Prospect Impressions: Trio of forwards win championships, “Big Rig” goes down, Hartford’s surprising assist leader

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Hunter Smith - Oshawa Generals

Photo: Oshawa Generals forward and Calgary Flames prospect Hunter Smith turned in his best offensive season of his OHL career, posting 23 goals and 49 points in 57 games in 2014-15 (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

The month of May is reserved for hockey championships, and this week’s Prospect Impressions takes a look at a trio of players who helped seal their team’s success. The NAHL, OHL, and USHL all concluded play, with a nice mix of top prospects and role players being the catalyst for those championships. In the AHL, one player potentially ready to make the jump to the NHL has been an unexpected beacon of hope for Hartford. Finally, what happens when nearly 500 pounds of mass collide in a hockey game? Prospects from the Los Angeles Kings and Calgary Flames answer that question for you in a collision that has to be seen to be believed. Read more»

2015 World Championship: Interviews with Canada’s Matt Duchene, Sean Couturier, and Tyson Barrie

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Tyson Barrie - Team Canada - 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship

Photo: Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie has been effective for Team Canada in his first World Championship, notching a goal and four assists in nine games (courtesy of Martin Rose/Getty Images)

For Canada, the final weekend at the 2015 IIHF World Championship has finally come as the preliminary round and even the first playoff game were to a great degree a cake walk. Domination of this sort at this tournament hasn’t been seen in recent years. Read more»

NHL Draft Primer: Breaking down the top re-entry candidates on defense and in goal

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Liam Herbst - Ottawa 67's

Photo: Ottawa 67’s goaltender and 2015 prospect Liam Herbst posted a 24-8-3-1 record in 39 regular season games for the 67’s in 2014-15 (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Throughout the 2014-15 season, Hockey’s Future has released a monthly article entitled “Off the Radar”, a look at players who were passed over in previous iterations of the NHL Draft. While these players are often disappointed, being shrugged off in favor of other players, there is still hope in their second, or perhaps third time through the process. Read more»

Off the Radar: Family atmosphere in Erie propels Otters’ Betz towards redemption at the NHL Draft

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Nick Betz - Erie Otters

Photo: Erie Otters forward and 2015 prospect Nick Betz tripled his output from the 2013-14 season, posting 54 points in 60 games in 2014-15 (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

For the average, North American sports fan, the first Saturday in May is typically reserved for the Kentucky Derby. But this year in Erie, Pennsylvania, 6,500 citizens witnessed Erie Otters forward Nick Betz score just three minutes into Game Six of the OHL Western Conference Finals. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Panarin, Eichel shine at IIHF Worlds, more highlights from the OHL, AHL

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Artemi Panarin - Team Russia - 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship

Photo: Former SKA St. Petersburg forward and Chicago Blackhawks prospect Artemi Panarin signed his first NHL contract fresh off winning the 2015 Gagarin Cup, the KHL’s championship trophy (courtesy of Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

Artemi Panarin, the newest Chicago Blackhawk appears ready for the NHL, but before he gets there, an appearance at the 2015 IIHF World Championship is on tap. Likewise, top prospect Jack Eichel is playing in the tournament, and performing well at that. The human highlight reel strikes again for the Erie Otters, as Connor McDavid creates another present for the hockey world. The Washington Capitals are headed to Game Seven soon, but they wouldn’t have made it there if not for McDavid’s former teammate in Erie, Andre Burakovsky. The Los Angeles Kings may not have made the playoffs this year, but their AHL team is in the midst of a nice run towards the Calder Cup thanks in part to two of the Kings’ prospects. Read more»

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