Prospect Impressions: Pair of AHL forwards debut, strange shootout save, more prospect highlights

by David Hahn

Patrik Bartosak - Manchester Monarchs

Photo: Manchester Monarchs goaltender and Los Angeles Kings prospect Patrik Bartosak is a nephew of former NHL forward Radek Bonk (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

In this week’s Prospect Impressions, take a look as two players score their first professional goals in spectacular fashion. Meanwhile, two young AHL goaltenders produce “Save of the Year” candidates, and one of them wasn’t even paying attention during the play. Finally, all three CHL leagues are in the playoffs and highlight-reel goals abound from some of the top prospects from around the globe. Read more»

Strong second half points to better days for Sagueneens’ Roy

by Chris Roberts

Nicolas Roy - Team Orr - 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: Chicoutimi Sagueneens forward and 2015 prospect Nicolas Roy logged an assist in Team Orr’s 6-0 win over Team Cherry at the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

The trajectory of two QMJHL franchises shifted significantly when the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles selected Nicolas Roy first overall in the 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft. Read more»

Paquin-Boudreau effective playoff performer for Sagueneens despite long layoff

by Chris Roberts

Gabryel Paquin-Boudreau - San Jose Sharks

Photo: Chicoutimi Sagueneens forward Gabryel Paquin-Boudreau was a second round pick for the San Jose Sharks at the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

You can forgive Moncton Wildcats fans for not recognizing the solid yet undersized and speedy winger wearing the No. 13 jersey for the Chicoutimi Sagueneens during Game 1 of the two teams’ first-round playoff series. The nameplate above the number – Boudreau – probably wasn’t much of an identifier either, particularly since the player hadn’t been seen in any of the previous meetings between the two teams this season. Read more»

NHL Prospect Signings: Islanders sign NCAA prospect, free agent from QMJHL

by Ken McKenna

Stephon Williams - Minnesota State University - 2015 WCHA Final Five - Championship

Photo: Former Minnesota State University goaltender and New York Islanders prospect Stephon Williams (#35) played a major part in the Mavericks’ ranking as the #1 seed for the NCAA Tournament (courtesy of Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

The New York Islanders have built up a solid group of prospects in recent years, with the payoff being just their third playoff appearance in the past 10 seasons. They continued adding to their prospect depth at the pro level with the signing of two prospects, one a draftee and the other a free agent. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Pivotal CHL playoff showdowns, SHL champs look to move on, and more prospect matchups

by David Hahn

Graham Knott - Niagara IceDogs; Travis Konecny - Ottawa 67's - Prospect Faceoff, Playoff Edition - 040215

Photo: Niagara IceDogs forward Graham Knott (L) and Ottawa 67’s forward Travis Konecny (R) faceoff in a crucial Game Five encounter this weekend in the 2015 OHL Playoffs (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

In this week’s playoff edition of Prospect Faceoff, all three CHL leagues have series that are facing pivotal fifth games. Meanwhile, with the NCAA on hiatus, there’s a strong NAHL matchup featuring two college recruits worth keeping an eye on. Also, the SHL’s juggernaut squad in Skelleftea may have an opportunity this weekend to advance to the finals with one more win, but a top prospect for a rival will have something to say about that. Read more»

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