Prospect Faceoff: McDavid vs. Nurse, more intriguing prospect matchups

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Connor McDavid - Erie Otters; Darnell Nurse - Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds - Prospect Faceoff 4/29/15

Photo: Likely future NHL teammates Connor McDavid (L) and Darnell Nurse (R) are going head-to-head for the right to move on to the 2015 OHL Championship series (courtesy of Aaron Bel/OHL Images and Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

In the final Prospect Faceoff for the 2014-15 season, we feature a matchup too good to be true, as Connor McDavid looks to close out the OHL Western Conference Final against Darnell Nurse and the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Meanwhile, the semi-finals continue in the WHL as top prospects collide. In the AHL, two forwards clash in a make-or-break Game Five. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Aho wins Liiga for Karpat, U18 highlights, more from the CHL

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Anthony DeLuca - Rimouski Oceanic

Photo: Rimouski Oceanic forward and 2015-eligible Anthony DeLuca has scored nine goals and 14 points in 12 playoff games that is poised to move on to the QMJHL championship series (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

In this week’s Prospect Impressions, a Finnish forward scores a dream goal to win the Liiga championship for his team. In the QMJHL, a pair of forwards score overtime winners of their own in clutch situations. The U18 World Championship has wrapped up, but two draft-eligible forwards had big performances in the final opportunity to raise their draft stock. The OHL playoffs are in the semi-finals, and one lesser-known Buffalo Sabres prospect is in the mood to win. Meanwhile, a former OHL forward has transitioned into the AHL successfully, paired up with a fellow forward who faced similar questions about his game. Read more»

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Tyler Benson, Forward, and Zach Sawchenko, Goaltender, Canada

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Zach Sawchenko - Moose Jaw Warriors

Photo: Moose Jaw Warriors goaltender and 2016 prospect Zach Sawchenko appeared in 49 games for the Warriors in 2014-15, where he posted a 3.32 goals-against average and .896 save percentage (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

While the outcome for Team Canada at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship wasn’t what they hoped to accomplish, that country did get a preview of some of the players that could represent the country at next year’s tournament. Read more»

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Anthony Beauvillier and Glenn Gawdin, Forwards, Canada

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Glenn Gawdin - Team Canada - 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship

Photo: Swift Current Broncos forward and 2015 prospect Glenn Gawdin was the scoring star for Canada in the U18’s bronze medal game, where he scored two goals in Canada’s 5-2 win over Switzerland (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

The semifinal showdown with Team USA didn’t turn out the way they wanted it to, but Team Canada did manage to take home a bronze medal from the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship after defeating host Switzerland, 5-2, at Brassard Arena in Zug, Switzerland. Read more»

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Thomas Chabot, Defenseman, and Jansen Harkins, Forward, Canada

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Thomas Chabot - Team Canada - 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship

Photo: Team Canada defenseman and 2015 prospect Thomas Chabot had a strong 2014-15 season for the Saint John Sea Dogs, scoring 12 goals and 41 points in 66 games for the Sea Dogs (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

Team Canada entered their semifinal game against Team USA at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship with an opportunity to advance to the gold medal game for the second time in three years. That opportunity has passed them by, however, as the U.S. broke open what had been a tight contest with five third period goals to defeat Canada, 7-2. Read more»

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