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

by Jason Menard
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

by David Hahn
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»

Prospect Impressions: Gaffe costs BU, McDavid McDazzles, more prospect highlights

by David Hahn
Connor McDavid - Erie Otters

Photo: Erie Otters forward and 2015 prospect Connor McDavid picked up 14 points in his team’s 4-game sweep of the London Knights in the 2015 OHL playoffs (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

In this week’s feature, one unfortunate play does not define a player who has been defying expectations his entire career. A future first-overall prospect does it again, while other top draft-eligible prospects produce highlight reel plays. Other top prospects from around the globe notch game-winners, first professional goals, and one goaltender has the hearts of a city thanks to an improbable run to the playoffs. What more could you ask for from this week’s Prospect Impressions? Read more»

Quiet Dauphin does most of his talking on the ice

by Chris Roberts
Laurent Dauphin - Chicoutimi Sagueneens

Photo: Chicoutimi Sagueneens forward and Arizona Coyotes prospect Laurent Dauphin (#27) led his team in scoring in the 2014-15 season, posting 31 goals and 75 points in 56 games for Chicoutimi (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

The Arizona Coyotes‘ on-ice product has given their fanbase little to be excited about this season. The focus, instead, has turned to the future, and with a plethora of young prospects primed for NHL success in the next two to four years, there’s reason for optimism. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Frozen Four prospects, CHL second-round action

by David Hahn
Jack Eichel - Boston University; Jon Gillies - Providence College - 2015 Frozen Four Championship

Photo: Boston University forward and 2015 prospect Jack Eichel and Providence College goaltender and Calgary Flames prospect Jon Gillies are Hockey East players going head-to-head in this weekend’s NCAA Forzen Four championship game (courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon Sportswire and Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

It’s an exciting time of year for Prospect Faceoff, as the 2015 NCAA Frozen Four comes to a conclusion with the championship game featuring NHL prospects from two Hockey East schools. Meanwhile, all three CHL leagues have advanced to the second round of the playoffs as a trio of games are worth a look. Read more»

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