Prospect Impressions: Three 2015 top 10 NHL Draft prospects produce highlights, more from domestic and international competition

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Pavel Zacha - Sarnia Sting

Photo: Sarnia Sting forward and 2015 prospect Pavel Zacha appeared in 37 games for the Sting in 2014-15, scoring 16 goals and 34 points on the season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The Detroit Red Wings have another seventh round pick setting records in the SHL while producing in critical situations. The OHL playoffs continue as the Oshawa Generals turn to their 6’6″ power forward to help eliminate a rival team, while another OHL veteran heads off to the AHL and immediately makes an impact. Staying with the OHL, the Erie Otters top tandem strikes again, eliminating the London Knights in fine fashion. Also in this week’s Prospect Impressions, highlight-reel goals from the USHL and U18 World Championship are worth a watch, as is a fantastic save from the QMJHL. Read more»

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Petrus Palmu, Finland

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Petrus Palmu - Owen Sound Attack

Photo: Owen Sound Attack forward and 2015 prospect Petrus Palmu competed in the Jokerit organization before moving over to the OHL to play for the Attack in 2014-15 (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Finland has made an impressive run so far through the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship, winning their first three games while outscoring their opponents, 12 goals to 3. The Finns must now defeat Canada for Group B supremacy in their final game before the U18 playoff round. Read more»

Oilers leap Sabres, Coyotes to land first overall selection in NHL Draft Lottery

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Dylan Strome, Connor McDavid, Noah Hanifin - 2015 NHL Draft Lottery

Photo: Top 2015 NHL Draft prospects Dylan Strome (L), Connor McDavid (C), and Noah Hanifin (R) meet with the media following the selection of the Edmonton Oilers as the winners of the 2015 NHL Draft Lottery (courtesy of David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

The hype that has been building up surrounding the identity of Connor McDavid‘s next hockey home reached it’s zenith on Saturday night with the holding of the 2015 NHL Draft Lottery in Toronto, ON. Fourteen NHL clubs, all of whom missed the playoffs this season, had a shot at landing McDavid, but only one team would head home a happy group. Read more»

2015 U18 World Championship Preview: Canada hopes to peak at right time in quest for gold

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Mitchell Stephens - Saginaw Spirit

Photo: Saginaw Spirit forward and 2015 prospect Mitchell Stephens will be an important offensive player for Team Canada at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

In many ways, it’s the tournament that Canada forgets — and, as evidenced by its early returns, it appears that Team Canada may have passed over the beginning of the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship in Zug and Lucerne, Switzerland. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: CHL, USHL playoffs continue as top NHL prospects go head-to-head

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Tobias Lindberg - Oshawa Generals; Josh Ho-Sang - Niagara IceDogs - Prospect Impressions: CHL, USHL playoffs continue as top prospects go head-to-head

Photo: Oshawa Generals forward and Ottawa Senators prospect Tobias Lindberg and Niagara IceDogs forward and New York Islanders prospect Josh Ho-Sang go head-to-head in OHL playoff action this weekend (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The CHL playoffs continue this weekend, with second round action on tap. In the OHL, an import forward and one of the most dynamic players in the league go head-to-head. The QMJHL matchup features two international players with rare hockey backgrounds in an interesting look at teams putting the pieces together. Meanwhile, in the WHL, a slumping power forward is hoping to put a few past an underrated goaltender playing behind a powerful offense. Finally, the USHL playoffs continue as two rivals an interstate apart clash for the first time in four years. Read more»

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