Prospect Faceoff: Former teammates, future teammates, and best friends go head-to-head plus more

by David Hahn

Jordan Subban - Belleville Bulls; Cole Cassels - Oshawa Generals

Photo: Two Vancouver Canucks prospects – Jordan Subban of the Belleville Bulls and Cole Cassels of the Oshawa Generals – will go head-to-head this weekend in OHL action (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Two childhood friends continue their friendly rivalry on the big stage, and in the WHL an accomplished defenseman goes one-on-one against one of the league’s best rookies. In the OHL, it’s a meeting of two Vancouver Canucks prospects, while former Russian teammates collide in an important QMJHL matchup. Finally, two prospects at opposite ends of the same draft see each other again in the SHL. Read more»

Wildcats’ Garland focused on team success over personal accolades

by Chris Roberts

Conor Garland - Moncton Wildcats

Photo: Moncton Wildcats forward Conor Garland this season has already doubled his point total from 2013-14 with 10 games remaining in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Dave Connell)

If it wasn’t quite evident last season, then it’s easy to see this year: Conor Garland is the most skilled player in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

The Moncton Wildcats winger recorded 54 points in 51 games last season in what was his first year of NHL Draft eligibility. Despite that level of production on a relatively mediocre Wildcats team compared to years past, Garland went undrafted. Offensive totals are not the be-all, end-all when it comes to drafting a player – the last QMJHL player to be selected in the 2014 NHL Draft was Julien Nantel (COL), who had just 34 points in 68 games. Read more»

Off The Radar: Gavrikov among trio of defenseman vying for NHL attention, while two consistent forwards look ahead

by David Hahn

Danick Martel - Blainville-Boisbriand Armada

Photo: Blainville-Boisbriand Armada forward Danick Martel is currently ranked second in scoring in the QMJHL, behind the Moncton Wildcats’ Conor Garland (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. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Canadiens’ Beaulieu finds the net in loss to Senators

by Ken McKenna

Nathan Beaulieu - Montreal Canadiens

Photo: Montreal Canadiens rookie defenseman Nathan Beaulieu has played in 59 regular season NHL games over two seasons so far in his NHL career (courtesy of Jason Kopinski/Icon Sportswire)

Just five days after teammate Christian Thomas potted his first NHL goal, Montreal Canadiens defenseman Nathan Beaulieu netted his first in a 4-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: NAHL’s best go head-to-head, traded OHL superstar faces his old team, more prospect matchups

by David Hahn

Samuel Montembeault - Blainville-Boisbriand Armada; Nicolas Aube-Kubel - Val d'Or Foreurs

Photo: Blainville-Boisbriand Armada goaltender and 2015 prospect Samuel Archembeault and Val d’Or Foreurs forward and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Nicolas Aube-Kubel go head-to-head this weekend in QMJHL action (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

Two of the NAHL’s best players at their respective positions go head-to-head this weekend, while one OHL forward hosts his former team. Two top collegiate goal scorers duel in Ohio, unsung heroes vie for supremacy in the WHL and one intriguing QMJHL game in this week’s Prospect Faceoff. Read more»

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