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

by David Hahn

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

by Chris Roberts

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

by Chris Roberts

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»

Prospect Faceoff: Canadian WJC teammates go head-to-head, two top QMJHL goalies in the same game, and more prospect matchups

by David Hahn

Connor McDavid - Erie Otters; Darnell Nurse - Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds: Prospect Faceoff 2/6/15

Photo: Erie Otters forward and 2015 prospect Connor McDavid goes head-to-head this weekend against World Junior teammate Darnell Nurse of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in a marquee OHL matchup (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images (L) and Terry Wilson/OHL Images (R))

This week’s Prospect Faceoff feature includes one of the best matchups in the OHL this season, a look at top goalies facing off against each other in the QMJHL, and two more matchups featuring key prospects for their respective organizations. We also look back at how a game turned out for a pair of talented imports in Oliver Bjorkstrand and Nikita Scherbak. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: Meier climbs higher but top of the order remains largely unchanged in February ISS rankings

by ISS

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

Photo: Halifax Mooseheads forward Timo Meier (L) and Ottawa 67’s forward Travis Konecny (R) starred for Team Orr at the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

While there is still postseason play and the U18 World Championship yet to come, the pecking order at the top of the ISS Hockey rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft is becoming more well defined just past the halfway mark of the season. Read more»

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