Rouyn-Noranda Huskies; Kevin Klima - Moncton Wildcats - Prospect Faceoff for 12/3/15

Photo: Rouyn-Noranda Huskies defenseman and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Philippe Myers and Moncton Wildcats forward Kevin Klima go head-to-head in a top QMJHL meeting of NHL prospects for the coming weekend (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Two prospects taken in the middle rounds of the 2013 NHL Draft have a lot on the line when they matchup against each other this weekend in the SHL. Likewise, two 2016 draft-eligibles go one-on-one in the OHL, while one WHL defenseman tries to acclimate to a new environment after a recent trade. The QMJHL offers an interesting matchup when a pair of twins with NHL bloodlines takes on a giant defenseman. Finally, two steady freshmen forwards have been role players for their respective teams and are hoping to earn additional icetime in this week’s Prospect Faceoff. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: Matthews maintains hold on top spot, but change elsewhere in ISS December rankings

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Michael McLeod - Mississauga Steelheads

Photo: Mississauga Steelheads center and 2016 prospect Michael McLeod is currently ranked 18th in scoring in the OHL with 32 points in 28 games (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Following a couple of months of relative calm in ISS Hockey‘s ranking of the top 30 prospects for the 2016 NHL Draft, the December list features a fair amount of change throughout the rankings. Read more»

Americans’ Bailey a step closer to playing for hometown team

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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»

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