Prospect Impressions: Lundqvist, Berra, others sparkle in this Goalie Edition

by David Hahn
Jake Allen - St. Louis Blues

Photo: St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen has posted a 1.95 goals-against average and .930 save percentage through 15 games in the 2015-16 season (courtesy of Tim Spyers/Icon Sportswire)

In this special edition of Prospect Impressions, goaltenders from the NHL, AHL, and junior hockey take over to make a week’s worth of highlight-reel saves. King Henrik stood tall on home ice in New York before making news off it, and fellow NHL netminders Reto Berra and Jake Allen kept pace right behind him. Plenty more saves, a fight between players who are now teammates, and a light-hearted, behind-the-scenes look at life as a goaltender are all included. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Demko’s shutout streak in jeopardy, Canada-Russia series continues, premier matchups from the CHL, SHL

by David Hahn
Thatcher Demko - Boston College; Mackenzie MacEachern - Mighigan State University - Prospect Faceoff, 11/11/15

Photo: Boston College goaltender and Vancouver Canucks prospect Thatcher Demko, and Michigan State forward and St. Louis Blues prospect Mackenzie MacEachern go head-to-head in NCAA action this weekend (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images and Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

Can anyone beat Vancouver Canucks prospect Thatcher Demko? Mackenzie MacEachern and the Michigan State Spartans are going to try to break Demko’s second long shutout streak of the season. The CHL Canada Russia Series continues this week, as Ottawa 67’s captain Travis Konecny is hoping to stay hot. Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Cody Donaghey will try to slow down Conor Garland’s assault on the scoresheet, while Brendan Guhle will attempt to do the same against Jayce Hawryluk. In the SHL, two of the league’s youngest players go head-to-head in a matchup of a late-round pick versus a 2016 draft-eligible. Read more»

HF NHL Prospect of the Month, October, 2015: Yan tops group that includes a second Lightning prospect

by Chris Roberts
Dennis Yan - Tampa Bay Lightning - HF's NHL Prospect of the Month, October, 2015

Photo: Shawinigan Cataractes forward and Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Dennis Yan is currently 10th in scoring in the QMJHL with 17 goals and 31 points in 17 games (courtesy of Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

No player at any level this season has had better puck luck than Dennis Yan of the Shawinigan Cataractes. The 2015 third round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning scored on 41.2 percent of his shots in the month of October, totalling 14 goals (on 34 shots) and 10 assists in 11 games. He also had four game-winning goals. Yan’s performance was enough to earn him the Hockey’s Future NHL Prospect of the Month designation for October of 2015. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Eichel’s beauty, Ritchie stays hot in San Diego, Chabot goes coast-to-coast

by David Hahn
Sam Bennett - Calgary Flames

Photo: After a slow start to his 2015-16 season, Calgary Flames rookie forward Sam Bennett has picked up the pace, posting three goals and nine points in 14 games this season (courtesy of Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)

Jack Eichel and Sam Bennett score do-it-all goals for their respective teams, and Thomas Chabot didn’t see much of a need to pass the puck, either.  Likewise, Nick Ritchie is on fire in the AHL with eight goals in his first nine games, though his game-winner this week was a little awkward. Finally, an unlikely league with a phenomenal talent is featured in this week’s Prospect Impressions. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: World Under-17 comes to a conclusion, European talents go head-to-head in the OHL, more from junior, NCAA hockey

by David Hahn
Joel Teasdale - Blainville-Boisbriand Armada; David Levin - Sudbury Wolves - Prospect Faceoff for 11/5/15

Photo: Blainville-Boisbriand Armada forward Joel Teasdale and Sudbury Wolves forward David Levin go head-to-head in a semi-final match tonight at the 2015 World U17 Hockey Challenge (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images and Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The World Under-17 Hockey Challenge pits two countrymen against each other as the tournament comes to a conclusion this week. There is also a pair of international talents going one-on-one for the first time in their careers in the OHL, while another strong European is leading the way for his squad against one of the most feared forwards in the QMJHL. In the WHL, two of the league’s top defenseman are a big part of their respective team’s success, while a pair of college forwards who once scored in bunches try to re-ignite their games in this week’s Prospect Faceoff. Read more»

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