Prospect Impressions returns as Eichel, McDavid shine and Matthews, Veleno tab firsts

by David Hahn
Connor McDavid - Edmonton Oilers

Photo: Edmonton Oilers forward prospect Connor McDavid made his semi-official debut in an Oilers uniform in Edmonton’s first preseason game on Sept. 21, 2015 (courtesy of Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

In performances you would expect from the first and second overall picks in the 2015 NHL Draft, Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel led their respective teams to prospect tournament victories. There were also a pair of firsts, as 2016 hopeful Auston Matthews tallied his first goal in Zurich, Switzerland and Joseph Veleno, the first exceptional player from Quebec, scored his first QMJHL goal. Meanwhile, Calgary’s crease is loaded, but Jon Gillies is making sure he’s not forgotten, and another former prospect goaltender has a little fun with what’s left of his offseason in a remake of a cult-classic film. Read more»

2015 Prospect Tournaments: Chabot hoping for taste of NHL play before return to loaded Sea Dogs

by Jason Menard
Thomas Chabot - Ottawa Senators - 2015 NHL Draft

Photo: Saint John Sea Dogs defenseman and Ottawa Senators prospect Thomas Chabot played for Canada at the 2015 U18 World Championship, posting one goal and five points in seven games at that tournament (courtesy of Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Listed at 6’2” and 185 pounds, Ottawa Senators’ 2015 first-round selection Thomas Chabot isn’t small by any means. But he has learned quickly that when it comes to playing in the pros, size – and strength – matters. And it’s a lesson he is planning to take back to the QMJHL’s Saint John Sea Dogs this season. Read more»

2015-16 QMJHL Preview: 2015 draft picks ready to shift the power in QMJHL

by Kristopher Bras
Pierre-Luc Dubois - Cape Breton Screaming Eagles; Samuel Montembeault - Blainville-Boisbriand Armada

Photo: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles forward Pierre-Luc Dubois (L) is one of the more prominent 2016 prospects playing in the QMJHL in 2015-16, while Blainville-Boisbriand Armada goaltender and Florida Panthers prospect Samuel Montembeault (R) is a 2015 pick who should play a prominent role for his club this season (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images and Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

The QMJHL will be hard-pressed to provide its fans with more excitement than the seven-game series between the Quebec Remparts and Rimouski Oceanic did last season. Although those teams may not find themselves in quite as good a position to entertain in 2015-16, other squads are poised to supplant them at the top of the standings—and many of the league’s best players are back for an encore. Read more»

(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Michael McLeod, Canada

by Chapin Landvogt
Jordan Kyrou and Michael McLeod - Team Canada - 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament

Photo: Team Canada forwards Jordan Kyrou (L) and Michael McLeod pose with the trophy after Canada won the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup by a 7-3 score over Sweden (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

A big opening period for Team Canada was all they needed to secure their eighth consecutive gold medal at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. The Canadians pumped four goals past Sweden’s starting goaltender, Filip Gustavsson, in the opening frame, then opened that lead up to 6-1 after two periods before winning the 2015 championship game by a 7-3 score. Read more»

(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Pierre-Luc Dubois, Canada

by Chapin Landvogt
Team Canada - Gold Medal Game - 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament

Photo: Team Canada poses for the traditional team shot after they defeated Sweden 7-3 to win the gold medal game at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

If it’s early August, it must mean another golden moment for Team Canada at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. The Canadians rode a four-goal first period to a 7-3 win over Sweden at the 2015 edition of this U18 tournament, their eighth consecutive gold medal at this event. Read more»

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