Prospect Impressions: Soustal pulls out the “Michigan move”, Draisaitl stays hot, North Dakota’s teamwork

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Leon Draisaitl and Taylor Hall - Edmonton Oilers

Photo: Edmonton Oilers forwards Leon Draisaitl (L) and Taylor Hall (R) have been working well together since Draisaitl was called up from the Bakersfield Condors in late October (courtesy of Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Every year it seems like one or two players in the hockey world pull off a lacrosse-style goal that catches the attention of national media. Tomas Soustal joined the club this weekend, drawing the attention of hockey fans worldwide. Also in this week’s edition of Prospect Impressions, Leon Draisaitl and Teemu Pulkkinen score, plus more from junior hockey and one college play that has coaches taking notes. Read more»

CHL Canada Russia Series: QMJHL caps off CHL series win with 6-4 victory over Russia

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Team QMJHL - 2015 Canada Russia Series - Nov 19th, 2015

Photo: Team QMJHL poses with the trophy won by the three CHL leagues after the CHL clubs defeated Russia in five of six games to take the 2015 CHL Canada Russia Series (courtesy of Vincent Ethier/CHL Images)

After suffering a close loss to Russia in the fifth game of the 2015 CHL Canada Russia Series, Team QMJHL closed out this year’s series on a high note with a 6-4 victory over the Russians at the Halifax Metro Centre in Halifax, NS. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Marner takes on “exceptional” Day, younger Jones making a name for himself, Canada/Russia Series concludes

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Mitchell Marner - London Knights; Sean Day - Mississauga Steelheads - Prospect Faceoff for 11/18/15

Photo: London Knights forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Mitch Marner (L) and Mississauga Steelheads defenseman and 2016 prospect Sean Day (R) go head-to-head this weekend in a marquee OHL matchup (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Two of the biggest names in the OHL collide this weekend, as Mitch Marner guides the London Knights into Mississauga, where he will go head-to-head against Sean Day. In the WHL, two top defensemen clash, while two high-end import selections face off in the QMJHL. The CHL Canada Russia Series comes to a conclusion, where one hulking forward hopes to help the CHL take a clean sweep, but a talented Russian playmaker is hoping to write a different story. Finally, two of college hockey’s finest teams go one-on-one as a first-round NHL talent will try to shut down one of the best freshmen in the NCAA. Read more»

CHL Canada Russia Series: Russia notches first win with 3-2 victory over QMJHL

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Alexander Trushkov - Team Russia - CHL Canada Russia Series

Photo: Team Russia goaltender Alexander Trushkov turned in his second straight strong performance in the 2015 CHL Canada Russia Series, leading his team to their first win of the series (courtesy of Vincent Ethier/CHL Images)

While it was a case of too little, too late for Team Russia, they did manage to notch their first win of the 2015 CHL Canada Russia Series with a 3-2 victory over Team QMJHL on Tuesday night at Iamgold Arena in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Lundqvist, Berra, others sparkle in this Goalie Edition

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Jake Allen - St. Louis Blues

Photo: St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen has posted a 1.95 goals-against average and .930 save percentage through 15 games in the 2015-16 season (courtesy of Tim Spyers/Icon Sportswire)

In this special edition of Prospect Impressions, goaltenders from the NHL, AHL, and junior hockey take over to make a week’s worth of highlight-reel saves. King Henrik stood tall on home ice in New York before making news off it, and fellow NHL netminders Reto Berra and Jake Allen kept pace right behind him. Plenty more saves, a fight between players who are now teammates, and a light-hearted, behind-the-scenes look at life as a goaltender are all included. Read more»

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