Prospect Faceoff: Ho-Sang faces top 2015 goaltending prospect, Bulldogs spoil Nylander’s Marlies debut, and more

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Prospect Faceoff - Josh Ho-Sang - Niagara IceDogs; Mackenzie Blackwood - Barrie Colts

Photo: Niagara IceDogs forward Josh Ho-Sang (NYI) and Barrie Colts goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (2015) go head-to-head in one of the more interesting NHL prospect matchups this weekend (courtesy of Aaron Bell/Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

This week’s Prospect Faceoff feature includes a look at weekend matchups that include a couple of top performers from the 2015 World Juniors, plus interesting NHL prospect head-to-heads in NCAA and SHL play. In addition, we look back at the matchups featured in last week’s PF offering, including the results of William Nylander’s first North American action. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: Svechnikov fitting in nicely in Cape Breton

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Evgeny Svechnikov - Team Cherry - 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles forward and 2015 prospect Evgeny Svechnikov competed for Team Cherry at the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

“I don’t have plans for KHL. I have plans for NHL,” a rather loose Evgeny Svechnikov exclaimed during a Sunday morning interview, prior to a clash with the Saint John Sea Dogs.

The Russian, who was picked second overall in the 2013 KHL Draft by Ak Bars Kazan, is in his first season with the QMJHL’s Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. With 49 points in 38 games, he is one of the team’s leading scorers, and has been one of the more dynamic players in the league this season. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: Svechnikov, Meier highlight solid crop of QMJHL prospects

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Timo Meier - Team Orr - 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: Halifax Mooseheads forward and 2015 prospect Timo Meier turned in a strong performance for Team Orr at the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, notching a goal and two assists in his team’s 6-0 win (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

Defense and high-scoring Europeans make up the majority of the QMJHL’s top prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft. Four defenders sit in the top 10, as well as forwards born in three different European countries – Russia, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. Read more»

Sea Dogs’ Chabot looks to move beyond being a one-dimensional player

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Thomas Chabot - Team Orr - 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: Saint John Sea Dogs defenseman and 2015 prospect Thomas Chabot was chosen to play for Team Orr at the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game where he logged a +3 rating in his team’s 6-0 win (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

There’s a renewed energy at Harbour Station this season, the home rink for the QMJHL’s Saint John Sea Dogs.

Celebrating its 10th season in the league, the proud franchise has returned to respectability after a down season last year. The team sits second in the Maritimes Division, behind the Moncton Wildcats, and they have enough depth to make a strong playoff push. General Manager Darrell Young, who was hired in March of last year, revamped the team in the off-season, plucking several free agents from Ontario and the United States, but a lot of this season’s success can be attributed to the development of the team’s drafted players. Read more»

Off The Radar: Jevpalovs finds a home, but quartet still trying to attract NHL attention

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Nikita Jevpalovs - Blainville-Boisbriand Armada

Photo: Blainville-Boisbriand Armada forward Nikita Jevpalovs had been passed over three times in the NHL Draft but was just signed to a contract by the San Jose Sharks (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

The NHL Draft often signals the beginning of a future professional career for many young hopefuls. For those not drafted, it can become a motivator to improve and put in the work necessary in order to be noticed. The Off the Radar article is a monthly feature that spotlights prospects that have been overlooked in previous drafts who could be worthy of another chance. Read more»

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