Spitfires’ Soberg building momentum in bid to earn NHL contract

by Jason Menard

Markus Soberg - Windsor Spitfires

Photo: Windsor Spitfires forward and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Markus Soberg has played in 40 games for the Spitfires this season, posting nine goals and 22 points in his first OHL season (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Though a three-year sojourn in Sweden saw Norwegian-born Markus Soberg get drafted, the 19-year-old Oslo native is hoping that the path to the NHL is more direct through the Ontario Hockey League. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Domi does it again, other NHL prospects show their skill

by David Hahn

Jake Virtanen - Team Canada - 2015 World Junior Championship

Photo: Calgary Hitmen forward and Vancouver Canucks prospect Jake Virtanen was one of a pair of Team Canada players to score highlight reel goals this past weekend (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

Team Canada teammates Max Domi and Jake Virtanen returned to their junior teams and produce highlight reel goals this week, while a current Michigan Wolverine and another future talent display their unique offensive ability in this week’s Prospect Impressions feature. Read more»

Off The Radar: Jevpalovs finds a home, but quartet still trying to attract NHL attention

by David Hahn

Nikita Jevpalovs - Blainville-Boisbriand Armada

Photo: Blainville-Boisbriand Armada forward Nikita Jevpalovs had been passed over three times in the NHL Draft but was just signed to a contract by the San Jose Sharks (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

The NHL Draft often signals the beginning of a future professional career for many young hopefuls. For those not drafted, it can become a motivator to improve and put in the work necessary in order to be noticed. The Off the Radar article is a monthly feature that spotlights prospects that have been overlooked in previous drafts who could be worthy of another chance. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Nylander debuts for Marlies, former teammates collide, other key matchups ahead

by David Hahn

William Nylander - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Toronto Maple Leafs prospect William Nylander will make his official North American debut when he suits up for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies this weekend against former national team cohort Jacob de la Rose and the Hamilton Bulldogs (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)

The AHL’s Toronto Marlies will get a boost as William Nylander joins the squad for this weekend’s home-and-home against the Hamilton Bulldogs. Read more»

2015 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Big third period helps Team Orr coast to 6-0 victory

by Ken McKenna

Travis Konecny - Team Orr; Michael McNivin - Team Cherry - 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: Team Orr forward Travis Konecny fires one of his two third period goals past Team Cherry goaltender Michael McNivin in Team Orr’s 6-0 win at the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

The buildup for the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game centered around the likely top pick for the 2015 NHL Draft, Connor McDavid. To his credit, McDavid did flash the impressive skills that he has in his arsenal, but it was his linemates in this game that ended up stealing the spotlight from the Erie Otters’ star. Read more»

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