NHL Prospect Signings: Bailey, Morrison off the market after signing NHL deals

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Kenney Morrison - Western Michigan University

Photo: Former Western Michigan defenseman and Calgary Flames prospect Kenney Morrison finished his NCAA career with 16 goals and 38 assists for 54 points in 115 games (courtesy of Justin Berl/Icon Sportswire)

 

The pace of NHL prospect signings has picked up over the past few days. Included among those newly-minted pros are two high-profile NCAA free agents, a Russian free agent, and a handful of previously drafted players. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: CHL playoff implications on the line, other playoff games in Europe and in NCAA hockey

by David Hahn
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Michael McCarron - Oshawa Generals; Sam Bennett - Kingston Frontenacs - Prospect Faceoff, 3/18

Photo: Oshawa Generals forward and Montreal Canadiens prospect Mike McCarron (L) goes head-to-head against Kingston Frontenacs forward and Calgary Flames prospect Sam Bennett (R) in a marquee NHL prospect matchup this weekend (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

Jam packed with intriguing NHL prospect matchups, this week’s Prospect Faceoff is one you don’t want to miss.

In the OHL, Oshawa and Kingston meet for the eighth time this season, where one of the league’s premier power forwards meets a top draft pick returning from injury. Also, read on as top teams in the QMJHL and WHL battle for playoff positioning with a handful of games left. In the SHL, the playoffs are already underway and two promising young players need to step it up to help their teams advance. Finally, the NCHC wraps up their playoff tournament this weekend, a tournament that features a rematch from last year’s championship game. Read more»

The Top Five three-man CHL line combos

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Max Domi, Christian Dvorak, Mitch Marner - London Knights

Photo: The London Knights top line of Max Domi (L), Christian Dvorak (C), and Mitch Marner (R) has been the most effective line in the CHL in 2014-15 (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

In the game of hockey, much is made of individual performances and skill sets. But hockey is and always will be a team sport, and no matter how great a young player is, he will always be reliant upon his linemates. Every second on the ice is a battle. For every highlight-reel shift where a player weaves around his entire opposition and scores, there are a thousand shifts where he and his linemates have to work together for a positive result. Read more»

NHL Prospect Signings: Bardreau, Vatrano among free agents, draftees signing first pro deals

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Adam Tambellini - Calgary Hitmen

Photo: Calgary Hitmen forward and New York Rangers prospect Adam Tambellini had a breakout season for the Hitmen in 2014-15, leading to the Rangers signing him to an entry-level deal (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

The 2015 signing season for NHL prospects, both drafted and undrafted, is now underway, with Eastern Conference teams getting the jump on locking up a few important draftees as well as signing the first two NCAA free agents. Read more»

McDonald, Fucale the upper tier among NHL-drafted QMJHL goaltenders

by Chris Roberts
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Zach Fucale - Team Canada - IIHF 2015 World Junior Tournament

Photo: Quebec Remparts goaltender and Montreal Canadiens prospect Zach Fucale was the starter in 5 of 7 games for the gold medal-winning Team Canada squad at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

 

There are just six NHL-drafted goaltenders playing in the QMJHL this season, a relatively low number for the league once known for producing some of the top goaltenders in the NHL. At most, there is three netminders with some combination of pedigree and talent, while the others are unlikely to advance far in pro hockey. Read more»

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