Prospect Faceoff: QMJHL’s leading scorer faces a test, other key head-to-head matchups for the weekend ahead

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Kyle Connor - Youngstown Phantoms; William Lagesson - Dubuque Fighting Saints

Photo: Youngstown Phantoms forward and 2015 prospect Kyle Connor goes head-to-head with Dubuque Fighting Saints defenseman and Edmonton Oilers prospect William Lagesson this weekend (courtesy of Youngstown Phantoms/Brandon Anderson/BA Photos)

Three CHL matchups, plus an NCAA head-to-head and a USHL weekend series featuring a top 2015 prospect highlight the prospect matchups in this week’s Prospect Faceoff feature. Read more»

Well-traveled Bishop simply looking to shake injury bug, return to Screaming Eagles’ lineup

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Clark Bishop - Cape Breton Screaming Eagles

Photo: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles forward and Carolina Hurricanes prospect Clark Bishop has netted 17 goals in 28 games this season, three more than he scored in 2013-14 (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

Clark Bishop may very well be the most traveled player in the CHL over the past few seasons.

Since joining the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles as the team’s third overall pick in the 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft, Bishop has traveled to the Czech Republic for the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament; Sochi, Russia for the 2013 U18 World Juniors; Philadelphia for the 2014 NHL Draft, where the Carolina Hurricanes selected him in the fifth round; back to his home province of Newfoundland; Ufa, Russia with the Screaming Eagles for the Junior Club World Cup; and Raleigh, NC for the Hurricanes main training camp. This is all in the span of a year-and-a-half. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Must-see OT winner by Colin Smith, Hutton’s behind-the-back save, other goals of the week

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Colin Smith - Lake Erie Monsters; Antoine Bibeau - Toronto Marlies

Photo: Lake Erie Monsters forward and Colorado Avalanche prospect Colin Smith nets an overtime goal against the Toronto Marlies’ Antoine Bibeau to give the Monsters a 4-3 win on Friday night (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Highlights from the NHL right on down through the AHL, college hockey and junior hockey are all part of this week’s Prospect Impressions article featuring notable plays made by NHL prospects in the prior week. Read more»

Oceanic’s Morin tops thin group of drafted QMJHL defensemen

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Samuel Morin - Team Canada - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Rimouski Oceanic defenseman and Philadelphia Flyers prospect, Samuel Morin won a gold medal as a member of the Canadian squad competing at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

There are no more than 10 defensemen playing in the QMJHL whose rights are owned by NHL teams; over the past two seasons, just seven were drafted, while a few others signed NHL contracts as free agents. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: Screaming Eagles’ Leveille making sure late ’96 status doesn’t hurt his draft stock

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Lok Leveille - Cape Breton Screaming Eagles

Photo: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles defenseman and 2015 prospect Loik Leveille is currently third in scoring among QMJHL defensemen (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

Ask Cape Breton Screaming Eagles defenseman Loïk Léveillé about his name and he’ll tell you it’s not the first time someone has done so.

A Google search of “Loïk” brings up more surnames than given names. Far from a popular name, Léveillé says his mother had a friend who helped inspire the name before he was born.
“Yeah, it’s just an uncommon French name,” the 18-year-old quipped, with a grin. Read more»

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