Prospect Faceoff: 2015 draft prospects square off in WHL and QMJHL action, and other prospect matchups

by David Hahn

Mathew Barzal - Seattle Thunderbirds; Paul Bittner - Portland Winterhawks - Prospect Faceoff for 3/5/15

Photo: 2015 NHL Draft prospects Mathew Barzal of the Seattle Thunderbirds and Paul Bittner of the Portland Winterhawks renew their rivalry this weekend in WHL action (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

In this week’s Prospect Faceoff, two sets of draft-eligible players go to head-to-head in critical games for their respective teams. In the OHL, two of the most improved players will see game action against each other. In addition, polar opposite defensemen lead their teams in a pair of NCAA games this weekend. Finally, two prospects with future college commitments including one player traded during Monday’s NHL trade deadline. Read more»

HF Prospect of the Month, February, 2015: Bjorkstrand piling up the points for the Winterhawks

by Chris Roberts

Oliver Bjorkstrand - Denmark - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Portland Winterhawks forward and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Oliver Bjorkstrand scored four goals in five games for Denmark’s surprising squad at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

With playoffs underway in the KHL and the second season soon to start in all major North American leagues, February is the start of hockey’s stretch drive. And while new candidates for the month’s top NHL prospect emerged, the continued consistency from top stars is what stood out most in the month of February. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: Marner breaks into a top 5 that otherwise remains unchanged in the March ISS Hockey rankings

by Ken McKenna

Jack Eichel - Boston University - 2015 Beanpot Tournament Championship

Photo: Boston University forward and 2015 prospect Jack Eichel hoists The Beanpot trophy after the Terriers won the 2015 Beanpot by defeating Northeastern University 4-3 in the championship game (courtesy of Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

While the top four players in the ISS Hockey March rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft remain unchanged, one player managed to move up a few slots to land among the top five prospects. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Marchenko tally ignites Red Wings third period rally

by Ken McKenna

Justin Abdelkader & Alexey Marchenko - Detroit Red Wings

Photo: Detroit Red Wings rookie defenseman Alexey Marchenko (#47), shown here celebrating his first NHL goal with teammate Justin Abdelkader, has posted 35 points in 91 AHL games over the past two seasons (courtesy of John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)

A bit of four-on-four passing magic resulted in the first NHL goal for Detroit Red Wings rookie defenseman Alexey Marchenko, a goal that would spur his team on to a 4-3 win over the the NHL’s top team, the Nashville Predators. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Former teammates, future teammates, and best friends go head-to-head plus more

by David Hahn

Jordan Subban - Belleville Bulls; Cole Cassels - Oshawa Generals

Photo: Two Vancouver Canucks prospects – Jordan Subban of the Belleville Bulls and Cole Cassels of the Oshawa Generals – will go head-to-head this weekend in OHL action (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Two childhood friends continue their friendly rivalry on the big stage, and in the WHL an accomplished defenseman goes one-on-one against one of the league’s best rookies. In the OHL, it’s a meeting of two Vancouver Canucks prospects, while former Russian teammates collide in an important QMJHL matchup. Finally, two prospects at opposite ends of the same draft see each other again in the SHL. Read more»

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