Prospect Faceoff: OHL West Division clash, Aho climbs scoring ranks, more college and junior matchups

by David Hahn
Christian Fischer - Windsor Spitfires; Travis Konecny - Sarnia Sting - Prospect Faceoff for 3/3/16

Photo: Windsor Spitfires forward and Arizona Coyotes prospect Christian Fischer (L), and Sarnia Sting forward and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Travis Konecny (R) do battle this weekend in an OHL Western Conference showdown with potential playoff implications (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)



The West Division in the OHL is up for grabs, and two teams in the race are looking towards their top scorers to help secure a division title. In the WHL, Jayce Hawryluk just earned his first professional contract following an unbelievable month, and in the QMJHL, Cody Donaghey is settling into a new home after being traded in two different leagues this season. Also included this week, Hockey East serves up a high-quality matchup, and one rising Finnish superstar rounds out a stellar edition of Prospect Faceoff. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: Change at top of March ISS rankings as Nylander arrives among the top prospects

by ISS
Alexander Nylander - Mississauga Steelheads - ISS Rankings, March, 2016

Photo: Mississauga Steelheads forward and 2016 prospect Alexander Nylander has a good chance of joining brother William as a top 10 pick in the NHL Draft (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)



While the two players ranked at the top of ISS Hockey’s March rankings for the 2016 NHL Draft remain unchanged from last month’s list, there has been somewhat noteworthy movement elsewhere in the top 10 . Read more»

QMJHL’s top 10 NHL properties at defense all selected at the 2015 NHL Draft

by Kristopher Bras
Thomas Chabot - Saint John Sea Dogs

Photo: Saint John Sea Dogs defenseman and Ottawa Senators prospect Thomas Chabot’s points per game average is fifth among defensemen in the QMJHL in 2015-16 (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)



The QMJHL is not exactly known for strong defense, but the league’s defensive corps were heavily repped at the 2015 NHL Draft. All 10 of the defenders chosen at that draft comprise this season’s top-10 QMJHL defenseman—although not in the same order that they were selected last June. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Ottawa prospects clash, Smirnov reaches USHL mark, Labanc, Brooks reach 100 points

by David Hahn
Denis Smirnov - Fargo Force; Tanner Laczynski - Lincoln Stars - Prospect Faceoff for 2/26/16

Photo: Two of the USHL’s top scorers, Fargo Force forward Denis Smirnov and Lincoln Stars forward Tanner Laczynski, will go head-to-head this weekend in a top USHL prospect showdown (courtesy of Mitch Highman/MJoy Photography and Brandon Anderson/BA Photos)



This week’s Prospect Faceoff is loaded with powerhouse matchups from around North America. The Ottawa Senators will be interested in the result from a game in Shawinigan this weekend, and scouts from the NHL will be on hand in Fargo as the Lincoln Stars pay them the Fargo Force visit. We’ll check-in with the most recent members of the 100-point club from the OHL and WHL, and an often discussed Calgary Flames prospect is in action as his NCAA career winds down. Read more»

Latvian Dzierkals looks forward to competing for country in potential future NHL home

by Chapin Landvogt
Martins Dzierkals - Rouyn-Noranda Huskies

Photo: Rouyn-Noranda Huskies forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Martins Dzierkals is currently fourth in scoring for the Huskies with 21 goals and 54 points in 48 games for the QMJHL’s top club (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)



With a number of draft picks taken in prime drafting positions in recent years, the Toronto Maple Leafs have been stockpiling their system with loads of skill and speed, regularly showing readiness to take a shot at picking up smaller players with big offensive upside. Read more»

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